Central Asia Fellows Paper No. 1, October 2013
By Aitolkyn Kourmanova
Aitolkyn Kourmanova is the head of the private consultancy Central Asia Strategic Management Group based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She specializes in economic and regional issues, risk consult-ing, as well as media and knowledge projects. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in 2011-12, and head of the Central Asia Institute for Economic Strategies from 2007 to 2011, where she launched a popular economic magazine, Vox Populi, and edited a quarterly academic business magazine, Economic Strategies – Central Asia. Aitolkyn holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and earned her Executive Master of Business Administration degree from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris). She was a Central Asia Fellow from April to August 2013.