Bota Ayazbayeva is currently Public Policy Initiative Director of the Soros Foundation – Kazakhstan. Before joining the Foundation in 2005 Bota had worked in multinational business company, as well as in international charity organization. Bota joined SFK as NGO Support program administrator. From 2007 until 2010 she was Director of the Foundation’s Budget Transparency and Public Accountability Program. From 2010 until 2012 she was Advocacy and Government relations director of SFK’s Communications department. In 2012-2013 she was Civil society initiatives director, coordinating special initiative on CSO capacity building, as well as East-East beyond borders projects in Kazakhstan.
From 2013 to 2019 she led the Public Policy Initiative.