Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Kazakhstan 

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.
The British Council has launched the seventh year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. 
There are two award categories this year in Kazakhstan:
  • Professional Achievement Award recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Social Impact Award recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. 
December 2020 - January 2021 Announcement of finalists
March 2021  Kazakhstan national-level winners announced
March - August 2021 Global finalist announcement & digital celebration
September 2021 Global Alumni Awards winners announced    

The finalists and winners of the global Alumni Awards will be announced in 2021 and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success. Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and to enhance their careers, through a professional networking visit to the UK (subject to global Covid-19 situation). 

Meet this-year Study UK Alumni Awards finalists and judges in Kazakhstan:

Professional Achievement Award

Saltanat Janenova - Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University. 

University of Edinburgh 

Saltanat designs and teaches core modules for Master in Public Administration, Master in Public Policy, and PhD in Public Policy programmes. She is also engaged in doing research on public sector reforms in Central Asia and providing consultancy for government agencies and international organisations.  Saltanat has been published in reputable peer-reviewed academic journals.

Askar Billisbekov - Executive Director at QazProperty, Association

University of Westminster

Askar is responsible for the market of Almaty real estate, brokerage, facility and property  management services, and the development of businesses management and facilitation. 

Zulfiya Urumbassarova - Deputy Principal for School Development and External Affairs at Aqbobek International School

University Сollege London 

Zulfiya develops a strategic plan for the development of the School, supervises issues, organises and conducts international accreditation of CIS in the School. She also conducts events related to the inclusion of the School in international organisations at various levels and oversees the engagement of the school with public.


Social Impact Award

Galym Baitimbetov - Founder, CEO at AquaPoint LLP

University College London

Galym develops company's strategy, works with investors and banks for fundraising, and manages a team of 15 people.

Aigerim Urazgaliyeva - Urban Planner at Gakyeong Architects and Engineeers Inc.

University College London

Aigerim manages a Regeneration project of the historical center of  Nur-Sultan (former Astana) and leads on the development of planning legislation of Astana

Akmaral Sman - Regional Gender and Livelihood Expert at FAO, United Nations, CACILM II project

Queen Mary University of London

Akmaral coordinates regional gender and social inclusion mainstreaming strategy in natural resources management. She conducts capacity development of stakeholders, NGOs, academia and researchers of Central Asia under the project activities. Akmaral builds partnerships and initiatives to empower rural women and vulnerable people and analyses national policies and programmes, mainstream recommendations to response to gender equality and improved livelihoods.



This year's judges

Eric Lawrie – Country Director British Council Kazakhstan 

Eric Lawrie has worked for the British Council for many years in more than nine countries. His last posting was that of Country Director in Afghanistan. In his new post as Country Director Kazakhstan he will oversee a range of programmes which promote educational and cultural cooperation between the UK and Kazakhstan.

Eric Lawrie is a passionate believer that education and cultural relations are as important to international relations as politics, economics, trade and development. It is through collaboration between our education systems and the spaces we create for joint dialogue and sharing where we develop mutual understanding and an appreciation of what makes us similar and what makes us different. And it is in this space that the English language is unique as a truly global language both benefitting native and non-native speakers. He believes that access to English gives young people the ability to broaden their educational opportunities and create new aspirations for a country like Kazakhstan as it plays a more and more prominent role internationally. Eric has lead on a number of joint UK / host government education programmes during his career to build quality assurance in the secondary and higher education sectors with a view to ensuring graduates are trained for the needs of the job market and have the necessary skills for employability.

Marat Raimkhanov – Independent Communications Consultant, Alumni Awards Winner 2018

Marat Raimkhanov has over 15 years of experience in public relations and corporate communications. He has worked in private PR-agencies, state and national companies, international organisations, including the press service of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna JSC, National TV and radio company Kazakhstan JSC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He is a master's graduate in public administration with the London School of Economics (via the Bolashaq programme) and has a master's degree in international journalism from KIMEP University (Kazakhstan). He was a Fulbright / Hubert Humphrey Fellow (2015-2016) at the University of Maryland (USA) and holds a degree in Media and Communication. Currently, Marat is an independent communications consultant.

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