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.