Maigul Nugmanova is a Head of Gender Economics Research Center at the Narxoz University. Her research focus is gender economics issues, food security and quality of higher education. Maigul was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar of the Program of Gender Analysis in Economics (American University, Washington, DC). She is a member of Central Eurasian Studies Society. Dr. Nugmanova was a Head of International Offices of the Kazakh Ablai Khan University, National Agrarian University and Academy of Civil Service; Country Coordinator of EU Erasmus+ projects; Director of Soros Foundation Educational Advising center in Astana; FAO "Extension in Agriculture" project coordinator in Kazakhstan. Dr. Nugmanova was a UNDP National expert on gender mainstreaming project; a national consultant/researcher for Kazakhstan on human trafficking in Central Asia with the TCC of IOM in Austria and expert/assessor for FIBAA European accreditation agency. She is a fellow of GEM-IWG. She is an Academic Editor at IntechOpen of the books titled "Human Rights - An Epitome of Human Equality" and "Central Asia: Towards Sustainable Development".
Research Assistant of the center – Temirlan Yerbossynov, PhD student on International Relations
Research fellows in 2019-2020
Research topic: Gender differences in the life expectancy of the population of Kazakhstan (1981-2017)
Akbope Myrkassymova is a second-year PhD student at the Kazakh National Medical University (KazNMU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her background specialty is in obstetrics and gynecology. She obtained her MSc degree in Public Health from LSHTM (2015-2016). Her MSc thesis title is "Changes in life expectancy in Central Asian countries in 1998 – 2012/13: Analysis of mortality data using Arriaga's method of decomposition by age and cause of death". Currently she is doing PhD in Public Health and her project title is "Methodological approaches to understanding regional differences in the life expectancy of the population of the Republic of Kazakhstan". Akbope's continuous education was supported by grants from the Kazakh government ("Bolashak program" 2014-2016), the Open Medical Institute to attend Salzburg medical seminars (2017, 2018 and 2019). Most recently, her interests in gender differences in mortality in Kazakhstan led to participation in the fellowship program at the Gender Economics Research Center in Almaty.
Research topic: Men and women in domestic work: an economic rationality of replacing household labor with market equivalents when a certain level of household welfare is reached
Aizhan Salimzhanova is currently a PhD student at Istanbul Technical University, her major is Economics. Aizhan's research interests include Gender Studies, Green Economics, and Waste Management. She is a former director of the Research Institute for Social and Gender Studies at Kazakh State Women's Teacher Training University and continues to collaborate as an affiliated researcher in this organization. Aizhan's work was related to promoting, coordinating and initiating social and gender research and academic programs. Working together with UNDP Istanbul regional hub and UNDP Country Office Kazakhstan, Aizhan has been involved in the research on unpaid domestic work in Kazakhstan and gender equality issues in Central Asia, CIS, and Western Balkans. She has International experience of working and traineeship in Turkey and France. Currently, Aizhan works as an economist, continues promoting gender equality issues in Kazakhstan, and is about to finish her Ph.D. dissertation on Green Economics.
Research topic: Human Resource Management and Gender Pay Gap: Evidence from Kazakhstan
Amina Gassanova is a member of a Business school team at Suleyman Demirel University in Kazakhstan since 2015. Currently she is PhD candidate and at the same time member of HR research institute at Narxoz University. She is a winner of several scholarships like Erasmus+ and Tayburil. Her research interests are Social insurance and Human Resource Management. She has several publications such as: "Analysis of Labor Market and Unemployment Insurance in the Case of Republic of Kazakhstan", (International Journal of Engineering and Management Research), "Управление Социальными рисками на рынке труда в период становления рыночной экономики" (Monograph). In addition, she got a reward "The Best Manuscript" from SIJ Transactions on Industrial, Financial & Business Management (IFBM).
Research topic: Modernisation of the mechanism of state regulation of women's employment in the STEM fields of Kazakhstan
Aigerim Kussaiynkyzy is a second year PhD student at Narxoz University. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between participants' childhood science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related experiences, their STEM identity (i.e., seeing oneself as a STEM person), and their college/University career intentions. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of media, art history, gender, visual culture, critical race, and postcolonial theories. She holds an LLM degree in International Business Law from the University de Montreal, Canada, and holds a Bachelor of Law in Customs affairs. Aigerim worked as a senior lecturer at Narxoz and UIB Universities.
Research topic: «Гендерное бюджетирование в Казахстане: процессы, механизмы реализации и перспективы»
Makpal Bekturganova was born on August 13, 1991 in the city of Aktau. In 2013 Makpal graduated from the Kazakh-British Technical University with an academic degree of Bachelor of Economics and Business. In 2013, she started an MBA at the JSC "Kazakh-British Technical University", "General Management" specialty. In 2015, Makpal graduated with honors from the profile master's degree in "Management", having the cycle of disciplines of pedagogical profile from the Kazakh National University Al-Farabi. In 2016, Makpal entered the PhD program under the joint program of KazNU Al-Farabi and the Institute of Economics of the Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Kazakhstan on the specialty "Economy". She completed the research internship 3 months at the DIW Econ (Germany, Berlin) working with leading scientists in the field of low carbon development. From the beginning of study at PhD, she participated in more than 30 scientific and practical conferences. She published more than 11 scientific articles. Her research interests include 3 main directions: low-carbon development, gender economy, and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).
Anuar Assamidanov, Master of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Lecturer at Suleyman Demirel University. Research topic: The Impact of Grandparental Childcare on Mother's Labor Force Participation

Gaukhar Kenzhegulova, graduate student at Narxoz University. Research topic: Gender Statistics: Gender Imbalance in Higher Education

Anel Kireyeva, Ph.D. (Econ.), Leading researcher at the Institute of Economics, Committee of Science, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Research topic: Gender pay gap

Zaira Satpayeva, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Institute of Economics, Committee of Science, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Research topic: Women's entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan: current state and prospects