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Cambridge Central Asia Forum


GCRF COMPASS, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge invite you to the

Research and Education Series with University of Cambridge Graduates

Schedule of Talks (in Russian) 11 am-1pm UK time for the following dates:

30 September Dr A. Sartbaeva, University of Bath, ‘Overcoming Cold-Chain with Cool Nanotechnology for Protecting Vaccines’

14 October Dr T. Yunusov, University of Cambridge, ‘Global Challenges: Climate Change

4 November Dr C. Laumulin, Satbayev University, ‘Science: Connecting Cambridge and Eurasia’

25 November M. Zekhni, University of Cambridge, ‘Historical Mosaic of Central Asia: rethinking the ways to study regional history’

9 December V. Malikgulyyev, USAID’s Future Growth Initiative, ‘Private Sector. Development. Science’

Moderators: Dr S. S. Saxena, Co-I GCRF COMPASS and Director, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Dr D. T. Kudaibergenova, GCRF COMPASS PDRA, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

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Biographies of Speakers:


Dr Asel Sartbaeva is a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Bath. She received an MSc in Natural Science at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in 1999, and MPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge in 2002 and 2005. Dr. Sartbaeva’s research focuses on design, prediction and synthesis of porous materials and thermal stabilisation of biopharmaceuticals for easier transport and storage. She was nominated to be one of 175 Faces of Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry and was awarded IChemE in Biotechnology and WISE World awards in 2017, as well as Hanson Medal in 2019.



Dr Temur Yunusov is a Research Laboratory Coordinator in The Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on cellular interfaces between plants and microbes. Temur holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc from the National University of Uzbekistan at Tashkent. After completing his BSc, he worked at the institute of Regional Problems as part of a team analysing the soil and water quality of the Zerafshan river basin, in order to investigate the impact on flora in the region. His PhD research focused on the development of nervous systems in Drosophila. He is a Postdoctoral Associate in Jesus College, University of Cambridge and an Affiliate member of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum.



 Dr Chokan Laumulin is Associate Professor at the New School of Economics, Satbayev University, Almaty, Kazakhstan and an Research Affiliate of Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge. His research is dedicated to organisation and development of science in connection with industry, society and modernisation. His doctoral thesis on ‘Science and Social Policy: Underpinning of Soviet Industrial Paradigms’ at the University of Cambridge was completed in 2019. In 2009 Global Oriental published a book Kazakhs: Children of the Steppes co-written by Chokan and Murat Laumulins. Dr Laumulin holds an MSc degree from the London School of Economics (2001) in European Political Economy and a BSc degree (distinction) in Journalism from the Kazakh National University (1996).


Malika Zekhni is a PhD candidate at the History Department of the University of Cambridge and the recipient of the Cambridge Trust Scholarship. She is one of the organisers of the World History workshop and holds the position of a graduate communications coordinator for Cambridge World History. She completed her BA in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, where she was a Kamran Djam scholar. Upon completing her undergraduate programme, Malika was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked in the Education Department and Director’s Office. Her research focuses on questions of colonial Central Asian history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  


Vepa Malikgulyyev completed his MPhil in Development Studies from University of Cambridge in 2013. He is currently the Turkmenistan Country Director of the USAID’s Growth Initiative which is a business and entrepreneurship development project implemented by Palladium in Central Asia. From 2016 to 2019 he was a key expert of the EU project on sustainable development in the agricultural sector (SARD III) in Turkmenistan (Cardno/Agrotech) and was also the CEO of the “Standart Hyzmat” consulting company that provided services for export and ISO 9001, ISO 22000 implementations. He worked in Deloitte Consulting for 8 years where he worked on the development of macroeconomic and finance programs, worked for 6 years in the embassies of USA and UK in Turkmenistan.                                                          


Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 11:00 to 13:00
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