Professor Robert Allison
Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University
Baroness Alison Suttie
Member of the British House of Lords
Mr Mike Gifford
UK Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Mr Alisher Shaykhov
Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the UK
Mr Erlan Idrissov
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UK
The Forum is a multi-disciplinary research and academic event which will provide a platform for design, discussion, and implementation of research-backed and action-oriented projects on sustainable development with a focus on the needs of the Central Asian region.
The forum has two interrelated goals that are of critical importance to the future social and economic development of the Central Asian region. Firstly, it will provide an opportunity for PhD students from Central Asian countries to share and identify synergies in their respective areas of research, in the process building networks between the different countries in the region which will support future collaboration and contribute to the economic and political stability of Central Asia. Secondly, the forum aims to bring together as many relevant stakeholders as possible: representatives of UK and Central Asian governments; representatives of industry, including venture capital, who may be interested to understand more about the potential benefits of investment in the Central Asia region; and both young and established academics whose expertise may represent the essential bridge between the government and industrial stakeholders.
Notably, the Forum in the United Kingdom is organized in partnership with Loughborough University, which is ranked in the top 10 UK's universities and has a vast experience in the implementation of scientific projects aimed at sustainable development. Loughborough University has a strong experience working successfully with the government, business sector and industry in the framework of excellence
The Forum in Astana has received great support from the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the UK, the Presidential Administration, the Ministry of Education and Science, and Samruk-Kazyna JSC. The sponsors of the Forum in Kazakhstan are the International Financial Center Astana and the Foundation of the First President. The media partner of the Forum is the national TV channel "Kazakhstan". Forum speakers — Kazakhstani PhD students in the UK and academics from Central Asia will present their breakthrough projects that have significant investment potential.