Aichurok Ybyraimova (SIAR, Kyrgyzstan)

20th May 2019

Aichurok Ybyraimova obtained her BA in Sociology at the American University of Central Asia (2013-2017). As sociology major she held multiple internships including research project assistant at Urban Initiatives Public Fund, a State Agency for local self-government and Development Policy Institute and International Finance Corporation (IFC). As a junior student, she has received Jae Chang Lee scholarship and was an exchange student at Hannam National University in South Korea (2016). Her bachelor thesis was on the representation of people with disabilities in Kyrgyz print media. Besides academic achievements, Aichurok Ybyraimova has a volunteering experience at the Center for the Protection of Children (Kyrgyz Republic), Home for the Angels (Malaysia) and Red Crescent Society (Kyrgyz Republic). Currently, she is working as research project assistant at “SIAR research& consulting” LLC.

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Ainoura Sagynbaeva (SIAR, Kyrgyzstan)

20th May 2019

Ainoura Sagynbaeva has been working in research-related activities for more than 20 years including Dean’s position at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic. She holds a PhD in Sociology, Education and Culture from the Moscow State University. She held multiple internships in several universities and organizations in the USA, Japan and Poland. She has launched her own businesses including “SIAR research& consulting” LLC (www.siar-consult.com) operating throughout Central Asia and Mongolia, “STEPPE LEARNING KG” by Dyned (www.dyned.com), a franchisee of Global Intellect service. She is the founder of several NGOs including “Women’s Forum KURAK” (https://www.facebook.com/forum.kurak), mission of which is to support women’s entrepreneurship. Ainoura Sagynbaeva is a regional ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) celebrated at the United Nations. Her research interests include Youth& Education (“Kyrgyzstan: Successful youth – successful country” National Human Development Report (2009), “Promoting youth inclusion for a more prosperous Asia-Pacific” (2015-2016); the Development of small and medium enterprises (The study of small and medium enterprises (2003, 2009). She has led a number of research projects for WB, EBRD and other international donors, international research agencies and the US universities including Michigan State University, Harvard University and Indiana University.

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Abel Polese

16th May 2019

Abel Polese is a researcher, development worker, trainer and author of “the Scopus diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival

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Archil Chochia (TalTech, Estonia)

16th May 2019

Dr. Chochia, (M) is a researcher at Tallinn Law School of Tallinn University of Technology and a coordinator of the doctoral school, he has been working at Tallinn University of Technology since 2009. He is a managing editor of Baltic Journal of European Studies. Dr. Chochia obtained doctoral degree from Tallinn University of Technology in 2013, while he has previously studied at University of Scranton, USA and Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia. He has been managing several projects at the university. He has more than 50 publications as articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, chapters in books, doctoral dissertation and conference papers. His research fields of interest are Law and Technology, Ethics of Law and Technology, the European Union, EU integration.

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Rustam Urinboyev (University of Lund)

16th May 2019

Rustam Urinboyev is a senior research fellow at the Department of Sociology of Law, Lund University and a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. Rustam received his PhD in sociology of law for a thesis entitled: “Living Law and Political Stability in Post-Soviet Central Asia” (2013). His thesis explored the interconnections between informal economy, community-based traditional governance institutions and political stability.

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Tanel Kerikmäe (TalTech, Estonia)

16th May 2019

Professor Tanel Kerikmäe is Jean Monnet professor in European Law and director of Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology; a board member of several high-ranked law journals and an author of more than 150 articles and publications, Tanel is active as an expert for public and private institutions, international organizations and has been the key expert of EU in Central Asia. He has been contributing to the research of European law and policies and created a research group of law & tech that received significant funding from EU Commission (H2020, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence), NATO, Folke Bernadotte Academy, USAID, Estonian Research Council etc. He serves as a President of the Estonian branch of European Community Studies Association and has been teaching and supervising at several universities in and outside Europe, including the Baltic States. Currently, prof. Kerikmäe is responsible for several international projects and related to international research cooperation networks. Moreover, his expertise also includes the topics on EU legal policies, digital single market, automatisation, legal impediments to new technologies, and augmented and artificial intelligence in legal practice.

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Victoria Zakhozha (KIIS, Ukraine)

20th April 2019

Victoria Zakhozha is a Deputy Director of Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS). She has Master degree in Sociology obtained at one of the most prominent universities of Ukraine – The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She has 20 years of experience in the field of sociological research. As a KIIS project manager, she has organized and managed dozens of sociological surveys which employed both quantitative and qualitative methods on nationwide and regional levels.

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Natalya Kharchenko (KIIS, Ukraine)

20th April 2019

Natalya Kharchenko is an executive director of KIIS, lecturer at the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of social sciences and social technologies of the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy. Natalya is a co-author of several methodological books and she has written the dozens of scientific articles and research reports. She has the experience in project design and project coordination, writing analytical reports, notes and summaries on political and social matters; experience with complex quantitative and qualitative research projects. Her teaching and research interests lie in the field of survey methodology, online and Internet survey, poverty analysis, election studies, gender differences, vulnerable groups.

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Rodica Ianole-Călin (University of Bucharest)

20th April 2019

Dr. Rodica Ianole-Călin is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania. She holds a PhD in Behavioral Economics, a master degree in Economic Cybernetics and Quantitative Economics and a bachelor degree in Business Administration. Her professional training is complemented by multiple international courses, research stages and summer schools (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Russia, US).

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Arnis Sauka (SSE Riga)

4th February 2019

Dr. Arnis Sauka is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.). His academic research findings, which deal with the shadow economy, tax morale, productivity and competitiveness, social responsibility, internationalisation of companies and entrepreneurship policies, have been published in journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Baltic Studies, Baltic Journal of Economics  as well as number of edited books and book chapters published by Springer, Routledge, Edward Elgar, IGI Global, Blackwell and Peter Lang.

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