Staff

Ermek Baisalov

Editor
Ermek Baisalov has graduated from the American University in Central Asia with a degree in International and Comparative Politics in 2010. He began his career at the Danish Refugee Council in rebuilding the city of Osh after the events of 2010, then worked in various international development organizations. Ermek took part in international election observation missions as a long-term observer in such countries as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Kosovo, etc. In 2017 he received a master's degree in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Ermek has passed the school “Masters of the Analytics and Experts” organized by the Center for Public Policy in Bishkek in 2018. Research interests: regional security, political processes in Central Asian countries, prospects for the development of regional international organizations (SCO, CSTO, EEU and CIS), elections and decentralization.

Natalia Lee

CABAR.asia Editor
Graduated from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, specialty – international journalism. In 2007 started her career as a TV reporter for "Pyramid" broadcasting company. She worked for "Stan Media", 5 channel and production companies. From 2015 moved to online media. She was contributing editor for "Vechernii Bishkek" website and then for Sprut.kg. Has been cooperating with IWPR since 2018.

Abakhon Sultonnazarov

IWPR Central Asia Programme Director
Abakhon Sultonazarov is in charge of overall management, strategic planning, financial reporting, project delivery and human resources across the broad Central Asian region. He came to IWPR with 15 years’ management experience with the UN and other international organisations in Central Asia, Afghanistan and USA. He has extensive experience of working with international donors such as USAID, EU and others. During his ten years at IWPR in Central Asia, he was able to form a strong organization in the region with a solid reputation. Abakhon is an expert in the field of regional politics in Central Asia.

Meerim Shamudinova

IWPR Central Asia Program Manager
Meerim Shamudinova has long-term experience in local civil society and international organizations. She worked at GTZ, UNDP and UNV project in Kyrgyzstan. From 2007 to 2014 worked at local think tank center Institute for Public Policy, from 2009 as Program Coordinator. She is co-author of several training programs on effective communications, peaceful methods of conflict mitigation, also editor of the manual for teachers of secondary schools on tolerance promotion among youth.

Lola Olimova

Program Manager/Editor of IWPR office in Tajikistan
Lola Olimova (Khalikjanova) is a professional journalist. Before joining IWPR in 2006, she worked as deputy editor-in-chief of the social and political weekly ‘Business & Politics’, and simultaneously headed the international department at the Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University. She has also worked as a presenter on Tajik national TV and as editor-in-chief of the Russian service of the state news agency Khovar.

Timur Toktonaliev

IWPR Central Asia Editor
Timur Toktonaliev has experience in local and international media. He started his career in Kloop.kg news edition as a reporter and parliament correspondent. Later he became a radio journalist and worked at Kyrgyz and Russian Services of “RFE/RL.” In addition, he was engaged in new media filed: Timur was an author of the Kyrgyz Parliament blog;  was a web-moderator of TV debates during the Presidential elections in 2011, and Parliamentary election in 2010. Before becoming the Editor of IWPR Representative Office in Kyrgyzstan, Timur has been cooperating with IWPR for 5 years as a freelance journalist. Timur Toktonaliev specializes in covering political, conflict, interethnic, religious, human rights and social issues.

Gulafshon Sokieva

Program Coordinator of IWPR office in Tajikistan
Gulafshon Sokieva graduated from the journalism faculty of the Tajik State National University (TSNU) in 2007. In 2003 started her career as a reporter for newspaper “Ruzinav” (New day). Winner of “Best Journalist – investigator of the Year” in 2014. Had been working in IWPR since 2013.

Almazkan Akmatova

Financial Director of IWPR office in Kyrgyzstan
Almazkan Akmatova graduated from Business and Managements International School of Government Management Academy under the President of KR. She has fifteen-year experience in in the field of economy and the finance. From 1998 to 2006 worked as economist in the local company producing national drinks “Shoro”. Then worked as a leading expert of the financial consulting company “Trust”. From 2007 worked as a financial director in the IWPR Representative office in KR.

Sherzod Mirakilov

Finance Manager IWPR office in Tajikistan
Sherzod Mirakilov has graduated with the MA degree from the Tajik Finance-Economic University.  He has 4 years of experience in finance and accounting, including his work experience at the international companies such as the French oil company “Total”, the Chinese construction company “Xinjiang Gochin”, “Waikiki Retail LLC”, “Grid Solyushins SAS” CASA project -1000. He participated in the implementation of projects to automate accounting in a number of state enterprises of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Ilham Umarahunov

project manager
He has 7 years of experience in Human Rights. Worked in various local NGOs, international consulting and UN OHCHR. Engaged in promoting minority rights, capacity building of youth in the area of human rights, civic engagement and promoting diversity. Worked in the area of housing issues in remote mountain areas. Supervised working group in developing state language training material for civil servant. Has experience in mass media in covering election process and cross-border issues.  Member of jury on Internation human rights film festival