Jamila Asanova

Executive Director of the Civil Society Development Association (ARGO). Jamila has more than 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. Since 1996 she served for the local and an international nongovernmental organizations. From 2004 till present, she has been an Executive Director, ARGO. Over the whole period, she has been actively involved in the formation and development of democratic civil society in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

She is a specialist in the area of organizational development, project development and management, and is an expert in project and program evaluation. Jamila Asanova developed and conducted more than 500 training workshops and sessions for civil society and international organizations, corporate clients, as well as more than 500 conferences, seminars and round tables, and performed more than 50 program evaluations.

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.

Aliya Ilikpayeva

Regional Coordinator, “Partnership for Innovations - P4I” Program.
Ms. Ilikpayeva coordinates the small grant program and regional program activities. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from KIMEP University and has 17 years of work experience in managing projects and grants in international and Kazakhstani nonprofit organizations.

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.

Nurshat Yertayeva

Project Manager. Ms. Yertayeva coordinated the launch and manages implementation of the “Greater Stakeholder Engagement at the Local Level in East and Central Kazakhstan” ARGO project, funded by the European Union. Ms. Yertayeva has 5 years of work experience in international relations in national and international organizations. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from KIMEP University and studied in Canada, majoring in tourism and hotel business management.

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.

Assem Zhunuskulova

Cashier Accountant, ARGO. She deals with maintaining accounting records, fulfills the obligations on cash acceptance and disbursement, keeps accounting for fixed assets, inventory records, and makes settlements with suppliers and customers. Assem has a master’s degree in Finance and bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Audit.