Asset worked as an advisor to the Mayor of Almaty on Innovation and Urban Development. In that capacity, Asset identified and supported more than 200 innovative projects and startups as a part of the first Smart-City project in Central Asia. He coordinated designing and commissioning of five major public spaces in Almaty. Before, he held leadership roles in the Organizing Committee of Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade, Nur Otan political party, Kazakh Government’s $100-million scholarship fund, and Administration of the President of Kazakhstan. Besides his professional experience, Asset initiated and led many community service projects such as the first TEDx event in Astana, the first collection of business cases, an international forum with the WEF Global Shapers Community.
Karlygash works as Head of Analytical Department at the Center for Statistical Surveys, Astana. She also works at strategic consulting company Dasco Consulting Group. A graduate with honors in Economics from the L.N. Gumilev’s Eurasian National University, Karlygash started her career at the Department of Strategy and Coordination at National Company KazMunayGas. Between 2016 and 2018 she served as Senior Consultant at the Center for Strategic Initiatives, Astana.