Johan Blomqvist, 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.
Aida Akhmedova, vice chairperson
My name is Aida Akhmedova and I am the vice chairperson at Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I come from Central Asia. My involvement in CAG has started in 2014 when I was an EVS volunteer in Tamam, a youth-based organization in Lund/Sweden. There, I also quickly engaged various activities of CAG and had been part of the board. Later, I became involved in feminist activism in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan while working for Novi Ritm in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Osh State University where I majored in teaching English. Currently, I am doing an M.A. in Gender Studies at Utrecht University and the University of Granada.
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.
Lola Matmusaeva, board member
My name is Lola and I am a board member at Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I grew up in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Since my teenage years I was engaged in a youth-led activism in my city promoting intercultural dialogue, post-conflict reconciliation and gender equality. I first got to know of Central Asia Solidarity Groups back in 2013. In 2014 in my capacity as project coordinator of one of CAG's main partner organisations in Central Asia, I worked closely with CAG on implementing joint projects, and in 2018 I had a chance to work at CAG’s head office in Malmö. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in International Development and Management at Lund University, and being part of the board is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of my home country and the region while abroad.
Ildana Ruzybayeva, board member
My name is Ildana Ruzybayeva and I am a board member at Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I have been part of CAG since 2018. I have a Master's Degree in International Development and Management and my research focus lies within climate awareness, youth and climate activism in Central Asia. Before coming to Sweden, I had been engaged in youth NGO work for almost 4 years in Kazakhstan.
Alexandra Cruz Andersson, board member
My name is Alexandra and I am a board member, as well as contact person for employees, in Central Asia Solidarity Groups. I have been an active member of CAG since 2014. My participation initiated due to my interest in questions regarding gender norms, which led to my involvement in collaborations with feminist organizations in Kyrgyzstan. I have a bachelors degree in Behavioural science, majoring in sociology, and am currently working at a school for children with autism in Malmö.
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.