Professional Experience

2018 - present -

Senior Fellow, Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft, Center for Policy Research, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York (based in Washington, DC)

Senior Nonresident Scholar, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Adjunct faculty, graduate course “Nuclear Security Policy,” Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Nonresident Fellow, Nuclear Policy program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC)

2011 - 2018 - Fellow, Nuclear Policy program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC)

2008 - 2011 - Senior Research Associate, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), University of Georgia (based in Washington, DC)

2007 - 2008 - Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Professor, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA)

2006 - 2007 - Assistant Professor, KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

2004 - 2006 - Senior Researcher, UK FCO project on Kazakhstan's Energy Strategy (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

1998 - 2000 - World Affairs Correspondent/Special Asia Correspondent, Delovaya Nedelya (Деловая Неделя) newspaper (Almaty, Kazakhstan; Taipei, Taiwan)

 

Memberships

The UN Secretary-General Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, 2011 – 2015

 Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), 2018 - present              

Financial Intelligence & Information Sharing Working Group (FIIS WG), 2017 - present                  

 

Education/Certifications

MA in Financial Integrity, Case Western Reserve University (US) [December 2019]

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

PhD in Politics, University of Leeds (UK)

MA in Euro-Asian Studies, University of Reading (UK)

BA in International Relations, Almaty State University (Kazakhstan)


Fellowships and awards

Visiting Research Fellowship, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gerda Henkel Stiftung research grant        

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace                           

Research Fellowship from Taiwan Ministry of Education, Taipei, Taiwan

Postdoctoral Fellowship, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies                                         

Best Teacher of the Year Award, KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Visiting Research Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands                         

Research fellowship to pursue PhD, University of Leeds, UK                                                                                             

Research fellowship to pursue MA, University of Reading, UK                                                                                           

Fellowship from Taiwan Ministry of Education (Mandarin Chinese training), Taipei, Taiwan

 

Languages

Russian, English, Portuguese