Challenges to Economies in Transition
Stabilization, Growth, and Governance

International conference in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Kyrgyz som
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, May 27–28, 1998

Biographies

Emil Abdumanapov
Deputy Chairman of the Board, National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic. He was educated at the Moscow Bauman Technical Institute and the Institute of Information Transmission Systems, U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences.

George Abed
Senior Advisor, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF. Previously, he taught at the University of California and at California State University and worked in the IMF's Middle East Department. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Askar Akaev
President of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1972 to 1987, he worked in various capacities at the Frunze Polytechnic Institute and the Leningrad Institute of Precise Mechanics and Optics. He was elected Vice President of the Academy of Sciences in 1987 and President in 1988. He was educated at the Leningrad Institute of Precise Mechanics and Optics.

Bagrat Asatryan
President of the Association of Banks of Armenia. He previously served as Chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia and as a member of the National Assembly. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Institute of Economics at the Academy of Sciences of Armenia in 1985.

Lajos Bokros
Director, Private Sector and Financial Sector Development Unit, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Budapest Bank Ltd. and as Minister of Finance of Hungary. He has a Ph.D. in finance and economics.

Michel Camdessus
Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the IMF since 1987. During his career, he has held positions in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Policies, the European Economic Community, and the Paris Club. He also served as Deputy Governor and then Governor of the Bank of France. He was educated at the University of Paris and earned postgraduate degrees in economics at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris and the National School of Administration.

Thanos Catsambas
Deputy Division Chief in the IMF's European II Department and Mission Chief for the Kyrgyz Republic. He has served as Economic Counselor at the Credit Bank (Greece) and as Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Greece. He has a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Warren Coats
Advisor in the IMF's Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department. Before joining the IMF, he taught economics at the Universities of Hawaii and Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1972.

Thomas Crouch
Programs Manager, Asian Development Bank (AsDB), with responsibility for the economies in transition. He has worked at the AsDB for 15 years as an energy economist, a financial analyst, a country economist, and a progams officer.

Marek Dabrowski
Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Center for Social and Economic Research (Poland). He is a former First Deputy Minister of Finance of Poland. He earned his Ph.D. in 1979 from Warsaw University and has been economic advisor to a number of transition governments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Boris Fedorov
Deputy, State Duma, Russian Federation, and former Minister of Finance. He was a senior banker in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and also served as Executive Director in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Nikolay Hadjiyski
Resident Representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the Kyrgyz Republic. Previously, he directed the Corporate Finance and Credit Department in Xiosbank (Bulgaria) and served in the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment. He has a Ph.D. in political science.

Urkaly Isayev
Director of the Foreign Investment Agency of the State Commission on Foreign Investment and Economic Assistance of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1983 to 1993, he was in academia. He has a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics.

Oraz Jandosov
First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the State Investment Committee. Previously, he served as First Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan and then as its Governor. He was educated at the Economic Faculty of Moscow State University.

Kubanychbek Jumaliev
Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. Following an academic career (197892), he served in the government of the Kyrgyz Republic, including as First Deputy State Secretary under the President and Head of the Administration of the President. He has a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics.

Michael Kaser
Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. He served in the British Foreign Service and the UN Secretariat and, from 1963 to 1993, taught economics at the University of Oxford. He graduated in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Peter Keller
Assistant Director in the IMF's European II Department, in charge of the Southeastern Division. He has worked at the IMF since 1974. Between 1992 and 1994, he headed 13 missions to Bishkek. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

Talaybek Koychumanov
Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic. He taught from 1978 to 1991 and subsequently served in various capacities in the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. He also served as Chairman of the State Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic on the Economy. He has a Ph.D. in economics.

Grigori Marchenko
President, Deutsche Securities, Kazakhstan. Prior to taking up this position, he served as informal advisor to the President of Kazakhstan and Chairman of the National Commission on Securities (Kazakhstan). He was educated at Moscow State University for International Relations.

Hans Meyer
Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank. He joined the research staff of the Swiss National Bank in 1965 and assumed his current position in 1996. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements. He has a Ph.D. in economics.

Branko Milanovic
Principal Economist in the World Bank's Research Department and Adjunct Professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Belgrade University in 1987.

John Odling-Smee
Director of the IMF's European II Department with responsibility for the countries of the former Soviet Union. Educated at Cambridge University, he held academic posts in the 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently he served as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ghana and held various posts in the U.K. Treasury.

Michael Rathnam
Resident Representative of the World Bank in the Kyrgyz Republic. He joined the World Bank in 1972, holding a variety of positions, most recently in the Central Asia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan Region office. He was educated at George Washington University.

Ulan Sarbanov
Member of the Executive Board of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and previously the head of its Economics Department. He received a degree in economic cybernetics from the Novoslbirsk State University in 1991.

Anna-Kristina Stjanerklint
Resident Representative, United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She has worked at the UNDP since 1980, holding positions in Geneva, Uganda, Fiji, Laos, and Egypt. She was educated at the Universities of Lund, Paris, Jerusalem, and Uppsala.

Marat Sultanov
Chairman of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and Governor of the IMF and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the Kyrgyz Republic. He earned a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloy.

Omar Sultanov
Director of Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1993 to 1996, he was the Kyrgyz Republic's representative to Austria and to international organizations in Vienna and from 1996 to March 1998, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany. He has a Ph.D. in history.

Leonid Talmaci
Governor of the National Bank of Moldova. He previously held positions in the Bank of Construction of the U.S.S.R. and Energomash Bank. He received his Ph.D. in economic sciences from the Financial Economic Institute in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad).

Koji Tsunokawa
Deputy Managing Director, Operations Department III, Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF). Previously, he was Director of the Project Development Department and Economic Analysis Department of OECF and a Senior Transport Specialist at the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. at Northwestern University.

Paul Wachtel
Research Professor of Economics at Stern Business School (New York University). He is affiliated with the Institute for East West Studies, the UMB Bank and Trust Company, and the IMF. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.

Peter Wienand
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kyrgyz Republic. Previously, he worked with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Deputy Ambassador in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. He was educated at Ruhr University in Bochum.

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