USKZBA Leadership

Sarah (Frese) Nickel

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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. Frese 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.