Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, December 2007 – Present
Karim Kazhimkanovich Massimov was born on June 15, 1965 in Tselinograd (now Astana) in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. He graduated
from the Beijing Language and Culture University, the Law School of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, and the Kazakh State Academy of Management. He has also studied at Columbia University. He holds degrees in international law and economics and has a doctorate
in economics. Massimov, who is part Uighur, speaks
Kazakh, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and English.
He joined the government of Kazakhstan as the lead economist at the Ministry of Labor in 1991. He later served as a senior specialist at the China-based representative office of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations in Urumqi. From 1992 to 1995 he was
the managing director of the Kazakh Trading House in Hong Kong, and from 1997 to 2000 he was the chairman of the board of the People’s Savings Bank of Kazakhstan (Khalykh Bank). Massimov was the minister of transportation and communications from 2000 to 2001, when he became the deputy prime minister. In 2003, he was appointed assistant to the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and from 2006 to 2007 he simultaneously served as deputy prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and minister of economic affairs and budget planning.
Massimov has been the prime minister of Kazakhstan since 2007, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev nominated
him to replace then prime minister Daniyal Akhmetov, who had resigned unexpectedly. Massimov is generally credited with being one of the architects of Kazakhstan's strong economic performance over the past decade.