Tokayev graduated in 1975 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and in 1992 from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. He has extensive experience in diplomacy and state affairs having served as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Senate.
Akhmetbekov, 58, is from the Akmola Region. He graduated from Tselinograd Agricultural Institute, KIMEP and served as central committee head of the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan. His public service includes platoon commander, in the Korgalzhyn Akimat, Tengiz Culture Department head, and Deputy Director of Druzhbinsk High School Military-Patriotic Education and Sunkar Lyceum Military-Physical Training.
Rakhimbekov, 54, from the Karaganda Region, graduated from Kazakh Agricultural Institute in 1986 and received a law diploma from Buketov Karaganda State University in 2001. He is a member of the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences and has a doctorate in economics. He started his career in 1986 as a junior researcher at the Kazakh Agricultural Institute. He worked as deputy akim (mayor) of Satpayev.
Kossanov, 54, from the Kyzylorda Region, is a journalist, politician and public figure. He was a correspondent for the Socialist Kazakhstan newspaper. Kossanov began political and public service in 1990 at at the Komsomol of Kazakhstan. Kossanov served in positions with the Kazakh State Committee on Youth Affairs, as Deputy Minister of Youth, Tourism and Sport, press secretary of the Prime Minister and head of the government’s press service.
Amangeldy Taspikhov is a mechanical engineering graduate of Kazakh Polytechnic Institute. Since 1998, he has worked in numerous positions in the oil and gas and new technologies industry. From 1998-2002, he was a member of the Senate and from 2004-2007 was a Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) deputy and member of its Committee on Economic Reform and Regional Development. His latest position is the Director of Oral Oil and Gas.
Tugel, 64, from the East Kazakhstan Region, is a journalist and public figure. In 1982, he graduated from Kazakh State University majoring in journalism. He worked as editor-in-chief of several newspapers and television companies and is currently editor-in-chief of the Qazanat national popular science magazine. He has served since 2006 as first vice president of the Kazakh National Sports Association and president of the Kazakh National Equestrian Sports Federation.
Yespayeva, 58, from the Aktobe Region, is a member of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Committee on Finance and Budget, the Atameken Union Board in Aktobe and the region’s Coordination Council. She is a member of the regional akimat (administration) Committee on Family and Women Affairs for more than 14 years. She was elected a deputy of the regional Maslikhat (assembly) in 2008 and 2012.