Cholpon Orozobekova, Director
Co-founder of the Bulan Institute Cholpon Orozobekova is a journalist and conflict analyst. Cholpon’s analytical articles have appeared in such international publications as The Diplomat, Asia Times and the Jamestown Foundation. Her professional career began as a correspondent for the newspapers Obon and Asaba in 1995 and 1996. She received an MA in International Negotiations and Policy Making from the Geneva Institute of International Relations in addition to an MA in the field of international security from University of Geneva. Cholpon is fluent in French and English.
Nazgul Kalmambetova, Media Coordinator
Nazgul Kalmambetova graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the J. Balasagyn Kyrgyz State National University. She began to work as an operator in the newspaper Bishkek Shamy; after that, she worked in the library of K. Bayalinova from 1994 to 1995. Later she held posts as a correspondent, editor-in-chief, and head editor-in-chief of the newspaper Adabiy Gesit. From 2008 to 2016 she worked as a correspondent and editor-in-chief of Agym and Zhangy Agym newspapers. Nazgul is the author of several books.
Elimbek KANYBEK uulu, Central Asian Program Officer
Currently, Elimbek studies international relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, before that he studied at the Siant-Petersburg State University. As a young professional he did internships in the international department of the Kyrgyz Parliament and at Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the United States. After arriving in Geneva, Emilbek had been involved in organizing international conferences and providing with translation services. He joined the Bulan Institute in September 2017, and works within the Central Asian program. He is based in Geneva and responsible for advocacy and events in Geneva.
Khalida Nurmetova, Central Asia Program Officer and Editor of the English Language website
Khalida Nurmetova is a current Ph.D. candidate researching law and gender issues at Freie Universität Berlin. Her primary academic and research interests include law, religion, and culture as well as their influence on gender and security issues. 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.
Zhyldyz Sultanbekova, Project Officer for “Religion and the State”
Zhyldyz graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University. Studying at the university, she began her professional career as a project assistant with the Children in Danger Public Fund. In 2014 she received a Master’s degree from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in the field of politics and security specializing in Central Asia. In addition to working in non-governmental organizations and teaching at the Kyrgyz State Law Academy, Zhyldyz has experience in developing and conducting trainings. Zhyldyz is fluent in English.
Timur Sharapiev, Animation Designer
Timur graduated from the Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture with a degree in Management. From 2007 to 2009 he worked for the publisher Print House, and from 2010 to 2012 for the newspaper De Facto. He also worked as a designer for the newspaper Asaba between 2013-2014. Timur has recently been creating animated films and has already achieved success in this field.