Mr. Kairat Karmanov holds a degree in International Law from the Eurasian National University in Astana and a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michagan State and Florida Universities. He started his career as a head of socio-economic analysis department at Astana mayor’s office, where he was in charge of the city Strategic Plan 2030 development and a municipal anti-crisis program. He then worked as an expert in the Center of Economic Policy in Agricultural Complex under the Ministry of Agriculture, where he co-authored a master plan of sugar industry development. Since 2009 he has been a head of department for liaison with foreign investors and MNCs, further working as a Managing Director and currently as a deputy Chairman of the Board at KAZNEX INVEST National Agency for Exports and Investment under the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.