Livestreams

Welcome to the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's live series "Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives," in which we feature prominent international consultants and experts engaged in work related to global challenges.

On June 1, 2022 we were delighted to welcome Ms. Nurzat Abdyrasulova from the Kyrgyz Republic as our guest in a conversation on renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, climate change, environmental sustainability, and good governance in Central Asia.

Nurzat is the Founder and President of the UNISON Group, a professional think tank and civil society organization specializing in providing sustainable solutions in the areas of energy governance, sustainable and renewable energy supply, energy efficiency, green technology, green finance, climate change mitigation, and water and environment. The UNISON Group was founded in 2002 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Under Nurzat’s leadership, the UNISON Group has implemented over 40 successful projects in Central Asia. In 2020, it won the Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting in the category "Green Economy and Environmental Protection" for the project “Stimulating energy conservation and resource efficiency in the private residential and business sector in the Kyrgyz Republic by building national green finance capacities.”

During the broadcast on June 1, Nurzat talked about her consulting experience as well as:

  1. 20 years of green economy achievements and challenges in Central Asia;
  2. Sustainable energy financing and energy saving activities in Kyrgyzstan;
  3. “The Green Alliance of Kyrgyzstan” and its role in connecting NGOs, the academic sector, and the business community.

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On May 1, 2022 we aired the 3rd episode of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's live series "Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives," in which we feature prominent international consultants and experts doing work related to global challenges.

We were delighted to have Roman Vakulchuk (Norway), Head of Center for Energy Research at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), as our guest for a conversation on green energy research, climate change and consulting.

Roman is a researcher and consultant specializing in emerging markets, energy, and climate change. He has extensive experience in project management, fundraising, market foresight, investment consulting, and establishing business networks in Central Asia. Roman is leading the climate team at NUPI and is responsible for developing an internal climate and environmental policy at the institute. He has led various projects funded by international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, German Development Cooperation, and Global Development Network.

Roman holds a PhD degree in Economics from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. He is a member of the Kazakhstan Chamber of Management Consultants (CMC Kazakhstan) and the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA). Roman is a Co-Founder at Central Asian Development Institute (CADI).

In 2013, Roman won the Gabriel-Al Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting for his study of the consulting sector in Kazakhstan, which led to the establishment of the first consulting association of Kazakhstan.

In this live episode Roman talked about:

- What makes consulting in Central Asia unique;
- Transitioning from working at Shell to climate change research at a think tank;
- Clean energy and electromobility in Norway and the rise of green consulting.

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On April 1, 2022 our viewers enjoyed the 2nd episode of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's live series "Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives," which featured prominent international consultants and experts doing work related to global challenges.

We were delighted to have Stephen Tupper (UK) as our guest for a conversation on international development consulting. Stephen joined us live from Ukraine, where he has been living and working for many years, and where he has been raising funds for food for evacuees and helping them find new homes.

Stephen has been working in both commercial and international development projects since 1986. The projects are those funded by the European Union, USAID, UKAID (formerly DFID), Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, and others. He has led teams working on issues of poverty reduction, regional development and governance involving a broad mix of stakeholders from government, the private sector, NGOs/civil society and working groups of the local population. To produce a positive result, Stephen has always placed inclusion as a key factor, together with the need for creative and innovative partnerships.

Stephen has worked and lived in most countries in Europe, Asia, North Africa/Middle East and in parts of the Pacific. Since 2017 he has been serving on the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation’s Board of Directors supporting all of Foundation’s events.

In addition to having insights into Stephen's current humanitarian volunteer work in Ukraine, we also learned from him about:
- Challenges and opportunities in consulting for major international donors and financial institutions such as World Bank, EBRD, ADB, EU and USAID;
- Importance of cultural sensitivity in consulting;
- Working bottom up rather than top down to deliver greater results for wider stakeholders and the general population.

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On March 1, 2022 we streamed our 1st live episode of the series "Consulting Without Borders - Perspectives," which feature prominent international consultants and experts doing work related to global challenges.

We were delighted to have Ron Finch (Canada) as our guest for a conversation about environmental consulting.

Ron has worked as an environmental engineer and consultant for over 18 years on industrial, commercial, residential and local authority projects, contaminated sites, marine and foreshore construction and restoration and many other projects.

Since 2018, Ron has been working in Kazakhstan supporting a major capital project with the environment, labour and community management and compliance assurance in alignment with the IFC lender obligations.

In addition to sharing insights about his own career, Ron also talked about:

  1. Opportunities for environmental professionals;
  2. Consulting to governments and other clients;
  3. How to evolve to adapt to clients' needs;
  4. The need for continued professional development.

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