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).