Ms. Zarina Chekirbaeva is the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in the Kyrgyz Republic. She is also the CEO of Women in Tech Public Foundation. Prior to joining the AmCham, she was a Corporate Affairs Director at CJSC “Jerooyaltyn,” a gold mining company based in Kyrgyzstan. Her previous work experience also includes working at the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Democratic Institute Office in Bishkek, the Academy for Educational Development and the Eurasia Foundation Office in Washington, D.C. Ms. Chekirbaeva holds an MPA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2006) and a BA in Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia (2002). She is also a graduate of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii (2006). She is an alumna of several international leadership programs and is actively involved in several social projects in Kyrgyzstan. Since November 2013, Ms. Chekirbaeva has been a Regional Network Development Manager for the Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA).