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Askar Sydykov, IBC Executive Director

May 18, 2010

Askar Sydykov

Executive Director of the International Business Council (IBC), a leading business association uniting over 80 largest taxpayers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In this role since June 2016, Mr. Sydykov has been involved in initiating and supporting business-friendly laws and regulations in investment, natural resources, ICT, finance, tourism and food processing industries, as well as helping to attract and protect foreign investment in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and B.A. in International and Business Law (Cum Laude) degree from the American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic).

Previously, Mr. Sydykov has been with IBC in 2012-2013 as Government Relations Manager, Chief Legal Officer and in 2014-2016 – as Deputy Executive Director, coordinating IBC’s participation in policy change processes related to investment promotion, mining, licensing, finance, insurance and deregulation and addressing the business community’s concerns.

In 2010-2012 he also worked as Project Lawyer, Project Coordinator for a Bishkek-based human rights center, Citizens against Corruption, in this role responsible for developing civic journalism in Kyrgyzstan.

As a part of Askar’s responsibilities at IBC, he also contributed as an expert / project manager for a wide range of projects in association with international and local development partners, including Systematic Regulatory Review (2014-2017, OSCE Centre in Bishkek), Value Chain Analysis in Construction Materials (2014, USAID), Identifying key issues in mining sector (2013, GIZ), etc.

Currently, Askar Sydykov is also a member of the following platforms of public-private dialogue and cooperation on behalf of IBC:

- Advisory Committee on Entrepreneurship under the Eurasian Economic Commission,

- Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Committee, National Council for Sustainable Development of the Kyrgyz Republic

- Business Development and Entrepreneurship Council under the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz Parliament) Speaker

- Business Development and Investment Council under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic

- Council on Awarding the Quality Prizes of the Kyrgyz Republic

- Advisory Council, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the Kyrgyz Republic

- Advisory Council on Natural Resources Policy, State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian, English, Turkish, French.