Gani Nygymetov

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Executive MBA, 2014
President of JSC «Center for International Programs» (Bolashak Scholarship of the President of Kazakhstan)

My Executive MBA experience at the Nazarbayev University was very remarkable. Busy weekends over 2 years spent in classes, many half sleepless nights working on group assignments with my team, eye opening lectures by Duke faculty and the enjoyable winter residence at the Fuqua School of Business did equip me, not only with very useful knowledge and skills required for my daily management work, but also helped me to make so many professional network contacts with my peer students who are working professionals in different fields, true leaders and very positive, genuine individuals.

I work as the CEO of the government-owned company which administers the Bolashak Scholarship of the President of Kazakhstan. We have almost 3000 scholars studying in world-class universities in over 30 countries on an annual basis, and we monitor contract commitments of over 7000 Bolashak alumni, with an annual operating budget of about 100 mln. USD. My EMBA education significantly and effectively contributed to the way I approached the work of the company where I focused on issues of financial efficiency, business processes optimization, corporate culture and management improvement, making effective use of knowledge and information I received right from the classes as I returned to work the next day following each weekend residency.

As a professional manager, prior to enrolling in the NUGSB EMBA program, I lacked MBA and finance knowledge and skills. The NUGSB EMBA helped me to become a better manager in every aspect of this profession.