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Speaker on 12 May 2021

Akbota (1)


Vice Rector for International Cooperation
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University

International affairs and security policy; South Asia and Central Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic policy; Eurasian Economic Union; conflict and crisis management.

Dr Akbota Zholdasbekova is a political scientist based in Astana, Kazakhstan with a PhD from the Russian Academy of Governmental Service, Moscow and is engaged in peace research since the 2010s. After graduating International Relations specialization in al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 2003, she has been working with Eurasian National University, one of two top Universities of Kazakhstan for 14 years as an associate professor of the “International Relations” department and “Eurasian Studies” Department; as a Director of the Center of International Studies; as a head of the “World Regions” Department; as a Professor of the UNESCO chair on ethnic and tolerance. In 2014 she became the head of the “External Policy” Department in the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2015 she was appointed as a Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the L.N.Gumilyov ENU. She has conducted empirical and practice oriented researches on Eurasian, South Asian Studies and works as a Guest Scholar at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad Pakistan from 2010. She is currently engaged in two major research projects. One is on Kashmir Problem in cooperation with Indian and Pakistani Colleagues, and the other examines the G-Global forum. She attended, conducted, spoke in, presented papers in courses, conferences, seminars in France, India, Pakistan, Russia, GB, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey.

She also served as a Special Expert on Policy and Foreign languages issues at “…as it was said” TV program on National Broadcasting Company “Khabar”. She is an Active Expert and Board Member for several international organizations and research groups: President of Eurasian International Studies Association, Member of International Studies Association, in Post-Communist Systems in International Relations Section, Member of the Council of Asia Pacific Peace Research Association, South South Cooperation Council for Sustainable Development, Moderator of the G-Global Forum on Foreign Policy, Coordinator of the Eurasian region Scientific Advisory Board. She is a Director of Kultegin Publishing House from 2003 to date. Issued and edited more than 40 books on wide ranging history, policy, literature, national image subjects.

She is a winner of “Best University Professor”, governmental grant (highest University distinction in Kazakhstan) in 2010 and awarded with the Medals for “Outstanding contribution in the field of education”, “The Patriot of Kazakhstan”.

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