Representing Kazakhstan
Jiger – Youth Organization of Persons with Disabilities

Parkhat has fourteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned an Executive Master’s degree in Development Policies & Practices from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, as well as a Master’s degree of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Since 2011, Parkhat has served as President of Jiger, a youth organization of persons with disabilities that he co-founded in Kazakhstan. Under Parkhat’s leadership, Zhiger established the first disability support centers for students in the country and successfully lobbied for policy changes at the national level to ensure educational environments support people with disabilities. He has extensive experience consulting for state and local governments, primarily specializing in disability access in education. Parkhat has honed his expertise in social entrepreneurship, strategic planning, project management, human resources, and non-profit financial and operational management.
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