On February 24, 2017 the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business hosted the first meeting of the International Advisory Board, established at the initiative of the school leadership and designed to contribute to achieving its strategic aims.
It is supposed that members of the NUGSB International Advisory Board will provide external perspective and review as well as advocacy and support for the School’s programs, strategic development, and overall objectives. Areas of International Advisory Board involvement includes, but not limited to networking, curriculum and program feedback, student recruiting, job placement and fundraising.
The first meeting was attended by Gulmira Raisova, Director of “Samruk-Kazyna” Corporate University; Raushan Sarsembayeva, President of the Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan; Alina Aldambergen, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan Stock Exchange; Duncan van Bergen, Chairman of “Shell” in Kazakhstan; Magzhan Auezov, Chairman of the Board of JSC «ForteBank»; Loretta O’Donnell, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs of the Nazarbayev University.
At the beginning of the meeting, Loretta O’Donnell updated the Board on the activities of the Nazarbayev University and its role in the formation of human capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Dean of GSB, Patrick Duparcq, informed the Board about the activities of the NU GSB, its programs, faculty profiles, research areas, as well as efforts to expand the business and international relations.
During the meeting, the Board members discussed its function, principles of selection of new members, the programs of NU GSB, as well as various mechanisms through which the Board could support the School. In addition, Professor Jozef Konings gave a very interesting presentation named “Entrepreneurial Map of Kazakhstan: A Guide for the formation of industrial policy.”
The Board members decided to meet twice a year in the premises of NU GSB to discuss and review the most important issues of the School. New candidates were proposed to the Board, as well as new forms of organization of its meetings.