Mr. Kairat Karmanov is Deputy Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Investments and Development. He previously served as Deputy Chairman of the Board for the National Export and Investment Agency (Kaznex Invest) under the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, where he worked on creating a national system of foreign direct investment attraction for Kazakhstan and promoting the country’s investment image worldwide. Before, Mr. Karmanov worked as a consultant at the Analytical Center for Economic Policy in the Ministry of Agriculture, where he authored a long-term sugar industry development plan in Kazakhstan. He also has served as Head of the Socio-Economic Analysis Department at the Municipal Center for Sustainable Development under the Mayor of Astana, where he was in charge of the national capital’s anti-crisis program. Mr. Karmanov holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University (2008) and an LLB from the Law School of Eurasian National University in Astana (2005).