The fourth meeting of the International Advisory Board of NU GSB

2019-04-24 14:56:50

On April 20, 2019 the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business hosted the fourth meeting of the International Advisory Board, established at the initiative of the school leadership and designed to contribute to achieving its strategic aims.


The fourth meeting was attended by Marc Zenner, Frm. Global Head Investments, JP Morgan NYC; Gulmira Raissova, Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Association of HR managers of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Jochen Berbner, Managing Partner, McKinsey Kazakhstan; Arman Abikenov, Senior Counsel – Government Affairs, General Electric; Olivier Lazare, Country Manager, Shell; Anton Van Gorp, CEO, Metro Cash & Carry Kazakhstan; Talgat Imangaliyev, General Director, WorleyParsons Kazakhstan; Timothy Oliver Bennett, CEO, Astana International Exchange; David Robinson, Professor, Duke University; Loretta O’Donnell, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Nazarbayev University; Dennis de Tray, Member of NU Board of Trustees; NU Graduate School of Business leadership team members and students.  

At the beginning of the meeting, Dean of GSB, Patrick Duparcq, presented the NU GSB review of accomplishments: degree programs, research, accreditation, non-degree programs, outreach and other good news.


During the meeting, Thierry Post, Professor of Finance and Department Head of Accounting and Finance at NU GSB and Director Economic Modeling at NAC Analytica CF, gave a very informative presentation named “Modeling the Kazakh yield curve”. 

Further, the Board members discussed GSB strategy related to Industry Engagement and Program Portfolio in groups and came up with the following suggestions:

  • Importance of incentives from the Industry on company sponsored research;
  • Developing business journalists who will be able to provide accurate and regular critiques, commentaries, updates, ideas on a business scene;
  • Importance of internships: understanding whether they should be paid or unpaid, demand and supply;
  • Guest lectures: developing digital skills, paying attention to ethics and compliance due diligence.
  • Visiting company sites: e.g. in order to observe their operations management, to have an opportunity to give feedback and/or recommendations.


At the end of the meeting, the Board members took part in a panel discussion on “Economy of the Future”. The discussion was also attended by the alumni of the GSB, who on the same day held their own Alumni Reunion. The speakers of the panel discussion were Jochen Berbner, Olivier Lazare, Anton Van Gorp and Timothy Oliver Bennett. The participants talked about energy revolution, renewable energy solutions, necessity to develop a range of securities that reflect the risk portfolio of the country, off-the-shelf technology for building a marketplace, online stores, talent recruitment and 3 important skills for professionals such as meta-skills (being much more agile), technological skills, soft skills.