Mäulen Äşimbaev

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Maulen Ashimbayev
Мәулен Әшімбаев
Äşımbaev in 2015
8th Chair of the Senate
Assumed office
4 May 2020
DeputyBektas Beknazarov
Asqar Şäkirov
Nurlan Äbdirov
Preceded byDariga Nazarbayeva
First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan
In office
18 December 2019 – 4 May 2020
PresidentKassym-Jomart Tokayev
Preceded byDarhan Kaletaev
Succeeded byDauren Abaev
Member of the Senate
Assumed office
4 May 2020
Member of the Mazhilis
In office
15 January 2012 – 1 February 2018
First Deputy Chairman of Nur Otan
In office
1 February 2018 – 29 June 2019
Preceded byMukhtar Kul-Mukhammed
Succeeded byBauyrjan Baibek
Personal details
Born (1971-01-28) 28 January 1971 (age 52)
Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyAmanat
SpouseAigul Buteeva
Alma materAl-Farabi Kazakh National University
Johns Hopkins University
Tufts University

Maulen Sagatkhanovich Ashimbayev (Kazakh: Мәулен Сағатханұлы Әшімбаев, romanized: Maulen Sağatkhanūly Äşımbaev, [mæwlʲen sɑɣɑtχɑno̙ɫɯ æʂɘmbɑjʲəf], born 28 January 1971) is a Kazakh politician serving as chair and member of the Senate of Kazakhstan. He served as the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration from 2019 to 2020, Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan in 2019, First Deputy Chairman of Nur Otan from 2018 to 2019 and member of the Mazhilis from 2016 to 2018.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in Alma-Ata in 1971, Ashimbayev graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with a degree in economics and was a professor in Political Economy. In 2001, he earned a candidate in Political Sciences with his thesis “Political Transit in Kazakhstan in the Context of Global Democratization Processes”.[1] In 2003, Ashimbayev studied at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he earned a scientific internship. From 2015 to 2016, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of the Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, earning a master's degree in international relations.

Political career[edit]

From 1993 to 1994, Ashimbayev worked in the system of the Ministry of Press and Mass Media. In 1994, he became the Assistant to the Deputy of the Supreme Council From June to November 1995, Ashimbayev was the consultant to the Apparatus of the Security Council. From 1995 to 1999, he was a senior expert, sector manager, first deputy head of the Center for Analysis and Strategic Studies of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan. In 1999, Ashimbayev became the Head of the Analytical Center of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. In 2002, he became the director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan.

In May 2005, Ashimbayev was deputy secretary of the Security Council. On 13 April 2006, he became the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan.[2]

In the 2012 Kazakh legislative election, Ashimbayev was elected as the member of the Mazhilis as chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security. He was reelected again in 2016 and served as the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security.[3]

On 4 May 2020, Ashimbayev was appointed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to succeed Dariga Nazarbayeva as the Chair of the Senate of Kazakhstan and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.[4][5]

On 26 January 2023, Ashimbayev was re-elected as Chair of the Senate of Kazakhstan, by secret ballot. His candidacy for re-appointment was proposed by President Tokayev.[6]


  1. ^ "НАЦИОНАЛЬНЫЕ РЕСУРСЫ НТИ / ДИССЕРТАЦИИ". Nauka.kz (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  2. ^ "О назначении Ашимбаева М.С. заместителем руководителя Администрации Президента Республики Казахстан". Tengrinews (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. ^ "Постановление ЦИК РК № 8/163 | Номад | 19.01.2012". nomad.su (in Russian). 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ "Maulen Ashimbaev elected as Senate Speaker". akipress.com. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  5. ^ APA.az (2020-05-04). "Maulen Ashimbayev elected Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan". apa.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  6. ^ "Маулен Ашимбаев избран спикером Сената" (in Russian). tengrinews.kz. 2023-01-26.