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 (2015–16) at the University of Maryland (USA) and holds a degree in Media and Communication. Currently, Marat is an independent communications consultant.