Ruslan Rakymbay is an Investment Director at Quest Ventures, a top venture capital fund in Asia. He works closely with startups to accelerate their growth through a combination of acceleration services and programmes. He is also responsible for market access initiatives for key markets in Central Asia.
Ruslan is a founding member of QazAngels, Kazakhstan’s earliest and growing angel investment network. He was also the founder and CEO of Smart Advisory, a B2B and B2G consultancy for the transfer of technologies globally to Central Asia. Prior to this, he was CEO of Primus Power Kazakhstan; CFO of Tomiris-RE; Head of Legal at a National Railway subsidiary; and Attache at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For his transformative work on energy, Ruslan received the Clean Tech Transformer award from the Islamic Development Bank, and the New Energy Leader award from Asian Development Bank. He is a member of the Project Management Institute in Kazakhstan; a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan; a member of the Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan; a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Ruslan is a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship recipient, a certified Project Management Professional, and received an MSc in Energy Economics from the University of Dundee. Ruslan speaks Mandarin Chinese and spent two years at CUEB and BLCU in Beijing, China. He is also an International Law Specialist (MA-equivalent) from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. For leisure, he enjoys traveling, running and reading.
Accurate as of 2021