Assel Taukeyeva is the marketing manager of Rubythroat Birding Tours, and she works closely with Machiel on the company's business end. She was born in southern Kazakhstan, in the lovely picturesque city of Taraz. At a very young age, she moved to Astana, where she has lived since. She majored in foreign languages at Eurasian Humanities Institute in Astana. She is mastering five languages (English, Russian, Kazakh, Turkish, and Azeri). Like all of us at RBT, she is an outdoor person. Assel loves making hikes on the weekend, reaching peaks up to 3200m on foot. She is also the sporty one in the office, enjoying running marathons and dreaming of completing the IronMan Triathlon.
During the tours of 2022, she was an assistant and an excellent help to our guides; therefore, we thought it was a good idea to offer her a job. Assel is an open-minded, friendly, self-disciplined individual with ambition and joyous optimism. She primarily works behind the scenes, but during the tours, she will make an appearance of two to check quality and details.