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Principal at Whiteshield Partners with about 10 years of experience in public policy analysis and implementation of reforms in the civil service, governance and city management, anti-corruption, public sector human resources management and public-private partnerships

Prior to joining Whiteshield Partners Yernar worked as Managing Partner and CEO of the Center for Strategic Initiatives LLP, a leading private management consulting firm in Kazakhstan where he contributed to firm-building and led governance related projects. He had joined the consulting industry after a career in the public sector with the Government of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme in several leadership positions where he contributed to the civil service transformations across the Eurasia region, including the introduction of a senior executive service and anti-corruption measures, and spearheaded the establishment of a formal international partnership initiative of governments of 40 countries, which is currently growing further. He is a graduate of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where he also served as an editor at the Asian Journal of Public Affairs.

  • National Agenda setting
  • Governance & Civil service policies
  • City strategies and policies
  • Public sector reforms
  • Economics and strategy
  • International partnership building
  • Master in Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • BSc. Public Policy, Government & Management (First Class Honours), University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • BSc. Economics & Finance, Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International Trade, Astana, Kazakhstan

Yernar is a regular commentator in media across the Eurasia region and authored a number of publications on civil service and governance issues, and traditional public administration

  • Kazakh statehood: history, political and administrative structure, governance institutions. Astana: APA / Center Elite Publishing House (Monograph), Zh.Artykbayev and Y. Zharkeshov, 2016
  • ‘Principles of Senior Civil Service in Kazakhstan: integrity, professionalism and ethics’. // Electronic Journal of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, October 2013, online at ,Y. Zharkeshov