AEF: Festival of lectures

Leading experts of the world community conducted lectures to Kazakh students. The lectures were held in two leading universities in Astana – the Nazarbayev University and the Gumilyov Eurasian National University. Well-known speakers gave presentation on the current most important technological breakthroughs and the challenges that is facing humanity today.

CHRIS BARTON, CO-FOUNDER, SHAZAM:

 - It is very beneficial that we can include investing into small startups, co-working spaces for incubating startups and I think just innovative fosters entrepreneurship is the key to helping Kazakhstan in developing its IT industry.

Meetings with world-renowned scientists, politicians and economists have inspired the Kazakh youth. According to the students, the expert opinions on breakthrough ideas and areas of development in the modern world have allowed them to see new prospects on the horizon.

BIBINUR ORYNBAYEVA, STUDENT, NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:

 - I liked the lecture of Jean-Baptiste de Chocqueuse. He talked about technologies in tourism industry, which is my current major. I’m very inspired. Of course, he gave a very interesting lecture to students. He gave many scientific facts which impressed us. I liked his attitude towards our country and that he sees potential in our country. I realized that possibly in the future, we will develop a new program that will be based on new technologies and innovations that will help us study economics from another perspective.

Laureate of Nobel Peace Prize, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, Rae Kwon Chung urged the students to think about replacing coal and oil with renewable energy sources. He also noted on the establishment of International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects as the follow-up of Astana EXPO 2017 exhibition. Chung believed that Astana is becoming a central hub for ‘green’ economy. The Festival of Lectures where leading experts held discussions with Kazakh students was held for the first time this year. The organizers plan to hold such events regularly with free participation for all.