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.

             

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.

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.

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.

Anisa Atalova

CHAIR | AUCA 2016

Kalys Zhumakadyr

VICE CHAIR | AUCA 2014

Arystan Moldabekov

DIRECTOR | KIMEP 2011

Aidana Odeichuk

DIRECTOR | AUCA 2012

Malika Pulotova

DIRECTOR | KIMEP 2014

Adel Sultanbekova

DIRECTOR | AUCA 2016

Begina Sharshekeeva

Executive Director | U.S.-CAEF Alumni Association

Born and raised in Bishkek, Begina comes with five years of experience in project management and university affairs. She has held various roles at the International University of Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok. As Head of the International Affairs Office, Begina managed the Erasmus+ projects and maintained good cooperation with international partner organizations and universities. She has also served as acting Director of the university’s Humanitarian-Technical College and Director of the Career Development Center. Prior to her time at IUCA, Begina had worked as a PR Specialist for a presidential campaign and interned at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Begina Sharshekeeva

Executive Director

Born and raised in Bishkek, Begina comes with five years of experience in project management and university affairs. She has held various roles at the International University of Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok. As Head of the International Affairs Office, Begina managed the Erasmus+ projects and maintained good cooperation with international partner organizations and universities. She has also served as acting Director of the university’s Humanitarian-Technical College and Director of the Career Development Center. Prior to her time at IUCA, Begina had worked as a PR Specialist for a presidential campaign and interned at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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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COMPLETED / ENROLLED IN POST-GRADUATE PROGRAMS
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

Beneficiary: Общественное объединение “Ассоциация выпускников Ю.С.-КАЕФ”

Bank: ОАО “Коммерческий банк КЫРГЫЗСТАН”

SWIFT: KYRSKG22

BIC: 103005

Beneficiarys’ Account: 1030520000099701

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

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Webinars

Expanding the global perspective
with guest speakers