Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre opens

11 June 2015

Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre opens

Over eighty business and education leaders attended the opening ceremony of the Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre (KBCC), an international think tank that will work with academia, business, non-profit organisations and government to develop Kazakhstan’s competitiveness on the world stage.

Over eighty business and education leaders attended the opening ceremony of the Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre (KBCC), an international think tank that will work with academia, business, non-profit organisations and government to develop Kazakhstan’s competitiveness on the world stage.

Services offered will include research, corporate consulting, training and start-up support. KBCC is apartnership between Henley Business School’s Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and the Business School of the Kazakh-British Technical University, made possible by a grant from the Newton-Al-Farabi Partnership Programme, which is jointly funded by the Governments of the UK and Kazakhstan. The Newton-Al-Farabi Programme is jointly coordinated by the British Council and JSC Science Fund.

The seniority of the KBCC Advisory Board is a clear indicator of the importance of this venture:

Peter Lane – Independent Director of JSC NC “KazmunaiGaz”

Professor John Board – Dean, Henley Business School

Pavel Beklemishev – Director General of Byelkamit JSC JV

David Mashuri – Partner, WE Partners. 

Professor John Board commented that the multidisciplinary character of the KBCC and its impact will be sustained through productive collaboration with key stakeholders. He is confident that KBCC will deliver significant research outputs and is delighted that Henley is part of this innovative enterprise.

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, KBCC co-director and Vice-Dean (International), Henley Business School, pointed out that the KBCC team of British and Kazakh researchers had already started its work in the area of clean energy, IT technologies, business and economics.  Her co-director,

Dr Ewan Simpson, Dean of Business School at KBTU, added that the focus of the current projects included the Kazakhstani oil and gas industry, i-cloud technologies and the environment, with green energy predicted to play a prominent role in the next two to three decades.

Advisory Board Member, David Mashuri, echoed other positive statements by saying that the KBCC represents a unique opportunity for local specialists to learn by working with their UK colleagues and implementing projects that will make a tangible long term difference to Kazakhstan.

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Photo caption:
Members of KBCC and the KBCC Advisory Board.
Back row, left-right: Dr Yuri Loktionov, Vice-Rector of Kazakh British Technical University (Advisory Board Member); Pavel Beklemishev, General Director,JSC JV "BYELKAMIT" (Advisory Board Member); Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School (Advisory Board Member); David Mashuri, Partner, WE Partners (Advisory Board Member); Maxim Romanov, Research Fellow, KBCC
Front Row, left-right: Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Vice-Dean (International), Henley Business School (UK Co-Director of KBCC); Dr Ewan Simpson, Dean, Business School, Kazakh British Technical University (UK Co-Director of KBCC); Dilfuza Nurseitova, Head of Executive Education, KBCC