Alikhan Baimenov

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Alikhan Baimenov
Әлихан Бәйменов
Baimenov in 2016
Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan
In office
31 August 1998 – 17 February 1999
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Preceded byAkhmetzhan Yessimov
Succeeded bySarybai Kalmurzaev
Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population
In office
7 August 2000 – 22 November 2001
PresidentNursultan Nazarbayev
Prime MinisterKassym-Jomart Tokayev
Preceded byNikolai Radostovets
Succeeded byGulzhan Karagusova
Head of Prime Minister's Office
In office
6 November 1997 – 31 August 1998
Prime MinisterNurlan Balgimbayev
Preceded byStepan Shutkin
Succeeded byAltai Tileuberdin
Member of the Mazhilis
In office
3 October 2006 – 20 June 2007
Chairman of the Ak Zhol Democratic Party
In office
13 March 2005 – 1 July 2011
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byAzat Peruashev
Personal details
Born (1959-03-25) 25 March 1959 (age 64)
Karsakpay, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
SpouseHadisha Baimenova
Alma materKaraganda State Technical University

Alikhan Muhamediauly Baimenov (Kazakh: Әлихан Мұхамедияұлы Бәйменов, Älihan Mūhamediiaūly Bäimenov; born 25 March 1959) is a Kazakh politician who served as a member of the Mazhilis from October 2006 to June 2007, chairman of Ak Zhol Democratic Party from March 2005 to July 2011 to which he was a nominee of in the 2005 Kazakh presidential election.

Prior to that, Baimenov also served as a Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population from August 2000 to November 2001, Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan from August 1998 to February 1999 and the head of Prime Minister's Office from November 1997 to August 1998. He is currently serving as a chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub.



  • 1981-1992 – Scientific and academic work.
  • 1992 - 1994 – Deputy Head of Administration of the Zhezkazgan region. At that period, the first autonomous newspaper "ASU" (Adam.Sana.Yakyt) was released (1992).
  • 1995 - 1996 – Deputy, the First Deputy Minister of Labor of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 1996 - 1997 – Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Head of the Organizational and control department of the Executive Office.
  • 1997 - 1998 – Head of the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • 1998 - 1999 – Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 1998 - 2000 – Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs. He was a driving force behind the establishing the first authorized agency on civil service affairs. Kazakhstan became the first state among CIS countries, which introduced a mandatory competition-based recruitment of civil servants and divided public positions into administrative and political ones.
  • 1997 - 2001 - Chairman of the Commission on Citizenship under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • 2000 - 2001 – Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Under his leadership, for the first time among the CIS countries, the concept of three-level model of social protection and model of implementation of social insurance were developed in Kazakhstan. The necessity of insurance of employers' liability for damage to workers was also substantiated.
  • July 1, 2011 - 2014 – Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs (now called - the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption). During that time, he headed the second stage of reforms in civil service. In the result, the new model reduced the number of political servants by eight times. The other initiative included introduction of Senior Executive Service – Corps “A” and professionalisation of HR departments.
  • September 2014 – Chairman of Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub (ACSH), which serves as an institutional platform for improving civil service and knowledge sharing and comprises 39 participating countries today.[1]

Civic and political activity[edit]

  • 1989 - 1990 – Leader of the first public movement in the Zhezkazgan region – “Ulytau”, Head of the regional branch of the public anti-nuclear movement "Nevada - Semipalatinsk". The activists of the “Ulytau” movement were engaged in environment and cultural protection of the region, strived to eliminate the radar station near Zhezkazgan, collect and dispose of the detachable parts and fragments of carrier rockets from Baikonur.
  • 1990 - 1993 – Member of Zhezkazgan regional Council of People's Deputies.
  • 1993 - 1994 – Head of Zhezkazgan regional organization "Union of Kazakhstan National Unity".
  • 1994 - 1995 – Member of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Kazakhstan (supreme legislative body).
  • 1995 - 2000 – Deputy Chairman of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.
  • 1997 - 2001 – Member of Commission on Human Rights under the President of Kazakhstan
  • November 2001 – Co-founder and member of the political board of public association "Kazakhstan’s Democratic Choice".
  • March 2002 - Initiator, co-founder and co-chairman of the "Ak Zhol" Democratic Party of Kazakhstan.
  • 2003 - Chairman of the Political Executive Committee of the Party.
  • September 2004 – He led the candidates’ list of “Ak Zhol” political party in the parliamentary elections. According to the party lists, "Ak Zhol" got about 30% of the votes, officially the party got only little bit more than 12%. Protesting against such actions of the authorities, he refused the deputy's mandate.
  • March 2005 - 2011 – Chairman of the "Ak Zhol" party.
  • September 2005 – Candidate for President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 2006 – Member of the State Commission for the Development and Specification of the Program for Political Reforms
  • 2006 - 2007 – Member of Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 2015 – Co-chairman of “Kazakhstan Foundation for Management Development”.[2]

He is also the President of the public fund "Zerde" (since 2002), the Head of the Intellectual Discussion Club "Temirkazyk" (2003–2012), the President of the Republican Federation for Togyzkumalak (since 2005) and the President of the World Federation for Togyzkumalak (2008).


Mr. Baimenov is known as an author of a number of publications, books focused on public governance, civil service, management, social protection, politics and party-building:

  • «Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan» (2000)
  • «Civil Service. International Experience. Kazakhstan’s Model» (2000)
  • «Together for the present and future of Kazakhstan» (2003, co-author)
  • «Аkzhol, Kazakhstan!» (2003, co-author)
  • «Теmirkazyk» (2004)
  • «Constitutional Reform: matured necessity» (2005)
  • «Changes Without Shocks» (2005).
  • «Bureaucracy and Cooperation» (2018).[3]
  • "Public Service Excellence in the 21st Century", Alikhan Baimenov, Panos Liverakos (2019)
  • “Public Service Evolution in Post-Soviet countries: Diversity in the New Reality”, Palgrave Macmillan (2022) (co-edited by A.Baimenov)


  • The Jubilee medal "20 years of independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (14 December 2011).[4]
  • The Order of Parasat (14 December 2013)
  • UN award for its contribution to the development of regional and global South-South cooperation (2014)
  • The Order "Barys" III class award (March, 2022)
  • ASPA’s 2022 International Public Service Award for a huge contribution to both the practice and scholarship of public administration (March, 2022, USA)


  1. ^ "The Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana".
  2. ^ "LEADERS OF BUSINESS EDUCATION COMBINED IN KAZAKHSTAN". "Almaty Management University News". {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Baimenov, Alikhan (2018). "Bureaucracy and Cooperation". Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham. pp. 1–8. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_618-1. ISBN 978-3-319-31816-5.
  4. ^ "Накануне 20-летия Независимости страны Глава государства Нурсултан Назарбаев вручил в Акорде государственные награды Республики Казахстан и юбилейные медали "Қазақстан Республикасының Тәуелсіздігіне 20 жыл". — Официальный сайт Президента Республики Казахстан". Archived from the original on 2020-01-30. Retrieved 2018-03-27.