Dr Yuri Loktionov


YuriDr. Loktionov is the Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs at Kazakh-British Technical University, where he is spearheading rapid improvement across areas critical both to the university and the goals of the Newton al-Farabi fund. KBTU originally recruited Dr. Loktionov to serve as the Dean of the Business School in 2013, and within one year, promoted him to his current position.

In this rapid time frame, Dr. Loktionov’s focus on measurable results and the implementation of international best practices has resulted in significant increases in educational quality as well as a strategic shift to international partnerships.

Prior to his executive role at KBTU, Dr. Loktionov maintained a strong academic career at top universities in the United States, where MIT awarded him a doctoral fellowship, as did the Deloitte foundation. At the same time he also taught highly-rated classes at the University of Southern California, the University of Verona in Italy, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this period he was also frequently asked to speak at international conferences, appearing at over twenty specialist events across cities such as Singapore, New York, Hong Kong, London, and Luxembourg. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Loktionov also played an active role in the MIT Entrepreneurship Competition, a well-regarded event in the American entrepreneurship community.

Dr. Loktionov has also leveraged his research interests in finance, investment, and corporate management into a history of managing international projects for governments and corporate firms. This includes serving on the board of directors for the “Seaport Aktau” Free Economic Zone, developing local content policies on alternative energy for the Supreme Rada of the Ukraine, and the “Smart Region Mangystau” innovation project presented to the President of Kazakhstan. For smaller innovation-oriented firms such as nano-level photovoltaics, Dr. Loktionov’s research and company valuation led to large private investments of over $50mn.