Umirzak Shukeyev

Umirzak Shukeyev (Kazakh: Ómirzaq Estaıuly Shókeev, Өмірзақ Естайұлы Шөкеев) (born 12 March 1964) is a Kazakh politician who's serving as the akim of Turkistan Region since 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Minister of Agriculture from 2017 to 2019, chairman of Samruk-Kazyna, Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund from 2011 to 2017, First Deputy Prime Minister from 2009 to 2011, and prior to that, Deputy Prime Minister from 2007, akim of South Kazakhstan from 2006 to 2007, akim of Astana from 2004 to 2006, akim of Kostanay Region from 1998 to 2004, Minister of Economy and Trade from 1995 to 1997 while serving as Deputy Prime Minister.

Umirzak Shukeyev
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Shukeyev in 2019
First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
In office
3 March 2009 – 26 December 2011
Prime MinisterKarim Massimov
Preceded byGrigori Marchenko (2004)
Succeeded bySerik Akhmetov (2012)
Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
In office
27 August 2007 – 3 March 2009
Prime MinisterKarim Massimov
In office
12 July 1997 – 10 October 1997
Prime MinisterAkezhan Kazhegeldin
Minister of Agriculture
In office
15 December 2017 – 25 February 2019
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Prime MinisterBakhytzhan Sagintayev
Askar Mamin (Acting)
Preceded byAskar Myrzakhmetov
Succeeded bySaparhan Omarov
Minister of Economy and Trade
In office
13 November 1995 – 10 October 1997
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Prime MinisterAkezhan Kazhegeldin
Preceded byAltay Tileuberdin (Economy)
Succeeded byZhaksybek Kulekeyev (Economy)
Äkim of Turkistan Region
Assumed office
26 February 2019
Preceded byZhanseit Tuymenbayev
Äkim of South Kazakhstan Region
In office
20 September 2006 – 28 August 2007
Preceded byBolat Jylkyshiev
Succeeded byNurgali Ashim
Äkim of Kostanay Region
In office
19 August 1998 – 20 March 2004
Preceded byToqtarbai Qadambaev
Succeeded bySergey Kulagin
Äkim of Astana
In office
20 March 2004 – 20 September 2006
Preceded byTemirkhan Dosmukhanbetov
Succeeded byAskar Mamin
Personal details
Born (1964-03-12) 12 March 1964 (age 57)
Turkistan, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materMoscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics


Early life and careerEdit

Shukeyev was born in Turkistan.[1] He graduated from the Moscow Economics and Statistics Institute in 1986, after having studied economics and mathematics.[1] After graduating, he was employed as junior and leading research fellow in a number of research facilities in Almaty.[citation needed]

From 1992, Shukeyev on to work as a consultant with the Supreme Economic Council under the President; as an advisor to the President for economic issues; vice head of the Finance, Labor and Social Protection of the Population Department in the Presidential Service and in the Cabinet.[citation needed]

In 1993, he became the deputy head of Administration of South Kazakhstan Region.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

In November 1995, Shukeyev was appointed as the Minister of Economy. While serving from the position, he became the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan in July 1997 until dissolution of the government in October 1997. From February to November 1997, Shukeyev was a member of the Supreme Economic Council under the President and then a member National Council for Sustainable Development of Kazakhstan from November 1997 to August 1998. In March 1997, Shukeyev became a chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kazakhoil CJSC and served that position until December 1997. In April 1998, Shukeyev became the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan.

On 19 August 1998, Shukeyev was appointed as the akim of Kostanay Region.[2] Later he served as the akim of Astana from 20 March 2004 until being appointed as the akim of South Kazakhstan Region on 20 September 2006.

On 27 August 2007, Shukeyev was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan under Massimov's cabinet until he was became the First Deputy Prime Minister from 3 March 2009, making him the first person to hold such post since 2004.[3] He was dismissed from duties on 26 December 2011 and the following day on 27 December, Shukeyev became the chairman and the member of the Board of Directors of the JSC Samruk-Kazyna.[4][5]

On 15 December 2017, Shukeyev became the Minister of Agriculture.[6] After the government was dismissed on 21 February 2019, he was shortly appointed as the akim of Turkistan Region on 25 February 2019.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Management Board". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  2. ^ Первый Президент Республики Казахстан Нурсултан Назарбаев. Хроника деятельности. 1998–1999 годы (in Russian). Astana: ТОО «Деловой Мир Астана». 2010. p. 103. ISBN 978-601-7259-20-4.
  3. ^ "О назначении Шукеева У.Е. первым заместителем Премьер-Министра Республики Казахстан". (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  4. ^ (2011-12-27). "Umirzak Shukeev appointed to head Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund". Главные новости Казахстана - Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  5. ^ NUR.KZ. "Умирзак Шукеев возглавил ФНБ "Самрук-Казына"". NUR.KZ - Свежие новости Казахстана. (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  6. ^ INFORM.KZ (2017-12-15). "Umirzak Shukeyev gets new appointment". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  7. ^ Sorbello, Paolo. "Kazakhstan Appoints a New-Old Government". Retrieved 2020-08-03.