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The 3rd Kazakh-British Business Council and Kazakhstan Global Investment Forum 2019

London |
Speakers include:
Sanzhar  Zharkeshov

Sanzhar Zharkeshov

The Republic of Kazakhstan

Gerry  Grimstone

Gerry Grimstone

Investcorp

Rustam Issatayev

Rustam Issatayev

The Republic of Kazakhstan

Overview

Financial Times Live and fDi Magazine are delighted to be partnering with Kazakh Invest and Samruk-Kazyna to produce the Kazakhstan Investment Forum 2019: a high-level gathering that will explore the vast opportunities that Kazakhstan offers and provide an update on the exciting developments that have taken place in the country in recent months. The Kazakhstan Investment Forum 2019 is being held alongside the third meeting of the Kazakh-British Business Council.

Much has happened in Kazakhstan since the previous event: the country has a new president, and a smooth political transition is already well underway.
There is also a new investment promotion and facilitation framework, and a raft of new investment opportunities on offer. It also has an increasingly attractive investment environment. Proof that the hard work of reform is paying dividends, Kazakhstan cracked the top 30 of the prestigious World Bank Doing Business 2019 index. It is now ranked 28th out of 190 countries, after climbing eight places in just one year.

This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has been given new functions in the sphere of investments attraction and a mandate to bring strategic investors into the most important sectors of the economy: manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, chemicals, financial services agro-industry, alternative energy and cleantech, infrastructure, logistics, and digital industries. Such institutions as Kazakh Invest, the Astana International Financial Centre and the Direct Investment Fund are also working to create a favourable environment for investors and assisting with numerous fundraising opportunities.

In addition, the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna, is playing a pivotal role in Kazakhstan’s economic development, acting as a vehicle in attracting investments to the country. Managing the largest state assets of Kazakhstan from various industries -- mining, transport and logistics, energy and telecommunications -- the Fund contributes in implementation of the Belt and Road programme.
The Astana International Financial Centre, based on the principles of British Common Law, is an important platform for attracting FDI with the appropriate financial instruments and international level services. Investors already enjoy favourable conditions including independent regulation, court, international arbitration centre that meets international standards and provides legal comfort to foreign investors.

Kazakhstan is currently benefiting enormously from China’s Belt and Road initiative. Thus, there are ongoing serious talks to develop tri-party partnership involving UK, Kazakhstan and China on the principle of British project management matched with Kazakh resources and access to the Chinese market. Trilateral partnership may include infrastructure projects under the Public-private partnership agreement.
Investors are taking notice. According to data service fDi Markets, the number of greenfield investment projects announced or launched in Kazakhstan more than doubled in 2018. UK companies have invested more than £770 million in such projects over the past five years. Resource extraction company Kazatomprom completed a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

But there is scope for much more. This rapidly-evolving economy strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is emerging as a valuable new commercial partner for the post-Brexit UK, and making connections there is essential. Join us for lively discussions, practical insights into doing business, and networking with key stakeholders in Kazakhstan’s economic development.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 10/23/2019 08:00:0011/23/2019 17:00:00trueThe 3rd Kazakh-British Business Council and Kazakhstan Global Investment Forum 2019Financial Times Live and fDi Magazine are delighted to be partnering with Kazakh Invest and Samruk-Kazyna to produce the Kazakhstan Investment Forum 2019: a high-level gathering that will explore the vast opportunities that Kazakhstan offers and provide an update on the exciting developments that have taken place in the country in recent months. The Kazakhstan Investment Forum 2019 is being held alongside the third meeting of the Kazakh-British Business Council.Much has happened in Kazakhstan since the previous event: the country has a new president, and a smooth political transition is already well underway.There is also a new investment promotion and facilitation framework, and a raft of new investment opportunities on offer. It also has an increasingly attractive investment environment. Proof that the hard work of reform is paying dividends, Kazakhstan cracked the top 30 of the prestigious World Bank Doing Business 2019 index. It is now ranked 28th out of 190 countries, after climbing eight places in just one year.This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has been given new functions in the sphere of investments attraction and a mandate to bring strategic investors into the most important sectors of the economy: manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, chemicals, financial services agro-industry, alternative energy and cleantech, infrastructure, logistics, and digital industries. Such institutions as Kazakh Invest, the Astana International Financial Centre and the Direct Investment Fund are also working to create a favourable environment for investors and assisting with numerous fundraising opportunities.In addition, the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna, is playing a pivotal role in Kazakhstan’s economic development, acting as a vehicle in attracting investments to the country. Managing the largest state assets of Kazakhstan from various industries -- mining, transport and logistics, energy and telecommunications -- the Fund contributes in implementation of the Belt and Road programme.The Astana International Financial Centre, based on the principles of British Common Law, is an important platform for attracting FDI with the appropriate financial instruments and international level services. Investors already enjoy favourable conditions including independent regulation, court, international arbitration centre that meets international standards and provides legal comfort to foreign investors.Kazakhstan is currently benefiting enormously from China’s Belt and Road initiative. Thus, there are ongoing serious talks to develop tri-party partnership involving UK, Kazakhstan and China on the principle of British project management matched with Kazakh resources and access to the Chinese market. Trilateral partnership may include infrastructure projects under the Public-private partnership agreement.Investors are taking notice. According to data service fDi Markets, the number of greenfield investment projects announced or launched in Kazakhstan more than doubled in 2018. UK companies have invested more than £770 million in such projects over the past five years. Resource extraction company Kazatomprom completed a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange.But there is scope for much more. This rapidly-evolving economy strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is emerging as a valuable new commercial partner for the post-Brexit UK, and making connections there is essential. Join us for lively discussions, practical insights into doing business, and networking with key stakeholders in Kazakhstan’s economic development.The-3rd-Kazakh-British-Business-Council-and-Kazakhstan-Global-Investment-Forum-20193ac115b87e13379fbbc65e51154eafa9MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 23rd Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration
  • 9:00am
    Welcome Remarks
    • Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine
  • 9:10am
    Opening Addresses
    • Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Investment, the Department for International Trade
    • Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Baroness Emma Nicholson, UK Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan
    • Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chief Executive Officer, JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna
  • 9:50am
    Keynote Speeches
    • Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    • Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)
  • 10:10am
    Session One: Increasing Connectivity with Kazakhstan - Prospects for Business and Investment

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

    Speakers:

    • Dennis Fulling, Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
    • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman Concession Infrastructure Investments, Investcorp
    • Kanat Kudaibergen, Chief Executive Officer, National Mining company - Tauken-Samruk
    • Lyazzat Borankulova, Managing Director for Strategy, JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna
    • Peter Foster, Chief Executive Officer, National Airlines- Air Astana
    • Sanzhar Zharkeshov, Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, The Republic of Kazakhstan
  • 11:30am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:45am
    Session Two: Green Economy for Urban Infrastructure and Production

    Moderator: Kimberley Long, Asia Editor, The Banker

    Speakers:

    • Almassadam Satkaliyev, Managing Director on Assets Management and Privatization, JSC Sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna
    • Faisal Rashid MP, Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Belt and Road Initiative Group
    • James Assem, Managing Consultant, Water EMEA, Advisian Division of Worley Group
    • Ramazan Zhampiisov, Chairman of the Management Board, Non-profit Joint-stock company – International Centre for Green Technologies and Investment Projects
    • Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, Make UK
  • 12:45pm
    Lunch Break
  • 1:45pm
    Session Three: Regions’ Road-Show: Special Economic Zones And Investment Opportunities in Kazakhstan

    Moderator: Jacopo Dettoni, Deputy Editor, fDi Magazine

    Speakers:

    • Aibek Krambayev, Deputy Akim of the Atyrau region, the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Anara Musrepova, Adviser to the Minister of Healthcare, the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Meirzhan Myrzaliyev, Deputy Akim of Turkestan region, the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Murat Bekmagambetov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Kazakhstan Industrial and Export Centre ‘QazIndustry’
  • 3:00pm
    Session Four: Practicalities of Doing Business and Investments in Kazakhstan

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

    Speakers:

    • Agris Preimanis, Director - Kazakhstan Office, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    • Asset Abdygapparov, Chief Executive Officer, Kazakhstan Investment Development Fund
    • Rashid Gaissin, Co-managing Partner, Integrites Law Firm
    • Rustam Issatayev, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Timothy Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Exchange
  • 4:15pm
    Closing Address
    • His Excellency Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • His Excellency Michael Gifford, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • 4:45pm
    Closing Remarks
    • Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine

SPEAKERS (17)

Sanzhar  Zharkeshov

Sanzhar Zharkeshov

Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources
The Republic of Kazakhstan

Currently works as the Vice-Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is responsible for the fields of Geology and Mining Exploration works, International Cooperation and attraction the Investments in Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources.

Gerry  Grimstone

Gerry Grimstone

Chairman Concession Infrastructure Investments
Investcorp

Sir Gerry Grimstone is the immediate past Chairman of Barclays Bank plc and also of Standard Life Aberdeen, the UK’s largest savings and investments business.

He is an Independent Non-Executive Board Member of Deloitte North South Europe, a member of Deloitte’s Global Independent Non Executive Advisory Committee, and also of their UK Oversight Board.

He is a Senior Adviser to Fenchurch Advisory Partners and is a member of the International Advisory Network of Natixis, the French financial services group.

He is a Senior Adviser to Blue Prism, a global leader in Robotic Process Automation.

Within the UK, Gerry has a long history of serving the Ministry of Defence and currently sits on the Defence Board chaired by the Defence Secretary as its Lead Non-Executive. The Defence Board is the senior decision-taking body in the MoD.

He is a member of HM Treasury's Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. From 2012-2015, Gerry served as the Chairman of TheCityUK, the representative body for the financial and professional services industry in the UK.

Sir Gerry is deeply involved in UK-China and UK-India relations. He chairs the TheCityUK-CBBC China Market Advisory Group which helps coordinate financial and related professional services activity between the UK and China. He chairs Heng An Standard Life, an Insurance company with branches in over 80 cities throughout China. In India, he sat for many years on the Board of HDFC Life, which is one of India’s largest life assurance companies. He is the UK chairman of the India-UK Financial Partnership and also of the UK-India CEO Forum both of which have been set up by the Indian and British Governments.

In the Gulf, Gerry is the Board Adviser to the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. He sits on the Board of Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products headquartered in Bahrain. He chairs Aberdeen Standard Investcorp Infrastructure Partners which is raising a Fund to invest in social and core infrastructure projects in Gulf Co-operation Council countries. In Saudi Arabia, he leads for the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince the private sector group advising the Kingdom on corporatisation and privatisation.

He was previously a senior investment banker at Schroders and ran major businesses in London, New York and Asia Pacific. He specialised in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising for major companies worldwide. Prior to that, he was an official in HM Treasury where he was responsible for privatisation and policy towards state-owned enterprises.

Rustam Issatayev

Rustam Issatayev

Chairman of the Investment Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Republic of Kazakhstan

Rustam Issatayev is the Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of “KAZAKH INVEST” National Company” JSC.

Between 2009 and 2012, he served as the Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From 2012 to 2014, he was employed as the Consultant at the Foreign Policy Centre at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the period between 2014 and 2017, Rustam held a position of the State Inspector at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He supervised the local executive bodies (Akimats) of Astana, North Kazakhstan, Karaganda and Zhambyl regions as well as several ministries and institutions (Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Accounts Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, “Astana EXPO - 2017” National Company” JSC). Between February 2018 and August 2019, he Rustam Issatayev worked as a Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of “KAZAKH INVEST” National Company” JSC. In August 2019, he has been appointed as a Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Peter  Foster

Peter Foster

Chief Executive Officer
National Airlines- Air Astana

Peter Foster entered the airline industry immediately after graduating from Cambridge University in 1982, as a management trainee of John Swire and Sons (HK) Ltd, the owners of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. From 1982-1999 he served in a variety of management and senior management positions with CPA in Hong Kong, Asia, Australia and Europe, and underwent business management training at INSEAD, France. Mr. Foster left Cathay Pacific Airways in 1999 to head up the rehabilitation team of Philippine Airlines Inc. He subsequently served as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Brunei Airlines from 2002 to 2005 prior to his appointment as President of Air Astana. In the 2015 UK New Year’s Honours List Peter Foster was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to British aviation in Kazakhstan.

Murat Bekmagambetov

Murat Bekmagambetov

Deputy Chairman of the Management Board
Kazakhstan Industrial and Export Centre ‘QazIndustry’

Murat Bekmagambetov is a graduate of the Law School of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and MBA Program of Geneva Business School. He began his career as an employee of «National Company «KazakhstanTemirZholy» JSC – a national railway company in Kazakhstan. For 10 years he had a career from an ordinary employee of «NC» KTZ» JSC to the head of key departments including the Department of strategy, GR and corporate development in «NC» KTZ» JSC. At the current position he is responsible for analytical support for export, transport and logistics in «QazIndustry «Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center» JSC.

Lyazzat Borankulova

Lyazzat Borankulova

Managing Director for Strategic Development
Samruk Kazyna JSC, Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Tasked to translate shareholder’s expectations into strategic outcomes, Lyazzat is responsible for the development and implementation of the Fund’s New Strategy for 2018-2028 and Development plan. In particular, Lyazzat is responsible for macroeconomic and investment research, generation and enforcement of strategic initiatives and investment policy, which includes the defining target portfolio and setting of Fund’s investment criteria within Kazakhstan and abroad. Lyazzat has more than 15 years working experience within the Samruk Kazyna’s Group of companies, and have served several positions within the Fund and across portfolio company.

James Assem

James Assem

Managing Consultant
Water EMEA, Advisian Division of Worley Group

James is responsible for the management and delivery of water projects within Advisian, part of the Worley Group, across Europe, Middle East and Africa including Central Asia. He has gained a wide expertise in assessing major infrastructure such as Crossrail, TANAP and Brisbane Airport Link. 

He is an industry leader in climate resilience, climate economic assessments and strategic development on water security, advising the oil and gas industry trade body to meet their UN objectives.

Graham Stuart

Graham Stuart

Minister for Investment
The Department for International Trade

Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He became Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade in January 2018.

Graham was born in Carlisle. He attended school in Scotland before going to Selwyn College, Cambridge to read philosophy and law.

At Cambridge, he chaired the Cambridge University Conservative Association, and founded ‘What’s On in Cambridge’

After university Graham developed a successful career in publishing and was a member of Cambridge City Council from 1998 to 2004.

In Parliament Graham chaired the Education Select Committee (2010 to 2015), was Assistant Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence (2016 to 2018)

The Minister for Investment’s responsibilities include foreign direct investment, outward direct investment, investment promotion across all sectors and DIT ministerial lead for: financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing, maritime, space and aerospace, automotive, bio-economy, chemicals and agri-technology, consumer, creative and education -  delivery of trade and investment promotion through overseas partners, the Export Control Organisation (ECO), official development assistance (ODA).

Anara Musrepova

Anara Musrepova

Adviser to the Minister of Healthcare
The Republic of Kazakhstan

Since January 2016, she has been working in the structure of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan, where she initially held the position of Deputy Director of the Department of Investment Projects and the Development of Public-Private Partnerships, and from the end of 2017 to the present, she has been working as an Adviser to the Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mrs. Anara Musrepova has experience in the expert examination and management of build-operate-transfer projects, securities valuation, interaction with international development institutions, consulting companies, central and local government bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She is a graduate of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University graduating with a Bachelor degree in World Economics with honors. She received a Master degree in “Securities, Investments, Banking” from ICMA Center, Henley Business School of the University of Reading, UK. Mrs. Anara Musrepova also completed Certificate Program in International Fixed Income and Derivatives Certificate Program, former GCP. From July 2008 to February 2009, she worked as a Leading Specialist in JSC “Astana Finance”. From 2009 to 2014, she held a position of a Chief Expert in the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan and JSC “Kazakhstan Center for Public-Private Partnership”. From July 2014 to December 2015, she was a project manager at the "Kazakhstan Project Preparation Fund”. Currently Mrs. Anara Musrepova heads a project implementation office of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is responsible for portfolio of major hospital construction projects of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

CEO
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.

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.

Agris  Preimanis

Agris Preimanis

Associate Director, Regional Lead Economist
EBRD

Agris Preimanis is an Associate Director, Regional Lead Economist at the EBRD. He is heading EBRD’s economic and policy engagements in Central Asia, engaging with governments, regulators and private sector on formulating economic policies, strategies and structural reforms. He is overseeing the analysis of macroeconomic environment and reforms in this region. He also maintains a broader role in the venture capital and private equity sector across the EBRD region. Previously, Mr Preimanis held a position of Senior Economist for financial, VC and PE sectors. Before EBRD, for 10 years he held a position at Oxera, a UK-based advisory firm, advising financial services firms and regulators in the UK, Europe and US. He holds a DPhil in Financial Economics from University of Oxford, MSc in Finance from Birkbeck College and BSc in Economics and Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.

Sir Suma  Chakrabarti

Sir Suma Chakrabarti

President
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.

Kanat Kudaibergen

Kanat Kudaibergen

CEO
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.

Kairat Kelimbetov

Kairat Kelimbetov

Chairman
Astana International Finance Centre

Kairat Kelimbetov has served as Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan from October 2013 till November 2015. He was appointed as the Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan in October 2013 by decree of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan. He served as a Vice-Prime Minister of Kazakhstan from January 2012 till October 2013. In April 2011 he was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan.

He also served as the Minister of Economy and Budget Planning in the Government of Kazakhstan. From October 2008 till April 2011 he was Chairman of the board of SamrukKazyna National Welfare Fund JSC. From January till October 2008 he was Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan. From 2006 till 2008 he was Chairman of the board of Kazyna Sustainable Development Fund JSC. In July 2005 Mr Kelimbetov announced that Kazakhstan's GDP grew by 9.1% in the last year. In 2005, he was awarded the Kurmet order. From 2002 till 2006 he was Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan. From 2001 till 2002 he was First Vice Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan. From 1999 till 2001 he was Chairman of the Kazakh Agency on Strategic Planning. In 1998 he was head of the department on social and economic analysis of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan. In 1997 he was deputy director, director of the department of the Kazakh State Agency on Strategic Planning. In 1996 he was senior expert of the Supreme Economic Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University's, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (Pew Economic Freedom Fellows Program,1999), the Kazakh State Academy of Economics (management, 1996), and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Mathematics, 1993). He started his carrier in 1993 as a postgraduate, assistant in the Kazakh State University named after Al-Farabi. Mr Kelimbetov is on the Board of directors Samruk-Kazyna and controls all significant dealings of the portfolio companies, including KazatomProm. He is a member of Bureau of the Political Council of NurOtan People's Democratic Party. He is an author of a number of scientific publications.

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MODERATORS (3)

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

Editor-in-Chief
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.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni

Deputy Editor
fDi Magazine

Jacopo Dettoni is Deputy Editor of fDi Magazine. He has been following patterns of investment in emerging markets for more than 10 years. Prior to joining fDi Magazine, he covered the boom and bust cycle in commodity-dependent regions such as Central Asia and Latin America. His writing has appeared in leading publications across the globe.

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.

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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VENUE

Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane
Hamilton Place
Park Lane
London W1J 7DR

United Kingdom


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PRESENTED BY (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

fDi Magazine provides an up-to-date image of the ever-changing global investment map.

Published bi-monthly with an ABC audited circulation of 15,284 active corporate readers and crossborder investment professionals, fDi Magazine is a central part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times.

fDi Magazine is part of the fDi Intelligence portfolio of investment products and services from the Financial Times. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the fDi Intelligence suite also includes:

fDi Markets - The most comprehensive online database of crossborder greenfield investments available, covering all countries and sectors worldwide. It provides real-time monitoring of investment projects, capital investment and job creation with powerful tools to track and profile companies investing overseas.

fDi Benchmark - A platform to benchmark the competitiveness of countries and cities in more than 65 sectors. Its comprehensive location data series covers the main cost and quality indicators for more than 700 locations around the world.

fDi Reports - Provides sector, country, company and bespoke FDI reports, delivering vital  business intelligence to corporations, investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, consulting firms and research institutions.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH (2)

Samruk-Kazyna JSC, Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund manages the largest state assets of the country with the value of 67 bln. USD in energy, transport, telecoms, mining and industrial sectors.

The Fund was established in 2008 to improve the national wealth of Kazakhstan and to support the modernisation of the national economy.

In  2018,  the  Fund approved new Development Strategy marking new horizons to make new investment, and will gradually  commence  international  investments  and  increase  its presence  in  foreign  markets.

Samruk-Kazyna is now focusing  its  efforts  on  creating  a  diversified  high-yield  portfolio  of investments and assets both in Kazakhstan and abroad, so  protecting prosperity for future generations.

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. 

CONTACTS

Ruth Strachan
Content Executive
Financial Times
FT Live Delegate Services - EMEA
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
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