Timur Kulibayev was born on 10 September 1966 in Alma-Ata. He is a graduate of the Republican Physics and Mathematics School, 1983. In 1988, he graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University qualifying as an economist with a degree in National Economy Planning. Candidate of Economic Sciences.
During his career, in 1988-1990, Timur Kulibayev worked in the Research and Development Institute of Economic Planning and Standards under the Kazakh SSR State Planning Committee (GosPlan). In 1990-1992, he was Director of the Research and Consultancy Centre under the Foundation for Cultural, Social, Scientific and Technological Development of Kazakhstan. In 1992-1995, he headed the Altyn Alma Concern. In 1995-1997, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board and a Member of the Credit Committee of the Almaty Merchant Bank. From the 1997, he served as the Head of the Directorate for Project Appraisal and Negotiations of the State Committee for Investments of the Republic of Kazakhstan vested with the authority of Deputy Chairman. In 1997-1999, he was Vice President (Economy and Finance) of the KazakhOil National Oil & Gas Company CJSC, and in 1999-2001, he served as President of the KazTransOil National Oil Transportation Company CJSC.
In 2001-2002, Timur Kulibayev was General Director of the Oil & Gas Transport National Company CJSC set up on the bases of the KazTransOil and KazTransGas. In 2002-2005, he was First Vice President of KazMunayGas National Company JSC formed by the merger of the national companies KazakhOil and Oil & Gas Transport. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Samruk Kazakhstan State Assets Management Holding in 2006-2007. In 2008-2011, he worked as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC. In 2011, he became Chairman of the Board of the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC, he is also a Member of the Board of Directors.
In October 2005, he was appointed as a non-staff Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since 10 November 2005, Timur Kulibayev has headed the KAZENERGY Kazakhstan Association of Oil & Gas and Energy Companies. On 13 April 2011, he was elected Chairman of the Presidium of the Atameken Union National Economic Chamber of Kazakhstan, and was re-elected on 15 March 2012.
Timur Kulibayev participates in the Councils of Directors of Kazakhstan and Russian companies. In the 2006-2007 and 2008-2011, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company JSC (KEGOC). In 2006-2007 and 2009-2012, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of KazMunayGas National Company JSC; in 2008-2012, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KazAtomProm National Atomic Company JSC; in 2009-2011, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Samruk-Energo JSC; in 2009-2011, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kazakhstan Temir Joly National Company JSC; since 2011, he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC; and since June 2011 to date, a Member of the Board of Directors of Gazprom OJSC.
As part of his international activities, Timur Kulibayev has been Co-Chairman of the Kazakhstan-German Business Council for Strategic Cooperation since October 2010.
Taking part in social activities, he has been an Honorary Member of the Federation Council of the RK National Golf Federation since 2004; since 2008, he has been Chairman of the Kazakhstan National Committee of the World Petroleum Council; and in 2009, he became President of the RK Boxing Federation. Since 2010, he has been Member of the Executive Committee, National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan Since 2011, he has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arystan Specialized Lyceum in Talgar. Since 2012, he has been Vice President and a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).
He was awarded the Kurmet Order in 2001 and the Barys Order, Third Degree in 2009. He is also a bearer of the following commemorative medals: 10th Anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Constitution in 2005, 10th Anniversary of Astana in 2008, and 20 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2011.
Timur Kulibayev has also been awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship in 2007 and an Honorary Railroad Man Medal in 2011.