30th Anniversary Stories | Kazakhstan

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Last updated: August 27, 2021

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.

July 2, 2021

An obstetrics and gynecologist (OBGYN) by training, Dr. Galina Grebennikova, is now the head of the Kazakhstan Association of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Soon after graduating from medical school in 1994, Galina started her rotation in Kazakhstan’s newly formed Family Planning Unit in Almaty.

July 1, 2021

Almagambetova Gulzhan Zhaksylykovna, wears many hats: wife, mother, grandmother, and Supreme Court justice. She went to law school when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. “I studied law at the Legal College in Chelyabinsk and later graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute in Russia in 1991.” Her father was a respected lawyer who spent decades in the prosecutor’s office. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” says Justice Almagambetova.  

June 23, 2021

Diana Medvednikova started her career in 2003 at an independent, regional newspaper, Nasha Gazeta. “It’s famous because it has no state funding! It still exists,” she says proudly. Today, Diana is the Director and Cofounder of the Legal Media Center, a nongovernmental organization focused on media rights, in Kazakhstan. The Center is a USAID-funded Central Asia Media Program grantee that advocates for media independence and trains journalists and law students across the country on mass media. 

March 26, 2021

Dr. Adenov Malik Moldabekovich is the Director of Kazakhstan’s National TB Program. Since graduating from the Almaty Medical University in 1994, he has dedicated his career to Kazakhstan’s fight against TB.