Johan Blomqvist, co-chairperson
I'm Johan Blomqvist, chairperson of Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I first got involved with the Central Asia Solidarity Groups when I went to Kyrgyzstan as an EVS volunteer for an year in 2014-2015, working with one of CAG's partner organisations on a project to strengthen young people's abilities to make change happen in their own lives and local communities on their own terms. After the project I continued my engagement in CAG as a board member, as I want to contribute to a region where the needs and human rights of people are met, and where social inclusion can happen in more equal societies.
Lola Matmusaeva, co-chairperson
My name is Lola and I am a board member at Central Asia Solidarity Groups. Since my teenage years, I was involved in a youth-led activism in the south of Kyrgyzstan promoting intercultural dialogue, post-conflict reconciliation and gender equality. I closely worked with CAG first back in 2013 in my capacity as a project coordinator at one of its main partner organisations in Central Asia. In 2018 I got to work at CAG’s head office in Malmö with projects running both in Sweden and Central Asia. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in International Development and Management at Lund University, and being co-chairperson of the board is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of Kyrgyzstan and overall the Central Asian region while being abroad.
Gustaf Sörnmo, treasurer
My name is Gustaf and I'm the founder and currently a treasurer of Central Asia Solidarity Groups. My interest in Central Asia started in 2009 when I travelled Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, meeting activist groups and civil society representatives in a wide range of thematic areas. From this trip the informal network that was to become CAG was born. Since the formalisation in 2012, I have been based both in Sweden and Central Asia, working with areas such as strategic planning, partnerships in Central Asia, project coordination, project design and resource mobilisation, among other things. Between the years 2012-2018, I was the chairperson of CAG. Aside from my work as chairperson and coordinator in CAG, I have launched/co-founded several other CSOs such as Tamam, Vardagens civilkurage and Forma.
Habira Majieva, board member
My name is Habira Majieva and I am a board member at Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I am a journalist and jurist too. I have a long experience in journalism and have worked with various newspapers in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. I am motivated to work Central Asia Solidarity Groups and share my experiences from Central Asia, where I also organized various projects with youth and women.
Talgat Subanaliev, board member
Hej! My name is Talgat. I am thrilled to join Centralasiengrupperna as a board member. I have been utterly involved in most of the organization's activities and projects implementation and the office work since 2019. Prior to CAG, I have had extensive volunteering experiences stretching from local social projects to international projects as well as gaining work experiences in local and international organizations. I majored in Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University of Central Asia. I have gained precious work experience at CAG and I am looking forward to contributing back in many different ways.