Nurlan Kapparov

Nurlan Djambululy Kapparov (Kazakh: Нұрлан Джамбулұлы Қаппаров; 30 March 1970 – 26 March 2015) was a Kazakh politician and businessman who served as a Minister of Environment Protection and Minister of Environment and Water from 20 January 2012 to 6 August 2014. Before his death, Kapparov was the chairman of the Board of Kazatomprom.

Nurlan Kapparov
Нұрлан Қапаров
Nurlan Kapparov (11.2013) (cropped).jpg
Kapparov in 2013
Minister of Environment and Water
In office
20 January 2012 – 6 August 2014
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Prime MinisterKarim Massimov
Serik Akhmetov
Preceded byNurgali Ashimov (Environment)
Succeeded byMagzum Myrzagaliev (Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources)
Personal details
Born(1970-03-30)30 March 1970
Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Died26 March 2015(2015-03-26) (aged 44)
Beijing, China
Spouse(s)Gauhar Kapparova
Alma materAl-Farabi Kazakh National University
Harvard Kennedy School


Early life and educationEdit

Kapparov was born in the city of Alma-Ata (now Almaty). He graduated from the Republican Physics and Mathematics School. Until 7th grade, he studied in the Village School 120. From 1987 to 1991, Kapparov studied at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. In 2003, he earned a degree as engineer economist and masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.[1]


While studying, Kapparov served in the Soviet Army from 1987 to 1989. In 1991, Kapparov he founded the company Accept and from 1997 to 1999, he was the chief executive of the national company KazTransOil and oil and gas company Kazakhoil.[1]

In 1999, Kapparov became a Vice Minister for Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and in 2001, as Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.[1]

On 20 January 2012, Kapparov was appointed as Minister of Environment Protection.[2] After the Ministry was reorganized on 11 November 2013, he became the Minister of Environment and Water and served the post until it was abolished on 6 August 2014.[3] Kapparov then became the chairman of the Board of Kazatomprom.[4]


Kapparov died unexpectedly on 26 March 2015 in Beijing from a heart attack.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Каппаров Нурлан Джамбулович ▷ биография, фото, должность". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  2. ^ "Каппаров назначен министром охраны окружающей среды". Ақ Жайық (in Russian). 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  3. ^ Abdulova, Zhanara (2014-08-08). "President Restructures, Reshuffles Kazakh Government". The Astana Times. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  4. ^ Solovyov, Dmitry (2014-08-06). "UPDATE 1-Kazakhstan creates giant energy ministry as economy falters". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  5. ^ "Chief Executive Officer of JSC "NAC "Kazatomprom" Nurlan Kapparov dies suddenly on visit to China". 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  6. ^ "KazAtomProm CEO dies suddenly aged 44 - World Nuclear News". 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2020-09-18.