The panel of judges for Study UK Alumni Awards in Kazakhstan comprised of prominent individuals who are actively promoting positive impact in the society through their chosen field of work.

Assel Kozhakova

Founder & CEO of Red Point Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan).

Assel has extensive experience at large transnational companies: Coca-Cola, Microsoft Kazakhstan (as Chief Marketing Officer), General Motors (Deputy Head Office, marketing and PR Director Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia), Beeline – Head of PR.

Assel is the author of numerous articles and publications, including 2013 bestseller in Kazakhstan «Time Hostess. Time-management at home». Assel is a frequent speaker and moderator at various conferences, forums, as well as guest lecturer at Nazarbayev business school and Eurasian University.

Daniyar Mukitanov

Education Projects Manager, British Council Kazakhstan

He has been working at the British Council since September 2016 as an Education Projects Manager, where he oversees projects in education, science and civil society development, including WeAlmaty project and the Astana Science Festival.

Daniyar is a Chevening scholarship alumnus, a prestigious award programme funded by the British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and holds an MA degree from Sheffield University. Previously he worked as a senior manager of the Department for International Cooperation at the Kasipkor Holding. In this position, he established fruitful partnerships with various oil companies.

Jim Buttery

Jim has been working in Kazakhstan for two years. He has previously served as Director Libya, Director Israel and Director Kenya. From 2010 to 2014 he led the British Council’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa as Regional Director of Programmes where he developed the British Council’s response to the ‘Arab Spring’.   

He joined the British Council in 1998 and has since worked in Palestine, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Israel, Jordan, UAE and Tunisia. During this time Jim has led several major creative sector initiatives including: ‘Interaction’, a pan-African leadership programme with the World Creative Forum; ‘Creative Collaboration’, a 17-country programme for South East Europe; and ‘Voices of the People’, an arts and social change research study in North Africa.