Anel Stambekova

Senior Manager for Admissions

Anel Stambekova is a Senior Manager with Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the Business School team, Anel worked at KazTransOil, KazMunaiGas and Tau-Ken Samruk companies where she had responsibilities of Project Coordinator. Anel graduated from Kazakh State Academy of Management with a Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations. She also holds a Master degree in Economics from Kazakh Engineering Technical Academy.

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Arailym Magauina

Manager for Admissions

Arailym Magauina is a Manager at Graduate School of Business of Nazarbayev University. Arailym joined Nazarbayev University at 2013 as a PA to Vice-President for Student Affairs, International and government relations. Demonstrating a strong dedication and high responsibility, she moved up the ranks. After one year, she was promoted to Undergraduate Admissions department of the University. She has a bachelor degree in Business Management and MSc in Finance. Part of her job duties involves contacting with applicants on information sessions, group meetings and panels on the road, and addressing their needs and meeting their demands. One of the darkest parts of the Admissions manager’s job is to sheer and utter disappointment of an admission denial. Throughout her work, she developed the appropriate language and techniques for relating to the happiest and angriest of the wide-range of applicants.

Her hobbies include ice-skating and travelling.


Karassay Mambetov

Consultant for Admission

Karassay Mambetov is a consultant with Nazarbayev University’s School of Business. Prior to joining the Business School team, Karassay worked at «Republican Center for Health Development» National Observatory for Health Workforce Development as a manager in 2015. He also worked at «World E-Government Organization of Cities and Local Governments» Seoul, South Korea as a short-term consultant in 2014. Karassay graduated from Eurasian National University with a Bachelor degree in Economic and Business. He is also Master of Public policy in Economic Development from Yeungnam University and Master of Development policy concentrating on Finance and Macroeconomic Policy from Korean Development Institute’s school of Public policy and management.

Program Managers


Assemzhan Kispayeva

Senior Program Manager

Assemzhan Kispayeva is currently Senior Manager at the Graduate School of Business. Assemzhan joined university in 2012 and was one of the first members of the original team who started working on the development of the Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the NUGSB team, she was working at the Mirae Construction Company in Seoul, South Korea and Moscow. She holds the MBA in International Business from Woosong University; attended SolBridge International School of Business under the Korean Governmental Scholarship Program; and has received training in business communications, leadership and project development standards. Her hobbies and interests include sports, travelling and she is a Candidate of Master of Sports in Swimming.

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Saltanat Otasheva

MBA Program Manager

Saltanat Otasheva is MBA Program Manager at NUGSB. Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, she has worked at the Kazkommertsbank JSC and IC Energy in Prague city. Saltanat holds Master of Business Administration degree from the Universty of New York in Prague. Saltanat enjoys reading, singing, swimming and travelling.


Anuar Baitulakov

Program Manager

Anuar had joined NUGSB in January 2017 as a program manager. Prior to joining NUGSB, Anuar had worked at the Everis S.p.A. as a consultant in Milan. Before Everis, Anuar had experience in working as a technical advisor in GE (Kansas City), as a senior expert at the Institute of Economic Research under the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan working on the innovation cluster development. Later Anuar joined the National chamber of entrepreneurs “Atameken” and led projects in the oil and gas industry.

Anuar is a graduate of the Presidential program “Bolashak”. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University (USA). For his master’s degree in management engineering, Anuar had received a scholarship from Fondazione Alessandro Volta (Italy) to pursue his studies in Politecnico di Milano. Along his both professional and academic careers, he executed consulting projects for companies like Gucci, Carpanelli, Vodafone, Hera, Nielsen, BiancaMano and McKinsey.

Anuar’s professional interests lay in the domain of entrepreneurship and network marketing, startups, energy economies, Internet of Things (IoT) and SEO. He enjoys reading professional literature, classic American and French literature, jogging, boxing, singing, cooking and traveling. Anuar speaks 5 languages: Kazakh, Russian, English, Italian and Spanish. He is now learning 6th – French. His biggest dream is to open an orphanage.

Executive Education


Yerken Turganbayev

Director for Executive Education Programs

Yerken Turganbayev is a Director for Executive Education Programs at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. He received a PhD in Economics from the Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, UK) and a PhD in Mathematics from the Novosibirsk State University (Novosibirsk, Russia). His research interests lie in the application of a mathematical modeling approach to various problems in Regional Economics, Environment Protection and Information Systems. Prior to joining the NUGSB in August 2016, Yerken Turganbayev was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and a Director of the Institute of Post-University Training and New Educational Technologies of the East Kazakhstan State Technical University.


Bakyt Ospanova

Executive Education Program Manager

Bakyt Ospanova holds MA in EU and Central Asia Studies, CIFE/IEP; MA in International Relations, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and BA in Oriental Studies, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University. Prior joining Graduate School of Business team she was manager at International Cooperation Department of the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and instructor of International Relations Department of the same university.


Arailym Kadyrova

Executive Education Program Manager

Arailym Kadyrova is a Manager for Executive EducationPrograms at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business, in particular for open-enrollment and customized programs. She was awarded the Master of Arts in Economics degree from the Central European University, Budapest (Hungary). She worked as a Senior Coordinator of International Programs and Projects Center at the Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz.



Xeniya Axt

Marketing Manager

Xeniya Axt is currently a Marketing Manager with Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the Business School team, she made her career at JSC “Concern “Tsesna-Astyk”, started working there as a brand manager, then she got promoted to a deputy chief of the marketing department and after that Xeniya became a head of marketing in the company. She also has experience in advising private companies on their marketing and digital strategy. Xeniya graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Specialist degree in Philology (Hons). She also holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Business (Hons) from University of International Business.



Aliya Kaziyeva

Finance Manager

Aliya Kaziyeva works as a finance manager at the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University. Prior to joining the NUGSB team, Aliya was an auditor at Deloitte for two years. She holds an MBA from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her hobbies involve swimming and mountain skiing.

Human Resourses


Elnara Koishibayeva

HR manager

Koishibayeva Elnara is currently working at Graduate School of Business, Nazarbayev University. Prior to joining NUGSB team, she worked as a chief specialist at Assessment center and staff development at JSC “NC “KTZ”. She got her LLM certificate from Saarland University in Germany in 2011 and received a bachelor degree in International Law at JSC "Kazakh Humanities and Law University" in Astana.



Anara Ayaganova

Operational manager

Anara Ayaganova is an Operations Manager with Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the School, Anara worked in international organizations (United Nations Development Program Kazakhstan and United Nations Office for Project Support), in  private joint company. Anara also has a public service experience in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She studied MBA in Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and holds a Specialist degree in the field of international relations  from Eurasian National University, a BA in economics from KazEU.

Personal Assistants


Nurgul Saginova

Dean's Assistant

Nurgul Saginova is a Personal Assistant at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the School, Nurgul worked in National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University as a Project Administrator. She holds a BBM at Mysore University, India, under the ICCR Scholarship.