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Last updated: October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Ever since he was a child, Sayazhan Onlasyn has been interested in computer programming and information technology. He actively participated in competitions for young developers and went on to win youth hackathons. As an adult, Sayazhan has continued to train on the job with information technology (IT) companies while also making time to teach programming to schoolchildren through virtual lessons.

September 14, 2021

“A healthy population is key to a nation’s prosperity and wellbeing. As health specialists, our goal is to serve our country,” says Nadezhda Arhipova, Head of the Karaganda’s Medicines Quality Control Laboratory within an affiliate of the National Center of Expertise of Medicines and Medical Devices in Karaganda oblast. She is passionate about ensuring medicines produced in Kazakhstan are of a high quality so that fellow citizens have access to reliable and safe drugs.

September 1, 2021

When he graduated in 2020 with a degree in economics from Nazarbayev University, Miras Khabibulla had plans to work in finance or management consulting. An internship opportunity in data analytics, however, introduced him to new opportunities and perspectives. “Working for the USAID-sponsored e-commerce project at Magnum changed my plans. I think that ‘Big Data’ is an exciting new area now,” he says. 

August 27, 2021

Natalya Prezhebylskaya was just 11 years old in 1976, when her family moved to Kazakhstan from Russia. She studied to be an appraiser in Astana and earned a bachelor’s degree with honors. In 1999, Natalya joined KMF, a microfinance organization, as a credit analyst. Today, at 56, she is the Head of KMF’s Taldykorgan branch.

August 19, 2021

Dedicated Leaders Advance Central Asia's Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Millions of Central Asians leave their homes each year in search of more lucrative job opportunities. However, due to insufficient protection of migrants’ rights and safe migration routes, many are at risk of exploitation.