Our team

Gulnara Ibraeva
Senior Analyst – Researcher

Gulnara Ibraeva is an analyst with experience in socio-economic, political and cultural research, an expert in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation. She has substantial experience working with International organizations, state organs and civil society organizations not only in in Kyrgyz Republic, but also in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkmenistan.

Having started her academic career in 1988, Gulnara has been spend more than two decades for the teaching students at different universities in Kyrgyzstan: at the National State University, Bishkek Humanitarian University, AGUP KR, Kyrgyz – Turkish Manas university, AUCA.

Mehrigiul Ablezova
Methodologist – Researcher

Mehrigiul Ablezova earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at AUCA and her MA in Sociology at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA.  She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She teaches courses on research methods, statistics, economic sociology, globalization, and sociology of religion.

Mehrigiul Ablezova is an applied sociologist whose research interests and practice lie primarily within economic sociology— with an interest in social and economic inequality, market society and moral economy.  Her work has been published in Theory and Society; Families, Relationships and Societies; Hommes & Migrations; Central Asian Survey as well as in numerous reference research reports.

Asel Myrzabekova
Junior Analyst- Researcher

Asel Myrzabekova is currently earning her PhD degree from University of Bonn (Germany). She is working on her dissertation entitled “Romantic securityscapes of couples in Kyrgyzstan: day-to-day dating and marriage strategies”. Asel Myrzabekova also earned her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from UiT the Arctic University of Norway. Her thesis project entitled “Understanding Islamization and veiling in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan”, she studied the motivations and rationale of the educated Kyrgyz women who start wearing hijabs upon reaching maturity.

She is also currently working at American University of Central Asia and her teaching interests include: Peace and Violence: causes and conditions (interdisciplinary course), Senior Thesis seminars. Since 2013, she conducted number of research projects and external evaluations that focused on peace and development, gender equity, violence, sustainable development issues. In most of her research projects Asel is using three most common qualitative methods, particularly, participant observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups.

Danshina Anastasiia
Project coordinator-Researcher

Anastasiia Danshina graduated from the American University of Central Asia, Department of Sociology. From 2013, she participated in numerous research projects for international organizations such as UNICEF, ABR, Helvetas, USAID and UN Women. She has big experience in collecting qualitative and quantitative data, conducting surveys, interviews and focus group discussions, as well as in transcribing, preparing briefs of interviews, entering and analyzing data in the SPSS program, and in providing financial -technical support of ongoing projects of the company.

Gulfia Abdullaeva
Gender and Development Consultant

Gulfia Abdullaeva is team member of PIL Research Company. Since 2010, she has been involved in the evaluation of programs portfolio and research activities on women economic empowerment, agriculture, access to services, migration, nutrition, hygiene, etc. 

Currently working as gender consultant for ADB, she focuses on gender mainstreaming into ongoing and pipeline ADB programs / projects in the country, which also includes design, management, implementation and evaluation of projects with a focus on gender equality and women empowerment. She has MBA in Public Services from the University of Birmingham, she holds Diploma in Law with Kyrgyz National University and Diploma in Philosophy from the Kazakh National University.

Anara Moldosheva
Gender Consultant

Anara Moldosheva is a team member of PIL Research Company. She has more than 25 years of regional work experience in Central Asia and CIS countries as a consultant and trainer on gender, women’s leadership, human rights in the public sector (government programs and ministries, civil society organizations) and extensive experience with project /training/research design, implementation projects and preparation of reports.

She has substantial experience working with International organizations, state organs and civil society organizations such as ILO, Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation, OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, OSCE, UNFPA, and K. Adenauer Foundation. She holds a Diploma with Honor Degree with Distinction in History from Kyrgyz National University.