Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Prior to his current position, he was an Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2008, 2012-2014), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2011-2012), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2008 and 2011), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Austria, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna (2009-2011), Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2003-2007), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Cuba (non-resident). Ambassador Kazykhanov served in a number of other senior posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Chief of Protocol; Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York; Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation; Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Born on 21 August 1964, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Oriental studies from the Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation, in 1987. He continued his studies at the Moscow Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991; the Foreign Service Training Institute in New Delhi, India, in 1992; and the Foreign Service Training Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Ambassador Kazykhanov holds PhD in History from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. He is the author of numerous articles on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy issues, multilateral diplomacy and the role of the United Nations. He speaks Russian, English and Arabic, and is the recipient of several State Awards. Erzhan Kazykhanov is married with two children.