Gaukhar Nurgalieva is currently the Head of the Eurasian Studies Lab at the Institute of Emerging Markets Studies (IEMS) at the Skolkovo School of Management in Moscow, Russia.  Prior to the IEMS, Gaukhar Nurgalieva worked at the Eurasian Economic Commission and held senior positions in state owned enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.