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Kumar Bekbolotov

International and Comparative Politics '03

‘Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings’


Salvador Dali


We seldom come across individuals who genuinely make us wonder how much a human being is capable of doing. Professional resume of our next featured alumnus makes one wonder if he ever had a moment of free time. This is the story of Kumar Bekbolotov - an intelligent and ambitious man who achieved great professional success and continues to grow and learn as an individual.


In his young age Kumar a published author and has already held two senior professional posts– he is currently the Executive Director of the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan, and previously held the position of Country Director of Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).


Kumar graduated from AUCA in 2003 with a BA in International and Comparative Politics. The same year he went on to pursue his Master’s degree in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Upon his return, Kumar began working at IWPR as a Program Coordinator. Only a year later he was appointed the Country Director of the IWPR in Kyrgyzstan. This promotion was due to his commitment and hard work that he demonstrated. His next promotion brought him to the Central Asia Program Director at IWPR in 2007. Kumar was in charge of the strategic leadership of IWPR programs in the Central Asian region.


As an addition to his very impressive professional career, Kumar serves as an Advisory Board member for the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia based in Bishkek. In 2007 he also worked as a part-time instructor of Kyrgyz Politics course at AUCA. Kumar is also an expert for the Institute for Public Policy and holds an international elections observer status.

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