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Alumni

Dear Alumni,

When you graduate, you automatically become a member of our network of over 11,000 alumni. We are here to keep you connected with your fellow alumni and the University community. Each KIMEP alumnus is an ambassador of the University in the broader world and a culmination of our great efforts.

KIMEP University is committed to high-quality education – education that changes society, and education that transforms lives. Our alumni embody the spirit and diversity of the University. The education and training that you receive at KIMEP serves as the foundation for your future successful careers.

KIMEP University is proud of its alumni network! It includes top executives of both local and international companies, high-level government officials, leaders in the nonprofit sector, and University professors. KIMEP University values its relationship with each alumnus and seeks out meaningful ways to stay engaged with graduates. There are many benefits that we as an institution are ready to offer, and we are excited about collaborative opportunities to ensure KIMEP’s and Kazakhstan’s continued prosperity and excellence.

In this section, our alumni can find information on how to order an Alumni ID card, which provides specific services and benefits, how to download all available volumes of the Alumni Magazine, and read stories of success from KIMEP graduates and those who represent the University in different regions of the country and abroad. In addition, if alumni would like to give back to their University community, this section includes information on how to donate to the Rakhmet Scholarship fund, which assists students in need. KIMEP Alumni Affairs are coordinated through the Office of Corporate Development.

We greatly appreciate your support and feedback. We are always connected and ready to address your questions.

SERVICES FOR ALUMNI & ALUMNI ID CARD

To receive the benefits from KIMEP University, you should obtain an Alumni ID Card
To obtain your personal card, please send the following information and documents to cdd@kimep.kz:

  1. Scanned Photo (3*4)
  2. Full Name
  3. Program
  4. Year of Graduation
  5. Place of Employment
  6. Current Position
  7. Contact Phone Number (personal mobile number is preferable)
  8. Address

KIMEP University is proud of its alumni! The success of the University depends primarily upon the success of its graduates. KIMEP encourages its alumni to take advantage of the following services:

  • 10% DISCOUNTS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (PDCP) TRAININGS THROUGH THE COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION AT KIMEP; FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES; AND PREPARATORY COURSES FOR CHILDRENS’ ADMISSION TO KIMEP UNIVERSITY.
  • FREE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES AT THE KIMEP LIBRARY.
  • FREE ENTRANCE TO THE KIMEP SPORTS CENTER (ADVANCE RESERVATION IS REQUIRED).
  • RENTAL OF KIMEP CONFERENCE HALLS WITH 20% DISCOUNT FOR CONFERENCES, TRAININGS AND SEMINARS.
  • ASSISTANCE IN FINDING EXCELLENT CANDIDATES AMONG KIMEP GRADUATES FOR job OR INTERNSHIPS placement.

FORMS AND REQUISITES FOR GRADUATES

*To receive your document(s) at the Office of the Registrar, you must provide a receipt from the bank with your Student Identification Number and full name; as well as a state-issued ID card or Passport. If a graduate is not able to receive their diploma personally, a notarized power of attorney (“doverennost”) must be provided to the empowered person.

GETTING INVOLVED

The Rakhmet Scholarship Fund
The Rakhmet Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 with the goal to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s leaders. With the assistance of alumni donations, KIMEP students who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence may receive scholarships and financial support for their studies. By contributing to the fund, alumni can also help to cover institutional needs.

For more information please contact KIMEP’s Corporate Development Department at cdd@kimep.kz or +7 727 270 42 26.

The University greatly appreciates the assistance and collaboration of KIMEP alumni, and therefore, the University is open to cooperation of any type. A range of opportunities is possible – from enhancing the library’s collection of academic resources, contribute seed funds for KIMEP’s research centers, or assist current students to achieve their dreams of participating in international conferences – a range of opportunities exist. Your contribution can be named after a company, class, or yourself. The KIMEP Corporate Development Department is always open to any type of support and can assist you in choosing the right way to improve KIMEP’s services for faculty and students.

EVENTS

KIMEP University is planning very interesting events for alumni this year – including the annual KIMEP Alumni reunion and several luncheons with the participation of active alumni and KIMEP top management.

For timely and detailed information, concerning upcoming events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ALUMNI AMBASSADORS

KIMEP launched the ‘Alumni Ambassadors’ program in February of 2011. Outstanding alumni volunteers from each graduating class between 1994 and 2010 were nominated for the Ambassador role.

Alumni Ambassadors are an important means of communication between KIMEP and its graduates. They raise awareness about major KIMEP events and encourage fellow alumni to participate actively in university life. Ambassadors serve on KIMEP’s advisory board, participate in university graduation, and contribute to the overall development of the University.

The contact information of all Ambassadors is available upon request.

Yevgeniy Kopaigora
MBA 1998
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Alisher Khodjamniyazov
BSS 2014
Alumni Ambassador in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Murager Sauranbayev
BAIJ 2009
Alumni Ambassador in Astana

Nurym Taibek
MBA 1995
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Irina Druzhinina
MBA 1996
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Ilshat Khalit
MA 1998
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Baurzhan Izmailov
MBA 1998
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Vladimir Din
MBA 1999
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Sanzhar Kozybayev
MA 1999
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Aida Yesmagambetova
MBA 2000
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Baurzhan Issayev
MBA 2006
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Gulmara Rysbekova
MBA 2007/BSC 2006
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Kamila Lukpanova
BAIJ 2009
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Adlet Zhanatkanov
BSS 2010
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

Askhat Kuzhenov
BSC 2010
Alumni Ambassador in Almaty

ALUMNI MAGAZINE

The KIMEP Alumni Magazine is issued annually and reviews major University events and achievements. It was established to carry the latest news and highlights from the University; updates on alumni events and achievements; information on alumni benefits; stimulating and informative features; and much more for University alumni community.

All alumni are invited to contribute their stories and articles to the magazine’s next edition!

All alumni are invited to contribute their stories and articles to the magazine’s next edition!

ALUMNI IN MEDIA

All alumni who would like to highlight success stories in their professional careers or public service projects may contact the Corporate Development Department (cdd@kimep.kz) to share with the broader KIMEP community.

KIMEP-Bolashak alumni


Nurlan Utenov

Nurlan, you have graduated from Suvorov Military School and then from the Technical University. You are a mechanical engineer. Why did you decide to go to KIMEP?
Yes, in 1995 I graduated from Kazan State Technical University named after Tupolev. At those times all the economic, industrial, and even cultural relationships between countries of former USSR were defected. It was obvious that the places where a mechanical engineer could find a job were reduced. In 1994, when we were only about to graduate, we started thinking about where we would go to work and live. KIMEP has already opened its doors; we heard that it was a Western-oriented University with market economy values. Me and my friend Vladimir Din decided to find out everything about how to apply to KIMEP. I had several offers from one university in Russia to continue studying in their graduate school and from Ulyanovsk aviation factory to work as an engineer. But I decided to come back to the motherland and make my dreams come true here.  

What did KIMEP give you?
I am still very thankful to KIMEP and I always think about it with the warm feelings only. First of all, it paved my way to the adulthood and to my career. It helped me to find myself and to realize my potentials. KIMEP will always stay my Alma Mater, which I will always be grateful to.

What is your the most treasured memory about KIMEP?
There are a lot of them. But summing up, I remember fast pace of life. Now I understand that those two years of studying have passed extremely fast and dynamic. In addition we all had a chance to communicate with a lot of creative and smart students.

The process of studying was very different from the one in which we used to study before. English language was also a barrier for us that we had to overcome. Actually, all the educational process in KIMEP consisted of the barriers to overcome, and that, I think, made us only stronger.

What I remember well is that every week we had one free evening of Friday or Saturday when we could relax from the tough lessons and tight timetable. What we did, we went to Fun Club, listened to music, danced and relaxed.

What did you like and dislike about KIMEP?
Obviously, there were more to like. First of all, it was communication and interaction with interesting people. We still stay in touch and are very close with our course mates. Second of all, I found my love here. We were one of the three couples that got married right after the graduation.

It is a hard question what I disliked. Actually, I did not think of like-dislike then. I just knew I had my aim. I knew that I needed to graduate from this University. Not only to graduate, but to receive knowledge from it. It was not easy, yes. Sometimes we did not sleep for days during midterms or finals. But I cannot say I did not like it.

Do you have traditions with your friends? I heard, you have special rings?
Yes, we were the first and perhaps the only ones who did that. When we were graduating, one of our activists, Vladimir Din, offered the idea to issue special rings with “KIMEP” etching. He himself developed the design in two versions – silver and gold.

This tradition came to us from the Western countries when graduates of one college decided to create distinguishing signs, so that everyone in the world could identify them. But the story, in fact, goes beyond it. I may be wrong, but I’ve heard the story about one engineer who was asked to build a bridge. However, his calculations went wrong, bridge fell apart and people suffered. His Alma Mater or Alumni made a decision to create such rings and to give them to every graduate, showing that responsibility of the University does not end when the students graduate.

This is the sign of not only the identification, but also of the responsibility.

How did you meet with your wife?
There is one interesting story. When I entered the University I had only Korean friends, and everybody, including my wife, thought that I am Korean too. So one day we had to do a group project and came to the library for preparation. She was in our group too. That was the first time we saw each other. When our friends introduced us and said my name – Nurlan – she was very surprised. “Aren’t you Korean?” – “No, I’m Kazakh.” After this we started spending time together. And then it developed into strong feelings.

What does you wife do now?
She dedicated her life to our wonderful family. We have two twin boys and two and half years old daughter. But now she is fully in charge of the family sewing business. 

Where do you work now?
A year ago I finished big project, having sold oil and gas asset to a strategically important investor. Now I decided to rest for some time and look for new opportunities in the oil&gas industry. I continue working on corporate government issues as an Independent Director of the Board of Directors of the Samruk Energy subsidiary company. I do consulting and advisory work for some foreign private service and consulting companies.

Where did you start your career?
I started my career from Schlumberger, oilfield service company, right after the graduation. In the last months of my studying representatives of Schlumberger made a presentation about their company looking for new recruits. With my friends we decided to take every opportunity and try ourselves in everything. It was not necessary for us to go to Big Four and become auditors. I applied to Shlumberger and passed all the stages of selection. They hired me and directed to work in Mexico. That was my first experience in the oilfield.

Did your wife follow you to Mexico?
No, she did not. Company had a policy that we could not bring our families with us, so she had to stay here. I left just two months after the wedding and came back in nine months. That was a hard time for us, but we managed to survive it. The distance, actually, made us closer.

What was your further career path?
I have worked for five years in KazTransOil, which is the monopolist in oil transporting in Kazakhstan. After this I have worked again for five years in KazMunaiGaz Exploration& Production and was in charge of big projects. Then I worked in regions – in Kyzylorda and Atyrau on leading positions for different oil and gas companies. I spent one and half years working for KAZENERGY Association, where I obtained valuable public, political and communicational experience.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
My family. The fact that I managed to create my own family, and the fact that I have such wonderful children. When we just got married, we desperately wanted kids, but for five years we unfortunately could not have them. We survived this too. I am lucky to have the family that always supports me, gives me love and warmth, and that inspires me.

If you had only three words to describe yourself what would they be?
Principles, honesty and patriotism.

What are your hobbies?
It depends on seasons. In winter it is skiing, with my whole family. In summer it is fishing and open door activities. In autumn I like hunting. I dream about the day when I will go hunting with my kids.  I love spending time with my family. I am trying to compensate the time when I was too busy making my career and couldn’t devote sufficient time to my kids. At that time I was leaving the house for work while they were still sleeping and I was coming back home when they were already asleep.

How would you define and measure success?
Success is when you achieve your goals. When you feel that you can have what you want and wish. Therefore, it is different for everybody, and its size depends on the size of the goals and ambitions.

Are you successful?
I think I am.  I have what I want, and I am able to do what I plan.                                                            

Are you happy?
The answer is also positive. I am. 

What would be your advice for the students?
First of all, to study. To use the time that they spend at KIMEP as rationally as possible. Time is a limited source. If it goes away and you did not do what you could, it will be hard to return and fix it. Now it is time to absorb knowledge, to communicate, to identify who is you friend and who is not, and to learn how to sort them out. I know there are many temptations nowadays, like expensive cars, night clubs and so on. But those who pay attention to serious things will be more successful than those who fell for these temptations.    

Altynay Mambetova

My name is Altynay Mambetova and I graduated KIMEP with a major in International Relations this year. Right after this, I entered the University of Glasgow with Global Economy major. The University of Glasgow is one of the leading universities in the world founded in 1451. The famous names of its graduates include the “father of economics” Adam Smith, the physicist Lord Kelvin, the engineer James Watt, the inventor of modern TV John Logie Baird  and many others. Even Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity in this university.

My new home University of Glasgow is a partner with my alma mater KIMEP University within programs of the European Union.

As members of Kazakhstan community in the United Kingdom, we had a meeting with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in the UK Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov during his official visit to Scotland. The meeting took place in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The Ambassador discussed different issues with Kazakhstan students in Scotland. The Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom always supports Kazakhstan students and organizes meetings to keep in touch with them and bring Kazakhstan community together. During the meeting, the Embassy shared the book “Kazakhstan. Surprises and Stereotypes” with students. The book was written by former Conservative Member of Parliament and former British government Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken. The book discusses different aspects and looks at the achievements of Kazakhstan during the years of independence.

As a KIMEP graduate, I was proud to see KIMEP University mentioned in this book. The reputation of KIMEP is recognized not only in Kazakhstan but all over the world. KIMEP gives us academic freedom and ability to think critically. For me, the difference between good education and bad one is that bad education gives you the facts while good one gives “sophisticated knowledge” and ability to analyze the facts. That is exactly what KIMEP University provides us. Studying in Glasgow, I feel that KIMEP gave me a solid background for the future. I am very thankful to all KIMEP professors and staff who guided and inspired us all these years.

Saule Kanaeva

Co-founder at AZUBI Company

2002-2006 – Bachelor of Public Administration

2007-2008 – MPA

Why did you choose KIMEP? 

Well, I did not choose KIMEP because of KIMEP. Since the sixth grade I had desperately wanted to study Public Administration. And at the end of 11th grade my classmates were entering KIMEP, which I also decided to try. The first in-take was at spring, which I successfully passed. I liked it here and understood that I was going to stay. I am very thankful to the destiny for this very decision, because KIMEP gave me a lot.

What exactly did KIMEP give you? 

At first, it changed my whole world view. I studied in Kazakh school, where there were plenty of rules and restrictions. Everything was different – nobody was asking me to do my homework, I was able to set up my schedule and I had new classmates with every new discipline. For the first time I was able to pick comfortable time for me. I think, this factor teaches us self discipline and time-management.

During the whole process of education you understand, that you need to know how to get along with different people in different groups, with different teachers. These are additional skills that can help in the future life and career development. In addition, there is a special atmosphere there. You are placed within international rules when you speak to professors and call them by their first names. This habit becomes a part of your behavior and it is unusual to call anybody by their names adding their fathers’ names. That is also a help at future work places. You do not come and sit there like a child who does not know anything, you come confident instead, and people respect that.

Did you join any student organizations? 

Yes, I did. My major was Public Administration and I was a member of Youth Parliament, which was based on our college. 

What professors do you remember?

I remember an outstanding professor Petr Ivanovich Krepak. We were actually the first who he organized Internships to the Parliament of Kazakhstan for. American Embassy sponsored our trip and accommodation. Everything was so great, I really enjoyed that experience.

How did KIMEP help you in your career? 

 When I was a second or third year student, I participated at Job Fair, where Philip Morris Kazakhstan was looking for the interns. They took me on paid internship, by ending of which I received a good recommendation letter. When I graduated, this letter played a massive role in a Management Trainee selection process because I had it and my competitors did not.

Do you still stay in touch with your class mates?

Yes, we stay in touch, but not so often. Our group is very small, and most of girls that I was friends with live abroad now. I met with one of them in Singapore this year, and with another, who lives in Boston, several weeks ago.

How did you decide to create your own company?

I met my partner Olga Kim when I was working in Philip Morris at marketing department. We wanted to manage our own time, which is only possible when you work on yourself. At first we had a lot of different ideas, but then we understood that it has to be something unique. We decided to create business event agency, which organizes business meetings. There are no such services on our market. Our strong side turned out to be the fact, that we ourselves were clients before. We understand how crucial it is to listen to the client, to connect with him. 

Where did you start and where are you now? 

Actually we are very young in this. We exist only about a year, and the preparation for the project took another year. When we were starting we knew that we wanted a platform for meetings, but we did not know a narrow specialization for it. At first, we went for every job that could find – advertisement shootings, exhibitions, press conferences, and even parties. With the time we understood that it was comfortable for us to work with business meetings. We thought that our clients would be little companies which do not have meeting rooms, but practice showed that even big companies would like to do meetings outside of the offices. Now we are going to expand to larger platforms and currently looking for partners who want us to manage their commercial space as meeting rooms.

What does AZUBI means? Why did you choose this name? 

We wanted to make up a word without meaning. When AZUBI came to our mind, we checked it in dictionaries. Apparently, from Japanese it is translated as “get together” and in German there is a word with the same spelling, but different pronunciation, which means “trainee”. We thought, that was a destiny and kept it as our label name.

Can you give an advice for student of KIMEP University? 

As for an advice, I always say, do not be lazy, do not relax in summers. Maybe do not take Summer sessions, but take Internships. It is very important to have experience behind you. Times when you could come to employer and say to take you only because you were a KIMEP student have gone. Now you have to amaze him with the abilities that you have and experience that you have earned.

Do you consider yourself as successful person? 

That is a hard question. Of course, you always look at yourself through critical prism, through self-criticism. If you think that you have accomplished everything, in reality you did not. That is why I get upset pretty often because I did not do something to this particular point of time. But if to look objectively, why not? Our company possesses many big loyal clients. Considering, that company is young, and that our services are new on the market, we can say, that this is success. We have gained the goals that we set to us, and now we set new goals, and we will gain them as well. In one of our rooms there is one saying on the walls – “Goals are dreams with deadlines”.  This reflects the philosophy of our company. We do not work for hours, but we work for the result.

Victoria Gorobtsova

I am a KIMEP Bachelor of Social Sciences and International Relations (2009). I also hold a Master degree in International Relations and European Studies of University of Bath (UK, 2010).

I am currentlythe Director of Recycling Business at Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc., the company with ‘green’ approach for doing business. I manage a network of waste collection and sorting facilities in all over Kazakhstan and believe that our Company is determined to become a leader in future recycling developments of the country.

I wanted to become a Minister of education when I was at school. At KIMEP I thought that working at the Embassy outside of Kazakhstan would be extremely interesting. But being a Waste Industry professional was never in my plans. But this is how it usually happens in life, I guess.

There were very few of us who got into KIMEP from Uralsk in 2006. Needless to say, students outside of Almaty always have to struggle more than locals. Those were exciting and challenging times. I have accomplished my studies with Honors in 3 years feeling that there were never enough hours in a day, days in a week, and months in a year. I have witnessed our university growing both geographically by expanding modern campus facilities and professionally by adding new staff members and subjects.I found it extremely practical at KIMEP taking summer credits and using one-week term breaks for leisure. During the last year I have utilized my knowledge working as a teaching assistant for RRW course of Korlan Syzdykova. A torturing experience one must say but it was a big pleasure working with adventurous and big-hearted Korlan.That was by the way my first working experience and I should admit that first salary feeling is unforgettable.

In Bath University I have realized that it is not what you study but when and how. Obviously, good university choice is important. But, for those students who think they have done a mistake choosing their programme,remember – personal skills and attitude are central to your career development. As an employer of over 100 people now I can assure you that we do not look for best CV we look for potential.By the end of my program in Bath I knew I would have to come back to university again in several years to obtain more knowledge to strengthen my mind and spirit.

I was lucky to start my career at KPMG in Marketing right after graduation in Bath. Almost all International companies teach you with right standards and professional discipline. I was named the best employee of Marketing Department at the Staff Annual Meeting in 2011. I had a very good team of colleagues. Some of them had even accompanied me to Kazakhstan Kagazy a year later – that is a big achievement I believe. Some of them are my close friends now.

I was invited to Kazakhstan Kagazy at the start of my second year at KPMG in 2012. I always knew that at KPMG service professionals like auditors and consultants have wider and more attractive careergrowth options rather than support function like Marketing. This has determined my decision to transfer to Kazakhstan Kagazy – leader in the industry, biggest producer of paper and corrugated packaging in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.  I was perfectly aware that the company manufactures its product out of recycled material and isdoing a ‘green’ business employing over 700 employees. I have started as an executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, an enthusiastic and intelligent graduate of Columbia Business School with inspiring growth strategy and plans. I did not know that in few years I was destined to become a part of the management team to put those plans forward.

Good managers grow and develop their high-potential employees. In 9 months I was offered a position of the Head of Marketing Department. At that time it was only two people and lots of work to do. I have to say I was never alone. We have built a Department from scratch together with my colleagues that followed me from KPMG and are with me up till now.

In another year from then I have been appointed a Director of the Recycling Business which was not a promotion but an opportunity in itself for a young professional like me. I manage over 20 production cites all over Kazakhstan that collect and deliver over 50,000 tons of the wastepaper for our factory in Almaty as well as other types of waste materials. Recycling market is underdeveloped in Kazakhstan. Recycling idea is vibrant and central to the ‘green’ concept of the President. Recycling initiatives are extremely interesting and inspiring. I am now responsible for a number of recycling projects that our company will take forward as we put all resources together.

I work and go for business trips a lot. I have to read and learn things I have never done before. I have to overcome skepticism and partiality. Success is always a big effort and a hard-work. I take tennis classes every morning for around two years now, I plan to learn skiing this winter and do million other things. I have started my GMAT exam training that will take all my evenings away with the objective to do an MBA in 2016. This would be impossible without passion for what I do. Passion, patience, persistence.

I am very grateful to KIMEP, Dr. Bang and faculty for helping me find my find forward, unearthing strengths and weaknesses and a life-time friends.

For all students and people that just start their careers I can advise – always do more than you (other people) think you could do, discipline and challenge your mind hard.

Raushan Raiskhanova

Why did you choose KIMEP?

I studied at KIMEP during 1997-1999. I learned about the University in the Fall of 1996 – saw the information in the newspaper. Back then we all regularly bought newspapers in the kiosks. There were no other alternatives in the market of education. It was absolutely new and unfamiliar system of education, with excellent professors from European universities. We were the first cohort in the history of KIMEP that studied without translators. It was such an extreme for me – new system, everything in English, studied almost all day long, because had to use limited library sources which was just developing at than moment. For the first time I was using PC also at KIMEP. Learned about Word, Excel, and Internet.

What memories stand out from your time at KIMEP?

Deadlines, tasks that are not always well understood, necessity to do the tasks in groups. Some tasks are just funny to remember. Mr. Taralba was teaching Business Simulation. There was a task for simulating business: head of the mafia was celebrating birthday of his daughter (I can be confused whose birthday it was, but mafia was inviting). Many groups, such responsive guys, allocated “gifts” from business. And our group by some not so conscious reason hadn’t done it and was late. It appeared that this was the right decision. Mafia and business?

Of course, all classics of management, marketing, corporate finance classes are saved in my memory since times of KIMEP. Deadlines and always texts, numbers and designs to be made on the last minute – this is also memorable.

Do you have any memories of outstanding professors?

Of course I do! Dr. Cornwell with outstanding English in his French manner. My academic Dean, with whom I had an honor to work with at KIMEP – Jim Hebolich. Mr. Tarbala, Dr. Yun, Dr. Gramm. And our young instructors – Zhanat Syzdykov and Dana Mynbayeva. Then I myself joined them after graduation.

What is your current job and when did you start? Any advancement or promotion since you have started your job?

It’s been five years since I started my own business – my own consulting company that deals with human resource management and corporate management. Also a month ago I started a new small hotel business in Almaty with 24 rooms. It is cozy and airy hotel that unites both at the center of the city and few distant from city noise, in quiet streets of Almaty. My first working place after graduation was KIMEP itself, I was teaching. Then, for a long time I worked in the sphere of HR, then in banking sphere and oil and gas industry. I left the sphere of being employed by somebody else when I was among top managers of HRD at “KazMunaiGaz” JSC and a Deputy HR General Manager at NCOC.

How did KIMEP education help with your job?

As a trademark in early 1999 of course it was very expensive. Everything that I learned at that time helped me very much; as well as in professional knowledge, in group working skills and in ability to be the leader. And of course to be able to “stand up for your opinion” – I think it also helped me. It is clear that my professional background first formed not in KIMEP, but this university was a modern and rich life experience.

Did you stay in touch with your classmates and if so, how often do you meet them?

I don’t meet them very often. We see each other on some events or somewhere in sudden places. Social network helps to “see” the classmates. This is where we connect and observe each others life.

What would your advice be to current students? 

To read a lot and to observe what is around, to try to learn everything around yourself and to seek for your own path. Do not be lazy or infant. It was in past when initiative was the synonym of vulgar. But now this must stimulate. And there are many interesting areas to work at. Steve Jobs was right in saying: “Stay hungry, stay venturesome”.

How do you stay calm and focused? Do you do anything outside of work to help you with this?

When you see the result of your efforts – it can be projects, any other important events, building a business – all these help to be focused. Such activity brings real satisfaction. Of course, life is stressful, but concerning the tranquility of being retired – I don’t think I am in need of this yet. There are still many plans to implement.

What are your ideas of happiness and success?

Satisfaction has the inborn sprouts – I believe in this. If a person is always disappointed with something, none of the sunshine will help him or her. Happiness usually is just a moment; the rest is attitude towards fruitful work for you. Success also depends on individual perception. The one who sets such an aim and reaches it – measures his or her success this way. General trend is concept of “happiness” and “success” are increasingly common in missions and visions of the companies, i.e. are becoming widespread, not just individual characteristics. Am I successful? – I think more Yes, than No. Am I happy? – definitely Yes. And it is not only because of professional success.

Anything else you would like to share with the KIMEP community?

I wish great success to such a great ship like KIMEP. And it is important not only for the University. KIMEP is the part of life of many successful people in Kazakhstan. And we would like to be sure that our alma mater that gave that much to its graduates, still stays successful and forever young.

Gaukhar Teltayeva
  1. I like KIMEP for its advantageous difference from other leading universities in Central Asia, such as the western system of education and the overall ability to be different.
  1. I would like for KIMEP to develop in areas not developed in our country, such as an engineering or architecture.
  1. An important skill that I have acquired while at KIMEP is the ability to work in stressful situations, endure all hardships of work with ease and irony.
  2. How soon did you find a job after graduation?
    After graduation I almost immediately found many opportunities associated with further employment. However, the most difficult thing was to decide what field I see myself in and should develop to the fullest.
  1. My family influenced my decision to enter KIMEP.
    First of all, every member of my family individually contributed to the formation of my decision to go to all the way end, whether I faced academic or financial difficulties.
    Second, the desire to compete with my older brother who is also KIMEP student. To prove that I’m not worse, despite the fact that I’m a girl, and maybe even better. I am so thankful to have him.
    Third, it is the pride of our parents for both us, my brother and I. They were partially proud of themselves for the fact that they we are able to cover such expensive treat as education at KIMEP. The incentive is the great desire to justify their investment, and trust that is invested in you daily.
  1. What is the reason for your family to choose our university?
    The choice of our family is primarily associated with a huge attachment to the university, with love and trust. KIMEP is a magnet for its special energy and warm aura. You do not see nor do you want to see other universities, other majors and professors. KIMEP does not let you go because it’s in your heart.
  1. What do you remember most from your KIMEP studies?
    I studied from 2006 to 2011, and remembered this time as the student boom. Large number of students, overflowing classrooms, construction of new library and new academic building.
    KIMEP student organizations such as Student Government, healthy competition, and election slogans. I also remember Intellectual Debate Club and Diplomatic Briefing Club, in which I actively participated.
  1. The difference between KIMEP and other universities is that the most difficult thing after graduation is to apply your knowledge into practice. At KIMEP you not only receive an education of international standard, but you also learn to successfully apply it in work and in life.
  2. What did your close ones think about your education at KIMEP?
    They were very positive, and proud of me.

What would you say/advise students of our University as KIMEP University graduate?
I would like to advice students to believe in themselves no matter what, to learn to stand on their own feet, to not be afraid of competition, and to receive an international diploma no matter what.

Gaukhar Mukhanova

“I want and I can – this is my formula of success”

Dusseldorf, Germany

Work Place: Leading Manager at “ADM Promotions GmbH”, Germany

Hobbies: playing piano, computer graphics, painting, traveling, and photography.

Comments: International project management experience in 26 countries, 7 years of marketing experience, knows 4 languages.

I live in Germany not because I chose this country, but because the company I am currently working for determined my residence. Of course I plan to return to Kazakhstan. It’s my home, and you always want to return home.

The company I am currently working for – ADM Promotions – is one of the largest partners of international companies in the production and delivery of promotional products. It has been established in 1992 and has 18 offices in 15 countries. The company is the official FIFA partner since 2004. This means that all advertising products with FIFA logo are manufactured and tested by ADM Promotions. Since 2011 my company is also the managing procurement partner for “Kraft Foods”. Moreover, ADM Promotions is the global partner and supplier for Coca-Cola, Heineken, L’OREAL, Philip Morris, Diageo, Nestlе, and Johnson & Johnson.

I am responsible for business development in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe (there are more than 20 countries in this region). Moreover, I supervise development of product ideas, their production and delivery to customers, such as Avon, Unilever, Coca-Cola. I control everything in this direction: brief for designers, 3D-design, approval of technical specifications, pricing, production and logistics. My responsibility also includes consulting customers in planning and launching new products, as well as marketing support.

Working in international company has taught me to think globally and act locally.

“I want” and “I can”, by no means “I must” – this is my formula of success. Therefore, I believe that you need to do whatever makes you truly happy.

When I see advertisements, links and magazine articles about products we have produced for our clients, I start thinking of how this or another product was created, how brainstorming sessions were held, what were the first sketches. In fact, my colleagues and I are always slightly behind the scenes; we are not visible to wide audience, but it is not that important.

Much more important is when you see finished product of good quality, in which you have invested your knowledge, time, soul; its success and efficiency on the market fills your heart with pride, and motivates you to do more and to do better.

Professional is a person who knows their professional capabilities, constantly improves them, and never acts outside of their competence. However, a leader is the inner content of a man. Not every leader is a professional, just like not every professional is a leader. Main qualities of a leader are charisma, inner strength and reliability. Leader is the one able to lead people in any situation. Do I have leadership qualities? Yes, I do.

I always bring to an end what I started. I am also a creative and dynamic person.

KIMEP confirmed accuracy in choosing my profession, and provided a strong educational foundation. This is why education has played an important role in my professional development.

Kazakhstan has always had, has, and will always have patriots. I am sure of it.

Full interview can be read here:

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/gauhar_muhanova-4726.html

Vasiliy Tengayev

Do what you think is right, and don’t waste your time

City: Born in Almaty, lives in London

Education: KIMEP, Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting, Major – Finance. Diploma with Honors. Officially in Top 10 2003 graduates.

Work Place: Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Professional experience: Started his career in the USAID project in 2001. Then, in 2002 during his studies got a job in a Kazakh bank. After graduating from KIMEP he continued with banking career in Kazakhstan division of Citigroup. In two years received an invitation to join London branch, where for the past nine years he has been in charge of organizing international bond issues by issuers from Russia, Kazakhstan and neighboring countries; worked with governments, national companies, banks, large private companies. Together with colleagues from London Citigroup team and affiliated companies in other countries advises borrowers to prepare issues, prepares credit history, polishes presentations for investors, and realizes self-placement of securities among international investors.

Achievements: During my time with Citigroup I have participated in closing more than a hundred different deals and projects for various companies, banks and governments. I would like to emphasize that in Kazakhstan related projects I probably worked more for the country.

– 2006 – debut placement of $ 800 million of international bonds for JSC “NC “KTZ” for modernization of railways and rolling stock. I remember that back then securities’ market was different, and this transaction was considered the largest deal towards a corporate issuer of the so-called emerging markets.

– 2008 – debut placement of $ 3 billions of international bonds for “KazMunaiGaz”. This was an earthshaking deal for our national company, and at that time it was the largest deal towards a corporate issuer of emerging markets of all time. At the time KMG capital spending increased, including Kashagan. With full raging crisis in Kazakhstan and rapidly growing crisis beyond the country, both company and the country needed major financial resources.

– In 2009-2010 I worked with Samruk-Kazyna helping to restructure badly damaged banking system. I specifically worked with Temirbank, which was able to improve in a relatively short period with the help of the management team (just in a couple of years) through our assistance in negotiations with creditors and a small monetary support from Samruk-Kazyna.

– At the moment I am working together with a team from different banks and legal advisers on the final stage of Kazakhstan’s return (represented by the Ministry of Finance) to the public market of international bonds. After 14 year hiatus Kazakhstan plans to place significant amount of securities within the overall strategy of “disclosure” and increase of foreign investment. This is a great development for both the country (under strict guidance of the government), and for the whole segment of developing countries. I was fortunate enough to work on this important project for my country.

– On a non-work related matters – I had just participated in sports charity by traveling 125 km on a mountain bike in the hills and fells from London to Brighton in favor of the British Foundation for Heart Disease in the memory of my friend and colleague – Serik Kulmuhamedov, Deputy Chairman of the Board Citibank Kazakhstan, who died of heart failure in 2012 at the age of 36.

Interests: mountain skiing, mountain bike, mountain hiking, reading, cross-fit.

Life motto: Do what you think is right, and don’t waste your time

Quotations: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

The secret of getting ahead is getting started – Mark Twain

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. – Steve Jobs

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/vasilij_tengaev-7612.html

Baurzhan Isayev

“Everyone can change the world to the better”

Education: Tashkent State Economic University, Major – International Economic Relations;

KIMEP University.

Work Place: Deputy Director for Business Development for Central Asia and Caucasus, “Sanofi” Company

Hobbies: motorsports, auto travel.

Note: supervised business development projects in large Kazakhstani Company – “USKO International” JSC, working directly with the main shareholder – Chan Young Bang, PhD (one of the first foreign advisers of the President of Kazakhstan – N.A. Nazarbaev – in 1991-93). After that worked for Procter & Gamble. In 4 years from the Market and Customer Research Manager has been promoted to the Brand Manager for Central Asia for brands Gillette, Venus, Duracell и Old Spice. Since October 2012 has been working on the Kazakhstan team of the world leader in pharmaceutical industry – “Sanofi”.

On professionalism, education and work in international companies

In my opinion, professionalism should not be something supernatural. Professional is the one who knows and loves their job.

In my professional formation formal education (preschool, secondary school, higher and graduate) has certainly played a major role. First and foremost, kindergarten, secondary school and university are the societies where a person acquires skills that cannot be acquired from curriculum. I see a huge gap in our education system in this aspect. Our society, and not only educational system, lacks social aspect, which is introduced through mentoring. It is mentoring that is they key to high achievements in eastern (and in some sense, closer to us in spirit) countries, such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

I came to work with international companies hoping to understand, see and experience secrets of capitalism. Perhaps, the most important thing I’ve learned from working for multinational companies is the ability to find potential for development, and develop and implement plans to disclose this potential. For businesses it means points of sales and profit growth; for people in organization – motivation, professional growth and satisfaction from work. I have also learned to openly and clearly articulate my point of view, even if it goes against supervisor’s opinion. This is important, and I’ve learned this from American and European top executives under whose guidance I worked.

On the initiative and citizenship

Being initiative and adventurous is a must in today’s world. It is an axiom that is impossible not to know.

Active citizenship is a biased attitude to what is happening in your country and in the world. Such attitude is not merely a sense of responsibility for future of the society you are living in, but eventually for specific actions.

On patriotism and future of the country

I do not like using cliché words like “patriot” and “patriotism”. I believe that today’s Kazakhstan needs people who care about the future of Kazakhstan’s citizens, who are able and ready to change lives of their families and fellow citizens for the better. If this is patriotism, then so be it. Without such people Kazakhstan risks to turn into a mere supplier of raw materials, whose citizens live in poverty. Nigeria is a very specific example of such a scenario.

I associate my future and future of my children with Kazakhstan only. My great grandparents and grandparents, their parents and grandparents have always lived on the territory of Kazakhstan, and have always fought for the prosperity of their homeland. After collapse of the Soviet Union I have returned from Uzbekistan to my historical homeland in order to link my future to it.

I love Kazakhstan, which is why I live and work here. Perhaps, this is the main argument.

I believe our country has a great future. Just like it has been said by the President multiple times, the most important is not to miss a historic opportunity. Unfortunately, right now I’m seeing that we are missing it. For certain the President and his team are seeing that also, and that’s why they are talking about it. I believe that Kazakhstan, over the next twenty years, is quite capable of increasing the average standard of living to which we see today in UAE by reducing growing gap in stratification of society. We have an enormous human potential.

Full interview can be read here:

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/baurzhan_isaev_top_menedzher-4094.html

Murager Sauranbayev

“Failure stimulates more than victory”

Venera Bekturganova, Vласть

Photo from personal archive of Murager Sauranbayev

Education: KIMEP University, Hong Kong University, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National School of Public Policy (NSPP).

Work Place: II Secretary of the Committee of International Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

Hobbies: playing dombra, sports, reading.

Note: Head of KIMEP Alumni Association in Astana, winner of the “Zhastar” Republican Youth Award in “Talent of the Year” nomination (2009); winner of the “Daryn” State Youth Award (2010), winner of several national and international music competitions. In 2002 has been awarded “Gold Star” at the festival “Hello, Hollywood!” in the USA.

On the role of education

In every person’s life education is the most important component of professional formation. Education has played a key role for me. Knowledge and skills acquired in secondary school and higher educational institutions help me on a daily basis. For this I am very grateful to my teachers.

I grated from KIMEP’s Department of International Journalism with a bachelor degree in media management. Then I received master’s degree in political science from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I started working in public youth organizations when I was a student. I am currently working in the field of my major in the foreign ministry institution of the country.

What is professionalism?

In my understanding, to be a professional is to be able to apply your experience and knowledge ensuring effective performance in a variety of conditions. One must also have an endless interest in their job, be able to assess work front, and to rationally allocate ones forces to implement set tasks.

About favorite work

Work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan teaches you the art of negotiation, teaches you to represent and defend interests of your country and its citizens abroad, to establish cultural and humanitarian ties. I am glad I became a diplomat. My profession gives me an opportunity to contribute to the development of the country. And this is a great responsibility. What most inspires me in my work is the effective outcomes and the achievement of objectives.

About music and beloved dombra

Music gives me joy, and inspires for new ideas. I am not going to part with dombra, which now still serves me as a true friend. As a child I could not do music for a long time, even though I literally dreamed about it. I am left-handed and many music teachers were confident that I would taint harmony of playing and orchestra appearance by disturbing symmetry. Nonetheless, I have to admit that everything turns out fortunately for me. When I was admitted to the “Kokil” Almaty music school, they believed in me. Teachers of this school not only helped me to bring my dream to reality, but have also taught me a special manner of performance.

Full interview can be read here:

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/murager_sauranbaev-4732.html

Dauren Zholdasbayev

“Volunteering is an impulse of soul”

Work place: Director of IT Company “Data System Technologies”.

Hobbies: swimming, snowboarding.

Note: Founder and leader of social environmental movements PosadiDerevo.kz and YarkoCross.kz.

I would describe myself in one word – not indifferent. I know how to start new projects, and how to implement them. And all projects can be successfully implemented with a great team next to you.

The task of PosadiDerevo.kz is to attract attention and efforts of society to personal environmental responsibility and safety. As a part of the movement we are implementing various environmental projects: “Seeds of Life”, “Clean City”, “Ecoclubs” and others.

As an IT specialist it was not hard for me to build the PosadiDerevo.kz web-site. I created it in 2010. At first, the site looked like a regular web-page where I invited all my friends and acquaintances to plant trees. Later on we were supported by Akim’s office of Almaty. Akim’s office has allocated location to plan trees, and we engaged volunteers. Various companies began to contact us later on, so we began to grow and to plant trees more actively. We got new volunteers and partners. By the way, many of those companies are now planting trees regularly.

Yarkokross is a 5 km race when participants are showered with colored harmless powder. All funds from the purchase of tickets to Yarkokross go to planting trees. Traditionally Yarkokross takes place in three cities of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Astana and Karaganda.

I believe that everyone can make the world a better place – it starts with you. Today, for example, you planted a tree. Of course you can’t see the outcome right away. However, your children will be the ones to evidence it. This is the whole point.

Full interview can be read here:

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/dauren_zholdasbaev_obsshestvennyj_dejatel-4731.html

Alisher Yelikbayev

Life has failed, but the attempt has been counted

Age: 33

City: Born in Semipalatinsk, lives in Almaty.

Education: Kazakh State University of Al-Farabi, Department of Journalism, Bachelor degree; KIMEP, Master of Arts degree.

Work Place: Network of trade and entertainment centers “MEGA”; Communications Specialist for Chocotravel web-site.

Professional experience: 16 years. During these years headed Vox Populi web-site, as well as “Nur Otan” NDP press service.

Interests: traveling, food

Quote:  Life has failed, but the attempt has been counted.

Alisher Yelikbayev: I would not have failed a “good guy” test

Zarina Akhmatova, Vласть

The second our meeting was supposed to start I got a message. Alisher Yelikbayev wrote he is going to be late. He was six minutes late. He didn’t even have to warn me. I looked through the list of questions I prepared with sadness – former head of VOX POPULI and irreplaceable MEGA PR specialist was too often indexed in search engines over the past month. I put down the list. All we can do is to have an honest conversation. About school grades, attitude towards money, sleepless nights after leaving photo journalism web-site and eternal struggle with himself for his own conscience.

Z.A.  Alisher, sometimes at the beginning of interview I ask: what questions you do not want to answer, and why you shouldn’t be asked about them?

A.Y. I am ready to talk about anything other than my personal life. I would not want to focus a lot of attention on the events of the last month related to me leaving Vox Populi and joining Chocotravel. A lot has already been said on these topics. I do not purposely avoid them, but I would not like a conversation to be built solely around this topic.

Z.A.  Ok, then let’s get started. Your kaznet biographers have told so much about you, that we can only fill the gaps. Let’s go back to many years ago to Semipalatinsk where you grew up, and understand how to become a Yelikbayev. Were you a good student at school?

A.Y. In the village I grew up (I lived there until I turned 13) I was in the top three students in school. I am guessing I studied very well at school – level of education was not as high, but maybe the fact that I was the son of a drawing teacher has played its role. When I came to Almaty in 9th grade, I was expelled at the end of the year for poor academic performance. According to the rules, a student could not have had more than two threes in the report card, and I had four: algebra, geometry, physics, and chemistry. I went to see the Director – Svetlana Myrkhasmetovna Nazarbayeva, mother of Kairat Satybaldy, and told her that I want to stay and that I don’t want to go to another school. She met me halfway. Some of the students’ parents were outraged that I interfere with the learning process, taint overall performance,  that I should be expelled, but some defended me. In 10th grade I participated in KVN and performed for the school, improved my school performance. In 11th grade I was published in “Karavan”, so nobody talked about me being expelled anymore.

Z.A.   Is poor academic performance the influence of a big city?

A.Y. Competition is not high in the village, and demands to students are lower. In a big city nobody is interested in you. In the village everyone knows about each other. If you have a problem with something, teachers meet with your parents and talk. And another thing. Time was difficult then – situation in the country was bad when I went to school. It was bad for everyone. People were busy with surviving; my mother sold bread, dad was looking for a job, so, clearly, it wasn’t about my grades. School tuition was 200 tenge per month, but even this much money we paid with a delay. 

Full interview can be read here:

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/alisher_elikbaev-7615.html

Yermurat Temirkhanov

City: Born in Pavlodar; lives in Almaty since 1997.

Education: KIMEP, Department of Business Administration and Accounting, Major – Finance. Currently is a part-time student at the Department of Mining at the Kazakh National Technical University of Satpayev.

Work Place: Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance, “Aktogai Mys” LLP (Mining industry – gold mining).

Professional experience: Financial Director at “Angrensor Energo” LLP; Financial Controller for “Bapy Mining” LLP; Head of the Department of Corporate Finance at AK “Altynalmas” JSC; Financial Director at “SUMERU” LLP; Department of Finance of “KazMunaiGas” JSC subsidiaries.

Main achievements: I’ve worked in various companies in Kazakhstan and abroad. I always tried to give a 100 percent, whether in seaside Aktau, colorful Tbilisi, rough Ekibastuz or beloved Almaty. I always considered myself inquisitive and eager for knowledge. During 10 years of work the desire to improve and expend the horizons has only increased. That’s why now I’m getting further education.

As a part of the government group I have insured economic support for purchasing “Tbilgazi” company. Participated in implementation of ISO 9000 international quality standards in “KazTransGas Distribution” JSC. Played an important role in reorganization of “SUMERU” gold mining holding (acquisition, integration and implementation of subsoil user companies), initiated and brilliantly performed audit for the Holding in accordance with IFRS. Repeatedly engaged external funding to AK “Altynalmas” JSC, and coordinated integration with ERP system. Supervised financial unit in “Angrenson Energo” LLP coal mining company. I currently continue working in the mining sector – “Aktogay Mys” gold mining company.

Interests: I have been a member of WorldClass and Fidelity fitness clubs for several years now. I get up at 6:30, and start my day with swimming and gym. It gives necessary energy for the whole day.

The most valuable thing is my family. I am married and raising two wonderful children. It is important when close people understand and support my aspirations and endeavors – I feel like I can move mountains. On the weekends I take my kids to private stables; during school breaks I take my family to the sea. My wife and I enjoy seeing new productions at Almaty Theater of Opera and Ballet or Astana Opera, nor do we miss high-profile movie premiers.

Motto: “Each moment of life is another opportunity.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/ermurat_temirhanov-5900.html

Marat Raimkhanov

“When you are finished changing, you are finished”  

Photo from personal archive

Natalia Terentyeva, special for Vласти

City: born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, lives in Astana

Education: London School of Economics, Master of Public Administration; KIMEP, Master of International Journalism and Mass Communications; Almaty State University of Abai, Major – History and Geography; Suleiman Demirel University, Major – Foreign Philology. Knows English and French languages.

Work Place: Independent Media Expert

Professional experience: I have a great working experience in communication agencies; headed “Zan” Media Corporation; worked as a consultant, head of the President’s press service, general manager of the Center of Social Partnership for “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC, Deputy Chairman of the Board of “STRC Kazakhstan” JSC on Strategic Affairs. Taught “Mass Media and Society” course at KIMEP.

Achievements: HESP Soros Foundation and “Bolashak” program fellow; BBC World News seminar participant (London); participant of the joint summer institute of the Annenberg School of Communication of University of Pennsylvania and the Program of Comparative Medial Policy of Oxford University; winner of the European Union project “Reformation and Modernization of Civil Service of the Government of Kazakhstan”. Significant professional achievement of 2014 – rebranding of “Kazakhstan” TV channel in accordance with the best leading international standards in television design.

Hobbies: numismatics, impressionism, history, literature.

Life’s Motto: set realistic goals and achieve them tirelessly.

Quote: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”  – Winston Churchill

When you are finished changingyou‘re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

http://vlast.kz/100_leaders/marat_raimhanov-6443.html

Kairat Kudaibergen

City: Almaty

Education: graduated from the secondary school No.149 in Almaty. Entered Department of Law of the Kazakh Academy of Labor and Social Relations; graduated with honors. Later on has also successfully graduated from the Executive MBA program of KIMEP University (master’s degree). Lecturer and KIMEP University Leaders Forum member. Undergone training in Anglo-Continental School of England in Bournemouth, UK.

Work place: founder of the “THS GROUP” group of companies (construction holding), public figure, member of the “Atameken” national chamber of entrepreneurs, member of the board of the “Zhanaru” national movement against corruption, member of the board of the “Student Combatant Troops” NGO.

Professional experience: since 2003 worked in various government and commercial organizations in positions from a simple specialist to executive positions (DAMU Fund, Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan, Dana Bank JSC, JSC SB “HSBC”, MMC Kazakhaltyn, “SC Story Contract” Construction Corporation”).

Main achievements: the most valuable contribution in business is believed to be the ability to be an honest partner. Considers his family and the opportunity to engage in charity as the main achievement of his life.

Hobbies: soccer, snowboarding, tennis, golf.

Life’s Motto: Labor omniavincit — Labor conquers all.

Dossymova Zhanerke

Undergraduate degree: KIMEP University BSC, major: accounting; minor: finance 2009-2012 (december)
Graduate: Yonsei GSIS, International Trade, Finance & Management

Thanks to my parents, I became a part of KIMEP University. I have to say that is was difficult for me to adapt to KIMEP University’s system and student life at KIMEP. However, later I saw how these difficulties helped me in the future. KIMEP gives a lot of opportunities to its students and I tried to use as many as I could.

Starting from early 2011, I had a big interest in Koreawatching Korean dramas. Korea is a country with rich culture, nature and historical places. I had a huge desire to know more about this country. It was my fortune to participate in summer exchange program and study in summer school in HUFS, Seoul, Korea. After spending one and half month in Korea I felt that the time I spent was not enough for me. I did not have much time to discover the beautiful places, learn the culture and the language. I was looking for any chances to study in Korea and Professor Lee Keun Jung helped me to find opportunities.

From a wide selection of Korean Universities, I choose Yonsei. I applied to GSIS Yonsei and to the POSCO TJ Park Foundation. Thanks to skills and knowledge I gained from KIMEP University and thanks to Professor Lee I was admitted to Yonsei University and became a POSCO Asia Fellowship. Today, I am doing my Master Degree and working part time work at Korea KIMEP Exchange Center with professor Yang SeungRyong .Than kyou KIMEP!

Aida Yesmagambetova

How KIMEP contributed to her personal growth

What KIMEP meant to me
I enrolled at KIMEP as an adult; I was 24 years old, and I had decided I wanted to understand business. Given the diverse and international faculty at KIMEP’s business college, it was a perfect fit.
I graduated from that very college with an MBA in marketing in the year 2000, and KIMEP had transformed me. In 1998, I had been a “Soviet person” with a classic Soviet education, but at KIMEP my outlook changed: I became more business-oriented. I had been born again through my study of business, marketing and sales – I didn’t want to do anything else.

Oh and, by the way, I met my first husband at KIMEP! I needed to move a huge refrigerator up to my dorm room, and the guys – my neighbours – offered to help. They crouched down, placed it on their backs, and together we struggled to get it up the stairs. Let me tell you, it was heavy! When we finally reached my floor, another guy said, “Let me help you”, but he didn’t end up touching the refrigerator once. Instead, he was just directing us: “here, on the right” or “there, on the left”. Afterwards, I thanked the guys and bought them some beer.

In the evening, I came by the guys’ room. They weren’t there, but I saw the lazy guy, who had done nothing but guide the procession earlier, drinking the beer I had bought for the ones who had helped! At that moment, I didn’t like him at all, but as you might have already guessed, that man was my future husband.

KIMEP has a very special place in my heart. It feels like a second home. I lived in that dormitory for two years, and I enjoyed it immensely. Those were happy times.

What I have learned here

While studying at KIMEP, I was also working as a translator in a foreign law company. I had been living on my own since I was 16. My parents couldn’t help me; during the collapse of the Soviet Union, no one had a job. I had to make a schedule that allowed me to balance work and studying, but it wasn’t too bad. Besides, many students today have to balance these things as well.

The most important thing I learned at KIMEP was this: KIMEP taught me how to present myself and the work I do in the best possible way. Thanks to KIMEP, I was able to develop these natural communication skills.

After KIMEP
After graduating, I worked in the same company but as a marketing coordinator. Then I got a job at the United Nations: I was a project manager for “the strengthening of professional media in Kazakhstan” for 6 months. After that, for three years I worked at Kazkommertsbank in the retail business department. I developed card products – deposits, loans, etc.
After the birth of my second child, I decided to start a business of my own. Thus, I created InvestRealty in 2006. Back then, real estate was increasing in value, and many were thinking about investing in property overseas. I became among the first to sell overseas property properties in Kazakhstan. I remained in the real estate business for 8 years. I created an internet database – all that information needed to be stored somewhere. Real estate is a complex asset, and it needs to be managed properly.

After leaving real estate, I decided to try the fashion business. It is a very creative area, and what we choose to wear is a fundamental act of self-expression. The direction I chose: fashion buying.
I graduated from a high intensity masters’ program at The London College of Fashion in 6-months, and went directly into fashion retail.

Opening my own online fashion shop
I decided to conquer the online fashion market in Kazakhstan. The fashion market here has huge potential; billions of dollars a year are spent in foreign stores online – aliexpress, asos, amazon, lamoda, etc. My brand, fashion Code, had to be an alternative.
Because I wanted to produce pieces of high quality, I chose to manufacture the line in South Korea. I’d decided that people were tired of the mass market, and they understood that in order for a T-shirt to cost five dollars, someone has to work in appalling conditions for close to no pay.

Sales began in February, 2017. People liked it, and I realized that I was on the right track. Pieces can be ordered online, on Whatsapp, and offline. A business must be omni-channeled.

I want to stay in the fashion industry, and I have many plans for the future.

Bagtygul Annayeva

Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Why did you choose KIMEP?
I am from Turkmenistan and a lot of people here never heard of KIMEP. I was one of those people. A friend of mine told me about this university in Kazakhstan when I was looking for a place to study after graduating high school. I decided to apply mainly because the classes were in English and Almaty is not far away from home (only 2 hour flight away). I came without high expectations and ended up loving KIMEP and Almaty. KIMEP is truly a great place to study in Central Asia with a quality education and a diverse student life.

What memories stand out from your time at KIMEP?
If you ask somebody about their student life people always share their warm memories and finish by saying those years were the best (at least I always get these type of responses).  I am no different.  My student years at KIMEP were the best: interesting classes with great professors and friends from different countries. In addition, I had an opportunity to  study in two different universities in Europe as an exchange student. I spent one semester at the University of Balearic Islands in Spain through Erasmus Mundus Program and one semester at the University of Applied Science Krems in Austria for which I received Ernst Mach Grant. I am grateful to KIMEP for great experiences that I had during those 4 years.

Do you have any memories of outstanding professors?
We had very interesting professors with diverse backgrounds. I would like to thank them for teaching us so much. Especially, I loved Zhanat Syzdykov’s accounting classes.  Who would think Intermediate Accounting courses can be a lot of fun?

What is your current job and when did you start?
I work at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It has been a year now and I am happy to work at a development bank.  I always wanted to work at a place with a purpose where you see that you are making a difference and contributing to growth of the country. Before joining EBRD, I was studying in Italy for my Master’s degree.

How did KIMEP education help with your job?
Everything I have learned at my university was useful in my job. It might sound strange since people tend to say that whatever you have learned at the university will not be useful in real life when you start working. For example, on my very first job interview I was asked so many accounting and financial questions and the interviewers were actually surprised that I was taught all those concepts. Now they know about KIMEP and consider KIMEP alumni to be good in their fields of study. Our alumni in Turkmenistan are mostly working in well-recognized organizations and companies. I feel very proud of KIMEP and our alumni.

Did you stay in touch with your classmates and if so, how often do you meet  them?
We stay in touch via social media since we live in different cities and countries.  I would like to attend alumni reunions in the future to see my classmates again. Here in Ashgabat we organize unofficial KIMEP alumni meetings with Turkmen alumni couple times a year. It is always a pleasure to see old friends.

What would your advice be to current students?
As I mentioned before anyone who has already graduated from university will say that student years are the best years of their life. Hence, enjoy and learn as much as you can. Try not to disregard some courses because you think they are not  important and that you will never need them. You never know what will happen in life.

How do you stay calm and focused? Do you do anything outside of work to help you with this?
Yes, I do sports to stay calm and focused. I cannot imagine my life without a gym. I start missing it if I have to skip due to work commitments and I try to book hotels with a gym when I travel.

What are your ideas on happiness and success?
For me success mostly comprises of hard work. You may need a little bit of luck as well. However, I refuse to believe that you can be successful without putting an effort. Of course, you have to have faith and believe in what you do, but without hard work you cannot succeed.
For me happiness is being around loved ones; doing what you love and learning new things; and it always makes me happy to travel to new places.

Anything else you would like to share with the KIMEP community?
I would like to thank everyone who works at KIMEP for their every day efforts at making it a great place to study.

Mariyam Zhumadil

International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC

Why did you choose KIMEP?
Back in 2003 when I returned from a year-long exchange program in the United States, KIMEP was the leading business school in the region offering quality education marketable outside of Kazakhstan. Having studied in the US education system, I saw the enormous benefit of being able to design my own curriculum at KIMEP and pace it in line with my needs. The opportunity to take classes from international professors and to study with a diverse group of students from all over the world was another factor very important to me, as I wanted to build my network of future professional contacts globally.

What memories stand out from your time at KIMEP?
Interestingly the best memories of KIMEP are the funny jokes/comments made by some professors and students, on-campus parties and KELT performances.

Do you have any memories of outstanding professors?
Of course, there were many very capable professors at KIMEP. The best professor in finance by far was Serik Suleimenov, he was very thorough and would always challenge us with tasks of increasing difficulty. Being in his class was fun and intellectually stimulating. His classes prepared me very well for my further studies at the top US business schools.

Another outstanding professor was Nurlan Orazalin, even though I understood accounting concepts easily, I really appreciated how he was good at articulating and explaining them to students who found them challenging. I believe thanks to his patience, openness and commitment to delivering quality education, KIMEP graduates stood out during recruitment to top audit firms.

What is your current job and when did you start? Any advancement or promotion since you have started your job?
I have been with International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC for a year now. I joined IFC through the Young Professionals Program, which is a very selective rotational program raising future leaders of the organization. In my current role as a global investment professional, I am working on digital and fintech deals in the emerging markets. Before IFC I held various positions in Kazakh finance and banking sector with the latest being Associate Banker at EBRD and Head of Equity Research at Halyk Finance.

How did KIMEP education help with your job?
Resources available at KIMEP, both in terms of education and access to top employers through the career center, were by far the best in the market. I have landed by first internship at Citibank Kazakhstan during my freshman year, which helped me to start building early on my CV experience for full-time employment. Furthermore, this has also triggered my full-blown English tutor practice whereby by word of mouth by the end of my sophomore year I was giving private lessons to 6-8 students. Over time these lessons allowed me to cover substantial cost of KIMEP tuition on my own.

Thanks to the flexibilities built into KIMEP curriculum, I was able to take on a full-time job in my senior year and try different areas of banking before deciding where was a better fit for my personality and professional aspirations. Undoubtedly, KIMEP education and internship opportunities offered throughout our studies prepared us well to pass with confidence any full-time interview and land the job of our dreams.

Did you stay in touch with your classmates and if so, how often do you meet them?
I have stayed in touch with a few classmates, not as many as I wish I did. Unfortunately, with time family commitments and distance make it increasingly hard to invest time in these relationships. When I visit Kazakhstan during summer I always try to meet friends, old classmates and colleagues.

What would your advice be to current students?
My advice is to be intellectually curious wherever you are, life is a journey of knowledge which is just starting for you. I would strongly encourage you to invest time at KIMEP at building your future network, sign up for various clubs and leadership positions, mingle with different student groups, learn more about your classmates and their interests.

How do you stay calm and focused? Do you do anything outside of work to help you with this?

Calm no, focused yes. Every morning I plan my day ahead, no matter what happens during the day I stick to my agenda and follow it through. This helps not to get distracted by noise and to deliver on time. I don’t do anything super fancy, I just like to chill with my family over barbecue.

What are your ideas on happiness and success?
As we mature and change the ideas of happiness and success evolve, what made me happy five years ago does not necessarily make me happy today. For me at this stage in my life it would mean living a truly fulfilling life, whereby I am happy in my family and excel in my professional career.

Anything else you would like to share with the KIMEP community?
I would encourage KIMEP alumni society and other relevant bodies to organize more networking events for KIMEP alumni professionals in Kazakhstan and abroad. KIMEP alumni network is by far the largest and strongest in the Kazakh business community, but currently is not being leveraged fully by KIMEP students seeking employment opportunities and by the working professionals. I believe KIMEP brand needs to be strengthened and the alumni network is instrumental in achieving that.

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Contact Details:

Dinara Sagindykova
Specialist
Corporate Development Department
KIMEP University
cdd@kimep.kz
+7 727 270 42 26

How to Give

Rakhmet Scholarship Fund
The RAKHMET Scholarship Fund was established in 2010. This is a fund especially for KIMEP Alumni to support students in need, and contribute to the education of tomorrow’s leaders. The fund supports students KIMEP’s financially needy students who demonstrate excellence academic merit. Alumni can also support KIMEP’s institutional needs through the fund. For ways to contribute, please contact KIMEP’s Corporate Development Department at cdd@kimep.kz or +7 727 270 42 26.

In addition to scholarships and support for faculty, there are dozens of ways to provide support for and work with KIMEP. Whether you would like to enhance the library’s collection of academic resources, contribute seed funds for KIMEP’s research centers or assist our students achieve their dreams of participating in international conferences, a range of opportunities exist to support the institution. The gift can be named after your company, your class, or however you would like to capture your contribution to KIMEP. Corporate Development Department staff can assist you with your personalized gift to improve KIMEP’s services for faculty, students and the community.

How to be become an Alumni Ambassador

You can have the best alumni database in the world, the strongest brand, and professional and capable alumni relations staff, but without the ‘playmaker’ ingredient, your alumni network will not succeed. The most critical ingredient to the success of the alumni association is the presence of ‘playmakers’ – or as we call them, ‘alumni network ambassadors’.

These are the alumni who initiate discussions, who organize local events, who bridge their Class with Alma Mater, post jobs and are most willing to mentor others. Without these alumni ambassadors, alumni association will ultimately die.  With them, it can thrive.

Profile of KIMEP Alumni Ambassador

  • You should be an alumnus of KIMEP University. An alumnus is a person who received a degree (bachelor, or master) from the KIMEP University.
  • You are enthusiastic and have great social skills.
  • You have strong  relationship with your classmates or a group of alumni in the city of your current residence
  • You enjoy talking to people and love the opportunity to share your experience.
  • You are willing to carry out some tasks for the KIMEP University on a voluntary basis.
  • You are representing a Class (1994, 1995, etc), city (Almaty, Astana, Atyrau etc) or Program (BSC, MBA, MPA, etc)

Ambassador tasks

  • Be a volunteer and support the marketing activities of the KIMEP University (e.g. counseling prospective students, attending an OHD or organizing an evening with some prospective students).
  • Establish cooperation with organizations for the benefits of KIMEP
  • Be an advisor and contact point of the KIMEP University in your city/region/country.
  • Initiate or/and maintain the KIMEP U alumni network, i.e. manage Alumni chapters.
  • Be always in contact with KIMEP/The Corporate Development Department, know all KIMEP news and inform classmates about these news

Benefits

  • We offer you the opportunity to strengthen your affiliation with KIMEP University, to build up your network, have access to students – potential interns and employees, implement your projects on campus – all this will be  fully supported by KIMEP. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to network with KIMEP top management , faculty and the rest 12 thousand alumni.
  • In addition, you will be provided with KIMEP U business card – the ideal networking and branding instrument for you!

How to apply

Send the following information to cdd@kimep.kz:

  • A brief and informal essay on why you would like to become an Alumni Ambassador in your current city/region/country of residence.
  • Your curriculum vitae including your student number and study programme.

Mentorship

On April 1, 2019 is the starting date for the new CDD program.

Three alumni volunteers with extensive business experience Larissa Yermoshkina Class 1995, Valeriy Dordzhiyev Class 1995, , Baurzhan Issayev Class 2006 volunteered to mentor six BCB students. We selected these alumni, because of their active involvement in KIMEP life; we paid special attention to their ability and desire to guide our students on the path of career building, professional growth and life values.

All the third year BCB students with high GPA received the information about the program. Six students submitted their CV’s and essays.

CDD did a lot of preparatory work to start this program: the best practices of mentorship program of various universities were studied, special attention was given to the mentorship program at the Law College that is successfully managed since 2017.

We have prepared mentoring manuals for mentors and students-mentees. We organized a meeting of mentors with the Mentorship Program Coordinator at the Law School Alina Davar, she answered questions on the program` organizational issues.

A meeting of BCB six students with mentors was organized, where mentors presented themselves to students and answered their questions. At the end of the meeting, students chose their mentors.

Throughout the year, mentors will meet with their students on campus, advise them during meetings and work online. Once every three months mentors and students will report to CDD. CDD will summarize the results of the mentorship program in April 2020 at the general meeting of mentors and students, where new mentees as well as new mentors will be presented.

This CDD program aims to strengthen the link between generations of alumni and students, to help senior students with a choice of career paths, to create a community of mentors at KIMEP University.