The Bulan Institute has an Advisory Board which guides and advises the staff to make better the overall strategy and governance of the organisation.
Mr. Bayram Balci, Turkey
Bayram Balci is a researcher who has extensive expertise in Central Asian studies. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Turkish Islamic movements and their missionary activities in post-Soviet Central Asia. As a Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, he worked on Central-Asian communities in Saudi Arabia and their contribution to the re-Islamization of the region. Further in his career, he was a scholar at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, pioneering the department for Caucasian studies. From 2006 to 2010, he was the director of the French Institute of Central-Asian Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent. Following this, he became a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C, working as a researcher and expert in both the Eurasian Program and Middle East Program. Currently, Bayram Balci’s research focuses on Islam and politics in the former Soviet Union, as well as Turkey in its regional environment.
Mr. Marc Finaud, Switzerland
Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who has been seconded to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2004 and 2013 and now works for this institution in training diplomats and military officers in international and human security and conducting research in those fields. During his 30-year career as a diplomat, he served in several bilateral postings (in the Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, Australia) as well as in multilateral missions (to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations). He holds Master’s degrees in International Law and Political Science.He was also Senior Resident Fellow (WMD Programme) at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) between 2013 and 2015. He is now also a Swiss citizen.
Mr. Vassily Klimento, Switzerland
Vassily Klimentov, a PhD candidate in International History and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), is currenty researching radical Islamist violence in the post-Soviet era. Before starting his PhD, Vassily Klimentov worked as a humanitarian and conflict analyst in Geneva and in field. Notably, this included a two-year stint in the Middle East and a posting coordinating needs and security assessments on the Syrian Crisis.Vassily Klimentov holds an MA in General History from the University of Geneva, an MA in Asian Studies from IHEID and the University of Geneva, and a BA in General History and Russian Studies from the University of Geneva.
Ms. Katherin Machalek, United States
Katherin Machalek is a filmmaker and rights advocate with over 10 years of experience working to promote the protection of human rights in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She is currently Creative Director at New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP), a non-profit organization based in New York City. Prior to this, she was Program Manager for the former Soviet Union and Development Director for Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS) in Geneva. She also worked as a research analyst on Freedom House’s Nations in Transit report and South Caucasus Analyst for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. She holds an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is an MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College–City University of New York, where she also teaches media production to undergraduate students. Katherin speaks Russian, French, German, and English.
Mr. Keneshbek Sainazarov, Kyrgyz Republic
Keneshbek Sainazarov is a development professional with over 20 years of experience in crisis management, conflict prevention, democracy, governance, youth empowerment, education and public administration, disaster mitigation and emergencies. Currently, Keneshbek serves as the Central Asia Programs Director for the international organization “Search for Common Ground”. Prior, Mr. Sainazarov led multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams to fundraise to serve vulnerable communities for the United Nations and government programs in Central Asia funded by the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Caucasus. He holds a B.A. from Osh State University of Kyrgyzstan and an M.P.A. from University of Colorado, Denver.