Ms. Gaukhar Kassymzhanova is Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager at Chevron Munaigas Inc., Kazakhstan. Prior to joining private sector from 2014 to 2016 she served as the Deputy Head of Secretariat for the State Secretary in the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Previously, she served as an Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. In the past, she has worked in managerial positions at the Senate Administration, Ministry of Education, National Analytical Center under the Prime Minister’s Office and National Media Holdings. Ms. Kassymzhanova started her career working as a host for Kazakh State Radio. In her journalism career, she was honored with a Laureate Award of the Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan and a Laureate Award of the International Youth Information Forum, The Ring of Eurasia. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Women in Public Policy Program of Wellesley College. Ms. Kassymzhanova holds an MA in International Development Policy from Duke University (2007) and a Diploma in International Relations from al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2000).