Gulnara is the Country Programme Coordinator for HelpAge International (HAI) Kyrgyzstan. She previously held the post of Central Asia Programme Coordinator for HAI. She manages the programme development of the HAI branch in Kyrgyzstan and develops HAI programmes in Central Asia specifically focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. She works with local partner organisations and governments to make life better for older people and is involved in the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).
At the time of the 2003 JS Fellowship Programme she was Programme Director for the Foundation of Tolerance International(FTI), an organisation working to prevent and resolve interethnic and international conflicts in Central Asia.