Peter Griffiths

General Director

Peter Griffiths is General Director of JSC «Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan» since August 2019. He was previously Head of the Department of Civil Aviation of the UK Department of Transport, where oversaw the work of the British State Civil Aviation Agency (UKCAA).

He was Director of Aviation Safety and Security at EasyJet Luton. He was the project manager for the launch of the new Nas Air (Flynas) low-cost airline in Saudi Arabia. He flew as a commander of the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts.

Over the years, he has held senior positions in the European Commission. He was Vice President of the European Region of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and led various commercial civil aviation organizations.

Linda Orlady

First Deputy Director General

Linda Orlady was appointed as Head of Flights Safety in December 2019. She is a third-generation pilot and led diverse team of technical and safety pilots, flight procedures coordinators, including chief technical pilots for 737, 747, 757/767, KC-46, 777, 787 and McDonnell Douglas models.

Orlady has been involved in aviation, human factors and safety for thirty years as a pilot, researcher, instructor, and author. Orlady served as the Executive Air Safety Vice-Chair for the Air Line Pilots Association as well as the Safety Management Systems Project Director. She served as one of the Chairs for the FAA's SMS Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

Previously, Orlady was a NASA-sponsored researcher for Yale and Harvard Universities on a research project investigating crew complements, procedures and automation. She co-authored a 600-page book ofHarry Orlady, Human Factors in Multi-Crew Flight Operations.

Linda holds a master's degree in business administration from the Ohio State University with concentrations in organizational behavior and human factors. She received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from DePauw University. Orlady is a member of the Board of Governors for the Flight Safety Foundation.

Nurbek Bekmukhambetov

Deputy Director General

Nurbek Bekmukhambetov is Deputy Director General.

At «Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan» JSC Nurbek is responsible for general ground operations.

Nurbek graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from SOAS, University of London, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Aviation from Luiss Business School. He has also studied under various safety management programs. He has working experience in the Civil Aviation Committee and good knowledge of the aviation industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director General, he worked as Vice-President of «Prime Aviation» JSC.

Meruert Kumarova

Communications Director

Meruert Kumarova is Communications Director of «Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan» JSC. She was previously Head of the Mangistau regional branch of «RTRK «Qazaqstan» JSC. She was Director of the production center of "RTRK" Qazaqstan"JSC. Over the years, she has worked in the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and in the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

She has extensive experience in radio and television as a journalist of 31-channel, editor-presenter of Kazakh Radio, producer of 7-channel information service, editor of Astana TV channel, and also producer of television projects and documentaries of «Khabar» JSC.

Graduate of Bolashak program - United Kingdom, London 2014 and PhD.

Oleg Avdeev

Director of Air navigation Department

Oleg Avdeyev is Director of Air navigation Department of JSC «Aviation administration of Kazakhstan» since August 2019.

Educated at Kiev International University of Civil Aviation. Awarded the degree of Master of Engineering. He has more than twenty years of experience in the civil aviation administration system. At different times, he oversaw the issues of airline activities, the use of airspace and air navigation. He took an active part in the development of the regulatory framework, the implementation of projects in the field of air traffic management and the provision of aeronautical information. Since 2013, he has been involved in the oversight of the safety of air navigation services.

Darkhan Katyshev

Director of the Aviation Security Department

Katyshev Darkhan was appointed Director of the Aviation Security Department of «Kazakhstan Aviation Administration» JSC in August 2019. Since 2009, he was head of the Aviation Security Department of the Civil Aviation Committee. Over the years, he has worked in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and as a chief expert in the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

National Aviation Security Coordinator. He led the working group during the ICAO audit on aviation security in 2017. He graduated the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is aerodrome construction specialist, a PhD degree and has international aviation security certificates.

Igor Petyashin

Director of Flight Operation Department

Petyashin Igor is Director of Flight Operation Department – Chief Aviation Inspector of JSC «Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan». He was previously Head of PEL Department - Senior state inspector of the Civil Aviation Committee, OPS director of “SCAT” airlines. He was a senior manager for training and flight standards, a senior examiner of the A-320 fleet of Air Astana JSC.

He was Captain of TU 134, Boeing 737-200, Boeing 757/767, Boeing 737 700-800, Airbus 320 family, later Type Rating Examiners and Type Rating Instructors Boeing 737 700-800 and Airbus 320 family. He graduated the Aktobe Higher Aviation School of Civil Aviation and numerous international continuing education courses.

Aigerim Shalekenova

Director of Airworthiness Department

Aigerim Shalekenova was appointed as Director of Airworthiness Department. Previously, Aigerim has worked in JSC “Air Astana” since 2008, and was responsible for technical fleet issues.

Aigerim is a Bolashak Alumni, holds first class honors degree in Aerospace Engineering from Queen Mary University of London and MSc in Management from Imperial College London.

She has got extensive experience in commercial engineering area, including aircraft configuration, aircraft deliveries from various manufacturers, new aircraft entry into service, redeliveries back to Lessors and heavy maintenance technical supervision across the globe.

Nurzhan Malayev

Director of Transportation Department

Nurzhan Malayev was appointed as Director of the Department of Transportation of JSC Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan from September 30, 2019.

In 2008 graduated from the Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, with degree in International Tourism. In 2008, he completed practical training at the "Ministry of Tourism and Sports" in Astana. Took a part in the development of the "Kenderli” tourism project.

From 2008 to 2019, he worked at Air Astana JSC for various positions from the passenger service agent of Air Astana JSC at the Astana International Airport to the Manager of the Air Astana representative office at Atyrau International Airport. Passed all stages of growth in the Department of Ground Services. Over the years, he worked as the Manager of Representative Offices of Air Astana JSC in Omsk, Bishkek, Dushanbe.

Nurzhan was awarded the badge for the contribution of the development of the Atyrau airport "Honored Worker of the Airport of Atyrau", August, 2019.

Shek Zhanna

Director of the Department of Interaction with International Organizations

Shek Zhanna was appointed as Director of the Department of Interaction with International Organizations of the «Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan» JSC.

Zhanna studied under the student exchange program in South Korea at Seoul University in international relations. She holds an IATA Diploma in Tourism.

She has experience of working in the construction industry at KUAT Corporation.

Before her appointment as a director of the department, she managed Caspian Travel Company's travel agency for more than 15 years.

Almira Berdongarova

Director of the Department of medical safety-chief aviation inspector

Berdongarova Almira was appointed Director of the Department of medical safety-chief aviation inspector of JSC "Aviation administration of Kazakhstan" in November 2019.

Has higher medical and higher economic education. Aviation doctor, candidate of medical Sciences, excellent health care worker, doctor of the highest category, accredited independent expert of the Ministry of health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, author of more than 60 publications, including guidelines and teaching AIDS on health organization, aviation and space medicine.

Previously worked as a Professor of Public health, Kazakh medical University continuing education, chief, division of preventive and curative activities of maternity, childhood and licensing of the Department of health of Almaty, head of the clinic "Kazaeronavigatsia". Has experience in the development and implementation of NPA, educational programs, knows the issues of audit, accreditation, quality control.

Yekaterina Popova

Director of the Quality Control and Safety Analysis Department

Yekaterina Popova joined Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan JSC in November 2019 as Director of the Quality Control and Safety Analysis Department.

She has worked exclusively in the International aviation sector and has covered many disciplines within this industry in the intervening years. She has worked for Prime Aviation JSC in Kazakhstan for eleven years, primarily in Safety and Compliance roles. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of Safety in aviation and holds the IATA diploma for completion of the Safety Management Systems for Airlines training programme.

Yekaterina has for the last two years been working as (Nominated Person) Safety Manager within the EASA zone for a leading aviation company on the islands of Malta. She also has a broad knowledge of many related skillsets within the industry, especially EASA AOC, preparation and integration of new fleets to an existing EASA AOC.

Zhanat Abdugalimov

Director of the Aviation Personnel Licensing Department

Zhanat Abdugalimov was appointed as a Director of the Aviation Personnel Licensing Department in August 2020. Previously, he held the position of Senior Aviation Inspector in the Department of Quality Control and Analytical Work on Flight Safety of JSC “Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan”.

In 2010 he received a Bachelor's degree in Transport with honors from Pavlodar State University named after S. Toraigyrova. Zhanat is a graduate of the Bolashak international scholarship. He completed Master's Degree with distinction in International Transport from Cardiff University in the UK in 2015.

Since April 2011, he has worked as an expert, chief expert and senior state aviation inspector for dangerous goods in various divisions of the Civil Aviation Committee. He worked as the National Continuous Monitoring Coordinator with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) under the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. Prior to joining the JSC “Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan” he was the Head of the Division of state policy in civil aviation field of the Civil Aviation Committee.