Karim Massimov

Karim Kazhimkanovich Massimov was Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 2007 to 2012, and again from 2014 to 2016. He subsequently served as Chairman of the National Security Committee (KNB) between 2016-2022.

By education a lawyer and economist, Karim Massimov studied at the Peoples’ Friendship University, Beijing Institute of Language, and at the Law Institute of Wuhan University. He completed his education at the Kazakh State Academy of Management, achieving a doctorate in economics while specializing in the field of industrial management and public administration.

Karim Massimov with current President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev

In government, Karim Massimov has been one of the principal architects of Kazakhstan’s modernization, including its multi-vector foreign policy, diversifying from extractive industries towards the building of a knowledge economy, and leaping forward into the digital transformation.

Karim Massimov has worked tirelessly over decades to promote the independence and well-being of the nation. He has been a key driver of institutional reform and had a major role to play in the peaceful transfer of power to the current President.

David A. Merkel, Henry Kissinger, and Karim Massimov