Yerkin Tatishev, Founder and CEO of Kusto Group

Yerkin Tatishev, Founder and CEO of Kusto Group
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In Kazakhstan’s fast-evolving economic landscape, private sector leaders are playing an incredibly important role, driving growth across a number of key domestic industries while creating meaningful opportunities for cross-border collaboration and transformative innovation. Yerkin Tatishev, Founder and CEO of the formidable Kusto Group, represents one such business leader, whose journey to the apex of success mirrors Kazakhstan’s own evolution.

Tatishev founded Kusto Group in 2002, with the aim of supporting growth in Kazakhstan and Central Asia alongside other entrepreneurs. Ever since its early years, the company has been actively involved in several regional industries, including real estate, retail, construction materials, and agriculture. Now, with established subsidiaries leading their respective sectors, including KazPetrol, KazSeeds, KazBeef and Kusto Home, as well as successful expansion into the Vietnamese real estate market, it has become the business at the forefront of Kazakhstan’s rapid global economic emergence.

Central to Tatishev’s philosophy is a belief in the untapped potential of Kazakhstan. With its abundance of natural resources, strategic geographical positioning, and a young, dynamic population, he recognized early on the transformative power awaiting those with the audacity to harness it. Through Kusto Group, he has not only built a fast-growing business empire that has also become a catalyst for societal change, championing initiatives that create jobs, empower communities, and drive sustainable development across the nation.

Yet, Tatishev’s impact transcends the realm of business metrics. As a mentor and advocate for budding entrepreneurs, he is actively nurturing a culture of innovation and risk-taking essential for long-term prosperity.  

After all, education lies at the core of Tatishev’s vision for Kazakhstan’s future. As Chairman of Almaty Management University (AMU), he is spearheading efforts to revolutionize the nation’s educational landscape, ensuring that students are equipped with not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills essential for success in the modern economy. By fostering a culture of lifelong learning and entrepreneurship, he is empowering individuals to chart their own paths and contribute meaningfully to the nation’s growth trajectory.

This approach is also reflected by Tatishev’s efforts to launch the High-Tech Academy (HTA) Almaty, an innovative and unique establishment that is helping transform the country’s educational landscape. With a focus on ‘project-based learning’, the High-Tech Academy enables its international student body to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this modern era. This includes exposure to the latest technologies and research trends, as well as access to top teaching talent from around the world. 

Despite the inevitable challenges inherent in entrepreneurship, Tatishev remains unwavering in his commitment to Kazakhstan’s economic renaissance. With a relentless focus on collaboration, innovation, and sustainability, he envisions a future where the nation’s entrepreneurs are at the forefront of driving societal progress and shaping a vibrant, inclusive economy.

Looking ahead, Tatishev’s optimism for Kazakhstan’s future knows no bounds. By harnessing the collective talents, resources, and aspirations of its people, he believes the nation will be a beacon of economic success and innovation on the global stage. As he continues to lead by example, he invites fellow visionaries, investors, and stakeholders to join him in shaping a brighter, more prosperous future for Kazakhstan and all who call it home.

Published by: Martin De Juan


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