Saltanat Kazybayeva

Executive Director, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund

A graduate of the University of International Business (UIB) with a degree in Public Relations. A leaver of a master's program in International Marketing at Boston University.

Mrs. Kazybayeva started her career at World Class Almaty  in January 2011 as a Deputy Managing Director. Since 2015, she has been serving as the Commercial Director.

Active in sports. A winner of the powerlifting, bench press and deadlift competitions in Almaty and Asia. A competitor of Ironman, a winner of numerous international running and triathlon races.

A holder of the Letters of Gratitude from the Sports Directorate of Almaty Akimat and personally from the Akim of Almaty (A.S. Yessimov).

Qualified as Referee ITU Technical Officials Level 1.

Issa Kalka

Chief Operations Officer

Involved in the sports industry since 2014.

Mr. Kalka rose through the ranks from a cashier to the founder of the City Running Community at Adidas Kazakhstan (2014-2018).

Track Coach


He joined “Courage to be the First” Corporate Fund in 2018 as a project manager.

Powerlifting Competition Manager, WRPF Kazakhstan.

He develops information content on running activities for a Kazakh-speaking audience.

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