Jamila Asanova

Ms. Jamila Asanova Executive Director of the Civil Society Development Association (ARGO). Jamila has 25 years’ experience in the development sector. As the Executive Director of ARGO, Jamila has expanded the umbrella organization to cover eight Central Asian and regional countries with over 2,000 member organizations and activists; managed large-scale regional projects.

She was the steward of the Civil Society Innovation Initiatives (Innovation for Change) global governance board, uniting 7 South Global regional civil society development Hubs. She is a Jamila is high-level advocate both within Kazakhstan and internationally, through membership in various national councils under the Ministries of Kazakhstan; and the first representative of Kazakhstani civil society to speak at the UN High Level Political Forum, in 2019.

Kaisha Atakhanova

Director, “Partnership for Innovations” Program, Director of ARGO Regional Programs. Winner, The International Goldman Environmental Prize (2005). Since 2012, Ms. Atakhanova has led regional programs at ARGO, including the development and strategic management of “Partnership for Innovations - P4I” Program (2016-2020), in Central Asian countries and Azerbaijan.

A biologist by education, Ms. Atakhanova started her career examining scientific research on human radiation genetic effects. She engaged in public activities by organizing the Karaganda Ecological Center, developing democratic principles based on relations between the state and society in the protection of environmental values.

Ms. Atakhanova is a recognized leader of the nationwide campaign against radioactive waste import in Kazakhstan and co-coordinator of the EcoForum antinuclear campaign, a public association national network in Kazakhstan.

Galiya Akynova

Chief Accountant and Financial Adviser. Ms. Akynova supervises all economic issues, including financial management, accounting, taxation, auditing, and liaison work with all financial institutes and partners. She is a financial expert with 25years of work experience in finance and accounting.

Natalya Yakovleva

Administrative Director. Ms. Yakovleva works in Association since 2005. Ms. Yakovleva runs all ARGO administrative and logistical issues and ensures uninterrupted operation of the office. In addition, she is a principal operational manager of all the activities and events held under the auspices of ARGO. She has extensive experience in conducting conferences, seminars, trainings, and events, which allows her to solve operational issues in a prompt, professional and effective manner.

Aziza Mukhametova

Program Assistant. At ARGO, Ms. Mukhametova handles administrative issues and office operation support, including logistics and meetings/events arrangement and technical coordination of specific project-related matters. She interacts directly with project participants and partners on various organizational aspects of programs.

Ms. Mukhametova holds a degree in economics, and is experienced in working as an assistant, office manager and consultant.