He is the President of the Nazarbayev University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nazarbayev Fund.
He has been at the head of the Nazarbayev University since December 2010. Earlier he held leading positions at the World Bank for 30 years, including the office of Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. He was in charge of institutional reforms and restructuring of the banking systems in Central Asian, East European and African countries. He was also engaged in China's financial sector reforms.
A Master of Laws from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, a Master of International Economic Development from the Duke University Stanford School of Public Policy, USA. Has an extensive experience in both public and private sectors. At different times, held the office of Deputy Prime Minister of the RoK, Aid to Kazakhstan's President on economic affairs, Managing Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was a member of the Management Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Agency for Regulation and Supervision of Financial Market and Financial Organizations.
Has more than 10 years experience in investment banking and asset management. Has held senior positions at pension funds, broker and investment companies. At present he is also Chairman of the Management Board of First Heartland Securities.
Over 10 years of experience in the banking sector. Held senior positions at Alliance Bank and Nurbank.
In addition to his work for the banks, he headed a department at "State Center for Pension Payment of the Ministry of Health and Social Development" RSBSE for 4 years.
Is a member of the Board of Directors and the Non-executive Director of First Heartland Capital and Jýsan Invest.
Has a vast experience in the investing, banking and financial sectors. Was the Equity Research Analyst covering telecom, media and technologies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA TMT) at Societe Generale Securities; was in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Central and Eastern European markets and CIS countries at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance London Ltd. Was the Managing Director of Renaissance Capital Central Asia and a member of the Board of Directors of Kazkommertsbank JSC. He established and has been engaged in governance a number of venture capital funds since 2012.