Asel Kubanychbekova is a Regional Coordinator of the Women and Girls Empowered Project in Central Asia at the Center for International and Private Enterprise. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Social Work, and she pursued her Master’s degree in Civic Law at the Kyrgyz State Law Academy. She is an alumnus of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange Program for Women Entrepreneurship. She was a young social entrepreneur in Kyrgyzstan, and she launched a social enterprise to provide educational training for internal migrants to decrease maternal mortality in Kyrgyzstan. Asel is experienced in leading and establishing NGOs and was the Executive Director of the Association of Social Entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, she is a founder of She Starts, Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Fund in Kyrgyzstan. Asel is also one of the National Youth Gender Activists of the UN Gender Youth Group, where she co-led youth advocacy campaigns for women’s rights in Europe and Central Asia. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Public Union “Civic Engagement” and an alumnus of the Women Deliver Young Leaders Global Program. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment.