Yerkin Tukumov is the Director of Kazakhstan Institute under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS). He can draw on his broad academic and practical expertise. Before the appointment to this position in January 2022, he had served as Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia (2019 - 2022), Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Kazan (2018 - 2019), Head of the Analytical Department of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2010 - 2018), and Director and Deputy Director of the Central Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2008 - 2010). He holds a degree the Candidate of Sciences from the Institute of Philosophy and Political Science of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan and an of Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
Director of Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies