Fall Central Asia Fellows

Natalia Zakharchenko

Natalia Zakharchenko (Kyrgyzstan) is an alumna of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2012.  She is currently working as an analyst for Norwegian Helsinki Committee. Previously, Natalia worked as a Junior Professional Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and completed her research fellowship at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. She has several publications covering migration in Kyrgyzstan and water management in Central Asia. At the moment, Natalia is involved into the research on gender quotas and its impact on women political empowerment in Kyrgyzstan. During her stay in DC Natalia will work on “Globalizing the Gender Quota? Women in Power in Central Asia.”

Marina Kayumova

Marina Kayumova (Uzbekistan) has considerable international work experience, during which she was exposed to a variety of projects within public and private sectors. Her previous assignments include work in GSM Association, European Parliament and Patent Office. She has also worked as a strategy consultant for SMEs. Marina holds MPhil degree in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from the University of Cambridge and BA from the University of Westminster. She also received Masters in International Relations from the European Institute, where she explored EU-Russia and Central Asia relations in the domain of energy cooperation. During her stay in DC Marina will work on “Brain Drain of ‘Creme de la Creme’ in Uzbekistan: Long-term consequences.”

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