Director of Central Asian Institute for Strategic Studies (CAISS) and senior lecturer of Kazakstan-German University in Almaty. Degree in American studies and master’s degree in security studies in Central Asia. She has been an expert of KazISS at the President of the Republic of Kazakstan. Alumna of the George Marshall European Centre for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), the Daniel Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre
for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA), and CSTO Institute (Moscow, RF). Author of over 30 research articles and collective monographs, and 100 articles and comments in the media. Area of expertise: US strategy in Central Asia, foreign policy of the US and security issues in Central Asia. Interests: violent extremism and terrorism, cyber security.