Advisory Board

An external Advisory Board consisting of relevant European and Central Asian experts was set up to support SEnECA and the consortium members in the implementation of the project by:

  • Ensuring quality control of the project activities by providing tailored consulting and advice to the consortium;
  • Providing feedback on and an overall assessment of the project’s progress and impact;
  • Establishing links with relevant initiatives and policy-makers;
  • Helping SEnECA to become established as a sustainable, multiplying network for EU-Central Asia relations;
  • Advising on the communication and policy-making towards the EU, but also towards other target groups;
  • Advising to build up the SEnECA Stakeholder Network.
1st Advisory Board meeting at the SEnECA Networking Conference in Riga From left to right: Dr. Sultan Akimbekov, Mr. Dainis Garančs, Mr. Bruce Pannier, Mrs. Katrin Böttger, Mrs. Nargis Kassenova, Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding, Mr. Pierre Borgoltz and Prof. Dr. Mirzokhid Rakhimov


The AB members are invited to all conferences and, selectively, to the project workshops. Special sessions allow the AB members to intensively discuss with the partners how to successfully implement the project.

The Board currently consists of twelve members:

Dr. Sultan Akimbekov
Director, Institute of Asian studies, Almaty

Pierre Borgoltz
Former Cooperation Coordinator, Central Asia Division, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels

Sarmite Danne
Counsellor-Head of Division, East Europe and Central Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

Stéphane Dudoignon
CNRS Research Professor at the Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) University / School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences  (EHESS) / CETOBaC, Project Manager of Wikistan, Paris

Dr. Nargis Kassenova
Associate Professor/Director, Central Asian Studies Center at KIMEP University, Almaty

Dr. Tamás Meszerics
MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Brussels
and Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Central European University, Budapest

Bruce Pannier
Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Prague

Prof. Dr. Mirzokhid Rakhimov
Head, Contemporary History and International Relations Department, Institute of History, National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova
UN Coordination and Research Analyst, United Nations, Bahrain
Associate Research Fellow, OSCE Academy, Bishkek

Prof. Dr. S. Frederick Starr
Professor, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies, University of Cologne

Dr. Laura Yerekesheva
Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of R.Suleymenova, Almaty