Company Management

Kurmangazy Iskaziyev


He has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board at KMG EP since September 23, 2015. 
He is a graduate of the Kazakh Lenin Polytechnic Institute as Mining Geological Engineer. He embarked upon his career as Reservoir Operator at Balykshy Office of Exploration Drilling. He then became Geological Engineer in thematic exploration team at Embaneft production association, and then as Cementing Shop Operator at Embaneft association. Between 1991 and 1993 he was Geologist in Exploration Drilling Expedition No.1 at Balykshy office of Exploration Drilling. Between 1993 and 1995 he was Geologist at Central Dispatch Office at Atyrau Drilling Office of Embamunaigas. Between 1995 and 2004 he was Chief Geologist/Deputy Director at Atyrau Office of Enhanced Oil Recovery and Workovers; and then as Director of Department for Geology and Operations Development of Oil Fields at Embamunaigas. Between 2004 and 2008 he was Deputy Director and then was promoted to Director of Geology and Operations Development Department at KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production. Between 2008 and 2015 he was Executive Director for Oil and Gas Production; Managing Director for Geology, Geophysics, and Reservoirs; Chief Geologist; Deputy Chair of the Management Board for Geology and Promising Projects; Managing Director for Non-Operating Producing Assets (Tengiz, Kashagan, and Karachaganak); and Managing Director for Geology at National Company KazMunayGas. Between January and September of 2015 he was General Director and Chair of the Management Board at Embamunaigas.
He was awarded with diplomas of  National Company KazMunayGas, KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production, Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use, jubilee medals, including the medal "25 years Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2016), the Kurmet Order (2016).
He is a Honorary Explorer of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in 2015 he was awarded with State Al Farabi Award in Science and Technology for series of works on scientific rationale of hydrocarbon potential in Kazakhstan.
Candidate of  Geology and Mineral Sciences, Author of more than 12 scientific publications, co-author of the book "Geological Structure and Prospects of Oil and Gas Potential of the Northern and Middle Caspian".

Bekzat Abaiyldanov

Chief Operations Officer

Bekzat Abaiyldanov is a graduate of Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University, International University of Egypt (Basic Management and Marketing); and is soon to be an MBA graduate in Management of Petroleum Business from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. He was general director at Kaspiy Neft stock corporation; joint venture Matin limited liability partnership; Arnaoil limited liability partnership, and some other companies; he was Director of Finance Department at Ozenmunaigas production branch, and held various job titles at Uzenmunaigaz open stock corporation. He is an author of several research papers.

Malik Salimgereyev

Deputy CEO for Health, Safety, Environment & Perspective Development

Malik Saleimgereyev is a graduate of Gubkin Moscow Institute of Petrochemical and Gas Industry, and is a postgraduate student of Institute of Geology of the Kazakh Academy of Science; is a candidate of geological and mineralogical sciences. He was advisor to chair of the Management Board at National Company KazMunaiGas; Chief Asset Management Officer, Director of Petroleum Business Development Directorate at Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund; Director of Petroleum Business Development Department at Kazakh Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; Deputy Director for Operations at Embamunaigas, and held various executive positions at Kazakhoil Emba, Kazakhoil, KazNIPIneft, Karazhanbasmunai, etc. He is an author of several research papers.

Dastan Abdulgafarov


Abdulgafarov Dastan was appointed as CFO in January, 2015. Prior to this he held position of the Managing director on Business Development since September, 2006. He graduated from The Kazakh Institute of Law and International Relations specializing in International Law and The Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of International Affairs of the RoK specializing in Economics and International Law. He holds Master's degree in Oil Business from Agip Corporate University and Executive MBA degree from Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He worked at JSC KazMunaiTeniz and NC KazMunaiGas.

Kuanyshbay Nurgaliyev

Managing Director for Operations and Field Development

Kuanyshbay Nurgaliyev has been the Managing Director for Operations and Field Development since December 2015, previously held position of the Managing Director for Operations at KMG EP. In different years held positions of Deputy General Director of LLP “Ural Oil and Gas”, Director of Field Development Department, Head of Field Development Unit at KMG EP. He began his career at JSC “Uzenmunaigas” (PF “Ozenmunaigas”), developing from an operator for oil and gas production to the department director. Graduated from Kazakh National University named after K. Satpayev with the specialization of petroleum engineer and Karaganda State University with the specialization of engineer – physicist. Holds MBA from MIRBIS Institute.

Bekmurat Naizabekov

Managing Director for Marketing, Purchase and Sales of Oil

Bekmurat Naizabekov has been the Managing Director for Marketing, Purchase and Sales of Oil since December 2015. Previously held the position of Deputy Head of Marketing and Sales at LLP “Kazgermunai”, also held various positions at JSC “FDE “Damu” and Argus Ltd. Graduated from Kazakh National University with the specialization in law and Kazakh Economic University with the specialization in finance. Holds MBA from RSU named after I. M. Gubkin.

Shane Drader

Financial Director - Financial Controller

Shane Drader joined the Company in August 2014 as a Financial Director - Financial Controller. Previously, he had been the Financial Director - Financial Controller in the Company between 2007 and 2011. Before he joined the Company, he had been a Resource Partner with Deloitte & Touche in Kazakhstan. He spent many years working with the Big 4. He also worked with British American Tobacco in different countries as Head of Finance, Finance Controller, Internal Audit & Business Risk Manager. Shane is a graduate of the University of Calgary majoring in Accounting. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA).