Askar Umarov appointed Minister of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan


NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – The former director of the international news agency “Kazinform” JSC Askar Umarov has been appointed the new Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, reports the correspondent of Kazinform.

Askar Umarov joined “Kazinform” INA LLP in 2017 and between January 2020 and August 2021, he was chairman of the board of “Kazinform” INA JSC.

Born in 1976 in the city of Almaty, Mr. Umarov graduated from the University of Turan with a specialization in international economic relations.

He began his professional career in 1997 as an economic expert at the Republican Center for Research on Cultural Problems. Over the years he worked as marketing director at Malyi Biznes Kazakhstana magazine, deputy editor of republican youth newspaper Assar, head of political department of Novosti nedeli newspaper, political contributor to newspapers such as Central Asia Monitor, 50 / 50, Subbota +.

In 2005, he was appointed head of the Almaty branch-Deputy Director of the Directorate of Information and Analysis Programs of the Republican Television and Radio Society of Kazakhstan.

He was also the head of the KazEnergy Public Fund Expert and Analysis Group and Managing Director of NC KazMunaiGas JSC.

Between 2008 and 2010 he was the first Deputy Managing Director of Nur Media LLP where he headed the Astana front office, coordinated the work of seven newspapers and was responsible for liaison with government agencies.

From 2011 to 2017, he was Vice President of Turkish Academy JSC, Managing Director of NC Astana EXPO 2017 JSC and President of KazBusinessMedia Public Fund.

In April 2017, he joined the team of the international news agency Kazinform as Managing Director.

On January 16, 2020, he was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Kazinform International News Agency LLP.

On August 19, 2021, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Joel C. Hicks