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Shigeo Katsu

Shigeo Katsu

President, Nazarbayev University and Former Vice President, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank

Since December 2010 Shigeo Katsu has served as President of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Katsu worked at the World Bank for thirty years: he joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1979, and soon was assigned to the West Africa Region as an infrastructure economist. In 1985, he was appointed the Bank's Resident Representative in Benin.

Starting the fall 1989 until the end of 1991, Mr. Katsu worked as a Deputy Director in the Export-Import Bank of Japan in the Department of Country Economic Policy Analysis. During 1992 – 1995 he was responsible for enterprise and financial sector reforms in the China Department. Later throughout the duration of 1995-1999 he served as Country Director in Cote d’Ivoire, followed by the position of Regional Director in the Europe and Central Asia region during 1999-2003. In 2003 Shigeo Katsu became Vice President of the ECA Region.

During 2010 - 2011, Mr. Katsu consulted the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, collaborated with think tanks and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, during 2011-2012 Mr. Katsu served as the chair of the US Board of Restless Development. Since May 2011, Mr. Katsu has served on the Advisory Panel to the Asean+3 Macro-economic Research Office (AMRO)

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Chairman of the Board at NC Astana EXPO-2017

Was born December 15, 1950 in Almaty region.
In 1974 graduated from the Kazakh Agricultural Institute.
In 1991 graduated from socio-political faculty of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences. Doctor of Economics (1999).
Since 1990 – First Deputy Chairman of Gosagroprom of the Kazakh SSR.
Since 1992 – head of Alma-Ata regional administration.
Since 1994 - Deputy Prime Minister of RK.
Since 1996 - State Secretary of RK, First Deputy Prime Minister of RK - Chairman of the State committee on investments.
Since 1998 - head of Administration of President of RK.
Since 1998 - Ambassador of RK in Benelux countries (Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of the Netherlands and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). Head of Representation of RK in EU and NATO.
Since 2001 – Minister of Agriculture of RK.
Since 2002 – Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture of RK.
Since 2004 – Deputy Prime Minister of RK.
Since January 2006 - Minister of Agriculture of RK.
Since April 2008 – Akim of Almaty.
Since 9 August 2015 – has appointed Chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017
Since October 2008 - chairman of Almaty affiliate of “Nur Otan” Party.

Vicente Loscertales

Vicente Loscertales

the General Secretary, the International Exhibitions Bureau

Vicente Loscertales is the secretary general of the International Exhibitions since 1993. He holds a PhD from the University of Madrid and speaks four languages. He has been in the chief government positions since 1988. During 1988-89 he worked as a Deputy Director General for Scientific and Technological Co-operation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also become a Head of the Department of Participants of Expo 92 in Seville, Spain during 1990-1992.

Kanat Bozumbayev

Kanat Bozumbayev

Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

From March 25, 2016 he was assigned as the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kanat Bozumbayev received his bachelor degree in "Economic and Social Planning" at the Kazakh State Academy of Management.
He is honored Power Engineer of the CIS.
July 1993 - September 1997 - Government agencies and private companies.
September 1997 - November 1997 - The Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the head of the regional policy department.
November 1997 - September 1998 - JSC “National Company for Oil Transportation "KazTransOil", the head of the Combined Financial Department, Vice-President for Economic Affairs.
September 1998 - February 2001 - The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Trade, Oil and Gas Department, Vice-Minister.
February 2001 - May 2001 - JSC "Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company" (KEGOC), the First Vice-President
May 2001 - August 2007 - JSC "Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company" (KEGOC), President.
August 2007 - October 2008 - JSC "Kazakhstan Holding for Management of “Samruk” State Assets", Chairman of the Board.
October 2008 year - JSC "Kazakhstan company Electricity Grid", the President.
Since November 2009 he held the position of the Akim of Zhambyl region, from December 2013 – the Akim of Pavlodar region.

Mirzagaliev Magzum

Mirzagaliev Magzum

Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

He was born on November 7, 1978 in Almaty
2000-2001 years. - Ved.spetsialist of the Financial and Economic Analysis of the Akmola regional division in the woods.He graduated from the University in 1999, "Turan ", Almaty , international economics , and in 2003 the Diplomatic Academy in Astana, international economics ,
Of 2001-2002 . - Manager TB Aktau Branch «MI DrillingFluids International».
Of 2002-2004 . - Internship in Houston (USA ) and g.Kuala Lumpur ( Malaysia) .
2004-2007 years. - Sales Representative, Product Manager for Aktau Branch «MI Drilling Fluids International».
2007-2010 years. - General Manager LLP "TenizService" JSC NC " KazMunaiGas".
2010-2012. - Managing Director of JSC "NC" KazMunaiGas ".
Since February 2012 - Vice Chairman of the Board for innovative development and service projects of JSC NC " KazMunaiGas " .

David Cleave

David Cleave

Executive Director, ISTC

Since 2014 he has been working as an Executive Director of the ISTC (International Science and Technology Center). Prior coming to this position David Cleave worked as the Financial Director of the ISTC since June 2014. From 2003 to 2009 he worked in the USTC (Ukrainian Science and Technology Centre) as the Director of Administration / Chief Operating Officer (EU). In the period from 1997 to 2003 he held the position of Operations Director and a member of the board of RZB (Raiffeisenbank) in Ukraine. From 1993 to 1997 he worked as an assistant manager and COO at ING Barings, Budapest, Hungary. In the period from 1985 to 1989 he also held management positions at the Bank «Indosuez» in Karachi, Pakistan, in the Omani European Bank - Banque Indosuez Group, Oman, the National Bank of Sharjah, UAE.
David Clive received his Bachelor of Banking degree / graduate of the Royal Institute of International Banking Financial Services degree, a graduate degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Technology, and graduate degree at School of Finance of Institute of Financial Services (the former Royal Bank Institute). David Cleave is Also a member of the Institute of Management (MCMI) and a member of the Institute of Commercial Management (MInstCM).

Hassan Peerhossaini

Hassan Peerhossaini

Professor, University of Paris Diderot (France)

Dr. Hassan Peerhossaini is Distinguished Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer at the University of Paris Diderot (France). He had been Director of Laboratoire de Thermocinétique (CNRS) from 2000 to 2008.
His research interests include physics of turbulence in reactive flows, microfluidics, energy efficiency, mixing and intensification of convective tranfers, hydrodynamic instability and transition to turbulence and in particular with chaotic advection and its technological applications. His publications exceed 400 including refereed archival papers, full length proceeding papers and technical reports. In July 2013, professor Peerhossaini received the Lewis Moody Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his experimental work on turbulent micromixing.
Vice-President of the CNU 62nd section and Scientific Delegate to HCERES, he is currently the Director of LIED.

Dr. Yasukuni Okubo

Yasukuni Okubo

Senior Director, Geological Survey Planning and Coordinating Office, Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

He received his bachelor's degree and PhD in Exploration geophysics for geothermal energy from University of Tokyo. From 1978 to 1980 he worked as Geophysicist in Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ).
From 1980 to 1984 he held the position of Geophysicist for geothermal development in New Energy Development Organization. From 1984 to 1993 he worked as a senior Senior Geophysicist in GSJ. From 1993 to 1995 he was the Coordinator in Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP)
From 1997 to 1999 he served as Section Manager of geothermal development in New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. From 2001 to 2015 he held various managerial positions at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
In addition He worked as Director for Technology Evaluation at Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He also served as Scientific and Technical Officer of Science and Technical Officer in Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

Rajendra K Pachauri

Rajendra K Pachauri

Chief Mentor, Protect Our Planet Movement, Former Chairman IPCC

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Dr Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognised internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He was the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change (April 2002 to February, 2015). He was Senior Adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) from July 2012 through June 2014, prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI (July 2009 – June 2012).

Herbert Girardet

Herbert Girardet

Cultural ecologist, co-founder, former program director and honorary member of the World Future Council

Prof. Herbert Girardet is a consultant to UNEP and UN-Habitat. He is leading consultant on sustainable development and a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievements’. He has been a consultant to UNEP and UN-Habitat and has developed sustainability policies for major cities such as London, Vienna and Bristol.
At present he is a senior consultant to the Saudi Sustainability Initiative, based in Riyadh.
From 1996 to 2008 Herbert was chairman of the Schumacher Society, UK. He is an honorary fellow of Royal Institute of British Architects, a patron of the Soil Association, UK, and a visiting professor at University of the West of England.
He has produced 50 environmental TV documentaries for major broadcasters. He is author and co-author of 12 books.

Arman Abikenov

Arman Abikenov

Director for Government Affairs & Policy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, General Electric

1988-1993 - Kazan State University, sociology (Russia)
1995-1997 - Diplomatic Academy, Moscow. International relations. International Private Law
2005 - Karaganda State University, lawyer (Kazakhstan)

Professional activity:
Policy Director for Kazakhstan/Central Asia, General Electric
2012-2016 - Director for Corporate and Regulation Affairs for Kazakhstan and
South of Central Asia, British American Tobacco
2010-2012 - Embassy of Kazakhstan to Malaysia, Kuala-Lumpur
2009-2011 - Administration of the President of Kazakhstan
2008 – 2009 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
2005-2008 - Mission of Kazakhstan to the European Union
2003-2005 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana
1998-2002 - Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Hungary, Budapest
1993-1998 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Dr. Atsushi Tsutsumi

Atsushi Tsutsumi

Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan

Atsushi Tsutsumi is the Professor of Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
He has been active in research on material and energy coproduction based on exergy recuperation technology, exergy recuperative advanced IGCC/IGFC, innovative energy conservation by self-heat recuperation, fuel cell/battery (FCB) with energy sparkling and hydrogen production by biomass gasification for the last ten years.
He has published over 176 scientific publications, 292 proceedings in international journals and conferences and 26 books. He received his Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1986.

Alexander Ni

Alexander Ni

consultant, Alstom Power

Alexander Ni worked in ABB-Alstom company and held the positions of Alstom Power Expert and Technical Director from 1994 to 2015. Prior to joining ABB-Alstom Mr. Nee also worked as an engineer at Central Institute of Aircraft Motors in Moscow and as the head of the Laboratory of Physical Aerodynamics at the Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences. He also gave lectures and seminars on aerodynamics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Alexander Ni is an expert in reviews of projects and printed materials, scouting and evaluation of perspective power generation technologies, cooperation with external organizations, training of engineers, consulting internal and external partners.
Mr. Ni received his bachelor degree in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and his PhD degree in “Nonlinear Wave Processes in Chemically Active Media”, as well as the doctorate (Habilitation) in Physical-Mathematical Sciences at the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Charles Feinstein

Charles Feinstein

International Consultant, Former Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

Charles Feinstein is former Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. In this role he was responsible for the operations and day to day management of the combined energy, mining and oil and gas investment, analytical and advisory portfolio with an outstanding value of over $40 billion. Before taking up this post in July 2014, he led the East Asia and the Pacific Region energy and water sectors, focusing on sector strategy development, innovation, quality assurance, and knowledge management. From 2008-12, he was Sustainable Development Leader for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands based in Sydney, Australia, responsible for a diverse portfolio of Sustainable Development activities in 12 client countries. Prior to assuming his position in Sydney, “Chas” was Sector Manager for Energy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. Mr. Feinstein’s work builds on his earlier service as a recognized energy specialist, and his role as co-author of the World Bank’s pioneering Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper (“Fuel for Thought”). Through the 1990’s, Mr. Feinstein was Team Leader for Climate Change in the World Bank’s Environment Department. An alumnus of the East-West Center in Honolulu, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Harvard Executive Development Program, Mr. Feinstein is trained in electrical engineering and resource economics.

Almasadam  Satkaliyev

Almasadam Satkaliyev

Chairman of the Board, Samruk‐Energy

On July 5, 2016 Almasadam Satkaliyev was elected as a member of the Board of Directors by the decision of the Board of JSC "Samruk-Kazyna.
He graduated from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 1992. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 1992 as a mechanic and an applied mathematician.

Candidate of Economic Sciences. Honored Power Engineer of the CIS
Since August 1992 - the director of "TaSSaT".
From September 1997 - Manager, Head of Clearing Department, Head of Project Management Department of JSC NCOT "KazTransOil"
August 1998 - Managing Director, Vice-President for Economics of JSC NCOT "KazTransOil".
From January 2001 - Chief Financial Officer, Vice - President for Economics, JSC "Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company" (KEGOC).
Since November 2003 - the first vice-president of JSC "Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company" (KEGOC).
Since May 2006 – Chief Director of JSC "Kazakhstan Holding for Management of “Samruk” State Assets" group on JSC "KEGOC".
Since December 2006 - Director for power assets management of JSC "Kazakhstan Holding for Management of “Samruk” State Assets".
From January 2007 - Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Since September 2007 - President, since October 2008 - First Vice-President of JSC JSC "Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company" (KEGOC).
Since June 2011 - Managing Director of JSC "Samruk-Kazyna “National Welfare Fund"
From January 2012 - Chairman of the Board of JSC "Samruk-Energo".
From July 2015 - an independent director of "Kazakh National Research Technical University named after K. Satpayev" non-profit joint-stock company.

Friedbert Pflüger

Friedbert Pflüger

Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College London CEO, Pflüger International GmbH, Deputy Minister (ret.)

Prof.Dr.Friedbert Pflüger is Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the U.S. He is Managing Director of Pflüger International GmbH in Berlin, Senior Advisor of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Member of the Supervisory Board of Alstom Power GmbH. After his studies, Pflüger became one of the closest associates of German President Richard von Weizsäcker while working as his speechwriter and press secretary from 1981-1989. In 1990, he was elected member of the German Parliament, a position in which he remained until 2006. From 1998 to 2002, he was chairman of theBundestag’s EU-Committee. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a foreign policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Moreover, he served as Deputy Defence Minister in the first Merkel Government.
Pflüger studied political science, economics and public and constitutional law in Göttingen, Bonn and Harvard.

Mohamed El-Farnawany

Mohamed El-Farnawany

Director, Strategic Management & Executive Direction, IRENA

As Director, Strategic Management and Executive Direction, and Chief of Staff of IRENA, Mohamed El-Farnawany oversees the Governance Support Office, Communications, Legal Affairs, Protocol & Liaison, in addition to the agency’s Observer Office in New York. He started his work with the agency in October 2011 as Secretary of the Governing Bodies.  Before joining IRENA, Mr. El-Farnawany represented Egypt as Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris. Prior to this assignment, he held a number of positions in his Government and its diplomatic service, including Political and Economic Officer in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Congressional Liaison in Washington, D.C.  He also worked in the UN Secretariat as Senior Officer in the Secretary General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. 

Frank Hardeman

Frank Hardeman

Director-General, SCK-CEN

At the beginning of April 2015, Frank Hardeman was appointed Deputy Director General of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. As an expert in radiation protection and nuclear safety, he will assist the Director General Eric van Walle in the daily management of SCK•CEN.
Frank Hardeman started his career at SCK•CEN after obtaining his PhD in Physics at the KU Leuven in 1990. As an expert in nuclear safety management and radiation protection research, he is appointed head of the Internal Service for Prevention and Protection at Work in 2007. Two years later, he was promoted to Institute Director of the SCK•CEN Environment, Health and Safety Institute. Heading a team of 250 people he supervises various research domains of SCK•CEN and in particular radiobiology, radioecology, dosimetry, waste management, dismantling of facilities, and last but not least the societal aspects of nuclear research. 

Frank Hardeman is also active in national and international professional organisations and associations, amongst which NERIS, Melodi, BVS-ABR and the European Radioecology Alliance. Besides that, he is author of many publications and a sought-after lecturer at national and international conferences. Frank Hardeman is also member of the scientific council of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control and represents Belgium in the Euratom Expert Group (art.31).

Yerzhan Syrgaliyev

Yerzhan Syrgaliyev

President, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications

NAO Board of Directors of "AUPET" from April 15, 2016 appointed rector of the Non-Profit JSC "Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications".
In 1986 he graduated from the Physics Department of the Kazakh State University named after Kirov in the specialty "Physics"
In 1994 he defended his thesis for the degree of candidate of physical and mathematical sciences on a specialty 01.04.07-solid-state physics in the Physico-Technical Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty).
From 1986 to 1998. - Zhambyl Technological Institute of light and food industry engineer, assistant, associate professor, head of the department "Physics".
From 1998 to 2006. - Taraz State University named M.Kh.Dulati Associate Professor, Head of Department of "Physics", Dean of Faculty of Science.
From 2007 to 2011. - RSE "National Center for Biotechnology of the Republic of Kazakhstan" of the Committee of Science MES Director of the Department of Science, Director of Marketing and Commercialization Department, Director Development Department, Deputy General Director for implementation.
From 2011 to 2016. Autonomous organization of education «Nazarbayev University» Senior Researcher, Scientific Secretary of the "Center for Energy Studies," lead researcher «National Laboratory Astana», general manager of «Astana Business Campus», «Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System» Senior Director of Business Development.

Kanat A. Baigarin

Kanat A. Baigarin

Vice-President for Innovation, Nazarbayev University

Dr. Baigarin is an engineer-physicistobtained his Ph.D. in physics and mathematics in 1989 at the National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute” (former I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy) in Moscow.
He started his working career in 1975 at I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy and worked there until 1985. Moreover, he has served as a consultant to the Global Environment Division of Rockefeller Foundation on energy efficiency and renewable energy project in the CIS during 1996 - 1998. From 2009 until 2011 he was the Managing Director of Nazarbayev University and since 2011 until February 2016 he was the General Director of “Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System”. He is currently Vice-President for Innovation and Science at Nazarbayev University.

George Smoot

George Smoot

Professor, the University of California at Berkeley

Dr. George Fitzgerald Smoot III (born February 20, 1945, Yukon, Florida) is an experimental astrophysicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the measurement "of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."

Vladimir Shkolnik

Vladimir Shkolnik

Adviser to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

He graduated from the Physics and Power Engineering Faculty of the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973, specialty "Physics and Power Plants". He is a Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

• 1992-1994 - Director General of the Agency for Nuclear Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 1994-1996 gg. - Minister of Science and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• Since March 1996 - Minister of Science and Higher Education, President of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 1997 - Member of the Supreme Economic Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 1997 - Member of the Supreme Economic Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• January - October 1999 - Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 1999 - 2000 - Minister of Energy, Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 2000 - 2002 - Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, concurrently served as Acting Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources until 19 January 2006;
• 2006 - 2007 - Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 2007 - 2008 - Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration;
• 2008 - 2009 - Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
• 2009 - 2014 - Chairman of the Board of JSC “National Atomic Company “Kazatomprom”;
• 2014 - 25 March 2016 - Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Ad van Wijk

Ad van Wijk

Professor in “Future Energy Systems” at the Delft University of Technology

Ad van Wijk is Professor in ‘Future Energy Systems’ at the Delft University of Technology, an independent sustainable energy entrepreneur, and advisor of numerous organizations. He is member of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.
He studied physics at Utrecht University, where he obtained a PhD on the strength of research into wind energy and electricity production. Van Wijk held a responsible position at Utrecht University, where he headed the Energy and Environment research group. In 1984, Van Wijk founded the company Ecofys (which later became part of Econcern). Van Wijk was chairman of the board until 2009.
He was member of several  Supervisory Boards, amongst others Solland Solar Energy (A solar cell manufacturer) and BioMCN.

Ruslan Rakymbay

Ruslan Rakymbay

Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan, General Director “Primus Power Kazakhstan”

Ruslan Rakymbay is the head of Primus Power subsidiary in Kazakhstan. Primus Power is a leader in grid-scale electrical energy storage. He helped to lunch Primus Power subsidiary and involved in developing of the energy storage industry in Kazakhstan. He has 10 years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and medium scale companies.
Prior to joining Primus, Ruslan was developing business in transport logistics and agricultural industries. He was responsible for attracting investments, expanding production and introducing new technologies into the manufacturing process. Ruslan has experience in legal practice and work in the investment sector on the Chinese market.
Ruslan holds a BS in law and MSc degree in Energy Economics (CEPMLP, University of Dundee, UK). He was co-founder/member of “Zhas Kyran” Kazakh Students in China. He was born and raised in Almaty region, Kazakhstan and currently resides in Astana. He enjoys photography, horse riding and snowboarding.

Arman Abikenov

Arman Abikenov

Director for Government Affairs & Policy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, General Electric

In the role of Director for Government Affairs & Policy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia Arman is responsible for leading GE’s engagement with governments, building trusted relationships and driving business growth through policy and transactional advocacy.

Arman has more than 20 years of background of professional and managing experience.

Prior to joining GE, Arman spent four years at British American Tobacco, leading the Department of Government, Corporate, and Regulatory Relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Earlier he worked at the diplomatic service in the Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as in its diplomatic representatives in Belgium, Hungary, France, Malaysia and Indonesia.

In 2009-2010 he led the policy sector of the Kazakhstan Presidential Administration.

Arman holds Master’s degrees in Sociology from Kazan State University and in International Relations and Private Law from the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow.

Arman lives in Astana with his family.

Bruce Grossan

Bruce Grossan

Lead of Observational Astrophysics and Optical Instrumentation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lead of Observational Astrophysics and Optical Instrumentation, Ph. D. in Physics 1992, MIT. Dr. Grossan works on astrophysics and cosmology projects involving cosmic gamma-ray bursts (GRB), the cosmic far infra-red background, active galactic nuclei, and extragalactic extinction. He is currently the leader of a GRB instrument project proposed as a NASA Mission of Opportunity for the International Space Station, "A Rapid Optical & IR-Response Gamma-Ray Burst Observatory for the International Space Station" (http://www-astro.lbl.gov/~bruce/ngrg/ngrg.html). .2010-2014- Lead Scientist for BigBOSS Fiber Test Program at Institute for the Early Universe, Ewha Womans University, Korea, with George Smoot – Designed and built test system for fiber focal ratio degradation for for BigBOSS (now DESI) instrument,. 2009-2012: Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory (UFFO) Mission Scientist - Participated in definition and design of the UFFO-Pathfinder mission hardware and science program, leading the UFFO-BAT (UBAT) X-ray Instrument Team up to 2012 Aug.

Bruce Grossan

Eric Linder

Leader of the Theory and Data Analysis/Computation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Leader of the Theory and Data Analysis/Computation programs. PhD in Physics 1987, Stanford University. Co-Director, Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Director (LBNL campus), Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics; Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Distinguished Fellow, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute; Author, First Principles of Cosmology; Head, International Theory Group, Supernova/Acceleration Probe (SNAP); Co-Founder, Institute for the Early Universe, Seoul Korea. World leading expert on dark energy, cosmology, cosmic acceleration and gravity.

Bruce Grossan

Golumbeanu Gabriel

International Building Concept Developer, Saint-Gobain Insulation Activity

Gabriel Golumbeanu is responsible for the development of Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort House Building Concept inside Saint-Gobain Insulation Activity. Saint-Gobain has a history of over 350 years and is one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world and one of the 100 most innovative companies.

Gabriel  joined Saint-Gobain in 2005 and from 2010 he is involved in development of the company Multi-Comfort approach towards buildings taking part in realisation of pilot projects  in EE and CIS. He is also in charge of coordinating the international competition for architecture students: ISOVER Multi Comfort House, now at its 12th Edition.

He holds an MSc in acoustics and he is also an energetic auditor for buildings.

Arman Kashkinbekov

Arman Kashkinbekov

Deputy General Director, Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan


2016-present ENERGYCORP.KZ ASTANA, KZ CEO AND CO-FOUNDER Developing renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan.

2015-present ASSOCIATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY OF KAZAKHSTAN Deputy CEO Promotion of renewable energy industry in Kazakhstan. Consulting to foreign and local investors. International cooperation. Government and public relations.

2014-present BAITEREK VENTURE FUND Board Member (independent) Making decisions on key areas of BVF’s work: strategy, portfolio management, projects approval.

2014-2015 KAZAUTOZHOL NATIONAL COMPANY Adviser to the Chairman of the Board (investment issues), Head for Strategy and Economy Consulting on foreign investment issues, international affairs, corporate strategy plan, budgeting.

2012-2014 ROLLS-ROYCE ENERGY KAZAKHSTAN ALMATY, KZ General Manager Managing branch, operations (installation & commissioning works, service) on current projects: Asia Gas Pipeline, AGIP KCO/Kashagan, Asia Trans Gas; winning largest prospective projects: Line C of AGIP and ATG. Government and Public Relations. In addition, executing functions of COO.

2009-2012 ARCELORMITTAL ASTANA, KZ Member of the Management Board, Government & Public Director, Head of Astana branch Managing and lobbying corporate interests in Government of Kazakhstan. Forced Industrialization Program. Resolving outstanding corporate issues with Ministries. Managing Astana Branch.

2008-2009 SAMRUK-KAZYNA SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND Director for international cooperation Managed international, external and business relations. Performed coordination of the relevant activities of subsidiary companies. Worked with the Chairman of the Board and his deputies.

2007-2008 KAZVENTURE, KAZAKHSTAN’S ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE EQUITY ALMATY, KZ AND VENTURE CAPITAL President Establishment of Association, aimed at uniting interests of venture capital and private equity companies, working in the country. Organizational work, PR, international cooperation, HR.

2007 KAZENERGY, KAZAKHSTAN’S ASSOCIATION OF OIL&GAS AND ENERGY SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS Executive director for Almaty Branch Educational program. International cooperation. 2nd Eurasian energy forum. Government and public relations, organizational work. Collaboration with Bolashak program.

2006-2007 KAZINVEST, KAZAKHSTAN’S INVESTMENT PROMOTION CENTER President International business forums with participation of the President of Kazakhstan. International cooperation, organizational work, country’s investment opportunities presentation. Publication of investment related information. Consulting services on investment preferences.

2005-2006 CONOCOPHILLIPS Director for business development, government and public relations Winning N Block over Shell. Government and Public relations in Kazakhstan. Taking part in Kashagan sub-committees.

2004-2005 KAZAKHSTAN FOREIGN INVESTOR’S COUNCIL ASSOCIATION Director General management. Organization of plenary and interim sessions of the Council with participation of RoK President. Coordination of work of 5 joint working groups. Heading ExComs.

2000-2004 KAZMUNAYGAS/KAZAKHOIL NATIONAL COMPANY ASTANA, KZ Senior manager, corporate finance Project financing. Investment secretary. Financial analysis. Manager, oil&gas transportation management department. IGA on transportation of KZ oil via Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan route, pre-feasibility study of Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran pipeline, transcaspian oil transportation study from Kashagan oilfield. Reports and presentations for the GOV. Manager, external economic affairs department Company’s president protocol. Kazakhstan Petroleum Association. Energy and economic reviews. Studying Norwegian experience.

1999-2000 OWEN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT NASHVILLE, TN, USA Media analyst. Managed media, telecom/computer networks of the business school.

1998-1999 VANDERBILT INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES Research assistant. Participated in a joint research on school violence problem in the USA.


2003 KAZAKHSTAN-JAPAN CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT KAZAKHSTAN Strategic management programme. Certificate. Top score participant.

2002 NORWEGIAN PETROLEUM DIRECTORATE NORWAY Diploma. Petroleum policy and management. Outstanding participant recommendation.

1998-2000 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY USA Master of Arts in Economics. Diploma. Bolashak Kazakhstan Presidential Programme.

1994-1998 KARAGANDA STATE UNIVERSITY KAZAKHSTAN Economist specialization. Diploma with honors. International economic relations.



The 2015 Future Energy Forum was an opportunity to interact with high-level scientists, business representatives and government officials shaping the landscape of energy in Kazakhstan and beyond.

The 2015 Future Energy Forum brought to Paris numerous leaders of an international community of experts, from top-level political representatives, to heads of businesses, transnational companies and major international organizations, to Nobel Prize laureates and other eminent scientists and economists who share first-hand information about the latest developments in sustainable energy, and offered a unique venue to participate in discussions, both formal and informal, thus facilitating the transfer of knowledge between nations, institutions, disciplines and individuals, while establishing and strengthening professional relationships.

The 2015 Forum program featured thematic discussion sessions on core issues in energy and sustainable development that brought together experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences to scope out the content and directions of the next thematic forum of pre-EXPO period (May 2016), as well as the content of EXPO-2017 flagship pavilion – Energy Best Practices Area.

The Forum had the main objective to promote sustainable energy, energy efficiency best practices, and research and development in the field of clean energy.

Ultimately, the valuable insights and recommendations of the Forum participants will lead to the development of a diverse and high-quality program of the main Future Energy Forum, which will take place during the EXPO period in 2017.

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The mission of Future Energy is to appeal to the international community’s sense of responsibility by way of institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals, with the aim of generating debate and heightened awareness regarding the decisive impact that energy management has on the lives of people and the planet.

The Future Energy Forum, one of the main features of Astana EXPO-2017, will take place throughout the duration of the Exhibition in 2017.

The First International "Future Energy Forum: Reducing CO2 emissions" held in October 2014 in Astana set in motion the preparation of a strategic content for EXPO-2017 and a broad international dialogue on the theme. The event was a platform for the development of research projects on the Future Energy theme and its sub-themes: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, introducing energy efficient technologies and ensuring universal access to sustainable energy. More than 500 leading energy experts, scientists, NGO leaders, representatives of the public sector attended the event. The issues discussed were climate change, environmental and energy security, investments in projects to reduce emissions and acquisitions, disposal of waste.

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2016 Future Energy Forum is the last pre-EXPO period thematic conference leading up to the main Future Energy Forum, which will take place throughout the duration of the EXPO-2017 in Astana. Future Energy is supported and organized on the pillars of sustainable development. There has never been a better time to stop and consider the broad issue of our relationship with energy.

2016 Future Energy Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Energy for All”, which determines access to energy as the main challenge to ensure basic human rights and needs, particularly in developing countries. Many people are affected by a lack of access to affordable, clean energy and by environmental degradation. For energy to be available for all, the transition towards a new energy model needs to be technically feasible, but must also be equitably distributed and sustainable.

These objectives brings to Astana numerous leaders of an international community of experts, top-level political representatives, officials from major international organizations and Nobel Prize laureates who share first-hand information about the latest developments in sustainable energy, and offers a unique venue to participate in discussions, both formal and informal, thus facilitating the transfer of knowledge between nations, institutions, disciplines and individuals.

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In November 2012, Astana was selected as the host-city for the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017. EXPO-2017 is an expositional and recreational event that expects 100 participants including countries and organizations, 2 million local and international visitors, and 5 million visits.

Kazakhstan chose “Future Energy” as the theme of EXPO-2017 in order to help bring together the global community in their efforts to take action in response to global energy challenges. The subthemes of EXPO-2017 are:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions. The environmental challenge: to protect our environment and promote trends that lead to environmental enhancement.
  • Living energy efficiency. The economic challenge: promote energy efficiency and the rational use of energy.
  • Energy for all. The social challenge: energy access as a basic human need and right.

The National pavilion and four theme pavilions devoted to different aspects of Future Energy will be placed on the area of 25 ha.

  • National Pavilion represents an alternative vision for the rich natural resources of Kazakhstan in the transition to a new model of development based on the principles of the “green” economy.
  • World of Energy” – Energy concept as a source of strength. Efficient energy use is the key to sustainable energy development.
  • “Energy For Life” – the transformative power of energy in humanity’s hands. The concept of energy efficiency in urban planning, transportationб and construction.
  • Energy For All” – Energy access mechanisms for every citizen of the planet. Ethical concepts about energy and access to development.
  • My Future Energy” – Energy is a vital requirement in everyday life, hence the crucial requirement to achieve efficient and responsible energy use and consumption.

There are various types of events within the EXPO-2017 program, such as scientific conferences, thematic meetings and presentations of projects in the area of green energy. Apart from this, EXPO-2017 is going to be the largest global showcase in 2017. The organizers plan to carry out a large-scale cultural and educational program. Over 3 000 events will be held during 93 exhibition days.

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09:30 – 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Chairman of the Board, Astana EXPO 2017 National Company

Vicente Loscertales, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions

Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

10:30 - 12:00

Energy for All: Preparing for the Future

Moderator: Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University (ISC member, confirmed)

Keynote speakers:

Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Almassadam Satkaliyev, Chairman of the Board, Samruk‐Energy

David Cleave, Executive Director, ISTC

Hassan Peerhossaini, Professor, Paris-Diderot University, sponsored by the French embassy and the French Alliance in Astana, with the support of Institut Français

Yasukuni Okubo, Director, Technology Evaluation, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Presentation download: David Cleave, Hassan Peerhossaini, Yasukuni Okubo

12:00 – 12:30

Coffee Break

12:30 – 14:00

Progress towards reducing CO2 emissions and energy-efficient lifestyle

Moderator: Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chief Mentor, POP Movement, Former Chairman IPCC

Keynote speakers:
Herbert Girardet, Cultural ecologist, co-founder, former program director and honorary member of the World Future Council

Arman Abikenov, Government Relations and Policy Director, General Electric

Atsushi Tsutsumi, Professor, Collaborative Research Center for Energy Engineering

Frank Hardeman, Deputy Director-General, SCK-CEN

Presentation download: Herbert Girardet, Arman Abikenov, Atsushi Tsutsumi, Frank Hardeman

14:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:00

Renewable Energy and Quality of Life

Moderator: Charles Feinstein, International Consultant, Former Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice

Keynote speakers:

Friedbert Pflüger, Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College London

Gabriel Golumbeanu, Saint Gobain

Arman Kashkinbekov, Deputy General Director, Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan

Alexander Ni, consultant, Smart Energy Consultants, Switzerland

Yerzhan Syrgaliyev, President, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications

Presentation download: Arman Kashkinbekov, Gabriel Golumbeanu

17:00 – 17:30

Coffee Break

17:30 – 19:00

A Glimpse at the Energy Sector in 50 years

Moderator: Kanat Baigarin, Vice President for Innovation and Research, Nazarbayev University

Keynote speaker:
George F. Smoot, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Nobel Prize Laureate

Vladimir Shkolnik, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ad van Wijk, Professor in “Future Energy Systems” at the Delft University of Technology

Bruce Grossan, Lead of Observational Astrophysics and Optical Instrumentation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Eric Linder, Leader of the Theory and Data Analysis/Computation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Presentation download: George Smoot, Vladimir Shkolnik, Ad van Wijk

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  • Republic of Kazakhstan

    Country Information

    Republic of Kazakhstan is the state situated across two continents of Europe and Asia. The geographical centre of the European and Asian sub-continent is located in Kazakhstan. The Republic of Kazakhstan is 9th in the world by area (2 million 724.9 thousand km²). Kazakhstan borders with Russia in the north and west - 7 591 km (the world longest unbroken land frontier), China in the east - 1 783 km, in the south with Kyrgyzstan - 1 242 km, Uzbekistan - 2 351 km, and Turkmenistan - 426 km. Total length of the land frontier is 13 200 km. Kazakhstan is bounded by intra-continental seas: the Caspian Sea, and the Aral Sea.

    Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world.  

    Kazakhstan is the unitary state with a presidential government. According to its Constitution the Republic of Kazakhstan is a democratic, secular, legal and social state with the highest values for individual rights and freedoms.

    Kazakhstan became independent on December 16, 1991. Capital is Astana. Kazakh is official State Language. Russian has status of the inter-language. Currency is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT).

    President of the RepublicKazakshstan the head of state, Commander-in-chief, who determines the main lines of internal and external state policy, and represents Kazakhstan within the country and international relations. President is the symbol and guarantor of the unity of peoples and state power, inviolability of the Constitution, rights and freedoms of its citizens.

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    Astana is the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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    Astana is the modern capital of Kazakhstan, situated in the centre of Eurasia. Its infrastructure development speed, and its unique beauty are astonishing. Despite the fact that Astana is the world second coldest capital (the average temperature in May is about 20C/27С above zero), it is considered one of the most hospitable cities.

    Today Astana remains an attractive city for both Kazakh citizens, and foreign guests. Modern architecture of the capital, combining the best traditions of oriental and European cultures, best represents Astana being the country's political, cultural, and economic centre on display. The main idea of the Astana city development is architectural combination of Western freedoms, sophistication of the East, vastness of Europe, and originality of Asia. Today Astana is the main business centre of the country. In 1999 by the decision of UNESCO Astana was bestowed the "City of the World". Astana today is the wide platform for business forums of various levels from regional to international.



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