Dinara Musabekova is the Director of the University of Central Asia’s Civil Society Initiative. Musabekova has over 10 years of experience working with policy makers, business leaders, journalists, academics, non-governmental organisations, and regional experts.
She has led several initiatives that promote the improvement of media development, local governance, civil society, political processes, human rights, rule of law, civic education, conflict mitigation and management, public administration, and legislative strengthening which have directly benefited civil society actors.
Before joining UCA, she was Executive Director of Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA), a regional nongovernmental organisation in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. She was also the Director of the Policy Administration Programme at the Soros Foundation, which consists of representatives from think tanks and other experts from Kyrgyzstan.
Musabekova was the Chief of Party for a few multiyear community-based development programmes of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Regional Director for the Rule of Law, and Youth Journalism programmes based in Central Asia. She graduated from Bishkek Humanitarian University, specialising in international economic relations, and is fluent in English, Russian and Chinese. She is an international and national development consultant on Capacity Mapping of Civil Society Organisations, (project management, indicator definition and data collection, performance frameworks, monitoring and capacity strengthening, sustainability and fundraising).