Maigul Nugmanova graduated from Byelorussian State University with a degree in Political Economy and from Karaganda Economic University with a PhD in Economic Sciences. Her dissertation focused on gender aspects in economic theory. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University, Washington, DC, where she focused on gender economics and food security. Currently she is Director of Gender Economics Research Center (GERC), co-financed by Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, at the Narxoz University (Kazakhstan). Dr. Nugmanova was a project leader/researcher of UN Women project on Women\'s unpaid labor in Kazakhstan/modeling of the economic impact of care services institutionalization on women\'s employment and the economy. Before she started working at GERC, Dr. Nugmanova was a Head of International Office of Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations; Head of International Programs Department of Kazakh National Agrarian University; country coordinator of ERASMUS+ Quality Assurance in Higher Education and SSDS TEMPUS projects; and FAO Extension in Agriculture project coordinator in KazNAU. She was a UNDP national expert for assessment and analysis of the UN/UNDP programs/projects in gender mainstreaming, and elaborated UNDP CO Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. She was a national consultant-researcher on human trafficking in Central Asia with the IOM Technical Cooperation Center in Austria. Dr. Nugmanova was an expert for FIBAA European accreditation agency and Educational Advising Center Director in Astana of Soros Foundation Kazakhstan. She is a fellow of Knowledge Networking and Capacity Building on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics Program (USA). She is also a member of Central Eurasian Studies Society.