Galimzhan Yessenov

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund


Founder of Almaty Marathon.
Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Triathlon Association.
President of the Central Asian Triathlon Association (САТА).
ASTC Executive Board Member.
CEO at Almaty Triathlon Federation.


A graduate of the Eurasian Market Institute, Academy of Economics and Management, with a degree in Economics and Management, Kazakh Humanitarian Law University (KazGUU) with a degree in Law, a leaver of the Executive MBA Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Shareholder of Jysan Bank


Chairman of the Board of Directors «ATF Bank» JSC (2013-2020).
Chairman of the Supervisory Board «KNG FINANCE LLP» LLP.
Member of the «Dom mamy» charity project.
Member of YPO Kazakhstan.
President of the «Association of United MMA Federations of Kazakhstan – Union of Legal Entities».
President of the «Kazakh National Public Union of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Federation» (12.2018-03.2020).
Member of the Board of Directors of the international United Federation IMAF-WMMAA.
President of the National Public Association the «Kazakhstan Chess Federation» (2015-2020) .


Founder and Creator of the Shakhmardan Yessenov Science and Education Foundation, honouring the work of the outstanding Kazakh scientist and member of the Scientific Academy of Kazakhstan, the Geologist Dr Shakhmardan Yessenov.


Recipient of the order «Құрмет» (2018).


G.Yessenov - a regular competitor at running and triathlon amateur races.


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Aizhan Yessim

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund
Initiator and founder of Almaty Marathon.


Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Shakhmardan Yessenov Academic Foundation and «Other You» Corporate Fund.


A holder of a BA degree in International Business and Marketing (European Business School), a MA degree in Marketing Communications (University of Westminster), and a master’s degree in International Dialogue in the Context of Globalization (Institute Sorbonne-Kazakhstan). A graduate of Abay Kazakh National Pedagogical University with a degree in International Relations.


An investor in a group of companies operating in various sectors of the economy, which major activities are launching, developing and supporting business projects and start-ups in Kazakhstan.

Dmitriy Balandin

Member of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund


A Kazakhstani breaststroke swimmer, 2016 Olympic champion in a 200 m breaststroke, a triple champion of the 2014 Asian Games, a winner of the 2015 Universiade. A holder of Kazakh records in the 50, 100 and 200 m breaststroke, an Honored Master of Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2016). A winner of the Olympic gold medal, which is Kazakhstan’s first-ever medal in a swimming event.


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Alexander Vinokurov

Member of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund

A Kazakhstani professional bicycle racer, 2006 Olympic champion, a titleholder of the 2012 Vuelta a España Grand Tour, a winner of the competition in Paris–Nice and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, champion of Asia in 2009, champion of Kazakhstan in 2005.


Sports Master of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1994).
From 2013 - general manager of the cyclist team «Astana Pro Team».
A winner of the 2019 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
A holder of the Order of Parassat (2000) and the Order of Barys (2006).


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Yuriy Melnichenko

Member of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund

A Kazakhstani Greco-Roman style wrestler, a wrestling coach, a two-time Asian champion (1996, 1997), two-time world champion (1994, 1997), a winner of the 1996 Olympics.


An Honored Master of Sports of Kazakhstan, Honored Coach of Kazakhstan, Honored Public Figure of Kazakhstan (2004).


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Valihan Ten

Member of the Board of Trustees, «Courage to be the first» Corporate Fund


European Powerlifting Champion, Bodybuilding Champion of the RK, Two-time World and Asian Powerlifting Champion, WorldClass (Moscow), InterSport (Moscow), Nike (Almaty) conventions presenter, Les Mills ceritifed coach, multiple Ironman, Drugoy ty! book. The book has been published by Mann, Ivanov and Ferber publishing house and has become the best seller across the CIS in 2015.


Member of the Board of Trustees of Almaty Triathlon Federation PA, official representative of WRPF.
General Director of World Class Almaty.
General Director of Association of Kazakhstan MMA United Federations PA and Kazakhstan MMA United Federation RPA (12.2018 - 03.2020).
From 2019 an extraordinary councellor to the akim of Almaty for sports.
Founder of «Other You» Challenge.
Member of the Board of Trustees of #Other You multisport channel

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