Mrs. DINARA CHOCHUNBAEVA – Kyrgyz Republic
Dinara CHOCHUNBAEVA is presently the Director of Central Asian Crafts Support Association’s Resource Center in Kyrgyzstan (CACSARC-kg) and coordinator of UNESCO Award of Excellence Program for Central Asia (since 2004). She has participated in the International Jury of this Award for South and East Asia. In 2006 , she established the Public Foundation “Crafts and Traditional Knowledge”, whose aim is to make the inventory of crafts and traditional culture of Central Asian people. From 2000 to 2008, Dinara was elected twice as a President of Central Asian Crafts Support Association (CACSA), www.catgen.com/cacsa, and represented Central Asian craftpersons at the Board of World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific during 2004-2008. As a crafts development specialist, Dinara provided consultations and trainings to different target groups in Central Asia and participated in research programme in Tajikistan, Georgia, and Turkey. Besides,, she is , promoting the craft of Central Asian people at International festivals and fairs, coordinating different publications in the sphere of traditional culture and crafts development.