Almira Zholamanova

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Assel Sadykova

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Assel Sadykova

Financial Director, Logistics and Operation

Assel Sadykova is a holder of an International Executive MBA degree in International Finance Risk Management from the HEC School of Management in Paris.
Her vast work experience includes work for multiple companies around Kazakhstan, ranging from road network rehabilitation projects in Western Kazakhstan to managing large-scale financial assets in Almaty. Ms. Sadykova’s joined Nazarbayev University in 2010 where she was the Head of Planning and Economic Department at USM. Her latest achievement was transitioning to the position of the Executive Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Assel oversees all aspects of the School’s operation, including Human Resources, budgeting, infrastructure and staff development.

Victoria Thorstensson

Victoria Thorstensson

SSRES 2016 Program Director

Hi all! I am the program director for SSRES 2016. I arrived to Nazarbayev University in 2015 to join the department of World Languages and Literature at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Russian Literature. I teach Russian and world literature, as well as translation, and methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language. I research Russian polemical novel of the 1860s and work with such authors as Dostoevsky, Leskov and Turgenev. I am looking forward to our summer in Astana!

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