Our team


Almagul Osmonova, Director

Director of the Taalim Forum Public Foundation since 2007.

She has experience coordinating the Academic Gender program of the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan, expert in ADB project on early childhood development, consultant in monitoring the ADB project, developed and produced publications for teachers and young readers, consultant to the World Bank project on higher education. She has teaching experience at the Kyrgyz National University and the American University of Central Asia.

She holds an MA in Holistic Science from Schumacher College and Plymouth University (UK), studied history and sociology at the Kyrgyz National University, and is a visiting scholar at Cornell University (USA) and Buffalo State University (USA).


Jyldyz Doolbekova, Project Lead

Has extensive experience in grant management, monitoring and evaluation; scaling up innovative models, networking and knowledge sharing and mobilization in preserving bio-cultural diversity, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, women and youth leadership in Central Asia. She worked in the Central Asian Program of the Christensen Foundation (California, San Francisco) as a Special Adviser, Program Manager and Regional Coordinator. She led the Faculty Development Program, University Projects of the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP, Dushanbe, Tajikistan) aimed at design and implementation of interdisciplinary courses in Central Asian universities. Holds a PhD in Anthropology, Ethnology, and Ethnography at National Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyz Republic; MA from Kyrgyz National University Department of History, Master’s in International Relations from the International University of Kyrgyzstan.  

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Meerim Baiymbetova,Project Assistant on Research and Knowledge Mobilization

Work experience as Grant specialist in a non-profit intermediary organization which supports grassroots community development, educational and cultural initiatives with special focus on youth and women. Experience in different research projects & evaluation and monitoring.

Bachelor in Economics, American University Central Asia (2015); MA in Sociology, Kyrgyz National University (2021).


Aigerim Zholchubekova, Communications and IT Project Assistant

She has more than 5 years of experience in development and promotion of educational multimedia platforms. Working experience in development and promotion of educational multimedia platforms, conducting trainings for school teachers and university professors on improving ICT skills. Experience in projects focused on preservation of biocultural diversity values by improving communications among population at large, and educational initiatives. 

Graduated from the Kyrgyz-German Technical Institute with a degree in Telematics at the Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov.


Abduvohid Safarov, National Coordinator in Tajikistan

Since 2004, he's been the director of the Public Organization "Anahita" (Tajikistan). He has more than 20 years of experience working with international organizations, local NGOs, and international donors such as USAID and the Christensen Fund.

Through Anahita's programs, he has coordinated various projects, including research on education in remote rural areas, support for rural women, and protection of the biocultural rights of indigenous communities. A graduate of Tajik State University with a degree in linguistics, he is currently pursuing a degree in law.


Tungalagtuya Khuukhenduuu, National Coordinator in Mongolia

Chair and coordinator of the non-profit organization Nomadic Nature Conservation in Mongolia, collaborates with educational institutions, local government agencies, and international organizations, and has a Master's degree in Biological Sciences from the National University of Mongolia. She is a graduate student at the Faculty of Education, Mongolian State Pedagogical University (2018-present) in a participatory environmental education program.

Her experience includes: research; educational programs for rural schools; assisting herder communities and women's groups with sustainable livelihoods; and publishing educational materials and books.


Emma Sabzalieva, UK-Canada, International Consultant

Research Fellow at the University of York, Canada. Researcher/coordinator for several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) projects. Completed education policy consultancy for the governments of Tajikistan, Estonia and the UK; University of Central Asia, Oxford University (UK).

Over 10 years of experience in education management, including training and development, conferences, and extension.

Holds a PhD in comparative and international higher education from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Advisory Council

Advisory Council is established to provide expertise support in realization of the Project. The Advisory Council’s scope of expertise includes providing support in project strategy development and recommendations on its refinement during the project realization; education policies; school distance education (DE); quality and equal access to DE; knowledge mobilization; innovations in DE; policy recommendations and sustainability of the project; provide input and feedback for the project reports. Members of the Advisory Council participate in the regular meetings (online and offline)


Mr. Tashtanbai Sartov


Professor Sartov T.E. worked as Director of the National Testing Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and led the implementation of the UNDP project "National Testing Centre", which resulted in the creation of a test question database for final exams in secondary schools, reprinted many times, and a computer-based system for processing test results. 

He was Deputy Director of Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of KNU after J. Balasagyn, where he supervised the issues of introducing ICT into the educational process, and under his leadership a series of e-learning courses and video lectures were created for distance learning students. He has also developed methodological guidelines for the creation of training materials and video lectures for distance learning. 

He was involved in the development of strategies for the implementation of distance learning system for the training centres of several ministries as a local consultant to ADB and WB.

While working as the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at KSTU named after I. Razzakov, he was the Chairman of the Coordinating Council on Distance Education and a board member of KADO (Kyrgyz Association for Distance Education). He has a number of academic publications in the field of distance learning.

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