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Kazakhstan Global Investment Forum 2018

London |
Speakers include:
Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna

Baroness Nicholson  of Winterbourne

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

UK Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan

Sir Suma  Chakrabarti

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


Financial Times Live and fDi Magazine are delighted to host a high-level executive forum to discuss the commercial, trading and partnership opportunities that Kazakhstan offers.

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Full overview

After going through an active period of reforms, Kazakhstan now leads its region in FDI inflows and in the soundness of its business environment. The country ranks 36th globally in the World Bank's latest Doing Business report: twice as high as the regional average. With a strong institutional framework, significantly improved investment environment and well developed investment incentives, Kazakhstan stands ready as an investment destination of considerable eminence. 

While traditionally known for its oil and gas sector, Kazakhstan has its eyes set on diversification and is presenting a wealth of investment opportunities in such sectors as manufacturing, agro-industry, financial services, chemicals, mining and metallurgy, alternative energy and clean tech, infrastructure, logistics, and digital industries. 

UK companies have not fully tapped into Kazakhstan's potential and now is the moment to take a closer look at this fast-evolving economy that sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan's strategic position as a central cog of the vast Belt and Road initiative and its inclusion in the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as its trade ties with Europe and the rest of the world, makes it a key player in new trading patterns and presents it as a potentially exciting new trade partner for the post-Brexit UK.  

Financial Times Live and fDi Magazine are delighted to host a high-level executive forum to discuss the commercial, trading and partnership opportunities that Kazakhstan offers. 


Agenda - 2nd Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

  • 9:05am
    Opening addresses

    Baroness Emma Nicholson, UK Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan

    Askar Zhumagaliyev, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

    Akhmetzhan Yessimov, CEO, Samruk-Kazyna

  • 9:35am
    Keynote speech

    Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

  • 9:45am
    Support for British companies doing business with the Republic of Kazakhstan

    Louis Taylor, CEO, UK Export Finance

  • 10:00am
    Keynote presentation: Kazakhstan at the Crossroads of Global Markets

    Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

  • 10:30am
    Plenary panel session: Kazakhstan’s Growing Role in a Changing Eurasia

    Arystan Kabikenov, Vice-Minister for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan

    Agris  Preimanis,  Director  and  Head  of  Kazakhstan, European  Bank  for  Reconstruction  and Development (EBRD)

    Dr. Christopher Marks, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets EMEA, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

    Lazzat Borankulova, Managing Director, Strategic Development, SWF Samruk-Kazyna

    Mikkel Gronlykke, Head of Banking for CEE, CIS, Israel and Turkey, Citi

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

  • 11:15am
    Coffee break
  • 11:30am
    Plenary panel session: Privatisation of State Assets in Kazakhstan: New Investment Opportunities

    Nurlan Rakhmetov, Managing Director,  Managing Director for Transformation, Privatization and Restructuring, SWF Samruk- Kazyna

    Bakytzhan Zhulamanov, Chairman of the Management Board, Samruk-Energy JSC

    Kanat Kudaibergen, Chairman of the Management Board, National Mining Company Tau-Ken Samruk JSC

    Dauren Karabayev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer, National Company KazMunayGas JSC

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times Group

  • 12:45pm
  • 2:00pm
    Breakout sessions (parallel panel sessions)

    Track 1: The Re-Emergence of Kazakhstan As a Land Bridge Between Asia And Europe – The New Silk Road

    Alastair King, Chairman, Institute of Directors, City of London Branch, Founder and Chairman, Naisbitt King Asset Management

    David Boutcher, Partner, Reed Smith

    Richard Tollis, Partner/Head of EMEIA Infrastructure Practice, EY 

    Sanzhar Yelyubayev, Vice President, Logistics, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy NC JSC

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine, FT Group

    Track 2: The Role of Innovations and Digitalization in Economic Modernization

    Almas Toleubay, Chief Executive Officer, Milegram Ltd

    Almaz Sadykov, Partner, PwC

    Marat Omarov, Chief Executive Officer, National Technology Development Agency 

    Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev, Chairman and Member of Management BoardKazakhtelecom

    Sanzhar Kettebekov, Chief Executive Officer, Almaty Tech Garden

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times Group

    Track 3: Financial services and the AIFC

    Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman, Astana Financial Services Authority

    Gary Campkin, Managing Director, External Relations & Strategic Issues, TheCityUK

    Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

    Dr Robert Barnes, Global Head of Primary Markets and CEO Turquoise, London Stock Exchange Group 

    Sherry Madera, the City of London’s Special Representative for Asia, former Minister-Counsellor and Director at the British Embassy in Beijing

    Moderator: Kimberley Long, Asia Editor, The Banker Magazine, FT Group 

  • 3:00pm
    Coffee break
  • 3:15pm
    Plenary panel session: Investments in Kazakhstan: Modalities and Practicalities

    Saparbek Tuyakbayev, Chairman, Kazakh Invest NC JSC

    Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar/CEO, AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre

    Nick Clarke, Chairman, Central Asia Metals 

    Steven Fine, CEO, Peel Hunt PLL 

    Christopher Bucknall, Head of Investor Relations, KAZ Minerals 

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

  • 4:00pm
    Joint closing address

    His Excellency Mr. Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    His Excellency Mr Michael Gifford, British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

  • 4:25pm
    Chair’s wrap-up

    Moderator: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

  • 4:30pm
    Networking reception
  • 6:00pm

Speakers (20)

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna

He started his career in 1990 as the First Deputy Chairman of Gosagroprom of the Kazakh SSR, and in 1991 — the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Kazakh SSR.
Between 1991-1998 he held various senior positions in state authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 1998-2001 he was the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Benelux countries (the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). He also headed the Representative Office of Kazakhstan to the EU and the NATO.

From 2001 to April 2008 he held the position of Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From April 2008 to August 2015 Mr. Yessimov served as Mayor of Almaty, Chairman of Almaty branch of NurOtan Party. From August 2015 to December 2017 he worked as the CEO of JSC NC Astana EXPO – 2017.  In December 2017 he was appointed as the CEO of Samruk-Kazyna JSC.

Mr. Yessimov is awarded by Kazakhstan Labor Hero, Badge of Honor, Friendship Order, Otan Order, Parasat Order.

Baroness Nicholson  of Winterbourne

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

UK Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Peer of the Realm and a member of the House of Lords.

She is a member of the Conservative Party.

She serves as the Prime Minister’s, Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, The Republic of Iraq and Turkmenistan.  In Parliament she co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Foreign Affairs and the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  

Baroness Nicholson served as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1983 - 1987.  She was elected to the House of Commons in 1987 for the constituency of Torridge and West Devon.  She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.

In 1999 she was elected to the South East Region of the European Parliament and re-elected for the same constituency in 2004 – 2009.  She subsequently served in the Parliamentary Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2011 – 2014.

She has served as official Election Leader and Observer in thirty two nations.

She is President of AMAR US, chairs the AMAR International Charitable Foundation (UK) and AMAR Lebanon.  She is founder President of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), chairs the Romanian Children’s High Level Group, is a Vice President of the Mary Hare School for Deaf Children, Patron of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Chairman of the Booker Prize for Russian Fiction and Vice Chairman of the Man Booker Prize for English Fiction,

She has been awarded eight Honorary Doctorates has published 2 books and edited various others.

She studied at The Royal Academy of Music after which she entered the IT industry where she developed computer software, built computer systems and managed contracts in the City of London, Government Departments and Africa.

She is a member of The Reform Club, The Royal Over-Seas League, the Royal Society of Arts and an Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Sir Suma  Chakrabarti

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Sir Suma Chakrabarti was elected to the four-year presidency of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2012. He has extensive experience in international development economics and policy making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. 

Most recently he was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development (formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) ) where he worked closely with economies in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa undergoing substantial reform. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role in developing the UK's successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission on improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa. 

In the late 1990s, he worked in the UK Treasury, where he was responsible for public expenditure, and in the early 2000s he worked in the Cabinet Office, where he led on cross-departmental strategic issues and subsequently the management of the Cabinet agenda.

He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia and the Bucharest University of Economic Sciences.

His Excellency Mr. Erlan  Idrissov

His Excellency Mr. Erlan Idrissov

Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Born on 28th April 1959 in Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan.

In 1981 and in 1992 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR respectively.

In 1992-1995 - 1st Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN.
In 1995-1996 - Head of the Department of America, Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In 1996-1997 - Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan.
In 1997-1999 - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In 1999-2002 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
Between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Erlan Idrissov served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Sweden, The Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Ireland.
Since July 2007, he served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Federal Republic of Brazil.
In 2012-2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In February 2017, Mr. Erlan Idrissov was appointed the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
He is the author of numerous articles on Kazakhstan's foreign policy issues and multilateral diplomacy.
He speaks English, French, Urdu and Hindi.

His Excellency Michael  Gifford

His Excellency Michael Gifford

British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mike Gifford took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan in January 2018. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1981 and has had a range of postings in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.   He served as Deputy Head of Mission in Cairo from 2001 - 2004 and British Ambassador to Yemen from 2004 - 2007.  In London he has worked on Middle East and counter-terrorism issues as well as acting as Deputy Director for property asset management for the FCO.  His most recent overseas position before Astana was as British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), based in Pyongyang, from 2012 - 2015.  During his FCO career he studied Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in preparation for his first overseas assignment to Abu Dhabi in 1983, and more recently Russian in London and Kiev from 2016 - 17.

Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor

UK Export Finance

Louis Taylor is Chief Executive of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency. Before joining UKEF, Louis held a range of senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, including from 2013-15 as Chief Operating Officer of Group Treasury, based in London. Prior to that, he spent three years as the bank’s CEO for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, based in Ho Chi Minh City. Louis is a former chair of trustees of the charity Music in Prisons, which runs music education projects to help rehabilitate offenders, and a former chair of governors of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has an MA in Law from Cambridge University.

Almaz  Sadykov

Almaz Sadykov

Partner, Corporate Governance, IPO and Risk Assurance Services, FCCA
PwC Kazakstan

Almaz Sadykov is a Partner at PwC Kazakhstan leading corporate governance, IPO and related risk assurance services in Kazakhstan, Caucasus and Central Asian countries with more than 16 years of professional experience in this area. Almaz led a number of PwC projects for Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC and its major portfolio companies in the area of corporate governance, IPO preparation and implementation of risk management and internal controls. Almaz also worked in PwC London, Capital Markets team in 2010 where he advised on IPOs on London Stock Exchange for companies from CIS region.  Almaz is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He graduated from Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) with Suma Cum Laude distinction and also studied in Grand Valley State University in the USA. Almaz is currently studying Executive MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School expected graduation in May 2019.

David  Boutcher

David Boutcher

Reed Smith

David is a corporate partner with wide experience in all areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and joint ventures. He also has a strong background representing overseas clients on a variety of inward investments to the UK.  Previously, David was the global chair of Reed Smith’s Business and Finance Department.  For many years David has also advised the Finance Ministry of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on corporate issues and a variety of clients on M & A transactions in Kazakhstan.

He is also a trustee and secretary of the charity Theirworld, which supports projects to improve opportunities for children and young people, and a director of the Global Business Coalition for Education which helps to deliver quality education for children and young people around the world.

Bakitzhan  Zhulamanov

Bakitzhan Zhulamanov

JSC Samruk-Energy
Kanat Kudaibergen

Kanat Kudaibergen

NMC Tau-Ken Samruk JSC

Kanat Kudaibergen is the CEO of the JSC National Mining Company Tau-Ken Samruk. He has studied law in the Kazakh State National University named after Al-Farabi and organization of transportation, traffic and transport operations in Kazakh University Ways of Communications. He holds a Master's degree in Public and Municipal Governance from the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, MBA in International Management from Geneva Business School and MBA in Mining Management from the NUST Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. He has an experience in Transport prosecutor's office and Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation of Activities of the Almaty Regional Financial Center. Since 2007 he had been holding different senior positions in JSC NAC Kazatomprom service and production subsidiaries, such as Karatau LLP and Kazatomprom “Uranium Mining” Division. He has been a member of JSC NAC Kazatomprom Board of Directors since August 2018.

Dauren Karabayev

Dauren Karabayev

Deputy chairman of the Management board - Chief Financial Officer
KazMunayGas JSC

Dauren Karabayev graduated from the Kazakh State Academy of Management in 1999 with Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations. In 2001, he obtained a Master of Finance degree from Texas A & M University. Mr. Karabayev then commenced his work as a credit analyst at "ABN AMRO Bank Kazakhstan" JSC. In 2003 he was appointed to the position of the Head of credit management and has since held the positions of managing director in "Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan" JSC, deputy chairman of the board at Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan JSC, project supervisor at McKinsey & Company Inc and is currently the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of KazMunayGas JSC. He has also been awarded "Honored Financier" by the Kazakhstan’s Association of Financiers and also the anniversary medal "20th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan."

Nurlan Rakhmetov

Nurlan Rakhmetov

Managing Director for Transformation, Privatization and Restructuring

Rakhmetov Nurlan Kussainovich is the Managing Director for Transformation, Privatization and Restructuring at Samruk-Kazyna SWF. He graduated from the Moscow State University in 1987. Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Holder of Global Executive MBA diploma (IE Business School, Madrid) He has held various positions including Deputy CEO of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy RSE, Director of the Analysis and Forecasting Department of the Ministry of State Revenue of the Republic of Kazakhstan,Vice-Minister of the Ministry of State Revenue of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Deputy CEO of KazTransGas JSC and Intergas Central Asia JSC.

Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev

Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev

Gary Campkin

Gary Campkin

Managing Director, External Relations & Strategic Issues

Gary Campkin, Managing Director, External Relations & Strategic Issues. He joined TheCityUK in 2013 as Director, International Strategy. From 2016 he was Director, Policy & Strategy, taking over this new role in 2018. He has wide business experience with over 25 years working at the CBI, including 15 years as Head of the International Group, and as an independent consultant. He has led work on multilateral and bilateral trade and investment, government support for business overseas, CSR, human rights and globalisation issues. Gary has extensive experience of international negotiations and delegations, governance and reputational issues. His leadership roles in international business organisations have included 8 years as Chairman of the Multinationals and Investment Committee of the Business, and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.

Lady Barbara Judge

Lady Barbara Judge

Astana Financial Services Authority

Lady Judge has had an unusually broad and successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors. She is currently Chairman of the Astana Financial Services Authority and a UK Business Ambassador (a Prime Ministerial appointment). She is also Chairman of Cifas, the UK fraud prevention agency and Chairman of the Management Board of SNOMED International, a not for profit organisation that determines global standards for health terms. In addition, she is Chairman of several digital start-ups, including The Cambridge Code, an innovative online diagnostic tool that can identify subconscious characteristics and traits which cannot be detected by conventional test methods; LoopUp, a premium, remote meetings solution and SmartUp, a mobile peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform. Earlier in her career she was the youngest-ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Later she was the first woman main board executive director of Samuel Montagu & Co, a London merchant bank and the first woman director of News International. Subsequently, she was Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for two terms and thereafter Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund, also for two terms. In Japan she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee and Chairman of it Nuclear Safety Task Force, on which she still currently serves. She is also a member of the board of the Lixil Corporation and Chairman of its Remuneration Committee. In addition, she is an advisor to the Itochu Corporation. In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries. In 2015 she received the Times Non-Executive Director award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund. In addition, she was listed by Business Insider as number 36 out of the “top 100 coolest people in tech in 2017” 

Dr Robert  Barnes

Dr Robert Barnes

Global Head of Primary Markets and CEO Turquoise, London Stock Exchange Group
Chartered FCSI

Robert is Global Head of Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange Group and CEO of Turquoise, the European multilateral trading facility majority owned by LSEG in partnership with the user community. Prior to joining Turquoise LSEG in 2013, Robert worked at UBS for more than 19 years, including as Managing Director Equities and founding CEO of UBS MTF. His industry roles include serving 2004-2009 as Chairman of the Securities Trading Committee of the London Investment Banking Association. Robert holds a BA from Harvard, a PhD from Cambridge, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

N. Kussainov

N. Kussainov

AIFC Authority

He started his work experience in 1996 as an economist with Kazakhmys (Zhezkazgancvetmet), after that he worked for the Strategic Planning Agency of Republic of Kazakhstan and served as a Head of Strategic Planning Department for the Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

Then, since 2002, he was the Counselor Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and took part in creating state development finance institutes. He also was the Head of WTO Accession Team in Geneva, Switzerland, as representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan, aiming coordination of the negotiation process of Kazakhstan’s WTO accession.

In 2004 Nurlan became CEO for the Center of Marketing and Analytical Research, government-owned corporation, which was macroeconomic and industrial thinks tank. This Center was actively involved in development of key strategic programs of the Government of Kazakhstan, consulting municipal governments and large private conglomerates.

In 2007 Nurlan Kussainov became a CEO for investment company CNRG Capital, and in 2009 he was invited to be managing partner of Al Falah Partners, managing a joint UAE and Kazakhstan private fund of 500 million USD to target CIS market.

In 2010 Mr. Kussainov was appointed as the first deputy CEO, then CEO for the Development Bank of Kazakhstan. In order to Presidential Decree in January 2014, Nurlan Kussainov was assigned as a Deputy governor for the National Bank of Kazakhstan.

In order to Financial Ministry's Decree in January 2016 Nurlan Kussainov was assigned as a Member of the board of Directors of Astana International Financial Center Authority. Later in February 2016, with the decision of the Board of Directors, Nurlan Kussainov was appointed as the CEO for AIFC Authority.

Christopher  Campbell-Holt

Christopher Campbell-Holt

Registrar and Chief Executive
AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre

Mr. Campbell-Holt is the Registrar and Chief Executive of the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre. He reports to the Chief Justice of the Court and to the Chairman of the IAC. He is responsible for the day to day management and administration of the Court and IAC and case management of litigation and alternative dispute resolution as delegated by the Chief Justice and Chairman.

Saparbek  Tuyakbayev

Saparbek Tuyakbayev


Saparbek Tuyakbayev was born in 1979. In 2001, he graduated from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey), in 2004 — the University of Toronto (Canada). He began his career in 2005. In 2005-2009 he held various positions in the Agency for Civil Service Affairs, the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Presidential Administration.

In 2012-2017 he worked as a deputy governor of the South-Kazakhstan region, supervising the issues of investment, industry and entrepreneurship. In October 2016, he was appointed to the post of Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan, a position he continues to hold in addition to his Chairmanship for Kazakh Invest, which he took on in November 2017.

Nick  Clarke

Nick Clarke


Nick Clarke, Chairman. Nick has over 40 years of mining experience, including 16 years spent within senior management positions in production and technical services in South Africa, Ghana and Saudi Arabia. Nick served as Managing Director of Oriel Resources until its acquisition by OAO Mechel for $1.5 billion in 2008. In addition, Nick was Managing Director at Wardell Armstrong International, where he managed numerous multidisciplinary consulting projects in the resource sector. He is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines and a Chartered Engineer. Nick is also a Non-Executive Director of Wolf Minerals. In 2013, Nick was named CEO of the year at the Mining Journal outstanding achievements awards. He joined CAML in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer prior to the company’s IPO in 2010, and assumed the role of Chairman in June 2016. 



Kimberley  Long

Kimberley Long

Asia Editor
The Banker

Kimberley Long is Asia editor for The Banker magazine, covering the capital markets and transaction services across central Asia and Asia-Pacific.

She joined from Euromoney, where she spent four years as transaction services editor. Previously, she was acting editor of Trade Finance magazine, which is part of the Euromoney  group.

Kimberley has hosted panel sessions for institutions including Citi and Finastra. While at Trade Finance she hosted conference panel sessions with the global heads of trade finance, and awards ceremonies in London and Singapore.

She has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool, and an MA in Print Journalism from the University of Sheffield. Between degrees she spent a year teaching English in Japan as part of the JET Programme.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni

Deputy Editor
fDi Magazine

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.

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine and head of content for fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.
She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series, and a regular contributor to the Financial Times newspaper. As a trained journalist, Ms Fingar interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues. She has covered business stories in all major regions of the world and has been on assignment to more than 80 countries in her career.
She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.
Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously as a journalist in Washington, DC.

Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Who attends

This event will gather over 150 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.

Complimentary places are available to:

  • C-Level executives including CEOs/CFOs and other top management
  • Directors and Heads of Investment, Trade, Strategy, Growth, Operations and International Expansion
  • Senior Partners

If this fits your profile, please register now for your complimentary place. 



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KAZAKH INVEST National Company JSC is the official body in the field of attracting investments to the Republic of Kazakhstan, with a wide network of representatives abroad and 16 offices in the country’s regions.Having the Board of Directors chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KAZAKH INVEST harbours a broad range of competencies in project management and consultancy and in facilitating investments, often in cooperation with other government agencies, and performs the following roles:

- a single negotiator on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan when discussing the prospects and conditions for the implementation of investment projects in Kazakhstan; 

- a “one stop shop” and a “hotline” for investors that provides a full range of services to support implementation of the investment projects from the very idea and throughout the whole life cycle of the production. This includes any interaction with the authorities, obtaining of investment incentives, various permits, approvals and other public services necessary for the implementation of investment projects and its further operation. It also pays an important role in establishing links and match-making between local suppliers, companies and foreign investors;

- the Unified Coordination Center for Special Economic Zones of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

JSC ‘’Samruk-Kazyna’’ is a Sovereign Wealth Fund that delivers strong financial performance, investment returns and portfolio development and whose mission is to increase national wealth of the Republic of Kazakhstan and long-term sustainability for future generations. The sole shareholder of the Fund is the Government of Kazakhstan. The portfolio of Samruk-Kazyna Group consists of companies in oil and gas, energy, transport and logistics, chemical industry, mining and metallurgy and real-estate sectors.

Samruk-Kazyna is fully engaged with Kazakhstan’s privatization program - 200 out of 876 companies participating in the program are Fund`s assets. The main goal of privatization is to increase the efficiency of Kazakhstan`s economy by transferring state assets to private investors committed to developing them and improving their performance. Six major Fund’s portfolio companies - Kazatomprom, Air Astana, Kazakhtelecom, KazMunayGas, Kazpost and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy are planned for an IPO. Currently, companies are conducting internal preparatory work on improving operational efficiency and determining the best outline for possible IPOs.

Samruk-Kazyna is on track to become a world-class sovereign fund. Currently the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute ranks Samruk-Kazyna as one of the 30 largest sovereign institutions in the world, with assets of USD 74,1 billion. The Fund's Development Plan for 2018-2022 estimates that in 2022, Samruk-Kazyna's assets will reach a valuation of USD 93,3 billion.

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