New Director of IICAS

New Director of IICAS

New Director of IICAS

02/02 2024

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The 16th session of the General Assembly of the IICAS, which was held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) on 14 November 2023, elected Mr. Evren Rutbil (Turkiye) to the position of the Director of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies for the period 2024-2027. He became 6th Director of the institute since its creation in 1995. Previous Directors of the IICAS are Mr. Ashraf Akhmedov (Uzbekistan), Ms. Kadicha Tashbaeva (Kyrgyzstan), Mr. Shahin Mustafaev (Azerbaijan), Mr. Pilho Park (Republic of Korea) and Mr. Dmitriy Voyakin (Kazakhstan). According to the Statute, the appointment of the Director should reflect the principle of balance and rotation between Member States of IICAS. Mr. Evren Rutbil is very familiar with activities of IICAS since he represented Turkiye in the Academic Council of the institute. Moreover, he coordinated hundreds of technical cooperation projects in various sectors including education, agriculture, health, production, media, culture, vocational training in the region, being coordinator of TIKA (Turkish Cooperaton and Coordination Agency) in Central Asian countries during 2010-2020.

Mr, Evren Rutbil holds Masters Degree in Social Policy Bachelor Degrees in Economics of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.He was awarded by the Medal of Honor of the Government of the Kyrgyz Repubic in 2017. Mr. Evren Rutbil is fluent in English, French, Russian with basic knowledge of Uzbek, Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages. The staff of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies delighted to welcome new Director and strongly believe that his expertise will make IICAS a global success!

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