1. Please describe your career path after graduating from the JISPA. How has the JISPA contributed to your career development?
After graduating from the JISPA master program, I came back to the National Bank of Kazakhstan to work for the Balance of Payments Department, which I had been working for prior to attending the JISPA program. The master program really helped me cover this sphere comprehensively, given that my academic research was mainly dedicated to the related issues. After graduating from the JISPA program in Japan I was awarded by internship to the Bank Negara Malaysia.
Meanwhile, it was the peak period of the Asian financial crisis, and I gained invaluable expertise and experience which has been very useful so far. Then, I came back to Kazakhstan and joined the National Bank to become a specialist with comprehensive academic coverage and strong research skills.
Having assessed my performance, the management of the National Bank promoted me to a senior position. Later, I was offered the lead in a unit in the Currency Regulation and Control Department. Shortly after, I was appointed Deputy Director of this department. For the last eleven years I have been working as Deputy Chairman of the Kazakhstan Deposit Insurance Fund.
2. Have you worked on any issues relevant to Japan or regional cooperation? If so, please explain the duties and/or experiences that you had.
In the ongoing operations and strategic planning, I often refer to the experience of other countries, including Japan. Japan has gained leadership in many areas, and I feel we can always learn how various issues were resolved and test the applicability of this experience in our conditions. My vision is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, as one can just take it and adjust to his own needs. However, there is always the opportunity to avoid repeating the mistakes of others!
In this regard, we really appreciate the efforts of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan which annually holds DICJ’s Open House to share their experience with other countries’ representatives and initiates the discussion.
3. Please briefly describe your student days in Japan, such as your major and research interest, as well as your experience of life in Japan.
I recall my student days in Japan with great fondness and admiration. Back in 1996 – 1997, when Kazakhstan was an economy in transition and was going through very complicated processes to overcome the socio-economic implications related to the collapse of the Soviet Union, from the very first day there in Japan I was amazed with the systematic character of whatever was being done, careful coordination of work and study, discipline and thorough planning in all spheres of life. I recall the very high level of organization of both the academic program and life. I remember with great appreciation the program director Mr. Shimomura-sensei and the Student Office coordinator Mrs. Suzuki-san. I was amazed with the depth of expertise of the academic staff. To learn from Professor Kenichi Ohno alone was worth a lot! Actually it was Professor Ohno who encouraged my interest in the subject and taught me a systematic approach to research and analysis while being my thesis project coordinator.
Despite the very intensive study schedule we could find time for travelling across Japan to get to know its people, culture, history, and nature. I remember walking up Fuji-san, and I can recall the delight that we felt with the breathtaking view from the top... In a traditional rock garden one feels that it is difficult not to become a philosopher and move away from the ordinary life to find the meaning of life… In Japan, there are many places which inspire you, like Nikko or Kyoto, and there are places which call for reflection, like Hiroshima.
Thanks to my years of study I now have a lot of friends across the world, who have very different lifestyles, mentality, culture, but who have the student years in common.
Why else am I very grateful for having been in Japan? It is because there in Japan I met my spouse, and we have already been happily together for many years.
4. Any message to the current JISPA scholars studying in Japan as well as potential candidates?
Of course, under the JISPA program students have an excellent opportunity to gain fundamental academic coverage. Apart from this, JISPA has always been a global hub for knowledge and expertise sharing, and the students must utilize all the opportunities of this. Also, I want to recall the enormous importance of networking. The ties which are established in universities and master programs often turn out to be the strongest in professional life.
And of course, students should always find time to explore the majestic Japanese land and culture!
5. Do you have any message that you wish to mention to Japan?
I appreciate the efforts of the JISPA and the Japanese government for being dedicated to the training and development of the executive professionals pool in developing countries. This program is a tremendous opportunity for regulatory and public policy professionals to gain expertise to contribute to the development of our countries. I also appreciate the opportunity to get to know the people and culture of Japan. I will always miss living in Japan.
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