The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.
ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

ISTC Project 53 team
  • Dr Hendrik Visser Partner Project Manager

    Dr. Hendrik (Henk) Visser has worked at the ISTC since 2005. During this time, he has managed over 40 projects for more than 32 million USD in Armenia, Belorussia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. The project he oversaw covered technical areas, such as: bio-safety/bio-security, disease surveillance, toxicology, public health studies, drug development, diagnostics, cancer research, and agriculture, as well as, managed various physical upgrades to bio-laboratory facilities. As part of his responsibilities he has recruited Western companies to engage with Russian/CIS institutes through contract research, license deals, joint ventures, or other business models. He also served as the primary contact point for multiple (EU, USA) governmental partners.

    Between 2002 and 2005 he was a visiting scientist in the Russian Federation as part of an US governmental sponsored visiting scientist program, to study the three-dimensional structure of membrane molecules of Yersinia Pestis using NMR spectroscopy. Before that he did a short post-doc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory after he had completed his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. He obtained his MSc degree in Molecular Sciences at the Wageningen Agricultural University (The Netherlands).

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  • Ms Samal Asainova Project Officer

    Ms Samal Asainova renders assistance to the Project 53 since January 2018. She has joined the ISTC team in April of 2015 as an Events & Program Coordinator. During her work in ISTC she has supported activities of the Scientific Advisory Committee of ISTC and the EU project, entitled “Export Control on Dual-use Materials and Technologies in Central Asia”. Prior to ISTC she worked at the Libyan Embassy accredited to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    Ms Samal Asainova  has a bachelor degree in International Relations from the L. N. Gumilev Eurasian National University and master’s degree in Business and Economics from the Kazakh University of Economics, Finances and International Trade.

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  • Ms Margarita Levchenko Project Officer - Visibility

    Ms Levchenko is a medical doctor from Kazakhstan with bachelor degree in Health Management, currently holding Project Officer position at the International Science and Technology Center since April 2016.

    Prior joining the ISTC, Ms Levchenko worked as individual External Expert for the Mapping study paper in the aria of TB and HIV services for KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and AIDS Foundation East-West Kazakhstan (Country offices registered in Kazakhstan). Being a student Margarita had a part-time job for more than 3 years in Medical Statistics for the Center of Reproductive Health in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Within last three years she had two internships in such a prominent and international recognized institutions as European Union (EU Delegation to Vietnam) and World Health Organization (Country Office in Astana).

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