Bakhytzhan Abdiruly Sagintayev is a Kazakh politician who is the current Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, having taken office on 8 September 2016. He began his career as a teacher in the political economy department of the Almaty Institute of National Economy. In 1988-1992, he worked at Kazakh State University and advanced in his career from assistant to assistant professor of the sociology department. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Governor of Zhambyl region. From 1992-2002 he held the post of the Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Small Business Support, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies, Competition Protection and Small Business Support. From 2002-2004 he served as the First Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Competition Protection. From 2004 to 2007, he chaired the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies of Kazakhstan. From 2007-2008, Sagintayev headed the Prime Minister’s Office.