Zhumabai Abdisalam uulu holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and a master’s degree in politics and security from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ) Academy in Bishkek. His main area of academic interest is political economy—he wrote both his bachelor’s and master’s theses on Kyrgyzstan’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, focusing on economic impact and perspectives.
Most recently, Zhumabai worked for the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development – Central Asia as a governance and policy officer for the Effective Governance for Economic Development program that was implemented in cooperation with the World Bank in the Kyrgyz Republic. He also has worked as a project assistant for UN Women, a program specialist for the democratic governance project at the Politico-Military Department of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, and at the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Zhumabai describes himself as an agent of change and is passionate about data-driven global development. As a master of global affairs student, Zhumabai is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.