Bulat Utemuratov

Bulat Utemuratov President

Biography

Bulat Utemuratov is a Kazakh businessman and philanthropist.

Public activities:

Since 2007, Bulat Utemuratov has served as President of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation.

Since 2015, Bulat Utemuratov has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Davis Cup Committee.

In 2017, his efforts for tennis development were recognized with awards from the International Tennis Federation and the Asian Tennis Federation «for outstanding achievements in tennis development in Kazakhstan».

In September 2019, he was elected as a member of the ITF Board of Directors and, in October 2019, appointed as one of the four ITF Vice Presidents.

In October 2019, a charity exhibition match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal took place in Astana. On the same day, the eminent tennis players held a workshop for young Kazakhstani tennis players who came to Astana from all regions of the country.

From October 26 to November 1, 2020, ATP 250 Astana Open was held in Kazakhstan, with the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s efforts receiving high praise from the ATP Tour.

Bulat Utemuratov allocated over $100 million for the development of tennis in Kazakhstan, training of coaches, the construction of tennis infrastructure around the country and developing a long-term training program for raising young talented athletes. This approach was highly successful; in 2022, junior tennis players from Kazakhstan reached the semi-finals of the World Junior Tennis Championship Finals U14, and Elena Rybakina, a tennis player from Kazakhstan, won Wimbledon. 

In 2022, under Bulat Utemuratov’s leadership, Kazakhstan hosted its first ATP 500 tournament. 

Charitable activities:

The Bulat Utemuratov Foundation was established in 2014 with a mission to drive sustainable improvement to the quality of life in Kazakhstan by promoting health, education, and cultural development. 

The Foundation allocated $12 million to its flagship project «Autism. One World for All» which provides early intervention programs for autistic children and support for their families. More than 15,000 autistic children have benefited from support offered by 12 Asyl Miras Autism Centers over the course of eight years. 

The Foundation is one of few local organizations in Kazakhstan to oversee a diverse portfolio of nationwide projects. This versatile approach promotes sustainable improvement in the country’s living standard while also enabling the Foundation to respond to critical emergencies. Along with providing emergency response at a local level, in 2023 the Foundation donated $5 million to provide relief in Türkiye following the devastating earthquake.

To address the regional social development gap, the Foundation has initiated a variety of projects in different regions of Kazakhstan worth over $90 million. Most recently, the Foundation embarked on the development of a community center and a school in the town of Kosshy. Meanwhile, the construction of a new airport terminal has commenced in the southern city of Kyzylorda. Upon completion, the airport terminal will be donated to the local municipality. 

As part of its philanthropic activities, the Bulat Utemuratov Foundation actively promotes positive youth development. A unique leadership program has been incorporated into the school curriculum in 80 schools of the country to help students develop critical thinking, public speaking, and negotiation skills. To foster a culture of sustainability and teamwork, the Foundation initiated the Jasyl Mektep (Green School) project in 36 schools in Almaty and Astana. Through the program, children can learn a pattern of healthy activity, by planting and cultivating plants, and grow their self-confidence by achieving their goals and enjoying the food that they have grown. A total of 40,000 students have participated in the two programs so far. 

In addition to his philanthropic activities, Mr. Utemuratov is passionate about improving education in Kazakhstan. Since 2007, he has supported Narxoz University, one of the leading private universities in Kazakhstan. He is also one of the founders of the Haileybury Schools in Kazakhstan, which offer a broad liberal education following the traditions of independent British schooling. All proceeds are reinvested into staff capacity building, infrastructure improvements, and on raising education quality. 

Bulat Utemuratov supports art and cultural projects. He also supports the Batyrkhan Shukenov Foundation and a national competition of wooden and brass instruments, and allocates scholarships for talented students of music schools and universities throughout the country. Under his patronage, regular exhibitions of the Kulanshi Center for Contemporary Art take place at the ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space. 

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