About the Founder

Bulat Utemuratov  — diplomat, businessman, philanthropist. He is in the top of Forbes Kazakhstan List. He is a key shareholder of Verny Capital Group of Companies. The sphere of business interests covers finance, telecommunication and media, hotel business, real estate, natural resources, transport and logistics, production of construction materials, consumer goods and services. Bulat Utemuratov's public activities are aimed at developing education, supporting sports, promoting cultural values and healthcare.

Since 2006, under Bulat Utemuratov's patronage, the Narxoz University is developing into a competitive educational institution aimed at international higher education standards. As of 2016, more than USD 40 million were invested in technical equipment, development of sports and social infrastructure, modernization of educational process, and involvement of international experts.

«The University transformation was one of the most important non-commercial social projects for us, because creation of a worthy educational system and a fundamental base established on the best world practices is important for the country's economic development», — Utemuratov said. There is a scholarship program for the best students. 100 scholarships for gifted young people, sponsored by Verny Capital Group of Companies, as well as"Future Business Leaders” five nominal scholarships of Bulat Utemuratov were established.

Another successful charity educational project in Kazakhstan is the network of Haileybury British schools. Its graduates enter the best universities of the world.

Since 2007, he is the President of the Tennis Federation of Kazakhstan. He actively develops tennis and invested more than USD 65 million of his own funds in the formation of the country's national teams, development of children's tennis and construction of tennis infrastructure in all major cities. Bulat Utemuratov is a member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF). In 2017 he received awards from both credible organizations for his contribution to tennis development in Kazakhstan. An extensive network of tennis centers has been established in all major cities of Kazakhstan. Systematic work is being done to train juniors and experienced athletes to participate in international tournaments. In total, Kazakhstan juniors won over 90 international tournaments, including various Grand Prix. The men's national team of Kazakhstan confidently keeps in the World group of the Davis Cup; in 2019 it entered the final stage of the world team tournament once again.

The Team Kazakhstan project deserves special attention, since it gives the chance to Kazakhstan sportsmen to consolidate themselves among the best players. The Team Kazakhstan Project deserves special attention, since it gives the chance to Kazakhstan athletes to consolidate themselves among the best players. This is a unique sports school created to form its own tennis reserve players in the national teams of the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup. In general, about 40 international tournaments of ITF, ITF futures, ITF Juniors, ATF and ATP Challenger are held annually in Kazakhstan.

«Creation of infrastructure, development of children's tennis and hard work of a professional team of managers and coaches led Kazakhstan tennis to a qualitatively new international level. I am sure that using this approach in other sports will allow Kazakhstan becoming one of the main centers for holding significant sporting events, including world ones», — Bulat Utemuratov summarized 10-year work as the head of the Tennis Federation.

Bulat Utemuratov actively supports culture and art. He is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for Ballet and National Dance Development and Support, supports Fund of Kazakhstan musician Batyr Shukenov, finances the republican competition of wooden and brass wind instruments and scholarships for talented young students of the National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy. Regular exhibitions of Kulanshi Center for Contemporary Art are held under his patronage at Forte Bank Kulanshi Art Space. He is a honorary trustee of the Nazarbayev Fund.