I hold an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Computer Science (2005) and a PhD in Islamic Studies (2010), as well as a certification as specialist for systemic organizational development in intercultural contexts (2014).
I am trained in Capacity WORKS and have spent five years working for GIZ in Kyrgyzstan, where, after working in the regional office and as M&E and knowledge management expert for a regional program on natural resources, I took over the management of the Civil Society Fund, which I managed until March 2015. I am regularly participating in experts’ conferences on topics of organizational development, I am a member of the Central Asian regional advisory board for cooperation of CSOs for USAID and very well networked among Kyrgyz and Central Asian CSOs. After leaving GIZ in March 2015, I joined SIRIS Academic, through whom I am still regularly cooperating with GIZ as a consultant for organizational development, including tasks such as moderation, HR and preparation and evaluation of projects.
In the region of Central Asia, I have extensive working experience since 2003. I have worked in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, both in academic research and in international development. I have been teaching subjects such as on organizational development, moderation, communication and PR in academic as well as training contexts in several languages, including Russian.