Originally coming from Samarkand I moved to Bishkek in 2003 and graduated in 2006. I studied International and Comparative Politics and did minor in International Law.
Right after graduation I moved to Almaty, where I live now. I began as Logistics coordinator at the International Relations Department of one of the biggest banks in Kazakhstan at that time, Alliance Bank. I moved to the International Republican Institute (IRI) as a project manager when they reopened their office in Kazakhstan in 2008. After more than two years of working with political parties and NGOs in Kazakhstan I got a scholarship from Open Society Foundations and French Embassy and went to France where I got my MA degree in International project management. As a part of my MA programme I had a four-month internship at the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva.
Nowadays I work for the Transboundary Water Management project at the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC). The project is sponsored by European Commission and is implemented by GIZ and CAREC.
I think majority of AUCA graduates will laugh remembering sleepless nights of writing term papers when eyelids weigh more than a laptop and fingers are glued to the keyboard by transparency of thoughts and ideas. For me AUCA was not only a school of academic learning, it taught me to survive, to strive and finally to achieve. It was not always easy, especially in the beginning, but definitely it was worth it.
Those great teachers and good friends that I met at AUCA became very dear to me, and I am very thankful that I have such people as my friends.