Actuaries in Kazakhstan
In September 2004, three CAS members traveled to Kazakhstan to teach a week-long educational program for members of the Actuarial Society of Kazakhstan (ASK). Below, posing with ASK members is Ginger Shafer (front row, third woman from left), who coordinated the trip through the Arizona-Kazakhstan Partnership Foundation, Inc. (AzKz). Shafer is the operations manager for the Foundation. Pictured left of Schafer, dressed in the traditional Kazakh attire of chapan, are Jimmy Shkolyar, George A. Rudduck, and Peter J. Murdza Jr. Standing in the second row behind and pictured to the left of Murdza is Khalida Kyrykbayeva, Kazakhstan's representative to the Foundation. The AzKz is a publicly supported non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation devoted to strengthening the ties between the United States and Kazakhstan. Foundation objectives include conducting institutional and business development exchanges, creating mutual educational programs, initiating trade activities, and expanding cultural ties. The Foundation's primary activity is developing and nurturing partnerships that provide first-hand experience in democratic processes for individuals in organizations in Kazakhstan. Foundation programs are financed in part by the U.S. Agency for International Development.