Country Representative, Kyrgyzstan
Shakirat manages International Alert’s activities in Kyrgyzstan. Prior to joining Alert in early 2017, for over eight years she served for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), initially as an Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP/Kyrgyzstan, responsible for overall coordination and management of UNDP programmes in Kyrgyzstan, and then as a programme officer and policy specialist/UNDP Executive Office’s focal point coordinating UNDP technical and financial support for crisis recovery in the Commonwealth of Independent States, eastern Europe and Arab states with the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery and then with the Bureau of Programme and Policy Support of UNDP HQ in New York.
In the period of 2000–2007, Shakirat worked in several management positions for the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA), latterly as an executive director managing three EFCA offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. She was instrumental in developing several strategic EFCA programmes, such as the Cross-Border Programme in the Ferghana Valley, the Central Asia–Russia Labor Migration Initiative and Higher Education Transparency, and attracted funding partnerships with the OSCE, UNESCO, Canadian government, several European governments and private funds, and gained strong support from the governments of central Asia. Prior to this, she also worked for the US Peace Corps, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and with the Kyrgyz government’s public investment agency.
Shakirat holds an MA in Education Administration from Drake University, US and an MA in Engineering and Finance from the leading universities in Kyrgyzstan, and served as a Steering Committee member of the Grant Makers East Group with the HQ in Brussels, helping to coordinate donor efforts in the region. She is an alumnus of the Muskie/Freedom Support Act graduate fellowship funded by the US government.