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International​ ​Advisory​ ​Board

International Advisory Board

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business International Advisory Board was created in 2017 to provide external perspective and review as well as advocacy and support for the school’s programs, strategic direction, and overall objectives.

Members of the NUGSB International Advisory Board play an important role in shaping the strategy and operations of the Graduate School of Business.

Board members help shape the school’s curriculum and provide counsel to the School leadership on strategic, operational, and financial directions for the School.

NUGSB International Advisory Board meets at least once a year and includes representatives of large international companies, present in Kazakhstan, state authorities, national companies, well-known world universities as well as NUGSB’s current students and alumni.

Members may be appointed by the Dean of the Business School or elected by the IAB members. Members serve a term of three years and may be reappointed to serve additional terms.


Name Position
3 DENNIS DE TRAY NU Board of Trustees
4 Loretta O’Donnel Vice Provost Nazarbayev University
5 Fernando Bernstein Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
6 Oleg Smolyakov Vice Governor National Bank of Kazakhstan
7 Baljeet Kaur Grewal Managing Director for Strategy and Portfolio Investment, Samruk Kazyna
8 Magzhan Auezov Chairman Forte Bank
9 Umut Shayakhmetova Chairperson of the Management Board Halyk Bank
10 Nurlan Kussainov CEO Astana International Financial Center
11 Alina Aldambergen Chair of the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE)
12 Alper Akdeniz Chair PWC (ret.)
13 Jochen Berbner Managing Partner, McKinsey Kazakhstan
14 Raushan Sarsembayeva Association of Women Entrepreneurs
15 Bela Ferenczi Regional Manager GE
16 Olivier Lazare Country Manager Shell
17 Gulmira Raissova Director SK Corporate University
18 Anton Van Gorp CEO Metro Kazakhstan
19 Zhaslan Khassenovich Madiyev Acting Vice President National Railroads KTZ
20 Marc Zenner Senior Executive VP, JP Morgan NYC
21 Henri Servaes London Business School