Kumar Bekbolotov

Kumar Bekbolotov is currently a graduate student at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2008 to 2012, he served as the Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan’s executive director. Prior to leading the Kyrgyzstan foundation, Bekbolotov worked at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting as the Central Asia program director, the Kyrgyzstan country director, and the executive editor of the institute’s Central Asia news agency project.

Bekbolotov received a BA in comparative politics from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, and earned an MA in political science in 2004 from Central European University in Budapest.