Dr. Kuat Akizhanov (citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan) joins the CAREC Institute as the new Deputy Director Two.
Dr. Kuat Akizhanov has experience in public service. Prior to joining the CAREC Institute, he worked as the Head of the Economic Research Department at the Kazakhstan Institute of Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan in 2022-2023 and Director of the State Borrowing Department at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2010-2015. His public service also includes various positions in the ministries of justice, labour and social protection and at the President of Kazakhstan Administration.
Mr. Kuat Akizhanov holds PhD in Social and Policy Sciences from the University of Bath (UK), an MA in Public Policy and Management from the Institute for Development Policy and Management of the Manchester University (UK) and an LL.M in international law and arbitration from the University of Virginia School of Law (USA). Dr. Akizhanov served as an associate professor at the Higher School of Economics of KazGUU in Astana (Kazakhstan), as well as a visiting lecturer at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (the Kyrgyz Republic) and the Institute for East European Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). As a lecturer, he also taught at the University of Birmingham, International Development Department (UK). He has received the Study UK Alumni Award for Social Action in Kazakhstan and has been named a CERGE-EI Foundation Teaching Fellow.
Dr. Akizhanov brings professional experience, knowledge and expertise in the fields of public policy, international development and economic governance. Dr. Akizhanov, in his new role as Deputy Director Two, will contribute to the CAREC Institute’s mission by supporting research that promotes economic and financial stability, trade, connectivity, water resource management and others.