Founding Members

ISOC Kyrgyzstan Chapter had been founded in April 2015 and institutionalized on July 7, 2017 as a natural result of collaboration between ISOC European Chapter and the local community.

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    Ermek Niyazov has been a Board Member of the Bank of Asia since 2012 and a Board Member of Shoro, a leader in the national beverage industry, since 2015. From 2013-2015, he served as a Vice President and Commercial Director of KyrgyzTelecom, the incumbent operator in the Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Niyazov has been in finance and marketing for most of his career working for such ICT companies as Oracle Corporation, Beeline, Cisco Systems, and others. He is a well-known and self-made entrepreneur who has initiated several start-ups in Kyrgyzstan, most of which are still in operation. From 2011-2012, Mr. Niyazov served as the Chairman of the Bishkek Business Club, a business association that promotes and supports the business community of Bishkek. He was also President of the Rotary Club of Bishkek for the 2012-2013 term. Mr. Niyazov holds a BA from the American University in Central Asia (1998)

  • Aziz Soltobaev is an expert promoting tech entrepreneurship, fostering the digital economy, and building country-level capacity (infrastructure, legal framework, community). He has worked as the Policy Adviser to the Office of President, Office of the Prime Minister, as the Vice PM,as the Minister of Education, in the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Office of Mayor. He is also the co-author of Vision of Bishkek city development 2014-2018, co-author of National Digital Transformation Strategy “TazaKoom”, contributor to National Sustainable Development Strategy “Vision 2018-2040”, member of working groups on issues related to Internet, connectivity, and digital entrepreneurship. Aziz holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek (1999) and is active in the AUCA Alumni Association. 


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    Azis Abakirov is the owner and founder of “Unique Technologies” IT company, one of the most successful software development companies in Kyrgyzstan, established in 2003. Mr. Abakirov is also an active member of the Bishkek Business Club where he facilitates communication and networking among the business leaders of Kyrgyzstan. In addition, Mr. Abakirov was elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, as well as the Chairman of the Kyrgyz Software and Services Developers Association. Mr. Abakirov holds a BA in Oriental Studies from the Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek (2002).

  • Bermet Imanalieva has been research officer at National Institute for Strategic Studies of Kyrgyz Republic over the last four years. She worked as Policy Adviser in different international organizations located in Bishkek. Ms. Imanalieva holds PhD from Academy of Management under the President of Kyrgyz Republic (2014), fellowship from Central European University (2012), and BA in World Economy from Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University (2008).

  • Talant Sultanov is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Kyrgyz Internet Society and an expert at the Taza Koom Center for Strategic Initiatives in Bishkek. He has worked in the Kyrgyz government as the Adviser to the Prime Minister, as the Coordinator of the Taza Koom National Digital Transformation Program, and as the Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies. Talant has worked in the past in the World Bank Almaty and Washington Offices. His other positions include the CFO of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, the Head of a Project Finance Unit at Kazkommertsbank in Almaty, and a Scholarship Coordinator at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Additionally, he served on boards of the Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Corporation, the Business Council of the Kyrgyz Parliament, the Bank of Asia, and Humo Microcredit Foundation in Tajikistan. Talant holds a Master’s degree in International Finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (2006) and a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Relations from San Francisco State University (1999). He has also received executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School and NESA (2016).