Марат Ахмеджанов/Mark Akhmedjanov

Страна: Великобритания.

Сфера деятельности: издатель.

Директор издательства Hertfordshire Press в Великобритании, организатор Open Central Asia Book Forum&Literature Festival.

Country: Great Britain.

Field of activity: publisher.

Born in 1976 in Jizzakh, an important Silk Road junction north east of Samarkand, Mark is the child of a Christian Ukrainian mother and Muslim Tatar father, both construction engineers. After Uzbekistan’s independence in 1991, Mark became the chairman of Jizzakh’s Youth Union, the successor to the Soviet Komosol and started learning English. Since then he hasn’t looked back.

With various collaborators he started Uzbekistan’s first model agency, staged the first Uzbek international fashion week show, set up an advertising agency, published a fashion/lifestyle magazine for young Uzbeks, interned at a US travel magazine, was awarded a Masters course as Chevening scholarship in London’s College of Communications and later a postgraduate diploma in publishing.

Mark is committed to promoting tourism in Eurasia. He launched Silk Road media to provide global audiences new perspectives on contemporary society, art, history, landscape and peoples of the region. Discovery Central Asia magazine, the flagship publication, was launched in 2002. It is published quarterly. As well as regular columns, each edition focuses on a specific theme, e.g. wildlife, fashion, sacred places, music, cuisine.

Pocket-sized national travel guides to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan are available in German, French and English. In 2009 the quarterly magazine Open Central Asia, devoted to Central Asian cultural, political and economic events was launched. Its editor-in-chief is Nick Rowan, whose book, The Friendly Steppes, an account of his journey from Venice through Eastern Europe, Iran and the steppes of Central Asia to China is out now.

Mark’s team organised the first Open Central Asia Book Forum in Bishkek in 2012. It brought together writers, illustrators, translators, government agency staff and publishing experts from the region and further afield. How he works on 5th Open Eurasia Book Forum and Literary Festival.

Although based in London (Hemel Hempstead), Mark returns frequently to Eurasia, where Silk Road has many partners and organize events in Kazan, Moscow, Minsk, Dushanbe, Simferopol, Tashkent, Almaty and Bishkek. He has organised film screenings of the award-winning documentary The Desert of Forbidden Art, about the Savitsky collection of Russian modernist art in Nukus: thousands of people in Eurasia now know about Igor Savitsky and the story of his extraordinary collection thanks to Mark’s efforts.

Silk Road Media regularly participates in travel and book fairs, promoting the uniqueness of the region, the hospitality of the people and their cultural heritage. He also gives a voice to contemporary Central Asian writers through his publications.

In a very positive way, Mark (Marat) Akhmedjanov is a mover and a shaker on the Eurasian literature, tourism and publishing scene.