Alumni Spotlight

  • 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

  • Alumna of the Year 2019: Nargiza Zhakypova

    Nargiza Zhakypova is a graduate of 2014 of the MA Programme in Economic Governance and Development from Kyrgyzstan. This year Nargiza received the Alumna of the Year 2019 Award for her professional development and achivements after the graduation from the OSCE Academy. Due to her passion, hard work and versatile personality, there is no doubt that Nargiza would succeed at any sphere and anything what she does. Today, Nargiza is one of the founders of the IT-RUN – network of schools providing education in IT to adults as well as children in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and the USA.

    27 January, 2020

  • “Every person is unique”: Working with Vulnerable to Help them Live Better

    Umedakhon Pulotova is 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.

    27 January, 2020

  • Research – the Way to Explore your Country and the World

    Mouslim Buriev graduated in 2017 and currently is a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Security Studies in Groningen, the Netherlands. This year Mouslim was selected to participate in the School of Analytics and as one of the most active researchers received an opportunity to travel for a two-week internship to Georgia.

    27 January, 2020

  • Transforming Challenges into Opportunities for Regional Prosperity

    Ofarid is a graduate of the first cohort of the MA Programme in Economic Governance and Development in 2013. Currently he is a Regional Projects Implementation Lead of Pamir Energy Company, which is the first energy company in Tajikistan. Ofarid has been working at Pamir Energy since 2015 and he shares his story about his professional development since the day of graduation of the OSCE Academy till today.

    27 January, 2020

  • From JPO to Serving in a Mission in Vienna: Success Story of Ahmad Munir Faruhee

    Ahmad Munir Faruhee is alumnus of 2013 of the MA Programme in Politics and Security from Afghanistan. Munir was the OSCE Academy’s first Junior Public Officer (JPO) in Afghanistan, where the JPO Programme was established in 2012. Today he is a diplomat at the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna, Austria.

    27 January, 2020

  • Alumni Travel Grant: Zalina Enikeeva '16 on integration of the Kyrgyz Republic into the EAEU

    Zalina Enikeeva, Alumna of 2016 of the MA in Economic Governance and Development Programme received the 1st Alumni Travel Grant of 2019. Zalina used this grant to participate in the XX April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, held on April 9-12, 2019, in Moscow, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University). The Conference’s Programme Committee was chaired by Professor Evgeny Yasin, HSE University’s Academic Supervisor.

    16 May, 2019