Sections & Offices

CDC MissionCollaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury and disability; and, preparedness for new health threats.

CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to:

  • monitor health,
  • detect and investigate health problems,
  • conduct research to enhance prevention,
  • develop and advocate sound public health policies,
  • implement prevention strategies,
  • promote healthy behaviors,
  • foster safe and healthful environments,
  • provide leadership and training.

Those functions are the backbone of CDC′s mission. Each of CDC′s component organizations undertakes these activities in conducting its specific programs. The steps needed to accomplish this mission are also based on scientific excellence, requiring well-trained public health practitioners and leaders dedicated to high standards of quality and ethical practice.

CDC Highlights

CDC works with the Ministries of Health of the Central Asian Republics, international partners and donor organizations, and multi-lateral partners, to build public health capacity in Central Asia to ensure a sustainable positive impact on the overall health status of the Central Asian population.

Currently CDC is implementing six programs in Central Asia:

  1. Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
  2. Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP)
  3. Avian Influenza (AI)
  4. International Emergency Preparedness Program (formerly, All Hazards Public Health)
  5. International Emerging Infections Program (IEIP)
  6. Global Aids Program (GAP)

CDC office locations:

U.S. Consulate General – Almaty, Kazakhstan Park Palace Building
41 Kazybek bi street
Almaty, Kazakhstan 050010
Tel: +7 (727) 250 76 12/17
Fax: +7 (727) 250 17 77

U.S. Embassy – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
3 Moyqorghon Street, 5th Block, Yunusabad district
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 100093
TEL: (998-71) 120-7905/ 140-2494
FAX: (998-71) 120-7904

Consul – Rafael Gonzalez

The Consular Section provides American citizen services for Americans living in Kazakhstan.  Those services include passport renewals and the issuance of consular reports of birth abroad, among other services.  The section also issues non-immigrant visas to travelers to the United States.  The Embassy Branch Office in Almaty issues immigrant visas as well.  For more information on our consular services, please visit the consular pages on our web site or click here.

Defense Attache: LTC Michael Wise

The  Defense Attache’s Office works with its colleagues in the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defense to build closer cooperation on issues of regional security and defense modernization and training.

DTRO Chief: Maj Kostyantin Kotov

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency works with Kazakhstani colleagues to eliminate threats emanating from weapons of mass destruction.  DTRA is responsible for implementation of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar) program in Kazakhstan, and for oversight of arms control agreements and treaties such as Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Treaty for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), and the Vienna Document of 1999 (VDOC-99).  More information about DTRA’s mission can be found at


Director of the Department of Energy Office: Connie McAninch

The Department of Energy is responsible for implementing the joint U.S. –Kazakhstan Energy Partnership.  The Department of Energy-Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources partnership oversees ongoing projects that meet a series of strategic goals – important to the Presidents of our two countries – in the areas of Nuclear Energy and Security, Oil and Gas, Electricity, and Renewable Energy Sources.

In addition to the Partnership, the Department of Energy is responsible for implementing portions of the Nunn-Lugar nonproliferation program (also known as the Cooperative Threat Reduction program) in Kazakhstan, most notably the decommissioning of the Soviet-era BN-350 fast-breeder reactor in Aktau and the return of 75 kgs of highly enriched uranium from the research reactor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Almaty to Russia.  In partnership with the Customs Committee of Kazakhstan, the Department of Energy is also responsible for implementing the Second Line of Defense program, which equips the Kazakhstani border posts with equipment to detect the illicit trafficking  of nuclear and radiological materials.

EXBS Advisor: Nicholas Cavellero

The Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance program works with colleagues in the Kazakhstani Border Guards and Customs Services to help them improve their export control systems.  The EXBS program provides training and equipment to help Kazakhstan improve their ability to prevent and interdict shipments of dangerous items and technologies.  For more information on the EXBS program please visit

The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) is the overseas arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS is the lead U.S. agency tasked with promoting exports of U.S. agricultural products. The Agency advances the growth of U.S. agricultural exports through market intelligence, trade policy, trade capacity building, and trade promotion programs.

The FAS office in the U.S. Embassy in Astana offers a variety of services to U.S. and Kazakhstani agribusiness companies, government, and non-government entities involved in agricultural trade and development.

For more information about our trade promotion and capacity building programs, and if interested in exporting, or buying, U.S. food, beverages, and agricultural products, please contact

Legal Attache: Russell Hunt

The Legal Attache’s Office, which is responsible for all of the Central Asian countries,  works with colleagues in the law enforcement community on criminal investigation issues.

Management Counselor: Melisa Doherty

The Management Section handles all financial, human resource, contractual, technological, transportation, and construction aspects of Embassy business.  Please click here to learn about U.S. Embassy job opportunities.

Office of Military Cooperation Chief : LTC Kevin Murnyack

The Office of Military Cooperation works with the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Emergency Situations and Border Guard Service to coordinate and implement Defense Department security cooperation programs to reinforce interoperability for multinational peacekeeping operations and to increase effectiveness of regional counternarcotics and counterterrorism efforts.  For more information on United States Central Command and its programs, see website at

Political Section Counselor: David Allen

Economic Section Chief: Heidi-Hakone Jovanovic

Public Affairs Officer: Debra Lo
Press-attache: Tahra Vose

The Public Affairs Section works to build mutual understanding between the peoples of Kazakhstan and the United States.  We do that through cultural programs, educational and professional exchanges, media outreach, English-language training, and many other avenues.  Please take a look at the many exchange programs we offer if you are interested in studying or training in the United States.  If you are interested in learning about the United States,  visit an American Corner near you.
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Tel: 927-2216/2416  +7 (7172) 70-24-16
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INL Chief: John Dudley

Regional Security Officer: Richard Hays

The Regional Security Office protects the security of the Embassy and official Americans abroad.

USAID Regional Mission Director for Central Asia:  Christopher Edwards

41 Kazibek bi Street,
Almaty, Kazakhstan 050010
Tel: +7 (727) 250-7612 (general number)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), located in Almaty and spearheading development efforts throughout Central Asia, delivers foreign development assistance on behalf of the American people in over 100 countries around the world. USAID began providing assistance to Kazakhstan in 1992. Since that time, the American people through USAID have provided over $0.5 billion in programs that assist the development of the economic sector, healthcare system, and democratic institutions in the country.
USAID cooperates with governmental and non-government organizations and institutions, businesses, and communities. USAID helps strengthen Kazakhstan’s energy markets, regional trade, and businesses environment, as well as supports the implementation of economic reforms. Assistance in healthcare sector focuses on improving primary healthcare, maternal and child health, and response to the threats of diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Local organizations and institutions receive assistance to enhance governance, access to information, and citizens’ participation.


Donald TownsendSenior Commercial Officer
Ja’Nel EdensCommercial Officer
Tel: +7 (727) 250-48-02 (general number)

The U.S. Commercial Service, an overseas branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, offers valuable assistance to help U.S. businesses export goods and services to markets worldwide.  The USCS office in Almaty assists U.S. companies with successful market entry through counseling, market research, partner searches, trade events and business facilitation services.  For more information on the U.S. Commercial Service, please visit website or website.

Reg. ESTH Officer: Justin Heung    

The Central Asia Regional Environmental Hub Office is responsible for monitoring and reporting on trans-boundary environment, science, technology, and health issues in six countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
The Hub Office works with multilateral donor agencies, bilateral missions, regional institutions, and government agencies to advocate on behalf of U.S. government positions in international negotiations, represent U.S. environment and science agencies, and oversees the implementation of projects funded through the Department of State and other U.S. government agencies.  It provides support to posts in the Hub’s area of responsibility on the full range of environment, science, technology, and health issues.  The main Hub office is located in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the branch office is in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.