Abdullo Narzullaev, Bukhara

Founder of Ceramics Museum in Gijduvan

Abdullo Narzullaev is a sixth generation ceramist. In 2001 he opened a private ceramic museum that contains an exhibition hall, ceramic and embroidery workshops, a gallery and a guesthouse.    

Coming from a lineage of ceramic masters,  Abdullo has been working in his ceramic workshop with his family members and students since 1987, and he is a founder of the Museum of Ceramics in Gijduvan. He has participated in 106 different international exhibitions and events in the USA, France, Russia, Japan, Kuwait and many other countries. In 2017 the Gijduvan Crafts Center founded by Abdullo became a member of the World Crafts Council (WCC).

Ainura Bekzhanova, Nukus

Expert in English for Arts, Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture

Bekzhanova has a total of nine years of working experience, including six years working as an English teacher in Art Studies department.

In 2018, she started working on her doctoral research project, “The Formation and Development of Foreign Languages in Karakalpak Schools.” Bekzhanova is the author of fifteen scholarly research publications, with two of them published in international journals. She was awarded the Certificate of Honour for successful work in teaching.

Alisher Rakhimov, Tashkent

Director Studio, Master Ceramicist

A six-generation master ceramicist, Alisher Rakhimov was born in Tashkent in 1975. From an early age he studied the art of ceramics. Alisher has exhibited his work in Japan, Germany, the USA and Israel and taken part in various UNESCO projects to revive ancient ceramic techniques, including seminars and festivals. In 2004 he created five documentary films for UNESCO entitled “Ceramicists of Uzbekistan,” and in 2006 he edited the new English editions of books written by his grandfather Mukhitdin Rakhimov, “Artistic Ceramics of Uzbekistan” and “Architectural Ceramics of Uzbekistan.”

In 2012 he received the official title of “Honoured Art Worker of Uzbekistan.” His studio in Tashkent has held several exhibitions, including “Traditions and New Approaches to Architectural Tiles” in 2014, “Ceramics Without Borders” in 2015 and “Continuous Flight” in 2017.

Ayjamal Yusupova, Karakalpakstan

Deputy Scientific Director in charge of research, Savitsky State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan

Ayjamal graduated Karakalpak State University named after Berdakh. After graduation, she worked in UzLiDeP as a manager of the women's sector. In 2016, she worked in the Savitsky State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan as a scientific officer. Since April in 2018, she was appointed as the manager of the ethnography department. Since October 2018, she has been working as a Deputy Director of Scientific Research. Since 2014 Ayjamal has been Deputy Director of the State Council of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Azamjon Abduhalilov, Tashkent

Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture 

In 2017, Azamjon was a film critic for the animated films of the Uzbekkino state company. In 2018, he participated in the scientific events related to film critics and analysis. Today Mr Abdukhalilov’s recommendations are being put to work in the development of the Uzbekistan cinema industry. Currently, he continues his independent research to work on his doctor’s degree. Mr Abdukhalilov has over ten scientific publications in the journals of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.

Elyor Mulladjonov, Tashkent

Executive Director, Council of Museums of Uzbekistan

Elyor Mullajanov is working as the executive director of the Council of Museums of Uzbekistan since 2015. Also, since 2017, he is working as the head of the department of the Secretariat and personnel supervision at the State  Museum of Applied Arts and History of Crafts of Uzbekistan. Mr. Mrlajanov is the initiator and director if the Virtual Museum project that was implemented in the museums of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Termez.

Guzal Khalikulova, Tashkent

Prorector of Science and Innovation, Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture

Guzal Khalikulova has a PhD in Art Studies and works as an Associate Professor and Deputy Principal of Science and Innovation at the Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture. She has been working in this position since 2011, and in this period the institute has implemented one international and twelve national projects for scholarly grants as well as two commercial contracts. The institute has also conducted three international and over ten national scientific conferences, published ten compendiums of scientific research papers. Khalikulova has authored over forty-five scholarly and methodological works, including two study guides, four science and methodology papers and one monograph.

Currently she is working on her doctoral research on the role of voice projection in theatre as part of the development of the art of Uzbek theatre. 

Lola Saifi, Tashkent

General Director, Human House Gallery

Lola Saifi has been working as an art director at the Human House Gallery since 2000. From 2000 to 2006, she and her team organised dozens of exhibitions, fashion shows and festivals, including those on an international scale. Saifi also assisted in establishing over 30 creative brands and craft workshops.

From 2006-2014, Saifi organised several international events in Moscow, including the Oriental Bazaar Festival with over 18,000 people in attendance, the Formula of the East Festival with over 100,000 in attendance, and the charity food festival “Plov Summit – Plov as the Language of International Communications”  with more than 26,000 people attending over one day.

In 2017, she returned to Tashkent and established the new Human House Gallery project. Today it is an innovative cultural platform that provides a network for developing and providing support to the arts and culture sector.

Makhamadjon Otakulov, Tashkent

Associate professor, Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture

Makhamadjon worked as a senior researcher at the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 2015-2016. Since 2018, he works at the Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture, where he teaches The Fundamentals of management. 

Sardor Gaziev, Tashkent

State Young Spectator’s Theatre

Sardor Gaziev works as an assistant to the stage director and as external relations manager holding the position of the associate member of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) in Uzbekistan. Before 2017, he worked as a deputy director of OXUS Culture LLP. While working at OXUS Culture, he participated in multiple cultural projects and provided support to initiatives related to culture and arts. 

As part of the cooperation with international organisations and local authorities, he was engaged in educational events related to management in culture. In 2017, Mr Gaziev was one of the organisers of the First Forum of Art Managers of Central Asia in Bishkek, participated in the Open Culture forum in Korea, worked on organising international tours for Uzbek performers.