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Gimranov Askhat Ildarovich

Head of UZ Domain Administration, Uzbekistan

George Chen

Regional Public Policy Director at Meta (Facebook)

George Chen’s career spans international media, academia, and now public policy at Meta (previously known as Facebook), whose mission is to bring the world closer together.

As the Managing Director, Public Policy, for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Meta’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions on a wide range of policy issues from online safety to data privacy, and free expression to digital economy. George joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Meta in the Greater China region.

Tattu Mambetalieva

Director of the Public Fund “Civil Initiative Internet Policy”

Initiator and founder of the public platform Kyrgyz Forum of Information Technologies (KIT Forum), the annual Central Asian Forum on Internet Management CAIGF – as a regional initiative of the Global Forum on Internet Management (IGF), created under the auspices of UN. Innovator and public figure who contributed to institutional, legal and public development in the field of ICT, improvement of business climate and economic growth in the ICT sector of the Kyrgyz Republic. Actively participates in the formation of regional policy regulation in the CIS countries

Valeriy Zubanov

Commercial Director, Kaspersky Lab in Central Asia and Mongolia

Since 2010, led a branch of the company AXOFT in Kyrgyzstan and engaged in the promotion of solutions to ensure information security. He started working at Kaspersky Lab in 2013 as a business development Manager in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Since 2014 commercial Director of Kaspersky Lab regional office in Central Asia and Mongolia.

Almerindo Graziano

CEO Cyber Ranges

Almerindo a.k.a Al co-founded and now leads Silensec. He is also the co-chair at the European Cyber
Security Organisation (ECSO) of SWG 5.1 and 5.2 on cyber ranges, technical exercises and cyber security
skills development. Al was the founder and course director of the MSc in Information Systems Security
programme at Sheffield Hallam University, a first of its kind in the UK, and in collaboration with the
British Standard Institution (BSI). Al has personally authored a number of training courses from ethical
hacking to intrusion detection, along with the first ever ISO27001 Lead Implementer certification course
offered by BSI worldwide. Al’s areas of expertise include: standards compliance (e.g. ISO27001,
ISO22301, PCI DSS), IT infrastructure protection, design of SIEM and Log Management systems and
development of cyber threat intelligence capabilities.

Ruta Makareviciute

Ruta is Consulting Partner, leads Consulting practice in Uzbekistan and Digital services in Central Asia and Caucasus. Since joining EY in 2002 and through her carrier Ruta has been working with governments across EMEIA by helping them to transform into modern governmental institutions and led GPS community in the EY EMEIA Advisory Center. Before joining EY Uzbekistan Ruta was an Advisory Partner at EY Baltic and has been working with the different government institutions and public sector agencies for more than 10 years, including feasibility study for interoperable e-services platform design and its implementation supervision. Ruta has wide range of experience successfully delivering transformational GPS (Government and Public Sector) projects, including core e-Government information systems design, selection and implementation, public finance management, better regulation and civil service reforms, strategic and budget planning, capacity building, quality management systems implementation.

Asomudin Atoev

CyberSTAR Regional Project Coordinator

Asomudin Atoev is a regional director of SecDev Foundation and a project coordinator on cyber security of Civil Initiative of Internet Policy Public Fund in Kyrgyzstan now. He is a Master in Computer Science (2000, Salford University, Great Britain), a Master in ICT Natural Sciences (information and communication technologies) for development (2010, Manchester University, Great Britain) and a Scholar in the International Policy Fellowships Programme 2004/2005 of the Policy Studying Center (Central Europe University). He actively deals with the issues of ICT introduction both in practice and policy at the national and regional levels. He has a number of publications in such issues as ICT advantages of providing free and open software for technological independence, information society, electronic government and electronic participation. His joint work with Richardo Dunkomb called “The Development of Potential E-citizen” has won an award of International ICEGOV 2011 Conference for the Best work in the field of the theory and practice of electronic control.

Besides, he is a coauthor of a number of researches on electronic readiness, cyber security, ICT for development, open data, digital broadcasting and regulations of telecommunication and TV and radio broadcasting.

Irina Baikulova

Interdisciplinary expert in the field of law and application of IT/ICT, specialist in the field of digital and cyber law.

More than 25 years of legal practice and legal consulting in the state, commercial sphere, international and non-commercial organizations. Experience of conducting research, analysis, development and implementation of an advanced regulatory base in the field of IT/ICT, personal data, digital innovations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Co-author of bills and normative legal acts at the Government level in the field of IT use, personal data protection, digital transformation, digital services, interdepartmental information exchange.

6-year experience in conducting trainings and educational events for representatives of state structures, the private sector and civil society in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan on issues of personal data protection and cyber security regulation. Confirmed knowledge of international standards in this area.

Alexei Marciuc

Chairman – Comunitatea Internet Association, Coordinator – Moldova Internet Governance Forum (MIGF)

Alexei Marciuc is Chairman and Co-founder of Comunitatea Internet Association – a non-governmental organization that supports and promotes the development of the open, secure, trustworthy, and unified global Internet. He is an initiator and national coordinator for the Moldova Internet Governance Forum, in February 2020 he was elected as a Chairman of the MIGF Organizing committee.

He is a lawyer and researcher with strong background in issues lying at the intersection of law, media and technology, has been actively involved in regional and global Internet governance and human rights initiatives. Alexei Marciuc is a founding member of the Internet Freedom Network for Eastern, Central Europe and Eurasia, and a member of Freedom of Information Advocates Network. He is a regular contributor to the UN IGF, EuroDIG, Freedom Online Coalition annual meetings, as well as Internet Freedom Summit, where he also presented as a speaker and moderator. He is an author and coauthor of a number of analytical studies on different areas of legal regulation.

Eric Johnson

International expert in the field of freedom of access to information and technology

Eric Johnson has worked on supporting freedom of access to information for
over 30 years. Most of the first decade (largely the Russian-speaking world)
focused on “conventional” media. Since then, his work has evolved toward
internet freedom, launching and managing significant multi-country projects
in the fields of pro-cyberliberty policy advocacy, anti-cybercensorship
technology, and cybersecurity for journalists and activists. An American
born in West Africa, he has lived in Kyiv, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney,
and now Singapore.

Tatyana Zinovich

Acting director of the Center for Legal Policy Research.

Tatiana specializes in human rights and human rights issues. He is an expert on issues of transparency and accountability, responsible business management and criminal justice. He is a member of the Expert Group on Digital Rights of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Master of law.

 Askhat GimranovHead of UZ Domain Administration, Uzbekistan



Oljas Satiev

Oljas Satiev, the president of the center for tracking cyberattacks “Tsarka” and the founder of the WebTotem startup, which is engaged in legal hacking of its clients to check their level of information security, tells how thanks to “Tsarka” the cyber shield of Kazakhstan was created. It explains what ethical hacking is, and what the word “hacker” actually means. Oljas also shares tips on how to build a successful cybersecurity startup and reveals a plan to establish cybersecurity across Central Asia.

Sarkis Darbinyan

Head of Digital Rights Protection Center

Sarkis Darbinyan is the head of the Digital Rights Protection Center and the leading lawyer of Roskomsvoboda. He is also the author of a number of studies focused on the legal regulation of copyright in the digital age, the responsibility of information intermediaries, the restriction of access to websites, cyber surveillance, law enforcement of the right to oblivion, as well as criminal and administrative prosecution in connection with the expression of opinions on the Internet. He is the ideologist of the campaign “Time to change copyright” and co-author of a number of bills to regulate copyright in the digital age.

He is a strong supporter of the multistakeholder approach to the regulation of relations on the Internet. He believes that any new legal regulation of relations related to the use of online space should be balanced with the rights and interests of all parties: users, business, government.

Abigail Menashe

Executive Director of KARPOU (Kyrgyz Association of Software Developers and Services)

Avigail Menashe is an Executive Director of the biggest Kyrgyz IT Association with 5+ years of experience in tech and innovations industry, global expansion, startup acceleration and business development in Central Asia.

Her diverse skills span across: Strategic Partnerships with the Governments, Donor Agencies, VCs and Universities • Relationship, Account and Project Management • Business Development and Sales • Consulting and Mentoring; Product Management • Lean Startup Methodology • Grant Writing * Ed tech

Additionally Avigail advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, and education in Tech through different projects around the country.

Vladimer Svanadze

Pre – eminent Georgian cybersecurity expert, founder and chairman of the Internet Development Initiative (IDI)

Vladimer Svanadze is a pre – eminent Georgian cybersecurity expert, founder and chairman of the Internet Development Initiative (IDI). As a Managing Partner he established the Cyber Security Academy (CSA) and the “Georgian Information Security Association (GISA)”. Mr. Vladimer is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research (GFCSR).

Vladimer is an Invited Lecturer at the University of Georgia. In the scope of official cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Vladimer was a Consultant of the “LEPL Cyber Security Bureau” in 2014 – 2016. He was involved in the preparation of the final version of 2017 – 2018 and 2021 – 2024 National Cybersecurity Strategies and Action Plans of Georgia. Additionally, he was involved in the working process related to a new legislation regarding Information Security.