Alexandra Erkayeva

Independent designer, Ashgabat

Alexandra is an independent designer with over 15 years of experience in brand identity, illustration and game design. She works with a wide range of clients from around the world. Previously Alexandra worked in local and international studios, and have done projects for Coca-Cola, Samsung, BMW and Mercedes. She delivered projects on climate change and other environmental problems for UNDP in Turkmenistan. In 2011 she joined the Picnic Hippo game studio as an art director and participated in the development of mobile games as part of an international team. Since 2016 she started working as a freelance designer, and later founded a logo service helping other designers to sell their works. In 2018 Alexandra started Hi Ashgabat, an entertainment project about the life and culture in Turkmenistan in the past and present.


Dayanch Babayev

Belli Creative Studio, Co-founder & Art Director, Ashgabat

Dayanch received several art certificates from schools in the UK. When he returned to Turkmenistan, he started his career as a graphic designer. In 2014, he co-founded Belli Creative Studio, and since has taken the position of art director. With his supervision, the firm has designed the brand identities of the international events as Ashgabat 2017, Ashgabat 2018 IWF World Championships and First Caspian Economic Forum 2019.  


Dovlet Geldiyev

Belli Creative Studio, Co-Founder & Director, Ashgabat 

Dovlet is an ambitious businessman. He earned his bachelor's degree in the UK, where he studied Computer Science and Finance. In 2014, he co-founded Belli Creative Studio, and since he holds the firm’s directorship. Under his directorship, the studio has managed brandings of considerable projects like Ashgabat 2017, Ashgabat 2018 IWF World Championships and First Caspian Economic Forum 2019.  


Farruh Tagiyev

Turkmen-Tranzit, General Director, Ashgabat 

In 2003 Farruh graduated Higher bank school of Ashgabat city and has more than 9 years of work experience in IT-business sphere. In 2010 г. accedes to the capacity of general director of «Turkmen-Tranzit» company and is charged with strategic management of organization development and market extension. Company is system integrator in information technologies field. Under the direction of Farruh «Turkmen-Tranzit» reaches leadership in IT-market in Turkmenistan. During the years of organization management he acquired and developed skills in selling fields of technologically hard decisions, projects management, development of foremost decisions of information security ensuring. 


Jamilia Kerimova

Turkmen-Tranzit, Head of Legal Department, Ashgabat

Jamilia Kerimova graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Agriculture in 2013. In 2013-2014, she was an assistant to a private entrepreneur. Since 2015, Jamilia has headed Turkmen-Tranzit’s Legal Department. She’s a professional, diligent and proactive employee valued by the company’s personnel and management. Jamilia prepares corporate regulations and effectively manages legal work. She knows how to deal with difficult situations in line with laws and corporate interests and how to make correct legal decisions in time. She’s good at communication and processing of legal information. Jamilia works continuously to improve her professional knowledge. She’s currently developing a co-working space, which is a new area of expertise for the country.


Jennet Artykova

Handmade jewelry artist, Turkmenabat 

I am ardent about handcrafting work and embroidery from my childhood life but last several years I focus more on handmade jewellery in Turkmen style. I have a little shop in Turkmenabat city, where I demonstrate my collection of jewellery. Also, two-three times a year I attend in exhibitions of handmade items in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, representing my works and meeting new people from different places of Turkmenistan. Last year I was invited to take part in Christmas Exhibition of Handcrafts organized by United Nations (UN) and British Embassy in Turkmenistan. It was a unique opportunity for me to present my works and meet new people as well as develop my knowledge on new types of crafting. I am planning to organize professional workshops in different regions of the country in order to help handicraft masters to produce the highest calibre work. 

Mahri Ahmedova

Akylly Tilsimat, Chief Executive Officer, Ashgabat

Mahri is the CEO of local Turkmen company established in 2016. Graduated from Russian state academy of intellectual property, qualified Lawyer and until 2018 she has been working for different local IT and services companies. Since April of 2018 company launched totally new for the area project – Startup accelerator. The project is to support young, ambitious, full of ideas entrepreneurs in making their ideas come true. Later in this year company won a grant from British Embassy to develop the project.  Mahri hopes she could possibly widen her horizon,  will have an opportunity to exchange experiences with other participants and bring some new ideas to her company during the forum.


Selbi Jumayeva

Cultural sociologist, Ashgabat 

Selbi Jumayeva is a cultural sociologist who explores Central Asian human geography and intellectual traditions through visual ethnography, archives, folk art representations and bazar ecologies. She has taught environmental philosophy, social theory and research methods in Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. Selbi was an International Gender Studies Center WEF Fellow at Oxford University in 2016 and obtained her MA degree with honors from Essex University as Chevening alumna in 2011.

Sheker Akiniyazova

Design by Sheker, founder, Ashgabat

Sheker is a member of the Union of Architects of Turkmenistan. Founder and head designer of the interior design studio Design by Sheker “Design of your dreams”. Entrepreneur who engaged with Turkmen embroidery and all kinds of products related to it: clothing, decor, jewellery, household items, paintings, tapestries and others that are handmade by Turkmen women. Sheker not only promotes those Turkmen handcrafted embroidery items but also creates all kind of wearable jewellery and accessories from them for international display. Sheker also is a lecturer at The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan “Business School”, her teaching course is "Design work and interior design". Other interests: photography, painting, fashion design.

Tahyr Alladurdyyev

Caspy Creative, Co-Founder and Financial Director, Tahyr Alladurdyyev, Ashgabat

Professional Entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) focused in Accounting and Business Management from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA with excellent communication skills in English, Russian, Turkish and Turkmen languages. He is proficient in customer service, sales, and strategic business planning. Currently he is the Financial Director and a Co-founder of Caspy Creative Studio – a design studio based in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Caspy Creative Studio is one of the most successful creative agencies of the country in this industry. This studio has provided unique and proven results for their clients in various fields within and outside of the country. Tahyr is highly motivated and moving forward in the field of creativity as their slogan states “TURNING IDEAS INTO REALITY”.