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Askar Mamin

Education: Tselinograd Institute of Civil Engineering and 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 served as 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 2008-2016, he was the president of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company.

From Sep. 9, 2016, he had been the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

On Feb. 25, 2019, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin was appointed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

He was awarded the Yeren Enbegi Ushin (For Labour Merit) medal (1998), the Order of Qurmet (Honour) (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).

Zhenis Kassymbek

Education: Kazakh State Architecture & Construction Academy (Almaty) as an architect-designer and L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Astana) with a major in economy and management. He is a Candidate of Economic Sciences.

In different years, Zhenis Kassymbek worked as head of Railway Transport & Ports Division in Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies & Competition Protection, head of Tariff Policy Division in Coordination & Tariff Policy Department, director of Water-Borne Transport Department in Ministry of Transport and Communications, director of Aktau International Sea Port Republican State Enterprise.

From 2005 he was vice minister of transport and communications.

From 2009 he was executive secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications.

From March 2014 he was minister of transport and communications, Republic of Kazakhstan.

Since August 2014 he worked as first vice minister of investments and development, Republic of Kazakhstan.

From June 2016 he was minister for investments and development, Republic of Kazakhstan. (reassigned – 13.09.2016–26.02.2018).

From December 2018 to February 2019 he was minister of industry and infrastructure development.

On February 25, 2019, he was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister by the Decree of the President.

Since February 2019 - appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Beibut Atamkulov

Education:Lenin Kazakh Polytechnic Institute as a metallurgical engineer, St. Petersburg State University of Finance and Economics, 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 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 December 26, 2018, he was appointed minister of foreign affairs.

On February 25, 2019, by the Decree of the President he was appointed minister of foreign affairs.

Kanat Bozumbayev

Education: Economic and Social Planning faculty of the Kazakh State Management Academy

Mr. Bozumbayev is honored power engineering specialist of the CIS. 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 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 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

Education: Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Ecole de L'Arme Blindee-Cavalerie (Saumur), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Ecole Nationale d'Administration

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.

Mehmet Şimşek

Education: B.S. in Economics from Ankara University, M.Phil in Finance and Investments from Exeter University

Mehmet Simsek is a former Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs of Turkey (2015 - 2018), Minister of Finance (2009 - 2015), and Minister of Treasury (2007 - 2009). He has also served as a member of the Parliament for three terms (2007, 2011, 2015). 

He has formulated the fiscal policy which has helped Turkey recover strongly from the global financial crisis. He has been a strong advocate of structural reforms and prudent macroeconomic policies. The country’s strong fiscal position and reform efforts have helped Turkey weather multiple (domestic and external) shocks over the past decade. As a minister of finance in charge of privatisation administration Mr Simsek led Turkey’s largest privatisation efforts totalling 35 billion US dollars during 2009-2015 period.  

Mr Simsek represented Turkey as a governor at G20, IMF, World Bank and Islamic Development Bank.  

Before entering politics, he worked for Merrill Lynch in London for seven years, initially as an economist and strategist, and later as the co-head & head of Fixed Income Strategy and Macroeconomic Research for the emerging EMEA region (2005-2007). From 1998 to 2000, he was a senior economist and bank analyst at Deutsche Securities in Istanbul. Earlier in his career, he worked as a research assistant for UBS Securities in New York (1997-1998), and as a senior economist at the US Embassy in Ankara (1993-97). 

Ulf Schneider

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.

Rza Nuriyev

Education: University of Michigan, INSEAD, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey

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).

Sanzhar Kettebekov

Education: Ph.D. and BS degrees from the Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Sanzhar Kettebekov has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and investments including extensive experience in R&D.

Since 2015 Dr. Kettebekov heads the Autonomous Cluster Fund “Park of Innovative Technologies” which manages a national innovation cluster – Tech Garden.

He is the founder of Segment Interactive technology incubator, which specializes in online media monetization technologies. Dr. Kettebekov’s company Receptive represents a new solution for the analysis of susceptibility to online advertising. Receptive has been included in the list of "20 media companies to watch" by AlwaysOn (onMedia 2012 and 2013). Prior to founding Segment Interactive, Sanzhar led the information architecture of the Tribune Corporation, which includes such online assets as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and 23 television stations.

Dr. Kettebekov’s professional experience includes work in the global IT consulting with companies from the Fortune 500 list, as well as the development of search interface for Yahoo! and crisis management systems for Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City.

Sanzhar is a reviewer for ACM SigCHI and IEEE Computer Society, also, he is the author of several publications including chapters in Berkshire Encyclopedia (Human-Computer Interaction). 

Cyrus Baghai

Mr. Baghai has served as an executive, advisor, and investor in technology and media startups over a span of 25+ years. Mr. Baghai currently also serves as CEO of Infiniplex, a developer of next-generation server platforms for large-scale data center and supercomputing applications. His past professional experience includes serving as Head of Corporate Operations for GlobalMediaNet (a computer game developer), as Commercial Director of Micronage Limited (developer of multi-utility billing & customer care software systems), and as Managing Director of Percepolis Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in early stage companies in the technology, internet, and media sectors.

Sungat Esimkhanov

Education: Pavlodar State University named after S. Toraigyrov (1996), specialty: business and management, Institute "Bolashak" (2007), specialty: lawyer.

Labour activity:

  • Engineer, economist, surveyor, economist of the second category of Aluminum of Kazakhstan JSC (1996-2000);

  • Chief Specialist, Head of Department, Deputy Director of the Department of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition of the City of Astana (2001-2003);

  • Head of the Department for Coordination of Regional Divisions of the Department for Summary Analysis and Coordination for Astana, Head of the Department for Territorial, Personnel Work and Development of the State Language and Translations of the Department for Administrative and Territorial Work of Astana (2003-2004);

  • Director of the Department of the Agency for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition in the Mangystau region and the Karaganda region (2004-2007);

  • Financial Director of LLP "Igilik Group-XXI" of Astana (2007-2008);

  • Deputy Director General of the RSE “Kanysh Satpayev Canal” (2008);

  • Head of the Office of Energy and Public Utilities of Pavlodar Region (2008-2010);

  • President of Joint-Stock Company “KazahEnergoEkspertiza” since June 2010.

  • Director of the Department of Electric Power and Coal Industry of the MID of the RoK-August 2013 to August 2014.

  • Chairman of the Atomic and Energy Supervision and Control Committee of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (from 08.2014) 

Clemente Cappello

Education: Business Administration and Finance, Bocconi University

He has a 12 year continuous track record of investing in the New Silk Road region and has developed an intimate knowledge of the investment universe across the Silk Road region. Before founding Sturgeon he worked as an analyst for Haussmann Holdings in New York and at Goldman Sachs, London. 

Clemente was awarded ‘Rising Star of Hedge Funds’ in 2008 by Institutional Investor and has been quoted by the Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg, Fox News and other media outlets as an expert on Central Asia markets. 

Clemente is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English.  

Christopher Campbell-Holt

Christopher Campbell-Holt has many years of legal experience gained while living and working in the UK, the US, the Middle East, and Eurasia. He was the Registrar at the international financial centre commercial court and alternative dispute resolution centre in Qatar under the Presidency of Lord Woolf.

He also worked at international and regional law firms and practiced broad international commercial law and dispute resolution. 

He is an Honourary Professor at the M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, a leading Kazakhstan law school. He is a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council and the AIFC Academic Council. He is a member of the Bar of New York State and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Mikko Lavanti

Education: Master of Science fr om Helsinki University of Technology wh ere he majored in telecommunications and minored in international marketing and business strategy.

During his career he has been based in Espoo Finland, California Silicon Valley, Munich Germany, Shanghai China and Istanbul Turkey.

- CSSO, ADVA Optical Networking 2015-2017

- CCO and EVP Sales, Coriant 2013-2015

- Head of Customer Sales Support, Optical Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2012 – 2013

- Head of Transport Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks 2010 –2012

- Head of Optics Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2010 –2010

- Head of BL, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2007 –2009

- VP, Nokia , 1997 – 2007

- VP Sales Finnet International 1995-1997

- Product manager Elisa (former Helsinki Telephone Company) 1993-1995

Alex Stillavato

On May 1st 2019 Alex joined Eni’s branch in Kazakhstan as Renewables Business Manager responsible for the development of Eni’s new renewables business in the Country.

Prior to this, from 2017 Alex worked in the same role for IEOC, Eni’s branch in Egypt, and previously for Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) as Corporate Governance Controller within the Eni Upstream Business.

Alex has a degree in Business Administration and his current areas of expertise in renewable energy add to his previous experience in investor relations, audit and compliance management, business planning and development, sustainability issues, management of ethical stakeholders and financial shareholders, carbon/air emissions management and gas flaring. 

Alp Malazgirt

Dr. Malazgirt's tenure at Yildirim coincided with the expansion of its metals and mining business in two countries,   Turkey (EtiKrom) and Sweden (Vargon Alloys) to six countries: Voskhod Oriel chrome mining operations in Kazakhstan, Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant in Russia, Bear Metallurgical Company in Butler, USA, and the recently acquired Best Coal Company in Colombia. YilMaden Holding is now the world's second largest high quality high carbon ferrochrome production licenses in Turkey which are currently being explored .  Dr. Malazgirt has played a key role in the post-merger integration of these cross border acquisitions and has been instrumental in the transformational changes undertaken in these otherwise poorly performing or even bankrupt companies.


Roman Trotsenko

Education: Institute of Asian and African Countries at Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, Law Faculty of Moscow State University

Holds the 60th place in the list of 200 richest businessmen of Russia in 2018 with a capital of $ 1.7 billion.

In 2009 - 2012 Mr. Trotsenko headed the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Since 2012, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AEON Corporation. From 2017 - Chairman of the Board of Directorsof NOVOPORT, Member of the Board of Directors of AZOT.



Meirzhan Yussupov

Education:  Middle East Technical University with a degree in Economics and Management. London School of Economics and Political Science (Master in Economic Development Management). Harvard University (Master of Public Administration).

M. Yussupov started his career as Deputy Department Director at Turkuaz Group JSC. Later, he worked at Demir Kazakhstan Bank JSC and Samruk-Kazyna JSC.

M. Yussupov also worked for public service as Deputy Director of Investment Policy Department of the RoK Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning.

In September 2010, he started his career at NAC Kazatomprom JSC as Corporate Finance and Treasury Director.

In November 2015, he was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of NAC Kazatomprom JSC. M.

Enrico Albertin

Enrico is specialized in the field of Digital Transformations and how these new areas of technology capabilities can transform and differentiate public and private sector businesses. 

Enrico is working with Countries across the globe collaborating with government leaders, industry, partners and academia to define the Digital Transformation strategies and executable practical plans with clear deadlines to accelerate specific Country’s Digitization programs with the objectives to maintain global competitiveness, increase GDP growth, deliver new digital services to citizens, foster innovation and create new jobs.

Prior to Cisco, Enrico worked for more than 20 years at HP, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers, with several level of responsibilities at EMEA and Worldwide level. One of the last roles at HP EMEA was as HP Consulting & Integration Digital Transformation lead, leading a multinational team of Enterprise Architects responsible for process improvements enabled by technology, that mean responsibility on design and delivery of strategic, operational, and tactical initiatives for transforming organizations, processes and technologies of major administrations across EMEA.

Enrico is recognized as a leading business executive and was invited to be a key speaker at multiple regional/international summits/conferences where he was among the top rated speakers. 

Fang Wei

Education: Master of Philosophy, Nanjing University; Master of Business Administration Fudan University

He has been Mayor of Lianyungang since January 2019.

He began his professional career as an editor of the Social Sciences Association of the Academy of Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province in 1987.

At various times, he held the positions of Deputy Head of the Trade and Economic Department of Suzhou County, Director of the Foreign Investment Advisory Center of Suzhou New District, Deputy Secretary General of the Jiangsu Province Government, Director of the State Service Management Department of Jiangsu Province, Secretary of the party cell.

A representative of Wuxi at the 11th CPC Congress, the 14th National Assembly. Member of the 13th Committee of Jiangsu Province.

Almassadam Satkaliyev

Education:  Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 1992, degree in mechanical worker, mathematician – application engineer. In 2015, he graduated from the higher school of business of Nazarbayev University on the Executive MBA Program. Stanford University graduate school of business under the Stanford Executive Program. Doctor of economics

Since November 2003 he was the first Vice-President of “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company “KEGOC” JSC.

Since 2006, Director for management of electric power assets of “Kazakhstan Holding for Management of State Assets “Samruk” JSC. Since January 2007 he was a Vice-Minister of energy and mineral resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

From 2007 till 2011, a Chairman of the Board, President, first Vice-President, Chairman of the Board of “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company “KEGOC” JSC.

From 2011 to 2012 he was a Managing Director of “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC. From 2012-2018 he was a Chairman of the Board of “Samruk-Energy” JSC.

From august 2018, he became as a Managing Director – Head of Asset Management Directorate of Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna. 


Dr. Massimilliano Castelli

Education: Master and Doctor of Economics, Business School, Switzerland.

He has been working at UBS Global Asset Management since 2002, and has been appointed Managing Director, Head of Strategy in 2011.

Massimiliano is a recognized global strategist with 15 years experience in financial services. He is the author of the New Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds book, published by Wiley, regularly quoted in the media and often referred to by leading institutions as an expert in his field.

Alexandre Rudakov

Education: Belgorod Cooperative University, Institute of Informatics and Regional Management Problems of the KBNTS RAS, Candidate of Economic Sciences

Since 2002, he served as adviser to the president of «Agricultural Holding Eco-culture» LLC on strategic development. In 2005, he became the general director of Sarmakovsky brewery industrial complex.

In 2011, Mr. Rudakov was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Agricultural Holding Eco-culture» LLC, the largest Russian producer of ecologically clean greenhouse vegetables.

Demircan Köse
Education: University BAUN

Demircan Köseis a CFO and Advisory Board Member of DAL Holding Yatırım A.Ş. and CEO of DAL Agro Park Invest and Management. He is also the Chairman of AKTOBE CEMENT, Board Member of ADSEL Enerji A.Ş. and  DEIK.


Igor Nechaev

Education:Cherepovets Higher Military Engineering School of Radio Electronics. Northumbria University Business School (Newcastle, UK), MBA

Fr om 1995 to 2005 he was employed at Severstal, wh ere he worked his way up from a specialist in the Foreign Relations Department of the Sales Directorate to Commercial Director of the company. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Nechaev was member of the Board of Directors of Severstal, from 2008 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal Vtorchermet and Severo-Zapad Ogneupor.

Mr. Nechaev is holder of Academician Bardin Award for his work “The Use of Converter Steel for Production of Cast Sections in Electric-Furnace Steelmaking Shop”.

Li Qingping

Education: Nankai University in International Finance with a Master's Degree in Economics.

Ms. Li has been a member of the CITIC Group Party Committee and Deputy Director General of CITIC Corporation Limited since 2013.

Since 2014, she is a Party Secretary of CITIC Bank

In 2016, she was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CITIC Group.

Since 2017, Li Qingping has been Deputy Director General of CITIC Group and Chairman of the Board of CITIC Bank Corporation Limited.

Philip Jarvis

Education: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Philip Jarvis is the Managing Director of Direct Agriculture; specialist agricultural development and investment advisors; identifying, analyzing, and executing investment opportunities in farming, agricultural infrastructure and associated agribusiness.

Direct Agriculture’s clients are the more astute financial institutions and family offices that seek alpha from direct investments in superior agricultural assets, operated by ‘best of breed’ management teams.

Thomas Welke

Education: University of Michigan, Master of Business Administration, Kalamazoo College, Bachelor

In 1990-2000 Mr. Welke has held a number of senior management positions, including an Organizational Performance Manager, a Food Preparation Product Manager, and a Kitchen Aid Marketing Director. In 2001, he became vice president of customer service for KitchenAid Portable Appliances.

From 2003 to 2008, he was Vice President and General Account Manager for Whirlpool Corporation in North America.

From 2008 to 2012 served as vice president and managing director at GSI China. Since 2012 - Senior Vice President of Global Grain and Protein GSI at AGCO Corporation.

Alois Schönberger

From 1991 to 1993, he was a junior lawyer at Heller, Loeber, Bahn & Partners (as of today - Freshfields), and from 1994 to 1996 - at Cerha, Hempel, Spiegelfeld & Partners in Vienna.

In 1996, he became the founder and Member of the Board of POLCOTTON LTD, as well as the founder and CEO of COTTONEX GROUP.

Joshua Dixon

Education: Business administration, Purdue University - School of Management, Krannert

From 1999 he worked at General electric, after that for almost a decade he worked at Belden Inc. In 2013 he was appointed a 

Vice President of global irrigation operations, and in 2016 - Vice President of the international irrigation unit in Valmont industries.

In 2011, he defended his doctoral thesis in the field of biological sciences on the problems of parasitology. He was awarded the title of professor. He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers (three textbooks, nine monographs, seven patents)

Werner Liepach

Education: 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 

Werner Liepach is the Director General of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). He assumed office in February 2018.      Mr. Liepach oversees the definition and execution of the departmental strategy and business plan, as well as the day-to-day management of operations of the department. He is responsible to oversee ADB’s regional portfolio, which now stands at $18.6 billion for over 155 projects in seven sector divisions at ADB headquarters and 10 country offices, covering energy; environment, natural resources and agriculture; transport, public management, financial sector, and trade; regional cooperation and operations coordination; social; and urban and water development.    Mr. Liepach also supervises ADB’s engagement with the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation program, one of the largest regional cooperation programs in Asia. The department operates and has offices in 10 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.    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.

Qin Junman

Education: Shanghai International Studies University, China; MBA Central South University, China.

Mr Qin Junman started his career in NFC in 1985. He has been specialized in international project contracting and mineral resources development for more than 34 years, 14 years of which he worked in NFC oversea offices. He held the position of assistant to the President of NFC in 1999. In 2002, he became the Vice-President of NFC. Since 2014, he was appointed the CEO of NFC Kazakhstan and since December 2018, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NFC.

Chen Shixin

Education: Doctorate in Economics from the Graduate School of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science, Master’s degree in Public Policy Management of the Mason Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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.

Alexandre Subbotin

Education: Vitebsk State Academy of Veterinary Medicine,  International Management Institute  

Since 2014 Mr. Subbotin was deputy head of the main economic directorate of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus.

In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food – Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Inspection of the Republic of Belarus.

Since 2015, he is Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Europe of the International Epizootic Bureau.

Since 2017, he worked as assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus – inspector for the Vitebsk Region.

Since September 13, 2018 Alexander Subbotin is Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Jens Osmo Dallendoerfer

Education: University of Applied Sciences in Hermsdorm (Germany)

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. 

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).

Gruia Stoica

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.

Christian Pauletto

Prof. Christian Pauletto teaches at the International University in Geneva (IUG) in the Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy and in the Master’s in International Trade.

From 1990 to 2018 he was a Swiss negotiator with responsibilities in an array of positions in foreign economic affairs in international fora (United Nations, WTO, OECD) and bilateral relations.

He was Swiss chief negotiator for trade in services and electronic commerce, in charge of the Doha negotiations and bilateral negotiations. He was posted at the Swiss Mission to the EU in Brussels, responsible for Swiss-EU sectoral negotiations.

He was the Swiss representative in the Middle East Peace Process (Madrid Process 1993-1995), in energy affairs including the International Energy Agency and the European Energy Charter Treaty, and in environment issues including the negotiation of the UN Climate Change Convention and the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

In 2018 he acted as Executive Director of IDEAS, an NGO providing advice on trade issues.

Kairat Kelimbetov

Education: M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, High Academy of Governance under the President of Kazakhstan and Georgetown University (USA).

Till 2002 worked as the member of Supreme Economic Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, served as Chairman of the Agency for Strategic Planning, First Vice-Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

2002 -2006, served as Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan. In 2006 served as CEO of Kazyna Sustainable Development Fund (the state institutions of development).

In 2008 appointed as Head of Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

2008-2011, CEO of Samruk-Kazyna (The Fund, which consolidated all the state companies). 

In  2011 was appointed as Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

In 2012 was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, where governed the issues of macroeconomics, budget policy, governing of state companies and finance sector, tax and customs regulations, etc. 

Kelimbetov also served as the Chairman of the Council of Eurasian Economic Commission, where he represented the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

In 2013 he was appointed as the Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan.

In 2015, Kairat Kelimbetov was appointed as the Governor of Astana International Financial Centre.

Yerlan Durmagambetov

Education: St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (Russia), University of Science and Technology of Iowa (the US), Cranfield University (the UK). He is a doctor of Business Administration

He began his career in 1994. In various years, he worked in the corporate sector, including at the office of Oracle Nederland BV, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Scala Kazakhstan LLP.

In 2006–2007, he held senior positions in the RSE Center for Informatization of Financial Systems of the Ministry of Finance.

In 2007–2010, he was a deputy chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Informatization and Communication.

From 2010 to the present, he has worked as managing director of Kazakhtelecom JSC.



Saparkhan Omarov

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.



Ricky Tan

Mr. Tan has more than 32 years of experience in the education industry and is an alumnus of many executive development programmes from reputable universities including the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and the University of California at Berkeley, USA. 

In 2017, Mr. Tan was honoured with the Medal for the Cause of the Capital City Development by Hanoi People’s Committee in recognition of his contribution to local human capital and socio-economic development. Recently in April 2019, he was awarded Best CEO Award (Gold) at The Global CSR Summit and Awards 2019 by Pinnacle Group International.


Denis Van den Weghe

Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

Since 2013, Denis has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France–Kazakhstan and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for Russia and Belarus. From 2010 to 2016, Denis held several management positions in a Japanese multinational in FMCG. Since February 2017, Denis has been the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Almaty and the Almaty province. Since July 2017, he has been working as the Chairman of the Management Board of JSC Atakent. Since May 2018, Denis has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Atakent. 

Since July 2018, Denis has been the Chairman of the Management Board of the Society of Honorary Consuls. 

He speaks fluent Dutch, French, English and Russian. 

Victor Popov

Education: «MISIS» institute, major in «Engineer of Metallurgy», Moscow, Russian Federation; Candidate of Engineering Science.

Mr Popov worked at the head technological institute ROSATOM for 20 years. He supervised, organized and personally participated in the research, development and implementation of new industrial technologies for the manufacture of materials such as zirconium, niobium, tantalum, titanium and their alloys, as well as reactor zone products, fuel pellets and superconductors in fuel cycle enterprises such as Ulba Metallurgical Plant (Kazakhstan), Shale Chemical Plant (Estonia), Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (Russian Federation).

In 1996, he established «DINATRON» company, which he has been heading for over 20 years. Over this period, the company has developed and implemented more than 40 technological equipment complexes in the systems of safety and radioactive waste processing at many NPPs in Russian Federation.

Roman Sklyar

Education: Pavlodar State University with a degree in civil engineering, Moscow Institute of Modern Business with a degree in economics and the Kazakh Institute of Law and International Relations majoring in law.

He began his career in 1989 as an fitter at the installation and commissioning management “Ekibastuzugleautomatika”.

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.

Timothy Bennett

Education: BA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.C.A, Victoria University of Wellington

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

Education: 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 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.

Valery Vavilov

Education: MS from Riga’s Transport & Telecommunication University in Latvia.

Valery's entrepreneurial experience and passion for Blockchain technology led him to found the company in 2011, when blockchain technology was just beginning to capture the world’s attention and imagination. A native Latvian who experienced first-hand the challenges resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Valery was inspired by blockchain technology and saw an opportunity to build technological solutions that could improve the lives of people all over the world.

Valery focused first on the hardware solutions that would ensure security and trust in the Bitcoin Blockchain, leading Bitfury to develop five generations of cutting-edge mining chips and state-of-the-art data center designs. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its focus to provide custom-designed software, consulting solutions, and advanced hardware, all while maintaining its position as one of the major public Bitcoin Blockchain security and transaction providers.

Prior to founding Bitfury, Valery spent more than 15 years in a variety of technical and leadership positions.


Hans-Paul Buerkner

Education: PhD, social sciences, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar); MA, development economics, Yale University; Diplom-Oekonom, business and economics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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.

John Defterios

Based in the network's Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011, his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies, with a specialty in trade, geo-politics and energy.

In addition to his daily analysis and news coverage for CNN's main business programming, John launched and hosts 'CNN Marketplace Middle East', the regional business programme celebrating its 10th year on-air. John also created and hosts "One Square Meter" the first television and digital platform to explore cutting edge developments and urban renewal in emerging markets.

Defterios has built a long-standing reputation for securing exclusive interviews with high-level figures during breaking news situations including: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid, PM of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Ali Al Naimi & Khalid Al Falih, Energy Ministers of Saudi Arabia, HH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud and Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto as well many of the leading CEOs in the Fortune 100.

Defterios has three decades of financial news and current affairs experience covering some of the landmarks events during that period including the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centre bombings and G8/G20 summits, the L.A. Riots from his postings in London, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Rome and the U.A.E.

He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World and serves on the board of the Stern Stewart Institute in Germany, a non-for-profit group promoting leadership and entrepreneurship.

Defterios chairs more than a dozen high level events annually including the World Economic Forum, the OPEC Seminar, the IMF Roundtable, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Atlantic Council Energy Forum, U.A.E. World Government Summit, U.S.-Saudi Arabia Investment Summit, Islamic Development Bank Annual Meeting and Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative.

Prior to CNN, Defterios worked for Reuters Television as European Correspondent, U.S. West Coast Correspondent and special series producer in a joint-venture with The Nightly Business Report on PBS-TV.

James Kynge

James left Edinburgh University with an MA in Chinese and Japanese in 1985 and after a few months headed out to China to find a job in journalism. He had bought a one-way ticket on Romanian airlines and had just 60 US dollars in his pocket, so he was lucky that the then Reuters' Beijing Bureau Chief, Graham Earnshaw, gave him a part-time position as a newspaper clipper and feature writer.

He went on to work with Reuters in China, Japan, Mongolia, the five former Soviet Central Asian Republics and Taiwan before joining the Financial Times in 1996 and being posted to Malaysia and Singapore. Fr om 1998 to 2005, he worked as China Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, charting the country's extraordinary ascent toward superpower status.

In 2005, he left journalism to head up the Pearson group of companies in China, overseeing a phase of rapid expansion.

In 2009 James re-joined the Financial Times as Principle of FT China Confidential, a research service on the Chinese economy owned by the Financial Times Group, wh ere he remained until 2014. James currently serves as Global China Editor and Emerging Markets Editor at the Financial Times, and continues to serve as Chairman of FT Confidential Research, a research service at the Financial Times that generates data from China, Latin America and Southeast Asia and uses that data to analyse economic trends.

James is the recipient of several international awards for journalism and his book, China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future - and the Challenge for America, was translated into 19 languages and won the Goldman Sachs/FT "Business Book of the Year" award in 2006.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni is the deputy editor of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication fr om 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, wh ere he focused on trade policies and economic welfare.

Henry Foy

Henry manages the FT's coverage fr om 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, wh ere he was a correspondent in India.

Nastassia Astrasheuskaya

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.

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