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Administration Of The School


Yerken Turganbayev

Chief Administrative Officer

Yerken Turganbayev is a Chief Administrative Officer 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.

Human Resources


Aikorkem Nurzhanova


Aikorkem Nurzhanova is an HR manager at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the School, Aikorkem worked at Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. Representative office in Astana, Department of Government Relations, Astana Office Controller and JOC Executive Secretariat Office. Aikorkem graduated from Arkalyk State Pedagogical Institute named after Y. Altynsarin with BSc in Foreign Languages: Two Foreign Languages, Diploma with Honors. Aikorkem is an active member of Toastmasters International, a world leader in Public Speaking and Leadership, her hobbies involve crossfit, snowboarding, mountaineering.

Office Of The Dean


Guzel Tulegenova


Guzel Tulegenova joined the school in November 2018, to initiate the process of international accreditation. In 2018 GSB prepared and submitted Eligibility Application to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB. At the moment, the School is in the Initial Accreditation stage of the accreditation process, whereas Guzel Tulegenova coordinates preparing and writing initial Self Evaluation Report writing for the AACSB. She also acts as a Manager, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Business. In addition, Guzel is responsible for planning and organizing research seminars at GSB. She has extensive teaching, academic and international experience. Guzel Tulegenova holds MBA from the Maastricht School of Management as well as MA in Economics from the Michigan State University.



Arailym Magauina

Senior Manager for Admissions

Arailym Magauina is a Senior 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.


Danagul Akshalova

Consultant for Admission

Akshalova Danagul is a manager at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. She has graduated Dostoevsky Omsk State University and has earned Diploma of International Relations in Europe and Master Degree of Management at Russian Business School in Omsk. Before joining NU, she served as a corporate client  coordinator at Kazakh-British educational center.  She prefers couching in learning English, attend training course in her professional field, do yoga and play the piano.


Nurgul Tassybayeva


Nurgul Tassybayeva is currently an admission specialist at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business . She studied a bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance at Exeter University, UK. After finishing her studies, she worked as an Accounting Assistant at “Symbat” private school. Then she received her master’s degree in International Business at Warwick Business School, UK. Her interests and hobbies include learning languages, reading and dancing.