BRITISH KAZAKH SOCIETY
The Student Committee consists of students from Kazakhstan studying at UK universities and performs the role of a platform for exchanging information, networking with potential employers, and facilitating communication for the members and interested parties in the post-secondary school education system in Kazakhstan and the UK.
The Committee is composed of individuals studying at: University College London, London School of Economics, Cambridge University, Oxford University, King's College London, City University.
Links will be maintained with: BKS Education Group, Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK, British Council Kazakhstan, First President’s Foundation, Bolashak, KBTU University, Kazakh Student Society UK, UCL Kazakh Society plus other important and interested parties.
GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT ACTIVITIES & PLANS
The Committee plans to have a number of events during the year including job fair events and other employment networking events. The group will also facilitate the exchange of information with high-school graduates in Kazakhstan through specifically-oriented webinars. The general focus will be on what Society members want.
COMMITTEE MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES
Alizhan Askargaliyev – Chairman - University College London final year student. Studies BA Economics and Business, previously graduated from King's College London Foundation Programme. Since high-school Alizhan had a very active student life, in 11th grade he won the elections and became the President of the Student Council, at King's College London he was the class representative, and finally, he also held the positions of Treasurer and President of the largest Student Association in London - Kazakh Student Society UK. At the moment, Alizhan is employed by the BKS and also acts as an intermediary between the British-Kazakh Society and all Kazakh student associations in London.
Assel Zhanassova - Vice-Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She won a 2006 Bolashak Presidential scholarship graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Cambridge University. She also graduated from Lomonosov. Moscow State University’s Executive Management programme. Her career began in 2010 at the Eurasian Natural Resources Group in London. From 2013 as head of cybersecurity she was responsible for group-wide IT-risk management and cybersecurity policy implementation. In 2014 she returned to Kazakhstan becoming Head of IT at the National Bank of Kazakhstan. In 2016 Assel became CEO of the country’s largest IT company – Zerde – working across the government sector and implementing the first IT public-private partnerships. In 2017 she was appointed Chief Digital Officer at the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) – covering Central Asia, the Caucasus, EAEU, the Middle East, West China, Mongolia and Europe. In 2020 Assel was appointed as a Vice-Minister responsible for the internal digitalization strategy and the development of the e-commerce sector in Kazakhstan. She is a member of the Education Group in a personal capacity.