Who We are

Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) plays a pivotal role in positioning itself as a global centre for business and finance, connecting the economies of the Central Asia, the Caucasus, EAEU, West China, Mongolia, Middle East and Europe.

In January 2020, Astana International Financial Centre created a new entity, AIFC Business Connect, to address the needs of the international investment community and to drive direct investment into Kazakhstan and the wider CIS region. The purpose is to provide major investor interests, and the international commercial community, with fully structured information and close support needed to access and invest in the opportunities available in Kazakhstan.

As well as working with the current promotional bodies of Kazakhstan, AIFC Business Connect provides a specialist service that leads on sourcing bankable projects, structuring them in a way that can be presented to the international marketplace in a ready-for-business manner.


Using AIFC’s global network, its own business-links and commercial contacts, AIFC Business Connect works with potential and all-ready present interests and institutions to support engagement in the country and the development of commercial objectives.

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We perform project analysis, verification and structuring support at AIFC

All our services are free-of-charge

Our Services

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Projects are sourced from nationwide governmental and private stakeholders, and internally verified by our experienced team 

Project sourcing

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Investors are sourced from verified local and foreign sources, including Preqin and foreign embassies

Investor attraction

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Our team will help you to obtain information on deal advisory consultants, support instruments, and advise on optimal structuring at AIFC 

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Meet the Team

Member of the Supervisory Board: BV Management LLP
Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC

  • Over 15 years of  experience in audit and asset management

  • ACCA-qualified professional

  • Sloan MSc in Strategy and Leadership from London Business School

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  • Over 15 years of experience in investment management

  • MSc in Corporate Finance from Cass Business School

  • CFA Level 1

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Deputy CEO, Business Connect


Director, Investments Department


  •  Over 10 years of experience in audit, finance and deal structuring

  • ACCA-qualified professional

  • Bachelor in Agricultural Economics and Management from Purdue  University

  • CFA level 1 

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  • Over 12 years of experience in economics and finance

  • MA in Economics, Boston University 

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Deputy Director, Investments Department


Director, Investor Outreach


Member of Board of Directors: Volkovgeology JSC, JV Zarechnoye JSC

  • Over 10 years of experience in audit and finance

  • Bachelor in Accounting and Audit from Aktobe State University

  • ACCA candidate

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  • Over 4  years of experience in management consulting and finance

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Nazarbayev University

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Senior Manager




  • Over 6 years of experience in management consulting, risk management and capital markets

  • BSc. in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School

  • MSc. In Business Administration from University of Amsterdam

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  • Over 10 years of experience in economics, finance and consulting

  • Bachelor in Economics, International Political Economy, Business Administration and International Studies from Pennsylvania State University

  • Masters in Public Administration from NU

  • CFA Level 1

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Senior Manager


Senior Manager

Ualikhan Didarbekov 

  • Bachelor in Math-intensive Economics from Nazarbayev University

  • A multiple awardee of the grants from the Fund for American Studies, LSBF (Singapore) and others

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  • Over 15 years of experience in Business development and Investor relations

  • Holder of CSAA (AAOIFI), PCIF (INCEIF), CIB (CIBAFI) and other professional certifications 

  • Master of Economics from Cairo University

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Senior Manager


  • 5 years of experience in Civil Services (Supreme Court, Senate of Parliament)

  • Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

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