Aiymgul has a prior research and consultancy experience on the topics related to energy systems modeling, emissions projections, air quality assessment and energy poverty in Kazakhstan. While she worked at Nazarbayev University, she contributed to the development of the TIMES energy system model for Kazakhstan. In her PhD thesis research, she explored decarbonisation pathways for the residential sector in Kazakhstan using TIMES energy system model. As a review expert for the UNFCCC, she participated in the Centralised Review of BRs and NCs, particularly on emissions projections. Her research papers were published in the peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Energy Policy, Climate policy, etc.).
During 2017-2022 (6 years) she worked as a country expert for Kazakhstan at EU4ENERGY Programme implemented by the International Energy Agency (IEA). During her work, she drafted analytical policy papers on various aspects of energy (energy efficiency, energy security, demand response, transport) and climate change mitigation. Being consultant for international organisations, she contributed number of technical reports.
As a mitigation specialist at UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, she contributes to the center’s work related to GACMO model, net-zero pathways, enhanced transparency framework (ETF), etc.
Aiymgul Kerimray holds a MSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a PhD in Sustainable Engineering from the Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan).