Cholpon Orozobekova, Central Asia Programme Manager
Cholpon Orozobekova is a researcher and analyst from Kyrgyzstan. She holds two Master degrees from Geneva-based universities: Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute/Geneva and MA in International and European Security from University of Geneva. Her analysis on Central Asian politics and security challenges have been published by the Jamestown Foundation and the Diplomat Magazine. She worked for many years in international media such as RFE/RL, IWPR and BBC Kyrgyz Service.
Madina Kabdualiyeva, Project Assistant
Madina graduated from Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan) as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, having Sociology as her second major. Currently, she studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Previously Madina worked as an intern in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she assisted the attache in International Security department. She joined the Bulan Institute in 2017 and involved in research and reports publication.
Sampson Lau, Project Assistant
Sampson works at the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovation as a Project Assistant. His previous experience includes monitoring and evaluation support at the UNHCR, policy development at NATO, and project planning at World Vision. Besides, he was also involved in researching the implementation of refugee labor mobility schemes within a regional context. Sampson graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2013 with a BA in European Studies and International Relations. He also holds an MA in International Affairs with a focus on peace and conflict studies from the Graduate Institute Geneva.
Khalida Nurmetova, Researcher
Khalida is a current Ph.D. candidate researching law and gender issues at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her primary academic and research interests include the intersection of law, gender and culture/religion as well as the influence of politics and security issues on women. She regularly works on topics concerning the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the effect of ongoing conflicts, neo-traditional, and neo-religious tendencies on human rights in the region. Khalida received her degree in International Law from Baku State University in addition to an LLM in German Law from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Mélodie Sahraie, Research Assistant
LL.M. (McGill), Master of Business Law (Paris 12), LL.B. (Sheffield, UK). Mélodie acquired knowledge of both civil and common law before pursuing her graduate studies at McGill, Canada, where she completed her LL.M in International Law in 2010. She worked for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law while living in Singapore, and then moved to Vienna, Austria, to work at the OSCE Secretariat. She worked for the OSCE Missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo afterward, and later on for the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France.
Chynara Tokonova, Project Coordinator
Venera Narkeeva, Project Assistant
Elmira Madieva, Publications Coordinator
Astra Sadybakasova, Web-Editor
Timur Sharapiev, IT Specialist
Argen Taalaibek uulu, Video Producer