Dr. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov

President and Founder
Almaty Management University (AlmaU)
Phone number: +7 (727) 313-30-59
Fax: +7 (727) 302 21 21


Dr. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov is the founder of the first privately owned business university in Kazakhstan - AlmaU (previously known as International Business Academy, est. 1988).

Dr. Kozhakhmetov built his professional achievements in civic engagement and higher education in alignment with the UN initiatives, such as the SDGs, PRME and Academic Impact.

He promotes an open dialogue between interested parties and partners related to the challenges of social responsibility, sustainability and impact on the society.

A graduate of the S. Kirov Kazakh State University, Faculty of mechanics and applied mathematics (1990) and Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, Faculty of Jurisprudence (2010), Dr. Kozhakhmetov dedicated himself to the development of business and entrepreneurial education in Kazakhstan. That was considered as of a high risk and lack of understanding for the post-soviet society in the 1990s.

Following the concept of the life-long learning Dr. Kozhakhmetov has graduated the Higher School of Economics with Doctor of Business Administration degree (2011) and has passed the international research internship under the "Bolashak" Presidential scholarship programme at Haas School of Business at Berkeley University (2013).

Assylbek Kozhakhmetov is currently 1) the Vice President for Central Asia of the Central and East European Management Development Association (Slovenia); 2) Board member of  The Principles for Responsible Management Education (New York); 3) Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (Nijkerk); 4) а member of the National Council of Public Trust under the President of Republic of Kazakhstan; 5) Research advisor, Project “University Management - 2020”, initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan; 6) Member of the Kazakhstani Association of small and medium business «EL TIREGI» Association of Legal Entities; 7) Member of the Council of "Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan" Association of Legal Entities.

Over the past two years Dr. Kozhakhmetov has made over 20 public presentations, 10 publications in mass media and journals, with the purpose of promoting his ideas and initiatives. For continuous commitment to serving the society and academia, Dr. Kozhakhmetov has been recognized with multiple awards locally and internationally:

  • "Torch of Birmingham" Award by the international organization "People to People
  • International" (1997, USA)
  • "Excellence in Education" Award by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1998)
  • “Independence of Kazakhstan” 20th Anniversary Medal by the President of of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2011)
  • State Order “Kurmet” (in Kazakh: Honor) (2013, Kazakhstan)
  • The I-degree and II-degree Orders «For Commitment» by the National Chamber of
  • Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken" (2013, 2014)
  • CEEMAN Champions Award in "Institutional Management" (2014, Slovenia)
  • Y. Altynsarin Medal by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2018)
  • “Altyn Zhurek” National Public Award by the Public Charity fund “Baurzhan” (in Kazakh:
  • Golden Heart) for the support of education (2018, Kazakhstan)
  • “Zhomart Zhurek” Award by the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (in Kazakh: Generous Heart) (2019)


Gulnara Kurenkeyeva 

Phone number: +7 (727) 313-30-51

Rector AlmaU 
Candidate of Economic Sciences, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics of Kazakh State University after S.M. Kirov, scientific internship at Moscow State University after M.V. Lomonosov in 2003. Bolashak Scholarship alumnus (internship at HAAS Business School, UC Berkeley, USA, 2013).
Working at AlmaU since 2001. She has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs. From 2006-2009 was the Director of DBA Program, 2011-2014 - Director of MBA Program, since 2014 - Dean of the Higher School of Business. In 2020, she was appointed First Vice-Rector of AlmaU. Since 2021 Rector of Almaty Management University.
Under her leadership, the HSB programs passed international accreditations, entered the global rankings, thereby becoming the leading business school in Kazakhstan.
She is a scientific editor of the National Translation Bureau of Kazakhstan, took an active part in the translation of business literature from English into Kazakh under the project “New humanitarian knowledge: 100 textbooks in the Kazakh language.”
Author of scientific articles and textbooks, collective monographs (more than 35 p.p.), including those in international indexed journals. Supervisor of master’s and doctoral dissertations.

International activities:

  • Member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA, UK) from June 2020 to present
  • Member of the International Executive Education Board of the Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University, (Russia) from September 2019 to the present
  • Member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board AMBA (UK) from November 2018 to present
  • Member of the international accreditation commission AMBA (Great Britain) of business schools in China, France and Russia, as an expert in the field of quality and development of business schools (2018-2020).
  • Global Advisory Council Woosong University, South Korea, March 2017 to present.

Social activities:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Republican Center for Health Development (RCHD) under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, from June 2020 to the present
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the City Clinical Hospital No. 4 from March 2019 to the present

Gulnara Kurenkeyeva is:

  • Winner of the Prize of the Association of Economists of Kazakhstan for the collective monograph “Parameters of state regulation, economic and mathematical modeling of the reproductive system and the state policy of attracting foreign investment in the Republic of Kazakhstan,” 2005.
  • Winner of the CEEMAN CHAMPION AWARDS -2021 in the nomination School Leader of the Year, 2021.



Assel Aryn

Vice-rector for Academic Development
Phone number: +7 (727) 313-50-51     


Master of Economic Sciences with a degree in Finance. Bolashak Scholarship alumnus University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA, 2021).

11 years of teaching experience.

She began her work at AlmaU as a teacher at the Department of Finance in 2012. Over the years, she held the position of senior lecturer, head of “Finance, Accounting and Auditing” department, Advisor to the Vice-Rector for Academic Development, Dean of Graduate School of Management.

Coach of training seminars on redesign of educational programs, innovative technologies, teaching methods.

An author of more than 20 scientific publications.

Winner of the contest "Best University Teacher" in 2021.



Ruslan Kozhakhmetov

Vice-Rector for Corporate Development
Doctor of business administration
Phone number: +7 (727) 313-30-50
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Kozhakhmetov Ruslan is the holder of the Doctor of Business Administration degree of the joint program of the International Academy of Business and the Russian Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He is also a graduate of the global Executive MBA program in business administration at London Business School, Columbia Business School, HKU Business School and Executive Education center at the University of California Berkeley.


Bakytzhan Sarkeyev

Vice-Rector on Science Issues
Phone number: +7 (727) 313-30-40 (ext. 596)


Bakytzhan Sarkeyev has extensive experience in the development and implementation of government programs in the field of entrepreneurship development, innovation and employment.

He is one of the authors and developers of the Business Roadmap 2020 program, took an active part in the creation of Samruk-Kazyna Fund, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund, entrepreneurship support centers and a system of development institutions, participated in the development and implementation of Anti-Crisis Programs 2007-2009.

He began his career with teaching activities: a senior pioneer (scout) leader of a secondary school in Zhambyl region and a teacher of management at Taraz State University. He worked in executive positions in analytical structures, ministries and departments, Samruk-Kazyna Foundation.

Prior to joining AlmaU, he worked as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Science Foundation under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was responsible for the development of new areas of support for scientific developments, participated in the development of the Concept for the science development.

Research interests: analysis of government programs, effectiveness of the public administration system, employment and entrepreneurship development, institutional reforms, effective management.

He is the Chairman of the Regional Council of Scientists of the Central Asian and Caucasian Countries for Combating Epidemiological Threats.



Aigerim Kaumenova

Vice-Rector for Global Partnerships
Phone number: +7 (727) 313-23-79


Aigerim Kaumenova has experience in overseas higher education, partnership building and internationalisation policy making.

Aigerim holds MA (University University of Aberdeen), MSc (University of Exeter) and DBA (Almaty Management University) degrees.

Her research interest is on social entrepreneurship and international education.

She serves the society by volunteering as a career mentor and consultant on overseas education opportunities for young people.

Aigerim holds an international award called the CEEMAN Champion Awards for promoting socially responsible management education.

Aigerim is the Board member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Kazakhstan and a founding member of the Eurasian Chapter of the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education).



Kendrick Davis White

Vice-Rector for Commercialization
Тел.: +7 (727) 313-28-75
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Kendrick White graduated from Stetson University in 1985 in economics and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (1990).

He has 30 years of experience in corporate finance, venture fund management and technology commercialization. In 1998–2005 he headed the first generation venture fund of the European Development Bank, has extensive investment experience in the field of technology commercialization.

From 2012 to 2017, he worked at Lobachevsky University as Vice-Rector for Innovation, Director of the Center for Commercialization of Technologies at NNSU, Advisor to the Rector for Commercialization. Over the years, he has been able to create an infrastructure for technology transfer and commercialization.

He is the founder of Marchmont Capital Partners, a leading technology scouting and media firm, where he has worked with major global companies such as Exxon Mobile, LG Electronics, Saudi Aramco and others.


Didar Mardanov

Vice-Rector for Student Support and Development
Тел.: +7 (727) 313-24-79
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Didar Mardanov - Master of Business Administration in "Strategic Management" - M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University . He successfully completed undergraduate programs in economics from NarXoz University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and management from Pierre Mendes-France Universiti (Grenobol, France).

Didar has experience in the field of higher education, in 2009 he began his career as a Dean for Student Affairs at AlmaU. Over the years, working as a marketing director, head of the AlmaU Representative Office in Atyrau, at present Didar is in charge of the student development and support unit.

The scope of his scientific and public interests is the technology of career guidance for young people, new technologies in management, in particular in the management of educational organizations. He is an expert in the field of education, an expert of Almaty city akimat on the issues of secondary and secondary vocational education, a public consultant for additional education institutions within the framework of personal social responsibility and the principles of serving society. He has experience in entrepreneurship, successfully implemented a number of business projects.