Beibut Atamkulov

Beibut Atamkulov (Kazakh: Бейбіт Бәкірұлы Атамқұлов, Beıbit Bákiruly Atamqulov; born 19 May 1964) is a Kazakh politician, diplomat who's serving as the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development. He served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 2018 to September 2019.[1] Atamkulov has an economic and financial background.[1] Previously, Atamkulov served as the head of the newly created Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan.[2]

Beibut Atamkulov
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Atamkulov in 2019
Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development
Assumed office
18 September 2019
PresidentKassym-Jomart Tokayev
Prime MinisterAskar Mamin
Preceded byRoman Sklyar
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
26 December 2018 – 18 September 2019
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Prime MinisterBakhytzhan Sagintayev
Askar Mamin
Preceded byKairat Abdrakhmanov
Succeeded byMukhtar Tleuberdi
Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry
In office
7 October 2016 – 26 December 2018
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Prime MinisterBakhytzhan Sagintayev
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byAskar Zhumagaliyev
Äkim of South Kazakhstan Region
In office
8 August 2015 – 7 October 2016
Preceded byAskar Myrzakhmetov
Succeeded byZhanseit Tuymenbayev
Personal details
Born (1964-05-19) 19 May 1964 (age 57)
Uzynagash, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s)Bağila Saparbaeva
Alma materSatbayev University
Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance

Early life and educationEdit

In 1986, Beibut Atamkulov graduated from the Satbayev University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. In 2000, he graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, and holds the degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences.

From 1986 to 1991, he worked as a smelter, a shift foreman, a senior foreman, a leading engineer, and a deputy head of the department at the Chimkent Lead Plant.[2]


Atamkulov has extensive career in international relations. From 2006 to 2007, he served as Counsellor and later Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia (Moscow). In 2007–08, he served as Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Kazakhstan in Iran (Tehran). In 2008–10, he served as Consul General of Kazakhstan in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. From 2010 to 2012, Atamkulov served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Malaysia with concurrent accreditation to the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei.[2]

On 8 August 2015, he was appointed an akim of South Kazakhstan Region.[3] He served that position until he became the Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry on 7 October 2016.[4]

On 26 December 2018, Atamkulov was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[5] He conducted his first visit to the United States as Foreign Minister under President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on 1–2 July 2019.[6] On the second day of the visit, he met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Secretary expressed strong support to strengthening bilateral relations and working with the newly elected Kazakh President.[7]

Atamkulov participated in the 15th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on 7 July 2019. The Conference was dedicated to the launch of the new EU strategy on Central Asia. On the sidelines of the event, Atamkulov presented the Order of Dostyk (Friendship) of the 1st degree to EU's High Representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini on behalf of President Tokayev.[8]

Atamkulov was released from the position of Foreign Minister and appointed as Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan in September 2019.[9]

See alsoEdit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kazakhstan)


  1. ^ a b "New Minister of Foreign Affairs Appointed". KazInform.
  2. ^ a b c "Minister's biography". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
  3. ^ Шеф-редактор (2015-08-08). "Бейбут Атамкулов назначен акимом Южно-Казахстанской области". Otyrar.KZ (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  4. ^ "Указ «О назначении Атамкулова Б.Б. Министром оборонной и аэрокосмической промышленности Республики Казахстан» — Официальный сайт Президента Республики Казахстан". Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  5. ^ INFORM.KZ (2018-12-26). "New Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  6. ^ INFORM.KZ. "Kazakh Foreign Minister begins his official visit to United States". (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  7. ^ "Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ "Kazakhstan proposes effective use of EU-Central Asia relations toolkit to advance the EU's new strategy for region".
  9. ^ September 2019 (2019-09-19). "Kazakh President reshuffles key government and ministry posts". The Astana Times. Retrieved 2019-09-23.