Updated 15 Feb­ru­ary 2019

Almyrza Nogoibayev

Renowned Kaza­kh musi­cian and com­poser, Almyrza Nogoibayev has been awar­ded the pres­ti­gi­ous Order of Kur­met and the title of Hon­or­ary Work­er of Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of Kaza­kh­stan.

Evgeny Ofrikhter

Advisor to the European Bank for Recon­struc­tion and Development’s man­aging dir­ect­ors over Cent­ral Asia  and Rus­sia, East­ern Europe and Cau­cas­us, Evgeny pre­vi­ously man­aged the EBRD’s activ­it­ies in the Urals and developed infra­struc­ture pro­jects in Rus­sia, Cent­ral Asia and Ukraine.

HE Mr Erlan Idrissov 

Ambas­sad­or of Kaza­kh­stan to the UK, Mr Idris­sov has twice served as his country’s for­eign min­is­ter, and for five years as its ambas­sad­or to the United States. He played a cru­cial role in Pres­id­ent Nazarbayev’s strategy to strengthen rela­tions with ‘the west’, rep­res­ent­ing the interests of the Cent­ral Asi­an region.

mfa.gov.kz/en/ Ambas­sad­or

Mr Shao Zheng

Coun­sel­lor for Policy Ana­lys­is at the Chinese Embassy in Lon­don, Mr Shao is an exper­i­enced dip­lo­mat who has served at the Chinese embassies in Wash­ing­ton DC and twice in Lon­don. He has worked at the Depart­ment of Inter­na­tion­al Organ­iz­a­tions and Con­fer­ences, Depart­ment of Inform­a­tion, Depart­ment of Bound­ary and Mari­time Affairs, and Depart­ment of Trans­la­tion and Inter­pret­a­tion in China’s for­eign affairs min­istry.  

Mr Aliyor Tilavov

Mr Tila­vov is Coun­sel­lor for Polit­ic­al Affairs at the Embassy of Uzbek­istan in Lon­don.

Dr Siddharth Shankar Saxena

Chair­per­son of the Cam­bridge Cent­ral Asia For­um, Siddharth’s research is centred upon reli­gion and iden­tity, know­ledge sys­tems, social and polit­ic­al devel­op­ment and insti­tu­tion­al his­tory in Cent­ral Asia and the Middle East. Trained as a phys­i­cist, anthro­po­lo­gist and his­tor­i­an, he has con­duc­ted field-based research in Cent­ral Asia since the early 1990s. He has served as con­sult­ant to organ­isa­tions in the UN sys­tem and received res­id­en­tial Medals of Hon­our from both Uzbek­istan and Kaza­kh­stan.

devstudies.cam.ac.uk/ Dr Siddharth Sax­ena
centralasia.group.cam.ac.uk/ Key Officers

Dr Razia Sultanova

A musi­co­lo­gist who stud­ied and worked at the Tashkent and Moscow State Con­ser­vat­or­ies, and at the Rus­si­an Arts Study Insti­tute, Razia’s area of study includes the sig­ni­fic­ance of music for the con­struc­tion of iden­tit­ies, reli­gion and gender in Cent­ral Asi­an and Middle East­ern cul­tures. She is vice-pres­id­ent of the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil for Tra­di­tion­al Music and has acted as a music con­sult­ant for Turk­soy and UNESCO.

mus.cam.ac.uk/ Dr Razia Sul­tan­ova

Dilmurad Yusupov

A doc­tor­al research­er at Sus­sex University’s Insti­tute of Devel­op­ment Stud­ies, Dilmurad has worked for the Japan Inter­na­tion­al Cooper­a­tion Agency and at the Japan­ese embassy in Uzbek­istan on pro­jects aimed at improv­ing social pro­tec­tion and rehab­il­it­a­tion for dis­abled and vul­ner­able people.

ids.ac.uk/ Dilmurad Yusupov

Matteo Fumagalli

Cur­rently a seni­or lec­turer at the Uni­ver­sity of St Andrews School of Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions, Matteo’s research interests lie at the inter­sec­tion of the study of eth­nic con­flict and viol­ence and the polit­ics of nat­ur­al resources, espe­cially in author­it­ari­an set­tings in Cent­ral Asia, the South Cau­cas­us and East Asia. 

st-andrews.ac.uk/ Mat­teo Fumagalli

Bruce Pannier

Bruce Pan­ni­er is seni­or cor­res­pond­ent for Cent­ral Asia at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he writes the Qish­loq Ovozi blog. He also sits on the advis­ory board for SEnECA, a pro­ject that seeks to strengthen rela­tions between the EU and Cent­ral Asia. Before join­ing RFE/RL, Bruce led a soci­olo­gic­al pro­ject in Cent­ral Asia and lived in vil­lages in the region.

rferl.org/ Qish­loq Ovozi

Dr Balihar Sanghera

Seni­or Lec­turer in Soci­ology at Uni­ver­sity of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Soci­ology and Social Research, Balihar’s research interest lies in the polit­ic­al and mor­al eco­nomy of Euras­ia, and in explor­ing how eco­nom­ic insti­tu­tions and rela­tion­ships relate to mor­al val­ues and norms.

kent.ac.uk/ Dr Bali­har Sanghera

Women Behind the Wheel

Cath­er­ine and Han­nah drove the full length of the Pamir High­way to meet the unique women liv­ing along it. They col­late their inter­views with these excep­tion­al people into an hour-length film Women Behind the Wheel: Unheard Voices on the Pamir High­way.

gofundme.com/ Women Behind the Wheel
facebook.com/ Women Behind the Wheel