~ Massachusetts Cultural Council ~
~ Museum of Fine Art Boston ~
Prof. Nurlan Kenzheakhmet
Prof. Nurlan Kenzheakhmet is a research scholar at Harvard University. His research focuses on archaeology and the history of Central Asia. At the Center for Geographic Analysis of Harvard University, he works on European-Chinese imperial maps and gazetteers related to the Qazaq Khanate and its adjacent regions in the 17th to 19th centuries. He serves as a co-president of the TurkicStan Center Inc.
Zhanat Zhapparov is an M.Ed in ESL, an ALM in Math for Teaching, an Ed.D candidate in Higher Education Administration, and a former instructor in K-12 STEM education. Zhanat is passionate about education, college counseling, data science, computer programming, motion graphics, and cinematography. He is the founder of the Central Asian Student Association at Harvard University, president of IVY Standard Educational Consulting LLC, and co-president of the TurkicStan Center Inc. Although he is involved in numerous businesses, Zhanat considers himself an educator above all.
Communication and Outreach Manager
Digital Media Supervisor
Malika-Budur Kalila is a broadcast and digital media journalist. She earned her M.S. degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University. Malika also studied Economics in Turkey for three years and earned her B.A. in Communication from Niagara University. Malika has a comprehensive journalism experience at famous media outlets such as NPR affiliate WAER in Syracuse and international television network CGTN in Washington DC. She has traveled to Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan as a member of two multimedia reporting teams. Malika is fluent in English, Turkish, Kazakh and Russian. She taught journalism at Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University in Turkistan City. Malika is now serving as the digital media supervisor at Turkicstan.org. She coordinates digital media platforms and maintains public relations with local and national media.
Social Media Manager and Grant Writer
Assel Zhamankulova is a professional IELTS/TOEFL trainer accredited by Cambridge University English Language Assessment. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), where she combined her studies with volunteer work by promoting Kazakh culture within American Society. Overall, her teaching experience sums up to 10 years of working at Interpress IH language center and the UK’s British Council. The last several years she dedicated to developing her own language school Eloquent. In Boston she is supporting her husband, who is pursuing his Master’s degree, while working on her educational projects including a teacher training course in preparation for DELTA. At the same time, she tries to participate actively in life of Kazakh society as a social media manager and grant writer of the Turkicstan Center.
Turkicstan Center is a Cambridge-based tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit and non-governmental organization. Grounded in Turkic traditions, it aims to lead professional education and research in advancing Turkic studies, culture, and community wellness in the Greater Boston Area. The center brings life to the Turkic cultures and traditions by organizing cross-cultural art performances, events, festivals, social gatherings, fashion shows, cultural movie screenings, and educational activities.
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