Assel Tastanova

When you were ten years old, what did you think you would be doing today?

In my childhood I often travelled with my parents and each trip was a discovery for me. At the same time, as many young girls do, I wanted to be beautiful and famous and the best way to achieve that was through television. So when I was ten years old, I wished to travel around the world collecting exciting news and thrilling stories to tell on TV.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

It would be a good experience to have dinner with the great scientist and humanist, Albert Einstein. I have read a lot about his ingenious discoveries and achievements in physics, including his general theory of relativity, and about his great sense of humour.

Tell us what you do at the IFRC. What has your most rewarding experience been?

During the six and a half years that I have been working for the IFRC, I have had the opportunity to work in different areas such as programme management, field operations, partnership establishment and just recently I had an acting assignment for the IFRC country office in Kazakhstan. My most rewarding experience was the launch of the first Central Asian project for labour migrants in 2008. This project proved the unique role of our National Societies in tackling the needs of the most vulnerable people and assisting their governments as auxiliaries in humanitarian sphere.



Head of office, IFRC Representation, Kazakhstan