Principal Organizers.
Ambassador Asylbek Aidaraliev, Director – Kyrgyz National Centre for Development of Mountain Regions &President – The International University of Kyrgyzstan
22 Manas prospect, Bishkek 720010
Kyrgyz Republic
Fax: 0-996 (312) 64-61-52

Dr. R.E. “Rusty” Butler, Associate Vice President – International Affairs, Utah State Valley College &Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation
800 West University Pkwy
Orem, Utah 84058-5999
Fax: 801-863-6021

Honorary Co-Chairs.
• Elena Bonner. Human rights activist and widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov. Author of Together Alone and Mothers and Daughters. Founder of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation (Russia & U.S.A.) and Sakharov Archives (Moscow). 
• Sheri Dew. President & CEO, Deseret Books. Author (No Doubt about It, No One Can Take Your Place, others) and member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. 
• Judy Martz. Former Governor of the State of Montana (first woman governor of the state).
• Olene Walker. Former Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah (first woman governor of the state).


Organizing Committee Members.

• Dr. Danielle Butler – Chair, Honorary Consul General of the Kyrgyz Republic.
• Dr. Jane Pratt – Deputy Chair, President & CEO of the Mountain Institute (1994-2002), Washington, DC 
• Dr. Frederick Starr – Member, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, John’s Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. 
• Dr.Alexey Tikhomirov - Member, Chief of Transition Economies Unit, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations.   
• Dr. John Shilling – Member, Economist, Formerly with the World Bank.
• Ms. Candra Day – Member, President of Vista 360o, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 
• Mr. Earnest “Ric” Bridwell – Member, Visiting fellow, University of Montana.
• Dr. Deborah Palmeiri - Member, President @ CEO, Russian-American Chamber of Commerce & Leadville Colorado Institute, Denver, Colorado 
• Dr. Victor Fischer - Member, Institute of Social & Economic Research, University of Alaska
• H.E. Zamira Sydykova - Member, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA and Canada
• Dr. Elaine Englehardt - Member, Distinguished Professor of Ethics, Utah Valley State College
• Dr. Alexander Stecker -Member, Political Science, Utah Valley State College
• Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev – Executive Secretary. Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada (1996-2005), Distinguished Visiting Professor, Utah Valley State College


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