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Anara Ayaganova

Director of Executive Education

Anara Ayaganova is a Director of Executive Education programs at 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.


Gulnar Yermagambetova


Gulnar Yermagambetova is an Executive Education Manager at the Graduate School of Business who is responsible for coordinating open enrollment and custom programs. Prior to joining the School, Gulnar worked at Haileybury Astana School and the Center of Excellence of the AEO "Nazarbayev Intellectual schools". She holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Bachelor of Education degree in Two Foreign Languages from Aktobe State Pedagogical Institute (currently
Aktobe Regional State University named after K.Zhubanov).


Bakyt Ospanova

Senior Manager

Bakyt Ospanova joined the team of the Graduate School of Business in 2016 as a manager of the program “Small & Medium Enterprise Executive Development Program”, which is implemented as part of the “Business Road Map 2020” program. Bakyt is responsible for the full cycle of the program - from communication with all stakeholders to working with program participants - entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium enterprises from all over Kazakhstan. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project as well as the activities of the GSB International Advisory Board.
Bakyt Ospanova holds PhD in International Relations, MA in EU and Central Asia Studies, CIFE/IEP and BA in Oriental Studies, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University.



Miras Kussainov

Senior Marketing Manager

Miras Kussainov has been working as a Marketing Manager at the Graduate School of Business of Nazarbayev University since April 2017. He holds a Master's degree in Marketing from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Prior to joining the NUGSB team, he worked at the digital marketing agency - Market Leader and was an entrepreneur.


Aigerim Heykoop


Aigerim Heykoop (Sharifkanova) is a Marketing manager at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior joining the School Aigerim has worked at varius international companies across several industries, such as Financial Institutions, Chemical company, Big4 Accounting firm, and Tech Industry. She graduated from the University of St.Andrews and holds Master of Arts degree in Marketing, as well as Bachelor of Economics (magna cum laude). In addition to the native 2 languages, she also speaks fluent English, French (B2 level) and basics of German and Italian.

Program Managers


Assem Mussabekova

Program Manager

Assem Mussabekova is the Full-time MBA/MEM Program Manager at NUGSB. Prior to joining Graduate School of Business, she worked at the Oil and Gas service Company. Assem is also a founder of her own small business-early learning center for children in Nur-Sultan city. Assem is a holder of Bolashak Scholarship. She graduated from Coventry University, United Kingdom with a First Class Diploma and completed her Bachelor's degree in Engineering. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Economics. Assem likes traveling, reading books, baking, and spending her time with family and friends.


Mirat Akshalov

Program Manager
Mirat Akshalov is the MSF program manager at Graduate School of Business, Nazarbayev University. He has several years of work experience at Nazarbayev University including coordinating Executive MBA program and managing student support office at School of Science and Technology. Prior to joining the NUGSB team, worked for VMInnovations.INC for around 6 years in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. He started as an intern during college and worked his way up to be eBay store manager overseeing online sales on different online channels. 
Mirat holds a Masters of Arts in Management degree with Emphasis in International Business and speaks English, Russian, Kazakh and Turkish languages. His hobbies involve cross-country skiing, outdoor activities and piano.

Saniya Abirova


Saniya Abirova is an EMBA Program Manager at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining GSB, Saniya worked in educational institutions and university (JSC "Center for International Programs" , JSC "M.Narikbayev KAZGUU University"), in private companies. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business and a Bachelor degree in Two Foreign Languages from Koshetau State University named after Sh. Ualikhanov


Saltanat Otasheva

Executive MBA Program Senior Manager

Saltanat Otasheva is Executive MBA Program Senior 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.

Career Services


Aigerim Alibek


Aigerim Alibek is Career Services Specialist at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. Before joining the School Aigerim worked at different industries in Customer services center of Ryanair airline and in Design center of General Electric company in Hungary. Aigerim holds Masters of Engineering Management from Debrecen University (HU).


Elnara Koishibayeva

Senior manager

Elnara Koishibayeva is in charge of Career Services at NUGSB as a Senior Manager. Prior to joining GSB she worked at KTZH as specialist in the field of HR. She has been working for 5 years in a field of Human Resources at Nazarbayev University before moving to Career Services in 2018. She holds Bachelor degree from KAZGUU Univeristy in a field of International law and LLM from Europa-Institut, Saarland University.