U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association (the Association) is a non-governmental organization providing opportunities to graduates of the Enterprise Student Fellowship Program to cultivate a vibrant and diverse community committed to deepening connections with each other and growing together.

U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association (the Association) is a non-governmental organization providing opportunities to graduates of the Enterprise Student Fellowship Program to cultivate a vibrant and diverse community committed to deepening connections with each other and growing together.

             

In October 2020, a group of active alumni created a strategic planning committee to develop an action plan to ensure the continuity of the U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association following the end of the initial program’s funding in 2022. The members of the committee created a mission, vision, and transition plan for the organization.
On November 5, the Association was registered as an independent, non-profit organization in Bishkek, a major milestone for the program reflecting the alumni’s shared passion for sustainability.
October 2-3, 2021: the U.S.-CAEF Regional Alumni Conference 2021 (RAC21) became the first-of-its-kind hybrid event, bringing together U.S.-CAEF alumni representing all five republics of Central Asia, the U.S. Embassies in the region, other alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored programs, and key business communities in the region. The conference served as an impetus for expanding regional and international economic cooperation and advancing the professional growth of U.S.-CAEF alumni. U.S.-CAEF is grateful for the support from the U.S. Department of State for making this historic moment possible.
April 28-29, 2023: We are proud to announce that the 2nd U.S.-CAEF Regional Alumni Conference (RAC’23) takes place on April 28-29 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Over 85 talented program alumni from five Central Asian countries will attend, focusing on alumni development, career interests, networking, and US commitment to Central Asia’s growth. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S.-CAEF, and administered by American Councils, we’re excited to make this historic moment possible!
M I S S I O N

Inspire and support U.S.-CAEF alumni in translating their initiatives into building a favorable social and economic environment in Central Asia.

M I L E S T O N E S

In October 2020, a group of active alumni created a strategic planning committee to develop an action plan to ensure the continuity of the U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association following the end of the initial program’s funding in 2022. The members of the committee created a mission, vision, and transition plan for the organization.
On November 5, the Association was registered as an independent, non-profit organization in Bishkek, a major milestone for the program reflecting the alumni’s shared passion for sustainability.
October 2-3, 2021:
The U.S.-CAEF Regional Alumni Conference 2021 (RAC21) became the first-of-its-kind hybrid event, bringing together U.S.-CAEF alumni representing all five republics of Central Asia, the U.S. Embassies in the region, other alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored programs, and key business communities in the region. The conference served as an impetus for expanding regional and international economic cooperation and advancing the professional growth of U.S.-CAEF alumni. U.S.-CAEF is grateful for the support from the U.S. Department of State for making this historic moment possible.
April 28-29, 2023:
We are proud to announce that the 2nd U.S.-CAEF Regional Alumni Conference (RAC’23) takes place on April 28-29 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Over 85 talented program alumni from five Central Asian countries will attend, focusing on alumni development, career interests, networking, and US commitment to Central Asia’s growth. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S.-CAEF, and administered by American Councils, we’re excited to make this historic moment possible!

Leadership

The Association is governed by the alumni board of directors. Executive Director implements the Association’s strategic goals and provides leadership for alumni programs and services.

Aidana Odeichuk

CHAIR | KIMEP’12

Aizharkyn Burkanova

DIRECTOR | AUCA’14

Valentina Khomenko

DIRECTOR | AUCA’15

Asel Kaldybaeva

DIRECTOR | AUCA’17

Yusup Artykgulyyev

DIRECTOR | KIMEP’15

Leadership

The Association is governed by the alumni board of directors. Executive Director implements the Association’s strategic goals and provides leadership for alumni programs and services.

Aidana Odeichuk

CHAIR | KIMEP 2012

Aizharkyn Burkanova

DIRECOR | AUCA 2014

Valentina Khomenko

DIRECTOR | AUCA 2015

Asel Kaldybaeva

DIRECTOR | AUCA 2017

Yusup Artykgulyyev

DIRECTOR | KIMEP 2015

Aisuluu Zholdoshova

Executive Director | U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association

Ms. Aisuluu Zholdoshova brings over six years of experience in education and leadership to her role as Alumni Association Director. She began her career in a charitable organization, acquiring skills in project management and community engagement. Aisuluu actively participated in the SUSI Women’s Leadership program, Enactus Kyrgyzstan, the USG Mentoring Program, and the Erasmus project. Additionally, she played an important role at her alma mater, the International University of Central Asia, contributing significantly to its academic landscape.

Aisuluu’s dedication to education continued during her tenure as the Executive Director of the ProKG Professionals’ Club, where she spearheaded several impactful educational projects. She has organized conferences and facilitated various training sessions, including notable events such as “BE NEXT,” “What were you wearing?” and “SHEtalks.” Her diverse experiences across various organizations have equipped her with the skills to implement projects and devise innovative solutions.

With her fervor for community growth and educational leadership, Aisuluu is poised to make a substantial contribution to the Association’s activities.

Aisuluu Zholdoshova

Executive Director

Ms. Aisuluu Zholdoshova brings over six years of experience in education and leadership to her role as Alumni Association Director. She began her career in a charitable organization, acquiring skills in project management and community engagement. Aisuluu actively participated in the SUSI Women’s Leadership program, Enactus Kyrgyzstan, the USG Mentoring Program, and the Erasmus project. Additionally, she played an important role at her alma mater, the International University of Central Asia, contributing significantly to its academic landscape.

Aisuluu’s dedication to education continued during her tenure as the Executive Director of the ProKG Professionals’ Club, where she spearheaded several impactful educational projects. She has organized conferences and facilitated various training sessions, including notable events such as “BE NEXT,” “What were you wearing?” and “SHEtalks.” Her diverse experiences across various organizations have equipped her with the skills to implement projects and devise innovative solutions.

With her fervor for community growth and educational leadership, Aisuluu is poised to make a substantial contribution to the Association’s activities.

The Steven F. Shea Excellence Award

The Steven F. Shea Excellence Award (the Award) was established by the Foundation in May 2015 to commemorate Mr. Steven F. Shea, a founding director, and the first president of U.S.-CAEF. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding alumni in recognition of their significant academic and professional achievements, service to the community, and active commitment to the economic growth of Central Asia.

The Steven F. Shea Excellence Award

The Steven F. Shea Excellence Award (the Award) was established by the Foundation in May 2015 to commemorate Mr. Steven F. Shea, a founding director, and the first president of U.S.-CAEF. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding alumni in recognition of their significant academic and professional achievements, service to the community, and active commitment to the economic growth of Central Asia.

Alumni Community

Alumni Community

U.S.-CAEF alumni represent some of the most energetic, innovative, and successful young business people in Central Asia.

U.S.-CAEF alumni represent some of the most energetic, innovative, and successful young business people in Central Asia.

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▶︎  18% KAZAKHSTAN

▶︎  48% KYRGYZSTAN

▶︎  20% TAJIKISTAN

▶︎  8% TURKMENISTAN

▶︎  6% UZBEKISTAN

Many hold key positions as financial managers, investment advisors, marketing professionals, auditors, IT managers, and business consultants at leading Central Asian and international companies.

Many hold key positions as financial managers, investment advisors, marketing professionals, auditors, IT managers, and business consultants at leading Central Asian and international companies.

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HELPING THOSE IN NEED UNITES U.S.-CAEF ALUMNI

U.S.-CAEF alumni demonstrate remarkable commitment to helping less-advantaged communities. During the COVID crisis, U.S.-CAEF alumni organized large-scale charitable campaigns to aid vulnerable populations throughout Central Asia; helped hundreds of farmers in Tajikistan receive essential fertilizers to strengthen their crops; played a critical role in the production of face-shields for medical workers in Almaty; developed a COVID-tracking app in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and led one of the largest laboratory providers of COVID tests in Kazakhstan.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED UNITES U.S.-CAEF ALUMNI

What continues to stand out most about U.S.-CAEF alumni is not just business acumen, and career success, but also the remarkable commitment to helping less-advantaged communities in Central Asia.

During the COVID crisis, U.S.-CAEF alumni organized large-scale charitable campaigns to aid vulnerable populations throughout Central Asia; helped hundreds of farmers in Tajikistan receive essential fertilizers to strengthen their crops; played a critical role in the production of face-shields for medical workers in Almaty; developed a COVID-tracking app in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and led one of the largest laboratory providers of COVID tests in Kazakhstan.

The strong bond between program participants has been pivotal in generating lasting cooperation across borders. U.S.-CAEF community members are welcome to the alumni portal to connect with their peers.

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Welcome to the alumni portal!

We are excited to share with you the U.S.-CAEF alumni database that allows you to connect with the members of your U.S.-CAEF family. Use the search and filter features to look up alumni by graduation year, university, and country of origin or residence. You can also learn about your peers’ current occupation and postgraduate degrees. Click on LinkedIn button to connect with alumni. If LinkedIn button is not available, contact uscaefalumni@gmail.com to request more information.

The strong bond between program participants has been pivotal in generating lasting cooperation across borders. U.S.-CAEF community members are welcome to the alumni portal to connect with their peers.

infoUser guidelines

Welcome to the alumni portal!

We are excited to share with you the U.S.-CAEF alumni database that allows you to connect with the members of your U.S.-CAEF family. Use the search and filter features to look up alumni by graduation year, university, and country of origin or residence. You can also learn about your peers’ current occupation and postgraduate degrees. Click on LinkedIn button to connect with alumni. If LinkedIn button is not available, contact uscaefalumni@gmail.com to request more information.

Help us grow!

 Your generous contributions will help the alumni further the association’s mission. Thank you for supporting the U.S.-CAEF community.

Payment information

Beneficiary: ОО “Ассоциация выпускников Ю.С.-КАЕФ”
Bank: Optima Bank

SWIFT: ENEJKG22
BIC: 109012
Beneficiarys’ Account: 1091209419380191

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Alumni Initiatives and Events

U.S.-CAEF alumni are lifelong learners who continually seek out opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills, push their boundaries and expand their worldview, and engage in activities contributing to their communities.

Business Breakfast

Meetings with business experts

Idea Pitch

Supporting new business initiatives

Alumni Talks & Reunions

Exchange of knowledge and expertise

Black Tie

Annual alumni reunion

YSEP

Youth Social Entrepreneurship
Program | Helping communities

Mentorship program

Growing together

Read more on page 22

Webinars

Expanding the global perspective
with guest speakers

Business Breakfast

Meetings with business experts

Idea Pitch

Supporting new business initiatives

Alumni Talks & Reunions

Exchange of knowledge and expertise

Black Tie

Annual alumni reunion

YSEP

Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program | Helping communities

Mentorship program

Growing together

Read more on page 22

Webinars

Expanding the global perspective with guest speakers