Shakenov Ilyas Kanatovich, Assistant Professor PhD in Mathematics, Kazakh National University



About me:

I got my PhD degree in 2017 in Kazakh National University with a major in Mathematics. Many years I popularized mathematics and physics among school and university students by conducting blogs on YouTube and recording videos on my own platform on


My Master’s Degree and PhD was related to the problems of Differential Equations and Mathematical Physics. The results of that work were 13 papers published in local and international journals. Now I teach AP Calculus, Probability Theory and Statistics, Optimization Theory courses in ISE. The list of my disciplines does not end there. Now I have shifted the focus of my research to probability theory and statistics.

Madina Bigabatova, Senior Lecturer Master of Finance, Cass Business School (City University of London), UK



About me

Madina Bigabatova studied for bachelor’s degree in Finance at Kazakh British Technical University between 2008-2012. In 2012-2015 she studied for master’s degree in Economics in scientific and pedagogical direction at Kazakh British Technical University and master’s degree in Finance at Bayes Business School in London, United Kingdom (formerly known as Cass Business School). She has a Ph.D. ABD status. In 2014, she began her teaching experience at the Kazakh-British Technical University in Business School, in 2022 moved as senior lecturer to International School of Economics. In 2022 successfully passed Alibaba GDT Network training and is certified trainer for Digital Transformation & Digital Entrepreneurship courses. With teaching experience, she combines doing administrative duties. Nowadays, she works as acting dean at ISE.


She teaches multiple economics disciplines — “AP Microeconomics, “AP Macroeconomics”, “International economics”, “Economics of Competitiveness”, “Economics for Investment decisions” (CFA), “Decision Making”, “Digital (Economy) Transformation” — in Kazakh-British Technical University (Almaty). Her research interests are connected to economics discipline. 

Professor Vilmur M. Auken, Doctor of Economics, PhD in Economics (USA)



About me:

Dr. Auken is known for his innovative work on economics, particularly on issues involving a detailed knowledge of both macroeconomics and financial economics in these sophisticated issues. He is also a leading figure in a range of interdisciplinary activities that explore the interplay of knowledge with other fields, from the life sciences to economics to philosophy to government auditing.

Dr. Auken received a B.S. and M.S. in applied mathematics from Kazakh State University and Moscow State University, a Ph.D. degree from WES, New York in the USA and Post Doctoral Degree in economics from Kazakh National University.


Dr. Auken’s research interests include financial and institutional economics, and practical applications. His research group developed and distributes the macroeconomics research compiler, and they are heavily involved in the government agencies and audit.

My research:

  • Revenue and Government Auditing Analysis. The Government Auditing Journal, ISSN 2072-9847, QZ;
  • International Economics and Management, textbook, ISBN 978-601-7470-83-8, AlmaU, QZ;
  • University Performance Measurement in Quality Assurance. Modern mathematics and its applications, ISBN 978-5-86111-585-8, RF;
  • Holistic System for Measuring the Performance of Teachers and Students. European Conference on Intellectual Capital 2016 (ECIC 2016), ISSN 2049-0933, 2016, EU;


  • Personnel Selection for the Reserve of Civil Servants of Kazakhstan. Public Policy and Administration, ЕU;
  • International Business and Industrial Management in Kazakhstan and the World, Kazakhstan;
  • Commercial Banks as a Part of Kazakh Institution, ISBN 978-9944-0512-1-7, Istanbul, Turkey;
  • Current Economic Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Harvard University, USA.
  • More than hundred (100) publications, articles and books.

Professor Alisher Aldashev, PhD in Economics University of Regensburg (Germany)



About me: Prof Alisher Aldashev is a trained economist specializing in the fields of development and labor economics. He has more than ten years of teaching experience. Alisher Aldashev received his PhD from the University of Regensburg, Germany. He worked at ISE from 2009 to 2018 and re-joined the ISE in 2021. Prior to ISE Dr Aldashev worked at the University of Regensburg, Center of European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and also at Satbayev University.


Expertise:  His research interests include economics of language, values and informal institutions, immigrant workers. He has vast experience in research projects including projects conducted for the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Security (Germany), German Science Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, Kazakhtelecom JSC, where he was responsible for econometric modeling.  Currently Prof Aldashev is a Co-PI in a Nazarbayev University Grant Project “The effect of tradition, culture and history on the economic outcomes in Central Asia and Russia”.


My research:

Guirkinger, C., Aldashev, G., Aldashev, A. and M. Fodor, 2021, Economic persistence despite adverse policies: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, The Economic Journal,

Aldashev, A. and B. Batkeyev, 2021 Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Rural Areas, Information Economics and Policy,

K. Eriksson et al., 2021, Perceptions of the appropriate response to norm violation in 57 societies, Nature Communication 12.

Aldashev, A. and A. Danzer, 2020, Linguistic Fragmentation at the Micro-Level: Economic Returns to Speaking the Right Language(s) in a Multilinguistic Society, Journal of Development Studies 56(12), pp. 2308-2326

Aldashev, A. and Dietz, B., 2014 Economic and spatial determinants of interregional migration in Kazakhstan, Economic Systems 38(3), pp. 379-396

Thomsen, S. L., Walter, T. and Aldashev, A., 2013, Short-term training programs for immigrants in the German welfare system: do effects differ from natives and why? IZA Journal of Migration 2: 24.

Aldashev, A., 2012 Occupational and locational substitution: Measuring the effect of occupational and regional mobility, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 26(1), pp. 108-123

Aldashev. A., Gernandt, J. and Thomsen, S. L., 2012, The Immigrant-Native Wage Gap in Germany, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 232(5), 490-517.

Aldashev. A., Gernandt, J. and Thomsen, S. L., 2009, Language Usage, Participation, Employment and Earnings: Evidence for Foreigners in West Germany with Multiple Sources of Selection, Labour Economics 16(3), 330-341.

Möller, J., Aldashev, A., 2007, Wage Inequality, Reservation Wages and Labor Market Participation - Testing the Implications of a Search-Theoretical Model with Regional Data, International Regional Science Review, 30, 120-151.

Möller, J., Aldashev, A., 2006, Interregional Differences in Labor Market Participation, Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft (Review of Regional Research), 26 (1), 25-50.



Professor Kairat Mynbayev, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences


About me: My background is in Mathematics, which I later expanded by studies, teaching and research in Economics and Finance. I taught at various universities in Kazakhstan, the USA and Brazil. I joined KBTU and ISE in 2006.


Expertise: Before 2000, I taught Mathematics, and since 2000 I have added to my arsenal a great number of courses in Economics, Finance and Statistics. The level ranges from bachelor courses to PhD and Business courses. My experience helps me teach Statistics and Finance at ISE.


My research: I published many articles and several books, including one at Wiley & Sons, USA. The theory of functions still plays an important role in what I do. My latest project is about Hardy inequality with weights. I also maintain my personal site where I provide teaching materials for the courses I teach.

Professor Stanislav Kharin, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences


About me:

In 1968 Stanislav Nikolayevich Kharin has defended the candidate thesis “Heat phenomena in electrical contacts and associated singular integral equations”, and in 1990 his doctoral thesis “Mathematical models of thermo-physical processes in electrical contacts” in Novosibirsk. In 1994 S.N. Kharin was elected a corresponding member of the National Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, the Head of the Department of Physics and Mathematics, and a member of the Presidium of the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences. In 1996 the Government of Kazakhstan appointed S.N. Kharin to be a co-chairman of the Committee for scientific and technological cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He was invited as a visiting professor in Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, where he worked until 2001. For the results obtained in the field of mathematical modeling of thermal and electrical phenomena, he was elected a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Pakistan. In 2001 S.N. Kharin was invited to the position of a professor at the University of the West of England (Bristol, England), where he worked until 2003. In 2005, he returned to Kazakhstan, to the Kazakh-British Technical University, as a professor of mathematics, where he is currently working.


My research: Professor S.N. Kharin has over 300 publications including 4 monographs and 10 patents. He is recognized and appreciated by researchers as a prominent specialist in the field of mathematical modeling of phenomena in electrical contacts. Using models based on the new original methods for solving free boundary problems he described mathematically the phenomena of arcing, contact welding, contact floating, dynamics of contact blow-open phenomena, electro- chemical mechanism of electron emission, arc-to-glow transition, thermal theory of the bridge erosion. For these achievements he got the International Holm Award, which was presented to him in 2015 in San Diego (USA).


Stanislav Nikolayevich paid much attention to the training of young researchers. Under his
scientific supervision 10 candidate theses and 4 PhD theses were successfully defended.


Now he very successfully continues his research and the evidence of this in the new monograph
“Mathematical models of phenomena in electrical contacts” published last year in Novosibirsk.

Assistant Professor Birzhan Batkeyev, PhD in Economics Northeastern University (USA)


About me:

Birzhan Batkeyev joined the International School of Economics, Kazakh-British Technical University, as an Assistant Professor in 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering and economics from Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York, and then his PhD in Economics from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2017. He also held short-term visiting positions at Harvard University (2016) and CERGE-EI (2019).


His most recent research primarily focuses on household finance, industrial organization, and development economics, and has been presented at various seminars and major conferences including the American Economic Association Annual Meetings, International Industrial Organization Conference, and Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics.

My research:

  • “Mountains of Evidence: The Effects of Abnormal Air Pollution on Crime,”
    joint with D. DeRemer
    Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, June, 2023
    [published version]
  • “Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Rural Areas,”
    joint with A. Aldashev
    Information Economics and Policy, December, 2021
    [published version]
  • “The Effects of COVID-19-related Driving Restrictions on Air Quality in an Industrial City,” joint with D. Assanov, A. Kerimray, Z. Kapsalyamova
    Aerosol and Air Quality Research, September, 2021
    [published version]
  • “Perceptions of the appropriate response to norm violation in 57 societies,”
    joint with Eriksson, K., Strimling, P., Gelfand, M. et al.
    Nature Communications,
    March, 2021
    [published version] [full-text access]
  • “Strategic Responses to Competitive Threats: Airlines in Action,”
    joint with J. Kwoka
    Review of Industrial Organization, February, 2019
    [published version]

Assistant Professor Aidan Islyami, PhD in Economics University of Kiel (Germany)


About me: Dr. Aidan Islyami studied Mathematics and Economics (BSc in Applied Mathematics and MA in Economics).   He received a PhD in Quantitative Economics degree from Kiel University (CAU) in Germany in 2012. He has been working as a full-time faculty member of ISE since 2011 and as a member of ISE Administration since 2018. Aidan supports development of open mindedness and critical thinking in students.


Expertise: Dr. Islyami has managed and participated in the international research projects of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, Washington, USA), Institute for the World Economy (Kiel, Germany), Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI, Shanghai, China) and University of Queensland (Australia), International Labor Organization (ILO, UK), Center for Strategic Initiatives (CSI, Nur-Sultan). 

He has an extensive experience of successful teaching of many University of London (Introduction to Economics, Statistics 1 and 2, Algebra, Mathematics 1 and 2, Further Linear Algebra) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.


My research:

Islyami, A., Aldashev, A., Thomas, T.S. and Dunston, S., (2020). Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Kazakhstan. Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development, 2(1), pp.66–88. DOI:


Islyami, A. (2020). Internal Migration in Kazakhstan. In Bell, M, et al., eds. Internal Migration in the Countries of Asia (pp. 365-381). Springer, Cham.

Assistant Professor Rustu Duran, PhD in Economics University of Oxford (UK)


About me

 I have been teaching Microeconomics, Abstract Mathematics and Game Theory at KBTU ISE since 2017 -graduated from the University of Oxford.

 My research interests include industrial organization, game theory and behavioral economics.

Assistant Professor Targyn Nauryz, PhD in Mathematics Kazakh National University


About me:

He studied bachelor degree in Mathematics at Suleyman Demirel Univeristy in 2012-2016. In 2016-2018 he studied master degree in Mathematics at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and finished PhD degree in Mathematical and computer modelling at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 2021. In 2016, he began working at the Kazakh-British Technical University in International School of Economics as teaching assistant. In 2021 February – July, he worked as lecturer in Department of ISE and in August he transferred to senior lecturer in ISE at the Kazakh-British Technical University. In 2018-2020 he also worked as junior researcher at Institute of Mathematics and Mathematical Modeling (IMMM). Nowadays, he is a researcher in scientific project at IMMM.


He is a specialist in mathematical modelling of heat process in electrical contact process. He has h-index in Scopus – 1, h-index in Google Scholar – 3. He is an expert in solution of Stefan type problems for heat problems using Heat polynomials and special functions methods. Nowadays, he is making researcher of solving heat problems by using similarity principle. In ISE mathematical courses applications based on problems in economics and to solve problems in economics there used mathematical modeling and as he is the expert in mathematical modeling his skills is useful for studied economic problems for students.

My research:


1.  S.N.Kharin, M.M.Sarsengeldin, H.Nouri, S.Kassabek, T.Nauryz. Mathematical Model of Electromagnetic Field with Skin-Effect in Closed Electrical Contacts. 2017 (113/4),P. 105-113.

2. S.N. Kharin, M.M. Sarsengeldin, S.A. Kassabek, T.A. Nauryz. The model of melting and welding of closed electrical contacts with softening contact zone. ICEC/HOLM 2018 Conference, Indexed in Scopus, Albuquerque, NM USA, 14-18 October 2018.

3. Merey M. Sarsengeldin, Targyn A. Nauryz, Nazerke T. Bizhigitova, Alibek M. Orinbasar. Solution of an inverse two phase spherical Stefan test problem. Accepted for publication. Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics, Springer book series, volume: Functional Analysis in Interdisciplinary Applications (2017).

4. Alexey Kavokin, Nauryz Targyn, Nazerke Bizhigitova. Exact solution of two phase spherical Stefan problem by heat polynomials and integral error functions. AIP Conf. Proc., vol 1759, 020031 (2016);, (CPCI-Thomson Reuters).

5. M.M.Sarsengeldin, A.S.Erdogan, T.Nauryz, H.Nouri. An approach for solving an inverse spherical two phase Stefan problem arising in modeling of electrical contacts. 2018, J. Math. Meth. Appl. Sci.(Impact Factor - 1.017), Thomson Reuters (Clarivate Analytics) and Scopus.

6. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz, K. Jabbarkhanov. Solving two-phase spherical Stefan problem using heat polynomials. Kazakh Mathematical Journal, Vol.19, No. 1, ISSN 2413- 6468, pp 59-69, 2019.

7. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz. The two-phase Stefan problem for generalized heat equations. News of the national academy of sciences of the republic of Kazakhstan, Vol 2, No 330, Indexed in Web of Science, pp 40-49. 2020.

8. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz. Two-phase spherical Stefan problem with non-linear thermal conductivity. Kazakh Mathematical Journal, Vol.20, No. 1, pp 27-37, 2020.

9. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz, B. Miedzinskii. Two phase spherical Stefan inverse problem solution with linear combination of radial heat polynomials and integral error functions in electrical contact process. International Journal of Mathematics and Physics, Vol 11, No. 2, pp. 4-13, ISSN 2409-5508.  doi:

10. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz. Mathematical model of a short arc at the blow-off repulsion of electrical contacts during the transition from metallic phase to gaseous phase. AIP Conference Proceedings, indexed in Scopus, 2021, 2325, 020007. DOI:

11. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz. One-phase spherical Stefan problem with temperature dependent coefficients|// Eurasian Mathematical Journal, indexed in Scopus, Q3, 2021, 12(1), pp 49-56. DOI:

 12. S.N. Kharin, T.A. Nauryz. Solution of two-phase cylindrical direct Stefan problem by using special functions in electrical contact processes. International Journal of Applied Mathematics, indexed in Scopus, Q3, 2021, 34(2), pp 237-248. DOI:


13. Nauryz T.A.


Scientific Projects:

  1. Scientific project “Heat polynomials and their applications to problems of heat and mass transfer”. 2018-2020. Project manager: Academician of NAS RK, professor S.N. Kharin.
  2. Scientific project “Free Boundary Problems in Mathematical Models of Electrical Contact Phenomena”. 2021-2023. Project manager: Academician of NAS RK, professor S.N. Kharin.

Assistant Professor Galym Makhmejanov, PhD in Economics Toulouse Capitole University (France)

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