Akbota Akylbayeva is a research fellow in the Eurasian Research Institute at H.A.Yassawi Kazakh Turkish International University. Graduating from Pavlodar Kazakh-Turkish High School in 2009, she admitted to Middle East Technical University at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (Turkey, Ankara). In 2015 she earned her Master degree in MBA from Fatih University, Istanbul with completing her thesis on “Human Resource Management in Koton Company”. She is a bronze medal winner at the 16th International Environmental Project Olympiad in 2008 (Istanbul, Turkey) and also recipient of JATCAFA Scholarship: Japan Turkey Central Asia Friendship Association Scholarship for Central Asian University Students in Turkey (2012-2015). Her research interests include foreign policy, security in Central Asia, Anti-Nuclear politics, refugee situation in Turkey and EU.