The U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes U.S. economic and commercial cooperation with Kazakhstan. Since 1999, USKZBA has engaged industry leaders and policymakers from the United States and Kazakhstan to foster a positive business and investment climate in Kazakhstan, one which enables companies to be productive and the country to grow and prosper.

USKZBA Leadership

Sarah (Frese) Nickel

Executive Director

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Sarah (Frese) Nickel is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association. She is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica, a political and macroeconomic consulting agency, where she previously worked on engagements ranging from strategic development in the public and private sectors to targeted analytical work for clients focused on international business issues, energy, economic diversification, and monitoring of the Eurasia region.


Prior to joining Oxford Analytica, Sarah worked as the Coordinator of the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum (now the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit) at Atlantic Council; she coordinated the Summit’s first two annual meetings in Bucharest and Istanbul in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Ms. Nickel is a member of the Center on Global Interests’ 2015-16 Rising Experts Program and the Eurasia Foundation’s Young Professionals Network, 2014-15 cohort. She graduated from Central College of Iowa with her B.A. and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with her M.A. in Eurasian Russian and East European Studies.

USKZBA Objectives

  • Seek to understand and help shape policy directions that facilitate economic competitiveness and a productive business climate in Kazakhstan through dialogue with U.S. and Kazakhstani government leaders.
  • Encourage dialogue between visiting Kazakhstani officials and U.S. government counterparts, and host events at which the officials can meet with USKZBA members.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of views and information between U.S. and Kazakhstani business and government leaders.
  • Furnish timely information and analysis to members regarding the investment climate, business practices, and governmental initiatives and policies in Kazakhstan.
  • Be an effective, collective voice for U.S. business interests in Kazakhstan.
  • Cooperate with other regional and international business organizations to foster economic growth in Kazakhstan and throughout the Caspian and Eurasian regions.
  • Promote awareness of Kazakhstan in the United States, in support of members’ business interests.