Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable (“KGIR”) is the key investment event of the Republic of Kazakhstan organised by Kazakh Invest and spearheaded by the Prime Minister since 2017. KGIR has become a trusted platform for an open dialogue between the Government and international investment community.
KGIR has become a trusted platform for an open dialogue between the Government and international investment community.
Every year, KGIR gathers over 500 selected delegates from 40 countries across the globe, including authorities, C-level executives, large investors, experts, international and Government organisations, business community and media.
KGIR 2019 will be dedicated to the theme of “THE NEW ECONOMY BOOSTING KAZAKHSTAN’S INVESTMENT POTENTIAL” and the latest developments in the country’s business environment. The programme includes 8 panel sessions in the format of roundtables, deep dive sessions with Government representatives and workshops. Delegates will learn about the latest developments in the country’s business environment from a government delegation, listen to the experience of major domestic and foreign investors already active in the country and explore the business opportunities, originating in the large scale infrastructure and logistics projects unlocked by the «New Silk Road» vision as well as those stemming from the government’s push to fulfil the potential of major domestic industries.
New technologies have brought along dramatic changes to our lives in the past 20 years. They disrupted whole industries, affected governance models, empowered entrepreneurs, consumers and policy-makers. They also levelled the playing field of global competition, giving countries across the globe a chance to excel by leveraging, first and foremost, their human capital. Kazakhstan is no exception. The government’s modernisation programme has proved conducive for innovation and elevated the country’s economy beyond its vast endowment of natural resources. How can the rise of new sectors further strengthen the country’s role as a business hub at the heart of Eurasia? What are the opportunities and challenges?
The initial public offering (IPO) of Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer, in November 2018 marked a landmark achievement for the country’s privatisation programme. Other major state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are now expected to go public and thus give new momentum to the government’s privatisation programme. Which Kazakh SOE will be next? What is the timeline for the remaining of the privatisation programme?
Sitting at the heart of the Eurasian continent, the country has emerged as a key transport link in the grand scheme of reviving the network of ancient trade routes also known as the Silk Road. What are the opportunities of becoming a transport and logistics hub for overland Asia-Europe trade? What the challenges?
The new subsoil code approved in mid-2018 set the tone for future developments of the Kazakh mining industry. Has it prompted the expected changes in the country’s mining sector?
Technology has disrupted the way we produce and consume energy. With renewable energy on the rise, energy from traditional fossil sources is also upgrading to match tightening global standards for efficiency and environmental friendliness. Kazakhstan is rich in fossil resources, and has potential for renewable energy too. Will the combination of both make the country a hub for the production of clean energy?
The country’s crafty multi-vector diplomatic approach raised its international profile and also contributed to its success in the sphere of trade and investment. How can Nur-Sultan further strengthen its global status in a world fraught with geopolitical and economic tensions? What are the main implications for global businesses and governments alike?
The rise of the Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, combined with the exponential capacity growth of computing devices has dramatically widened the range of tools available to public and private entities to pursue their mission. Public governance can be enhanced, private businesses can streamline their plans based on more accurate preliminary analyses and implementation phase. How is Kazakhstan adjusting to the ongoing technological revolution?
The AIFC embodies the vision of making Kazakhstan a major financial centre ruled by English common law at the heart of Eurasia. What is the future of the city’s brand new financial centre? Can it become a hotbed for financial innovation and local fintechs?
This event will gather over 500 senior executives from across such sectors as manufacturing, agro-industry, financial services, chemicals, mining and metallurgy, alternative energy and clean tech, infrastructure, logistics, and digital industries, as well as financiers, private equity investors and those from financial and professional services firms.
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Askar Mamin was born in 1965 in Tselinograd (modern day Astana).
He graduated from the Tselinograd Institute of Civil Engineering, Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics majoring in civil engineering and economy. He began his career as an adjuster at Tselintyazhstroy group of enterprises.
From 1996 to 2008, he was the first deputy akim (mayor) of Astana, vice minister of transport and communications, first vice minister of industry and trade, minister of transport and communications, akim (mayor) of Astana.
In April 2008 he was the president of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company.
From Sep. 9, 2016, he has been the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Feb. 25, 2019, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, he was appointed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
He was awarded the Yeren Enbegi Ushin (For Labor Merit) medal (1998), the Order of Qurmet (Honor) (2006), the Barys Order of the second degree (2011), the Order of the Holy Blessed Prince Daniil of Moscow of the third degree (2010), the Order of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic (2013), Order of the Cross of Recognition of the second degree of the Republic of Latvia (2013), Order of Civil Merit of the first degree of the Kingdom of Spain (2014).
He is an Honorary Citizen of the city of Astana (2011), Honorary railroad worker (2012), Honorary builder of Kazakhstan (2013).
He was born on May 7, 1975.
Zh.Kassymbek graduated from Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Almaty) with a degree in "Architect-Designer" and Eurasian National University named after L.Gumilev (Astana) with a degree in "Economist-Manager", Ph.D. in economics.
In different periods, Zhenis Kassymbek worked as Head of Railway Transport and Ports Division in Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Competition Protection, Head of Tariff Policy Division in Coordination and Tariff Policy Department, Director of Water Transport Department in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Director of “Aktau International Sea Port” RSE.
From 2005 – Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
From 2009 - Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Since 2016 - Minister of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Since December 2018 - appointed Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Since February 2019 - appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Beibut Atamkulov was born on May 19, 1964.
In 1986 graduated from Lenin Kazakh Polytechnic Institute as a metallurgical engineer. In 2000 he graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Finance and Economics, he is a candidate of economic sciences.
He began his career in 1985 as a furnace operator of copper-smelling works of Norilsk Mining and Smelting Group named after Zavenyagin.
From 1986 to 1991 he was a furnace operator, master, head master of refine workshop, chief engineer, deputy head of department of Chimkent Leaden Factory.
From 1991 to 1995 he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations as a chief specialist, head of Chermetexport of the Kazmetalexport Republican Foreign Economic Enterprise, first deputy CEO of Kazakhstan Sauda Foreign Trade Company.
From 1995 to 1996 he was first deputy CEO of Karaganda Metallurgical Kombinat State JSC (Temirtau).
From 1996 to 2006 he ran a business.
In 2006-2007 he was counselor, minister-counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Russian Federation (Moscow).
In 2007-2008 he was minister-counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Tehran).
In 2008-2010 he was general consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Frankfurt on the Main (Germany).
In 2010-2012 he was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Philippines
In 2012-2014 he was executive secretary of Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.
In 2014-2015 he was executive secretary of Ministry of Investment and Development.
In 2015-2016 he was akim of South Kazakhstan region.
In 2016-2018 he was minister of defense and aerospace industry.
On Dec. 26, 2018, he was appointed minister of foreign affairs.
On Feb. 25, 2019, by the Decree of the President he was appointed minister of foreign affairs.
He speaks Kazakh, Russian and English languages.
Kanat Bozumbayev was born on Jan. 8, 1969, in Almaty.
In 1993 he graduated from Economic and Social Planning faculty of the Kazakh State Management Academy.
In 1993-1994 he was an economist in Edem ltd. LLP.
In 1994-1997 he was an assistant to the akim of Almaty city;
In 1997 he was director for Economic Affairs at the Almaz and Company Territorial Production Assembly.
In 1997 he headed the Regional Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy and Trade.
In 1997-1998 he was head of General Finance Department, vice president for Economic Affairs at the KazTransOil National Oil Transportation Company CJSC.
In 1998-2000 he was director of the Department of Oil and Gas of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In 2000 he was vice minister of energy, industry and trade.
In 2001 he was first vice president of KEGOC JSC.
In 2001-2007 he was president of KEGOC JSC.
In 2003-2007 he was chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan Electricity Association.
In 2007 he was chairman of the Board of Air Astana JSC.
In 2007-2008 he was chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company JSC.
In 2008 he was chairman of the Board of KazMunayGas NC JSC.
In 2007-2008 he was chairman of the Board of Samruk Kazakhstan Holding for Management of State Assets JSC.
In 2008-2009 he was chairman of the Board of KEGOC JSC.
In 2009 -2013 he was akim of Zhambyl region.
In 2013-2016 he was akim of Pavlodar region.
Since March 2016 he was minister of energy (reassigned on Sep. 13, 2016).
On Feb. 25, 2019, by the Decree of the President he was reassigned as the minister of energy.
He was awarded the Qurmet Order, he is an Honored Power Engineer of the CIS.
Alain Pilloux took up the position of Vice President, Banking in 2016. He has overall responsibility for the effective delivery of the Bank’s new investment, portfolio and advisory activities in the EBRD’s thirty eight countries of operations, as well as contributing to the delivery of policy engagement activities.
After starting his career at the Inspection Générale des Finances in Paris,
Alain joined the EBRD in June 1992 as a senior banker. He held various management responsibilities over the years, including Country Director for Poland, Business Group Director for Central Europe and the Baltic States Managing Director for Russia, based in Moscow, and Managing Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness.
Prior to his appointment, Alain served as Acting Vice President for Policy & Partnerships where he was responsible inter alia for coordinating the Bank’s strategies and policy engagement, as well as mobilizing and managing multilateral and bilateral donor funding and overseeing the EBRD’s engagement with key external partners.
Jonathan Sparrow has been running Cisco in Russia and other CIS countries since 2014. He is responsible for all the company's business operations in the region: sales, engagement with partners, technical issues and business development.
Mr. Sparrow pays special attention to the further development of relations with local government agencies, partners and clients of Cisco.
Jonathan has been living and working in Moscow for 27 years and has gained considerable experience in the IT industry and in the markets of Russia and other CIS countries.
Earlier, Mr. Sparrow held various positions at Millicom International Cellular, Deutsche Telekom Mobile, Accenture, Nokia Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Qualcomm, and also served as an advisor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment arm of the Malaysian Government, since June 2008.
He has extensive experience in the commercialization of public sector universities’ research results, early stage technology ventures, innovation policy development and fund management. He is one of the pioneers in the commercialization of R&D results from public universities/research institutes in Malaysia and has played many roles related to the overall development of the Malaysian technology commercialization ecosystem.
He joined MTDC in 1993 and has had the opportunity to be deeply involved in the Malaysian innovation ecosystem development: working with local universities to commercialize their research results, introducing various funding schemes to assist entrepreneurs, creation of the first university-based incubator and various other innovative initiatives that have been introduced in Malaysia.
Ulf Schneider is the founder and CEO of SCHNEIDER GROUP. The group has offices in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Poland and Germany and provides consulting services to Western companies with a major focus on practical support in such areas as Market Analysis, Legal Entity Set-Up, Accounting Outsourcing, Import, Internal Audit/Due Diligence, Interim Management, Market Representative and CFO Function, Taxation, IT-/ERP-Systems and Localization/Product Set Up.
Ulf Schneider is also CEO and Publisher of the OWC Foreign Trade Publishing House, whose print and online media focus on Eastern European markets, China, Iran and Turkey.
Ulf Schneider is co-chair of the working group on the creation of a common economic area from Lisbon to Vladivostok. He is a longtime member of Rotary, held the presidency of the Metropol Club Moscow and supports the Charity Service of the Order of Malta in Russia.
In 2018 Ulf Schneider was listed in the ranking of the 1000 most influential managers in Russia among top 250 most influential personalities in the "General Directors" category, as one of only two Germans.
Since joining BCG in 2007, Rza Nuriyev has worked primarily with companies in oil and gas, and petrochemicals, advising them on key issues related to strategy, operations, organization, and people management.
Since 2017, Rza has been the Head of BCG in the Central Asia and Caspian regions, developing projects in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan. In this region, Rza successfully executed projects including the full-scale transformation of the largest producer of oil and gas, an evaluation of the effectiveness of trading operations, commercial optimization of oil products sales, a reorganization of the headquarters of a large oil and gas company, and increasing the investment attractiveness of a country.
He is the author of the following publications: ‘Kazakhstan: localization priorities’ (BCG Review 2017), ‘Kazakhstan: Digitization Priorities in Oil and Gas Sector’ (BCG Review 2018).
Prior to his appointment as Director General, Mr. Liepach was Deputy Director General and Senior Advisor in CWRD. He was ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan from 2011 to 2017 and has been with ADB since 1992.
Mr. Liepach holds a Doctorate in Economics/International Finance from University of Konstanz, Germany and a Master’s degree in Management/Business Administration from the European School of Management Studies, France.
Mr. Liepach replaces the outgoing Director General Sean O’Sullivan, who will retire from ADB having served in a series of progressively more senior roles since joining as a Young Professional in 1987.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.
Mr. Chen is responsible for operations in the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Chen headed the Department of International Economic and Financial Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
From 1998, Mr. Chen held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance, overseeing areas of public finance and partnerships with multilateral development banks.
From 2012 to 2014, he was a Board Director in the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility. Mr. Chen was World Bank’s Executive Director for the PRC from 2013 to 2016 and a Board Director for the PRC in the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from 2016 to 2018.
Mr. Chen holds a doctorate in Economics from the Graduate School of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science, and a master’s degree in Public Policy Management of the Mason Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
Born on January 27, 1961 in the city of Gera, Germany. Graduated the University of Applied Sciences in Hermsdorm (Germany) with a degree in engineering. At various times, studied at business schools in Germany and Switzerland. In Russia since 2004. From 2009 to 2012 lived and worked in Kazakhstan. Mr. Jens Dullendoerfer has three daughters.
Professional qualifications: Over 15 years of experience in various areas of the European construction sector. He has 5 years of experience in the management of the Russian representative office - of a large Swiss cement manufacturing company responsible for Russia and the CIS countries, as well as the successful development of the company's business in the Asia-Pacific region.
From 2009 to 2012, he lived and worked in Kazakhstan (Almaty), was responsible for building of the cement plant “Jambul Cement” from the beginning (an investment was $ 300 million jointly with an international financial corporation (IFC) - World Bank / USA Group and Kazakhstan Fund).
From 2012 to the present, He is the General Director of WILO RUS LLC. From 2015 – Vice President of the WILO SE in the EAST region (Russia, Belarus and Ukraine).
From 2017 – Vice President of the WILO SE, heads the Eurasia region (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan).
Founder and strategist, he stands behind GRAMPET Group’s expansion from a Romanian local rail freight operator into the regional leader of today at Central and South-Eastern European level. The GRAMPET Group includes such companies as Grup Feroviar Roman, Bulgarian Railway Company and Train Hungary.
Нe is the founder of the GRAMPET and TOFLEA Foundations, whose social and educational projects have been contributing and generating concrete results for the development of targeted communities for more than ten years.
He is the artisan of the revival of Romanian medicine producer Polisano Pharmaceuticals Sibiu, with an aim to turn it into the Central and South-Eastern European leader in cancer treatment drugs production.
Since October 2012, he is the Chairman of the Romania-Kazakhstan Business Council.
He began his career in 1994. In various years, he worked in the corporate sector, including the office of Oracle Nederland BV, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Scala Kazakhstan LLP.
In 2006–2007 he held senior positions at the Center for Informatization of Financial Systems RSE under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In 2007–2010 - Deputy Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Informatization and Communication.
Starting from 2010 and up to the present, he worked as managing director at Kazakhtelecom JSC.
On November 8th, 2018 Yerlan Dmitrievich Durmagambetov was appointed to the position of the Chairman of the Board of Zerde National Infocommunication Holding JSC
Education: Russian Academy of Economics. V. Plekhanov (1995) - specialty "Economist", Kazakh State Law University (2001) - specialty "Lawyer";
- 1995 - 1996. - Specialist, Head of the National Securities Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- 1996 - 2001 - Head of Department, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Department of AOZT Food Contract Corporation;
- 2001 - 2006 - Department Director, Managing Director of Food Contract Corporation JSC;
- 2006 - 2007 - Vice-President of Food Contract Corporation JSC;
- 2007 - 2008 - Deputy Head of the economic management of the Parliament of the Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- 2008 - 2011 - State inspector of the Department of State Control and the territorial organization of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- 2011 - 2014 - Member of the Accounts Committee for Control over the execution of the republican budget;
- 2014 - 2016 - Vice-Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- 2016 - 2018 - Deputy of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan of the VI convocation.
He began his career in 1989 as an fitter at the installation and commissioning management “Ekibastuzugleautomatika”.
From 2002-2003 Head of the Division of Management of the Committee for Work with Insolvent Debtors of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Pavlodar region.From 2003-2005 Deputy head of municipal property management of Pavlodar,Chief inspector of akim of Pavlodar region. From 2005-2006 Head of the office of akim of the city of Pavlodar, Deputy akim of Pavlodar. From 2006-2007 Head of the Division of Infrastructure Development of the office of akim of Astana. From 2007-2008 Director of the Department of Energy and Public Utilities of Astana.From 2008-2010 Deputy akim of Pavlodar region.From 2010-2011 First Deputy akim of Pavlodar region. Since 17 May 2011, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From 2014-2016 Vice-President of "National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" JSC. Since March 2016, Deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstanof the VI convocation from the party “Nur Otan”. Since May 2016, Vice-minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 23 December 2016, Vice-minister for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
From 2018-2019 First Vice-minister for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
From February 2019, First Vice-minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
From February 25, 2019 Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mr. Bennett was appointed CEO of AIX in May 2018. He was most recently CEO of NZX, the operator of New Zealand’s securities and derivatives markets and provider of trading, post-trade and data services. Mr. Bennet led NZX through a period of significant organizational and regulatory change, including the replacement and upgrading of NZX’s trading and clearing systems, and the launch of 23 ETF’s through NZX Funds Management.
Prior to joining NZX, Mr. Bennett was a Partner with Oliver Wyman and the Boston Consulting Group in Asia.
Alikhan Smailov was born in 1972. In 1994 he graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University with a degree in Applied Mathematics, in 1996 – from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
In 1993–1999 he worked as Chief Specialist in the investment and privatization fund "A-Invest"; Deputy Head, Head of the Department of the National Statistical Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Statistics and Analysis of the Agency for Statistical Planning and Reforms of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Chief Expert, Head of the Economic Sector of the Department, State Inspector of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
1999–2003 – Chairman of the Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2003–2006 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Board of the State Insurance Company for the Insurance of Export Credits and Investments JSC.
2006–2009 – Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President of NH KazAgro.
2009–2014 - Chairman of the Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2014–2015 - Chairman of the Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In December 2015, by the Decree of the Head of State, he was appointed Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In September 2018 by the Decree of the Head of State he was appointed Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In February 2019 by the Decree of the Head of State he was appointed First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Hans-Paul Buerkner joined BCG in 1981, he was president and chief executive officer of BCG from 2004 to 2012—the company’s fifth CEO. Before taking on that role, he was head of BCG’s global Financial Services practice, the chair of the practice areas, and a member of the Executive Committee.
Among his publications: It Takes More Than Technology to Be Like a Tech Company (2018), Why Countries Need New Job Creation Strategies (2018), The Transformations that Work—and Why (2017), as well as many others.
Consulting magazine named Hans-Paul a Top 25 Consultant in 2003. Under his leadership, BCG established the Public Sector and Sustainability practices, the social-impact and education initiatives, and the Insurance and Marketing and Sales practices. In addition, 18 offices were opened around the world. The partner group and the global staff more than doubled and revenues tripled.
Jacopo Dettoni is the deputy editor of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times. In his role, Jacopo produces multimedia content for the title’s print magazine and online portal, also hosting the fDi Podcast since its inception in December 2016. Jacopo lived and reported from Europe, Asia and Latin America, keeping a close eye on patterns of investment during boom-and-bust cycles triggered by developments in the commodity markets. He is a frequent speaker at events focusing on foreign investment. He chaired the latest “Panama: The Gateway to Latin America” investment summit in London and co-chaired the past two editions of “The Mongolia Investment Summit” in Hong Kong. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, where he focused on trade policies and economic welfare.
Henry manages the FT's coverage from Moscow, focusing on the politics and personalities of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin and the administration's foreign and diplomatic strategies, amid souring relations between Russia and the west. Previously an FT correspondent in Moscow covering energy, mining and Central Asia, he has also been posted in Warsaw and London. Henry joined the FT in 2013 from Reuters, where he was a correspondent in India.
Nastassia is a Financial Times correspondent in Moscow covering energy, mining and Central Asia. She joined the FT in 2018 from S&P Global Platts, where she reported on Russian & CIS oil and gas markets.