Staff

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Vakur Sumer
Director

Assoc. Prof. Vakur Sumer has received his Ph.D. on International Relations, from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He is a faculty member at Department of International Relations, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. He has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Global Research Institute at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC, USA, and as a visiting scholar at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California-Davis, CA, USA. Sumer has been a researcher at Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany in 2012. He has published articles in journals

Suat Beylur
Suat Beylur
Deputy Director

Dr. Suat Beylur holds a PhD degree in Sociology from Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, as well as an MA in International Relations from Hacettepe University. Prior to joining the ERI, Beylur has worked as specialist, director and adviser for the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism (YTB). Beylur’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of social change, religion-state relations, diaspora and public diplomacy activities in Central Asia and the Balkans.

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Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay
Deputy Director

Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay is a research fellow in the Eurasian Research Institute at H.A.Yassawi Kazakh Turkish International University. Zhengizkhan completed his bachelor’s degree at international relations department of KIMEP University in 2010. He completed his master thesis named ‘Oralmans integration into Kazakhstani Society: Turkish Kazakh Case’ in International Relations department of KIMEP University in 2014. His research interests include international migration politics, labor and ethnic migrants social and economic integration into society and remittance.

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Gulnar Nadirova
Senior Research Fellow

Nadirova Gulnar Ermuratovna graduated from the Oriental Faculty of Leningrad State University, in 1990 she defended her thesis on the Algerian literature at the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies, in 2006 doctoral thesis – on modern Tunisian literature at the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, Professor.

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Zhandos Ranov
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Zhandos Ranov graduated from the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University. In 2008, he received his master’s degree at the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University. He then worked as a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Auditing at the same university. In 2017, he completed his PhD study in Gazi University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Finance, his

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Dauren Aben
Senior Research Fellow

Dauren Aben holds a Master’s in International Relations from Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies and certificates in nonproliferation studies, conflict resolution, and commercial diplomacy from the California-based Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dauren previously worked as a senior project manager and researcher at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. In 2011-2014, he worked as a senior research fellow at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2008-20

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Kanat Makhanov
Senior Research Fellow

Kanat Makhanov is a research fellow at the Eurasian Institute of the International H.A Yassawi Kazakh-Turkish University. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the KIMEP University from 2012. In 2014 he earned his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Vigo (Spain), completing his thesis on “Industrial Specialization in autonomous regions of Spain and Kazakhstan”. His main research interests are Spatial Economics, Economic Geography, Regional Economics, Human and Economic Geography.

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Omirbek Hanayi
Senior Research Fellow

Omirbek Hanayi is a research fellow in the Eurasian Research Institute at H.A.Yassawi Kazakh Turkish International University. In 2009 graduated from Minzu University of China Faculty of Kazakh language and literature. In 2008-2009, he studied in Turcology Department of Justus Liebig Giessen University as an exchange student. In 2010, he entered the Turcology Department of Justus Liebig Giessen University in 2010. During 2010-2012 he work in the project named “Kasachisch im postsowjetischen Kasachstan”.

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Dinara Taldybayeva
Junior Research Fellow

In 1983, born in South Kazakhstan region city of Turkestan. In 2000, Taldybayeva entered in Akhmet Yassawi International Turkish Kazakh University economy faculty department of International Relations. In 2004, she graduated with International Relations specialization and in 2005 started to work at the same department as secretary. In 2006, she continued to work as lecturer. In 2009, she won the Akhmet Yassawi University Board of Trustees scholarship for postgraduate study at the Gazi University department of International Relations. In 2012, Taldybayeva completed his master degree

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Asset Ordabayev
Junior Research Fellow

Asset Ordabayev is a junior research fellow at the Eurasian Institute of the International H.A Yassawi Kazakh-Turkish University. He holds a BA in International Relations from the KarSU (Karahanda) from 2012. In 2014, he earned his Masters degree in International Relations the Kazak National University (Almaty). From 2014 to 2017 he worked at the Institute of World Economy and Politics as a foreign policy expert. The main research interests are the geopolitical processes on the Eurasian continent within the framework of the development of transport infrastructure

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Albina Muratbekova
Junior Research Fellow

Dr.Albina Muratbekova is a research fellow of the Eurasian Research Institute at H.A.Yassawi Kazakh Turkish International University. Albina holds a PhD degree in Oriental Studies from Al Farabi Kazakh National University. She was a Fellow of the EUCACIS PhD support programme, Fudan Fellow 2017, a visiting student of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum at the University of Cambridge along with being an exchange student at Lanzhou University. Previously, she had worked at the international departments of Narxoz and AlmaU universities on the implementation of the internationalization strategy

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Daulet Zhailybayev
Junior Research Fellow

Daulet Zhailybayev is a research fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University. In 2009, he received a bachelor’s degree from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, faculty of history. In 2013, he graduated from the faculty of ethnology of KazNU with a master’s degree. The thesis topic is “The Azerbaijanis in Kazakhstan: Ethno-Cultural Processes”.

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Erkinbek Turgunov
Junior Research Fellow

Erkinbek Turgunov is a researcher at the Eurasian Research Institute at the International Kazakh-Turkish University named after Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. From 2005 to 2009, he studied at the at the South Kazakhstan Pedagogical University and from 2014 to 2016 he studied at the Kazakh National Pedagogical University named after Abay. In 2008 began working as a correspondent in the Republican magazine “Zhalyn.” He is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis on methodologies of teaching B. Maylin’s biography.

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Azimzhan Khitakhunov
Junior Research Fellow

Azimzhan Khitakhunov is a research fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute. He has received his bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Ph.D. degree was completed in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy). Currently, he is a senior lecturer at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Higher School of Economics and Business, Economics Department, where he teaches macroeconomics related disciplines. His research experience includes participation as a research fellow in the government financed

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Nassiba Junayeva
Junior Research Fellow

Dr. Nassiba Junayeva completed her bachelor’s (2009) and master’s degrees (2011) at the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, Faculty of Philology, Department of Turkish Language and Literature. She worked in the Translation Center of the same university between 2009-2012. In 2019, she received her PhD in Contemporary Turkic Languages and Literatures from Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences. She has published articles in scientific journals of Kazakhstan and Turkey and has made reports at international conferences.

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Ilana Dautova
Junior Research Fellow

Dautova Ilana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). She has also studied at the Foundation course at Lancaster University (Lancaster, United Kingdom) and on the exchange program at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea). Previously, she worked as a business development manager at the POSCO International Corporation.