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Alina Azekenova (née Kumeiko)

Project Manager at UNESCO Chair on Water resources management in Central Asia


Early career scientist in the water resources industry. Environmental data analyst and hydrology guru. Exposes any type of water contamination. Water resources quality and monitoring specialist

Work History


Project Manager

UNESCO Chair on Water resources management in Central Asia
  • Coordination International IWRM Student Contest and Water Days in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan
  • Monitoring and coordination of IWRM MA Projects
  • Working with global and Central Asian data base
  • Administrative work at UNESCO Chair
  • Preparing projects budjets, drafting key studies of individual projects
  • Creation and implementation of Students Scientific Colloquium in German-Kazakh University

Project Assistant

“Natural Resources Institute”, German-Kazakh University
  • Integrated water and natural resources management
  • Capacity development
  • Project management, budget planning, preparing project concepts, scientific writing,
  • Water quality measurements and field works (chemical, physical, biological), coordination of water day (scientific colloquium for students)
  • Conducting summer schools with CAWa (Water and land resources measurements tools)
  • Assissting and preparation of the Kazakh Water Forum (3rd, 4th)
  • Preparation of Global Water Partnership CACENA Trainings in Kazakhstan


Public Fund “Water Initiatives Center”, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Assisting within practical implementation of national and international environmental programs and projects for water resources protection and restoration in Kazakhstan
  • Cooperation with government agencies on implementation of international environmental conventions
  • Coordination of National Dialogue on Water Policy in Kazakhstan



Master of regional sciences (IWRM MA Program)

German-Kazakh University

Master thesis: "Surface water quality assessment of Arys River basin in Sothern Kazakhstan in 2015-2017"

Research was conducted to assess the stream water quality of the Arys River around the Shymkent city, Kazakhstan. The assessment of surface water quality for natural river waters, was done using a water quality index within 3 categories of SWQ: chemical, physical and biological. Geo-statistical techniques were utilized to estimate the spatial and temporal variability of the surface water quality index, which was calculated by combination of 6 parameters, i.e. ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand and biochemical oxygen demand. The monitoring period covered 2 years from 2015 to 2017.


Bachelor of Natural Science (Hydrology)

Eurasian National University, Astana Kazakhstan

The study of hydrology, hydrochemistry and Hydroecology, as well as the flow dynamics of a channel; participation in expeditions; conducting research in laboratories or computing centers; the use of modern GIS technologies and software in operation; drawing maps, diagrams, tables, graphs on a given topic, training and auxiliary work in schools, colleges or universities; the use of Internet resources in the work of creating the database; protection and prevention of possible consequences of natural disasters, accidents or catastrophes; the application of theoretical knowledge in practice; drafting sections of scientific and technical reports, explanatory notes; the preparation of the surveys, abstracts; the compilation of abstracts and bibliography; participation in seminars or conferences; possession of theoretical bases of different sections such Sciences as meteorology, climatology, hydrology, hydrography, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry and Hydroecology; project of production of works in the field of hydrology

Diploma: "Water balance of Lake System in Northern Kazakhstan in 2013-2014"


  • Operating with hydrometrical “propeller”
  • Water velocity and level measurements
  • Water balance research
  • Water quality measurements and assessment (dissolved Oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, chromaticity, taste and smell, pH, dissolved minerals, alkalinity, chlorine, phosphorus and nitrogen)
  • ArcGIS
  • QGIS
  • MS Office
Project Management
  • Project planning
  • Marketing
  • Budget planning
  • Project concepts writing
  • Narrative and financial reports writing
Self competence

Characterized by the following qualities: punctuality, responsibility, diligence, sociability


Listening Reading Writing Speaking
English C2 C2 C1 C1
German B1 A2 A2 A2
Kazakh B1 B2 B1 B1
Russian C2 C2 C2


Projects & Workshops


International Student IWRM Contest

German-Kazakh University

The Project has been annually organized by the GKU since 2014 in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan in order to offer relevant conditions for young specialists from Central Asia and Afghanistan for exchange and collaborate among each other based on IWRM experience. In 2018, the Contest was held back to back with the preparatory process of the Conference opening the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" (UN Water Decade 2018-2028) to be held in Dushanbe June, 20-22.


3rd Asian Pacific Water Summit in Myanmar

Asia-Pacific Water Forum

Summit-level conference for top government leaders in the region, focusing on water issues and sustainable development, which is organized by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) and a host country government. The APWF is an independent and not-for-profit network organization. It was established by calling for creation of such
network at the 4th World Water Forum (2006) and has devoted since then to identify and adopt solutions to water-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region. 


11th ''International German Summer School on Hydrology (IGSH 2017) – Groundwater and Energy''

Ruhr University

A communication platform for hydrological knowledge in the form of summer school courses. A program of activities covering as many aspects of hydrology as possible being prepared for several years ahead. Focus will be placed on practice-relevant topics for an international audience. In addition, workshops presenting the perspectives of hydrological research will be organized. The summer school located at the Ruhr University Bochum. The lecturers nationally and internationally reputed experts. 


Developing water resources management in Southern Kazakhstan to mitigate the societal impacts of rapid climate change

Newton-Al-Farabi Project

From 2015-2017, fieldwork campaigns were carried out to collect hydroclimatic data on climate change impacts. This allowed to: (i) reconstruct regional river and catchment responses to recent and historical climatic fluctuations; (ii) evaluate the effects of recent anthropogenic activities on water quality in these regions; (iii) assess current flood risk and community vulnerability to drought; and (iv) mitigate these problems by producing policies that improve water stress resilience - all based on local evidence and expertise.

UK water science experts collaborated with local Kazakh institutes and experts, with involvement of early career scientists and graduate students to maximise knowledge transfer and to trained the next generation of Kazakh water resources managers.

Jun 2016Aug 2016

Best Practice Summer Course on “Sustainable Water Management in Urban Areas - example of Berlin"

Free University of Berlin

Supported by the DAAD-Project "Integrated water resources management" at the German-Kazakh University

Working with GIS databases, data and maps; cleaning the folder structure of the geodatabases; clearing the digital maps; working on template of the maps for the regional office; develop structure of the GIS information and databases

June, 25-30, 2016

Short course "Application of Dendrochronology to Water Resources Management"

University of California

Conducted by Aberystwyth University under the Newton-Al-Farabi Partnership Programme in Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Feb, 11-12, 2016

Training on Integrated Urban Water Management for Central Asia

Global Water Partnership

The training was designed to be a consultation meeting to explore needs of lecturers and water operators in practicing tools for integrated water resources management. GWP finalized the tools for integrated urban water management in content of IWRM, thus, it was also an opportunity to test the development of new knowledge products with the participants

Dec, 9-12, 2015

Training for academic staff in Central Asia on updated courses of IWRM

Central Asian Regional Water Network Carawan

Jun, 6 -8, 2014

Summer School “Methods and Tools for the Assessment and Monitoring of Central Asian Water and Land Resources”


The Summer School introduces innovative methods and tools for the analysis and monitoring of water and land resources in Central Asia. These methods are of great value in a framework of integrated water and land resources management.

May, 12, 2015

National Policy Diaologue on Water in Kazakhstan


Following the request by Kazakhstan in 2010 to initiate an national policy dialogue on water, and preparatory work conducted in 2012, the NPD process started in the country in 2013. The 3rd NPD was conducted by Water Initiatives Center in Astana in 2015


  • (2013) Water resources and water availability in Almaty region». Source: Proceedings of the VIII International Scientific Conference for students and young scholars «Science and education - 2013»
  • (2014) Applying of “Sacramento” conceptual model for Kazakhstan rivers (an example of Kalkutan River) Source: Proceedings of the IX International Scientific Conference for students and young scholars «Science and education - 2014»
  • (2014) IWRM issues in Burabay lake system in Northern Kazakhstan, [First Kazakh Water Forum in German-Kazakh University]
  • (2018) Trends and variability of Arys River Basin in 1983 - 2013, [Proceedings of the international scientific conference of students and young scientists "Farabi Alemi", Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 9-12, 2018, (287), c. 287. ISBN 978-601-04-3300-7. IB No. 11859]
  • (2018) Spatial and temporal variability of maximum snow depth in the Northern and Central Kazakhstan, [Arabian Journal of Geosciences, SSN: 1866-7511 (print version), ISSN: 1866-7538 (electronic version), Journal no. 12517]
  • (2018) Water Quality and Security Assessment of upper Kaskelen River Basin (Kazakhstan). A case study of practical learning for Water Management students, [Central Asian Journal on Water resources, ISSN: 2522-9060]

Interests & Hobbies

  • Swimming
  • Horse riding
  • Latina dancing
  • Reading 
  • Foreign languages
  • Travelling
  • Psychology of relationships


1. Dr. Barbara Janusz-Pawletta

UNESCO Chair Holder on Water resources Management in Central Asia

Tel. +7-727 355 05 51 (ex. 232)
Mobile: +7 (8) 705 90 49 680

E-mail: [email protected]

2. Prof. Dr. Michael Walther

Director of MOLARE Research Centre for Climate and Landscape studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Geoecology.

E-mail: [email protected] 

3. Dr. Serik Akhmetov

Chairman of "Water Initiatives Center" Public Fund, Head of International Water Assessment Centre

Tel: +7-7172 79 81 96
Mobile: +7 701 795 17 69
             +7 705 517 16 34

E-mail: [email protected]

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I do hereby declare that the information given above is true to the best of my knowledge

Alina Azekenova 


Almaty, Kazakhstan