• Seyitbek Usmanov

  • As Seyitbek Usmanov (MBA '15) builds his career in the health care industry in the United States, he is maintaining a focus on his home country of the the Kyrgyz Republic.Seyit  

    In an effort to facilitate the education of the next generation of leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic, Usmanov launched the Kyrgyz Leaders Academy, a venture that aims to connect talented Kyrgyz students to top universities in the U.S. and give them the means and tools they need to succeed at top educational institutions.

    Usmanov, who also founded the Central Asian Free Market Institute to help spread his belief in the merits of limited government, credits the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Darden network with helping him launch and grow his education initiative.

    What motivated you to start the Kyrgyz Leaders Academy?  

    What do many great leaders of developing countries have in common? For example, leaders like Lee Kuan Yew, Mikhail Saakashvili, Mahatma Gandhi. They were all educated in the U.S. or the U.K. at great universities.

    Kyrgyz Republic needs such a great leader to propel our country from third world to the first world. We have been mired in poverty and corruption for too long! Although we have many talented high school students in Kyrgyz Republic, very few of those students come to study in U.S. Why? It is not that they do not want to achieve or grow. It is that the whole college application process is simply too confusing. Even the smartest students are baffled by the likes of SATs and recommendation letters!  

    Kyrgyz Leaders Academy is the solution. Our short term goal is to prepare students to   top U.S. universities with full scholarship. We hope that our student’s potential blossoms in business, technology, or sciences. In the long term, we hope that our students become next generation of Kyrgyz Republic’s leaders.


    Read more of Usmanov's Q&A on Darden's Center for Global Initiatives blog.