Alumni Spotlight

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: My path to MFA and importance of the JPO Programme

    A success story of Dinmukhamed Omirali, a graduate of OSCE Academy's Politics and Security Programme (class 2018), who after finishing his internship within the framework of the Junior Public Officers' Programme was hired as a Leading Specialist at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    12 May, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: From Intern to International Expert

    Today we would like to tell you about Guzal Abdirazakova, an alumna of the OSCE Academy MA Programme in Politics and Security, class 2013, who started her fascinating professional path from the internship and grew all the way up to becoming a Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management Advisor for one of the biggest programmes of the GIZ Kyrgyzstan.

    5 May, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Working for Development of Afghanistan

    We continue our Spotlight series and today we would like to introduce Mohammad Jawed Nazari, an alumnus of 2014 of the MA Programme in Politics and Security from Afghanistan. Since his graduation, Jawed has worked with several international organizations in Afghanistan in the areas of research and evaluation.

    1 May, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: A Gender Journey

    The next success story is of Regina Sokolova, an alumna of 2014, Politics and Security Programme. She started her ‘gender journey’ as the OSCE Academy Intern at the Gender and Anti-trafficking Unit of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe back in 2014. Grassroot experience in the field and touching stories of women’s lives in rural Tajikistan were reflected in her OSCE Academy’s MA Thesis on Gender Politics in Tajikistan. The same year she was employed by the OSCE Counterterrorism and Police Reform Unit, where she was actively involved in the nation-wide Police Reform awareness-raising campaign and promoting the role of women in the law enforcement system.

    21 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Future for all Children

    We would like to introduce our next success story – meet Umedakhon Pulotova, an alumna of 2017, MA Programme in Economic Governance and Development from Tajikistan. Currently, Umedakhon is working as Project Coordinator in two projects in the health-focused NGO “Ranginkamon” in Khujand, Tajikistan. The organization’s mission is to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in the society through the revitalization of family members of these children, the establishment of rehabilitation centres, education and training of specialists, and the organization of support in order to create an inclusive society.

    17 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Linking the Networks, Regions, and Academic Fields

    Our next Alumni Success Story is about Rashid Gabdulhakov (Politics and Security 2013). Rashid is working on his PhD project at Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. He is researching digital vigilantism (digitally-mediated citizen-led justice) in Russia and other former-Soviet republics and teaches in the International Bachelor programme for Communication and Media. “I find it to be a perfect transition to come into media and communication filed with the background in politics and security. Increasingly these fields merge and become mutually-influential. Working with students at Erasmus University is nothing but joy and I am grateful for the amazing colleagues who I get inspired by and from whom I continuously learn.”

    14 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: with Minority Issues throughout the Years and Distances

    The next story in our series of Alumni Success Stories is about Azizjon Berdiqulov. Aziz graduated from the Politics and Security program at the OSCE Academy in 2013. He worked with the ODIHR's Election Observation Mission for the 2013 Presidential Election in Tajikistan and afterward started his career with the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, where he dealt with anti-corruption and good governance issues. Minority studies and particularly political mobilisation of minorities have long been Aziz's research interests. With the help of the OSCE Academy, he managed to follow-up on his Master Thesis and published his first Policy Brief on the political mobilisation of ethnic minorities in Tajikistan during the Civil War and 2012/2014 Khorog Events (

    10 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Running toward Success

    Our success story series continues with our next alumnus, Abdulvahhobi Muminjoniyon, (aka Bobby M. Hafiz) from Tajikistan. A week ago most Central Asia news portals wrote about a Tajik guy who ran 'balcony Marathon' during the lockdown in Vienna. Who was it? Bobby! A bit more on this below, first about his professional developments. He graduated from the Economic Governance and Development (EGD) Programme in 2019 where he also served as a president of the group. He was one of those who successfully completed the EGD program and got selected for an internship at the OSCE Secretariat in the 2nd dimension, Office of the Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA). During his studies, he was a part of the Start-Up Weekend Women Edition Bishkek organizing team and represented the OSCE Academy at One Young World in The Hague, Netherlands in 2018.

    7 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: All the Way to PhD Degree

    We continue our series of Alumni Stories and today we would like to introduce Almakan Orozobekova from Kyrgyzstan. Almakan graduated from the Politics and Security program at the OSCE Academy in 2014 with high honors. Following this, she took an international training course in Security Policy at the Academy's long-time partner institution Geneva Centre for Security Policy and did her second master’s degree in International and European Security there. While studying in Geneva, Almakan was doing research on mobilization and recruitment of foreign fighters to the Islamic State and received the most outstanding research paper award for this work in 2015. Later, a shortened version of her work was published by the quarterly journal Connections of the PfP Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes

    3 April, 2020

  • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Improving Education in Rural Areas

    OSCE Academy is proud of its Alumni and gladly shares their stories. Today, we would like you to meet Daniyar Kussainov, an alumnus of 2014 of the MA Programme in Politics and Security from Kazakhstan, who has co-founded Teach for Kazakhstan (TFK) in December 2019, a prospective partner organization of the Teach for All. The organization deals with expanding educational opportunities for underserved communities, especially for rural schools.

    2 April, 2020