Our team

Ainur Shakenova

Social Inclusion Initiative Coordinator

Ainur Shakenova graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law from Turan University (Kazakhstan, 2002) and with Master’s degree in law from Saint Louis University (USA, 2012). She had worked as a Law Reform Program Coordinator for the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan since 2007 with a one year gap as an Edmund Muskie Fellowship Program fellow (2011-12), and since 2014 has been coordinating Social Inclusion Initiative which focuses on Inclusive education development and social integration of adults and children with mental health disabilities.

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Kassymkhan Kapparov

Open Economy Initiative Coordinator

Kassymkhan Kapparov received his MBA from Yokohama National University (Japan) under the IMF Scholarship Program and holds an MA and BA in Economics from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan). He has over 10 years of experience working in consulting, think tanks, government agencies, and international companies. 

Mr. Kapparov is a graduate of the “Public Policy” program of the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan. He was a research fellow at the George Washington University’s Central Asia Program. Mr.Kapparov recently represented Kazakhstan in the “Global Economy” initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States.

In 2017 joined the Soros-Kazakhstan Foundation as a Coordinator of the Open Economy Initiative.

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