Akmaral Duisenbekkyzy

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Age: 29

Hometown: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Akmaral was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2009, she graduated from Kazakh National University with a specialization in Government and Local Administration. In Kazakhstan, she was socially active, especially in endurance cycling. Akmaral was Miss Cycling Sport in 2012, and went on to become Miss Sport in the 2012 Miss Kazakhstan beauty contest. In the same contest, she ranked first in an online poll run by independent website VoxPopuli, and was among the top 10 finalists in the Miss Kazakhstan beauty contest.

Akmaral has experience in the charity organization Bota Foundation, which was supervised by World Bank and worked closely with international institutions such as the UN, Save the Children, and IREX. The Foundation’s mission was to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth suffering from poverty in Kazakhstan through investment in their health, education, and social welfare.

Additionally, Akmaral managed the project ''Almaty Point Collection'', an indigenous recycling program that promoted the culture of “Going Green” and giving waste materials as second life – a concept that is still novel in Kazakhstan.

Akmaral cannot see herself in business. She wants to work somewhere where her benevolence and creativity can help people or nature. That's why one of Akmaral's dreams is to be part of UN team. Currently Akmaral is improving her English to realize her dream of working for the most renowned philanthropic international organizations in the world.