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Sheradil Baktygulov is an Independent Consultant to the Kyrgyz Government and a Public Advisor to a Member of Kyrgyz Parliament. Currently, he is engaged in several projects on decentralization, improving the capacity of the Ministry of Social Development and Labor, the Ministry of Education and Science, enhancing cooperation between the Kyrgyz Government and civil society organizations, and economic forecasting at local level in Tajikistan. Also Sheradil works for the International University of Kyrgyzstan as a part time instructor. During 2008, Sheradil studied in America at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). He was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright Scholar) and studied Public Policy Analysis/Public Administration/Economic Development Policy.

Murat Cokgezen was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He is currently teaching at Marmara University Department of Economics, Istanbul, Turkey. His main research interests are entrepreneurship and business environment in Turkey, Central Asia and Caucasus. He is currently working on the effects of state owned enterprises on local entrepreneurship. Murat authored a GIM case study on a textile company in Turkey, namely Hey Textile, a study about a female entrepreneur in Turkey who achieved business success by breaking from the conventional practices in the textile industry and investing in poorer parts of Turkey.

Adrian Danet is a university Assistant Professor, specializing in Project Management and Financial Management. He is a graduate in Finance and Agriculture, earned a PhD in Rural Management and is currently in the final stage of an MBA program, with Open University UK. His current activity is oriented around issues related to Agricultural, Rural and Land Development in Eastern Europe area (with a focus of Romania). Adrian is involved also as Chief Operating Officer within BLP SA, a company that coordinates projects with a positive impact on the sustainable development in remote rural areas of Transylvania. He is also volunteering as Program Director with Strop de Cer Foundation – a Romanian NGO that promotes social and Christian values within those rural areas.

Manuk Hergnyan is the founding chairman of the Economy and Values (EV) Research Center and the managing partner of EV Consulting, a business advisory company specializing in strategy, market and investment consulting. At Yerevan State University, Mr. Hergnyan teaches Strategic Management and the Harvard Business School course on Microeconomics of Competitiveness developed by Michael Porter. In 2001-2006, Mr. Hergnyan has been the Executive Director of Vem Radio station, where he currently serves on the executive board. Mr. Hergnyan has had consulting experience with the US-based Setrakian Financial Group (head of Yerevan office), Arlex International and KPMG Consulting-Barents Group in Armenia and with Global Investment Union in Russia. He has also had extensive experience with the Armenian public sector focusing on foreign investment policy.  Mr. Hergnyan holds a PhD from Moscow State University and an MA in Economics from Yerevan State University. He has been trained at Cambridge (UK), Harvard (USA) and Central European Universities (Hungary). He is a member of The Competitiveness Institute, an international association of competitiveness professionals as well as the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network of over 80 universities worldwide chaired by M. Porter. He is Kaplan & Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified professional.

Alesia Krupenikava works as a business trainer and consultant for a local business consulting company and as a local consultant for the campaign “Socially Responsible Business for Sustainable Development of Small Towns” initiated by the UN Global Compact in Belarus. She has consulted for large and medium-sized companies and academic institutions, both in America and Belarus. The focus of her projects was the development and implementation of special projects in human resource development, higher education administration, business development and small town development. She also published a number of articles on business issues and on CSR activities in local newspapers and magazines. In 2005-2007, she studied and worked in the US as a Muskie fellow and received an MA in Educational Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Development. Her area of expertise is organization development and change management, leadership and strategic management. She also serves as an expert to the “New Eurasia Establishment,” which revises proposals for a Belarusian Business Development Program. Recent discussions included projects in the area of promoting small and medium business in the regions of Belarus, development of infrastructure to support entrepreneurship in the regions of Belarus, promoting efficient management, developing university legal clinics, etc.

Olga Kutuzova is a public administration specialist, a Member of the Board of Directors of “International Investment center” (IIC), an international NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC UN, a UNECE expert, and has worked for the US Department of Commerce. Olga authored a GIM case study on mobile banking in Russia, namely The Voronezh Oblast State Fund for Small Business Support, which helps low-income entrepreneurs from remote areas to get access to financial services by leveraging innovative technologies, such as mobile banking and non-personalized plastic cards.

Olena Lazorenko is the Managerial Partner & Director at “International Consulting Company” Ltd. (ICC) Kyiv, Ukraine and Senior Research Fellow at National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the largest academic research institution in the country. She has been conducting the social sciences research, published five books (including chapters in monographs on Human Capital, Civil Society Development, CSR and the textbook -Theory of Political Science), and more than 50 articles in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Previously she worked within the framework of international projects of technical assistance (funded by USAID, Know-How Fund) and multinational business organizations at top managerial positions (as Deputy Director, Co-coordinator). Dr. Lazorenko started management consulting & business training activities in 1997 and since that time she has been conducting services in Ukraine, UK and Poland. Her business training/consulting focus there are Human Resource Management, Business Skills Development, Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Her background is in social science and management. In 1994, she received her PhD degree from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and in 1989 Master’s degree in Political Science from Shevchenko Kyiv University. Postgraduate courses and trainings in Management and Organizational Behavior at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (USA); Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, (UK); Lovanium Catholic University, (Belgium), Institute of Banking Education (Slovakia). Public activities of Dr. Lazorenko includes following two civil society organizations: Founding President of the NGO “League of Professional Women”(LPW) & Head Business and Finance Section, UK-Ukraine Professional Network under British Council.

Mislav Ante Omazić is assistant professor at Department for Organization and Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. He worked on a string of scientific and expert projects for Croatian and international organizations. He participated in many international expert conferences in his field of interest such as project management, change management, organizational culture, and corporate social responsibility. He is (co)founder of three NGO’s and an active regional networker. Mislav has authored a GIM case study on organic food production in Croatia, namely Eco Farm Mavrovic.

Jens Trummer is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focused consultant with over 12 years international and multi-stakeholder experience in social and environmental analysis of private businesses and public sector projects. He started his career in 1997, working for the environmental engineering/consulting firm URS Dames & Moore where, among other, he was based in Moscow for two years developing an Environmental Management System for two Russian oil companies. In 2000, he moved to the US and worked for the engineering company The Louis Berger Group for three years where he conducted social analysis, assessing the impact of its International infrastructure projects (rural/agricultural markets, energy, roads, ports, drainage systems, etc.) on generating regional economic growth among local communities and alleviating poverty. In 2003, he started and managed an eco-friendly and sustainable business for five years in the US providing clients within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with consultations and managing projects for ‘greening’ clients’ businesses and homes. In 2008, he returned to Europe and is combining his social and environmental consulting experiences, with his entrepreneurial and private sector management skills to advice companies, government agencies and NGOs on implementing and managing socially and environmentally responsible strategies. He is also lecturing CSR at US- and UK-accredited Business Schools in Budapest, Prague and Bucharest and is writing a guide book to help Managers in CEE strategically integrate CSR.