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Diana Mamatova, Chair of the Board

Diana Mamatova has more than five years of professional experience in peacebuilding and development. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus on Central Asian politics from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) and a Masters of Letters in Peace and Conflict from University of St. Andrews (United Kingdom). She worked with international NGO ACTED following the June 2010 inter-ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, and later with the United Nations in Kyrgyzstan, where she managed a nationwide research project on gender issues and peacebuilding. More recently, Diana completed a research fellowship supported by OSF within the George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs' Central Asia Program. She produced a research with policy recommendations on grassroots peacebuilding and the cross-border cooperation in the Ferghana Valley.

Aikokul Maksutova, Board Member

Aikokul Maksutova is a PhD candidate at Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany. Trained as a peace and conflict analyst, she has conducted several qualitative research projects with extensive field stays in Central Asia and Russia on the issues of inter-ethnic conflicts, conflict sensitive development interventions, women’s rights in Islam, and international labour migration from Central Asia to Russia. Currently, she is finalising her PhD project on social integration of labour migrants from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the Russian Federation. She has also served as an aid and development worker in post-conflict areas and possesses extensive knowledge in project planning, conflict sensitive management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Jannat Kovalchuk, Board Member

Jannat Kovalchuk is a practicing lawyer and professor of the Law Department of the American University of Central Asia. Jannat graduated from the Law Department of the Kyrgyz State National University in 1998 and has an AS degree in Criminal Justice from American River College, California. She has two children and lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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