Dr. Aigerim Shilibekova is the founding director of the Center for International and Regional Studies (est. 2009) at Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Astana. Dr. Shilibekova is also an Associate Professor at the Regional Studies Department, where she has been teaching since 2006. In 2013-2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, where she carried her research project on new threats in Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships and research grants from various institutions in Europe and Asia, including the Bolashak Scholarship of the President of Kazakhstan in 2013, the Japanese Tokio Boeki Stipend for Talented Young Scholars in 2008 and the Turkish TUBITAK Research Scholarship in 2007. As a researcher she has published numerous articles, policy and two monographs. She is also an author and director of STRATAGEM, the award winning innovative program on educating the 21st century researchers www.stratagem.kz Dr. Shilibekova has a substantial experience in higher education management and administration since 2006. She is also the founder and CEO of BILIMORDA, the first consulting and training company in the sphere of higher education management in Kazakhstan. Dr. Shilibekova holds BA degree in Economics from Taraz State University, Kazakhstan (1999), MA in International Relations from Istanbul University, Turkey (2004) and PhD in Political Science from Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan (2009). She is an alumna of the Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2013). She speaks Kazakh, Russian, English, Turkish, and French and has moderate knowledge of German and Persian.