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CACI FORUM: Investing in the Caucasus, Greater Central Asia and Mongolia: Challenges and Opportunities

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


"Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst"

Investing in the Caucasus, Greater Central Asia and Mongolia: Challenges and Opportunities


Spring 2013 Rumsfeld Fellows at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS:

Mr. Abdul Nafi Olomi, (Afghanistan), political analyst/consultant, Kandahar; CEO/owner of Blueberry Construction Company; co-founder, Alpistan, an Afghan-Italian NGO for disaster management in remote mountain communities of Afghanistan

Dr. Sergey Minasyan (Armenia), Deputy Director and Head , Political Studies Department, Caucasus Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Ms. Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu (Azerbaijan), Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan

Mr. Muratbek Akhmatov (Kazakhstan), Head of the Industry Development Division, Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan

Ms. Nazira Beishenalieva (Kyrgyzstan), Chairperson of the Board of Directors, CJSC Bank of Asia

Mr. Semetei Omurgazy (Kyrgyzstan), Owner and CEO, The Bishkek Fashion Retail Group

Mr. Dulguun Baasandavaa (Mongolia), Vice President, Tenger Capital, brokerage/investment-banking arm of Tenger Financial Group; Board Member, Mongolian Business Development Association

Mr. Dzhura Babaev (Tajikistan), CEO , Cokey Central Asia and Caucasus Ltd., a Japanese holding company pursuing investment opportunities in the Central Asia - Caucasus region

Mr. Ravshan Sobirzoda (Tajikistan), Economic Advisor, U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan; Senior Lecturer, School of International Economics and Law, Tajik State University of Commerce

Mr. Mansur Bustoni (Uzbekistan), Investment officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the World Bank Group; Board Member/Treasurer, Central
Eurasian Leadership Alliance


S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.

Tuesday, April 30, noon to 2 p.m.

Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., The Rome Building

SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

16 19 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036

The Rumsfeld Fellowship program brings rising young men and women from Central Asia, the Caucasus and Mongolia to Washington for period of intensive discussions with American leaders of government and business. Under the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the program which began in 2008, is now hosting the tenth group of Rumsfeld Fellows here for a period of six weeks.

The Forum is preceded by a reception and light lunch at noon. The program will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at

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