Elena Abenova serves as Head of Tourism and Hospitality Department at Narxoz University since 2012. She previously taught in the Tourism, Marketing, and Commerce Departments. As a passionate member of Rums, Elena has a wide range experience in developing and testing educational programs for tourism, hotel, and restaurant businesses in Kazakhstan. Since 2015, Elena has been an active pioneer and expert in IAAR, professional tourism, and HoReCa associations such as KTA and KAGIR. Elena specializes in education management, teaching methods, and innovative forms of education for tourism and HoReCa spheres. She is an author of more than 30 scientific and methodological articles and five educational textbooks.