In April 2022, in order to consolidate and systematize the research and development work (R&D) of subsoil users belonging to the JSC “Samruk-Kazyna”, as part of the fulfillment by subsoil users of annual obligations in the field of science and in accordance with the instruction of the Head of State dated January 5, 2022, “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC has established the Center for Scientific and Technological Initiatives.

In December 2022, the Center for Scientific and Technological Initiatives was re-registered at the Astana International Financial Center by transforming as non-profit Foundation “Center for Scientific and Technological Initiatives “Samgau”.

Our MISSION is to create an effective and transparent ecosystem of scientific, technical and innovative activities for the formation of a knowledge-based economy that contributes to improving the well-being of the population. In pursuance of its mission, the CSTI “Samgau” ensures the sustainable development of the real sector of the economy of Kazakhstan by supporting R&D and innovations and for this purpose sets the following goals:

Build an effective and transparent system for the selection and implementation of research and innovation initiatives

The system of selection and implementation of research and innovation initiatives should be a transparent and understandable process from the moment of application to the completion of the project. The effectiveness of the selection should be ensured through a detailed examination of projects, while the transparency of the process should be ensured by access to information on the status of the project at all stages of selection and implementation.


To create practical mechanisms for interaction between the scientific and innovative community and industry

Increasing the competitiveness of the domestic industry is directly related to the need to introduce innovative, science-intensive technologies at enterprises. The scientific and intellectual potential of research organizations in Kazakhstan should be concentrated to solve the technological problems of domestic enterprises in order to optimize production processes, increase productivity and technological equipment.


Become an integrated part of the National Innovation and Research System

To increase the efficiency and coherence of the work of all elements of the national innovation and research system, it is necessary to build interaction with state bodies, development institutions, research organizations and universities, industry and financial institutions; to ensure synergy with all existing tools to support scientific and innovative activities.


We provide a brilliant opportunity for a valuable idea to be realized for the sake of sustainable development of the country’s economy.

General Director  – Tolegen Orashev

Graduated from Karaganda Economic University with a degree in jurisprudence, Karaganda Economic University named after. E.A. Buketov, Bachelor of Economics, as well as the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Master of Business Administration (MBA). Previously, he worked in various positions at JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, JSC NC KazMunayGas, and the Corporate University Samruk-Kazyna.

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Director of Corporate Development  – Saltanat Zhumabekova

Graduated from the Kazakh State University named after. al-Farabi, majoring in Master of Ecology, Candidate of Economic Sciences, member of the National Scientific Council for Commercialization of the Russian National Scientific and Technical Development Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

For a long time, she worked in senior positions at JSC “Kazakhstan Center for Industry and Export “QazIndustry” to develop the industrialization program for two five-year plans, the development of industrial sectors within the framework of integration associations (WTO, EAEU), and the implementation of measures to support efficient producers in domestic and foreign markets. She took part in the implementation of research work by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the EEC, as well as projects for the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, ESCAP, etc.


Director of Finance – Chief Accountant  – Elmira Temirgalieva

An accountant-financier by profession, with more than 25 years of experience. He also has a qualification as a lawyer and an MBA in corporate management. For a long time, his labor activity was associated with the companies of JSC Center for Medical Education “Bolashak”, the Higher School of Education and the DSP of Nazarbayev University, and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Certificates available: DipIFR, ACCA, IPSAS, ISO 37001 Lead Auditor, PRINCE2 Foundation, IPMA level C.