Academician Sagadiev K.A. has background in Economics and Management of national economy. Graduated from S.M. Kirov Kazakh State University and awarded diploma with distinction (1960); aspirantura (1966) and doctoral programme (1976) at the Moscow Institute of National Economy named after G.V. Plekhanov. Candidate of Economic Sciences (1966); Docent (1967); Doctor of Economic Sciences (1977); Full Professor (1978). Decorated by honorary title “Distinguished Figure of Science and Technology of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (1998).
Elected to foreign Academies of Sciences and Societies: Association of American Scientists (AAA) -1994; New York Academy of Sciences (USA) -1996; full member (academician) of the International Academy of Higher Education - 1997; Full Member of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences – 1998; Decorated the title "Person of the Year" by Cambridge Biographical Society -1992.
He started his work as a lecturer of the Economics chair of Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov, serving at various academic and administrative positions throughout career to being appointed Rector in the number universities in Kazakhstan (Tselinograd Agricultural Institute -1982-1990; Kazakh State Academy of Management -1992-1994; Kazakh National Agrarian University -1996-2001; University of International Business -2002-2004 and 2011-2020; International University of Information Technologies -2015-2018) and elected President of the National Academy of Sciences (1994-1996). Contributed to the legislative system being Deputy of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan of the 3rd (2004-2007) and 4th (2007-2011) convocations and Chairman of the Mazhilis Committee on Finance and Budget (2004-2007). Appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Agency for Technological Development (2012-2014).
His research interests have been related to macroeconomic regulation of the national economy; economic performance of the B2B processes; anti-crisis and post-stabilization development; competitiveness of the national economy in the world economy globalization; liberalization of international trade and integration processes; global financial architecture.
Heading the Academy of Sciences in the transitive years to the market economy in 1994-1996 President K.A. Sagadiev made the significant input in its development, displaying his remarkable abilities of the proficient executive. To tackle the facing challenges he launched the pivotal reforms of the leading national scientific institution aimed to pursue new strategic priorities , search for the optimal mechanisms and the diversification of the sources for funding the scientific researches in the realities of the market economy, the collaboration with the world class research centers abroad.
In 1994 on the initiative of the President of the Academy K.A. Sagadiev the UN Expert Commission made assessment of the capacities of the 21 leading research institutes of the NAS RK and substantiated their accomplishments and sound potential of the sciences in the country due to the advancement of the competitive research methodologies and the modern technologies, notably in the number of the sciences areas such as the ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy , biotechnology, natural sciences, geology.
The systemic efforts on reforming the Academy under the direction of President K.A. Sagadiev brought visible outcomes and resulted in the grown efficiency due to the consolidation of available financial, human and technological resources on 9 fundamental and 15 applied research areas. The elaborated list of 184 perspective technologies was developed, out of them 7 are the world-class ones, classified as of the "new economy" category.
The aim to increase the commercialization results of the researches of the scientists of the NAS RK in some areas of the fundamental and the applied sciences that have significant potential was being resolved, among them are the technology for the processing of sulfide lead concentrates, patented in 14 countries for industrial production, including - Germany, Italy, Canada , China and Bolivia, the unique wedge-free technology of directional drilling of deep and ultra-deep wells, a number of unique new processes and equipments, in particular the KIVCET-TsS for melting lead-zinc raw materials, the melting copper concentrates in a liquid bath, the new technology for producing alumina, the completely new technology of production of such rare metals like rhenium and gallium, the composites production, the fiber optic technologies, the phytochemistry (arglabin) and others.
During the Presidency of Academician K.A. Sagadiev the integration into the international academic networks and collaboration with the foreign research centers and foundations acquired the particular relevance, as a result just within two years (1994-1995) the NAS RK scientists received the grants for funding their studies as of 3.2 million dollars from the sources abroad. To promote the NAS RK as a key academic institution of the country abroad the achievements and capabilities were presented at the different events -conferences, simposia and exhibitions in the United States, a number of European (Germany, France) and Asian (Japan, China) states.
A notable contribution of the President of the NAS RK K.A. Sagadiev is the accumulation and the enhancement of the quality of the human capital of the Kazakhstani science . On his initiative the structural reorganization was undertaken in the Academy aimed at creating modern research institutes and centers in relevant scientific areas (Institute of Oriental Studies, Institute of Phytochemistry, Regional branches), the renewal and the considerable rejuvenation, almost by a third, of the membership of the NAS RK, so thus opening the way in science to many young talented scientists and researchers.
During the Chairmanship in Finance and Budget Committee of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the RK, Academician K.A. Sagadiev played essential role in examining and shaping laws and challenging the work of government on numerous agenda, namely the development of the methodology of the public budget planning in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the tax reform, the elaboration of the efficient mechanisms for the national economy diversification and improvement of the competitiveness in the global economy, the rational use of the National Fund enabling the long-term benefits for the future generations, the role and impact and accountability of the development institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, modernization of the management in the education and science areas and others.
On his initiative, parliamentary hearings were held on the preparation of joining the Republic of Kazakhstan to the World Trade Organization in 2006, a number of draft laws were elaborated, including the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Fundamentals of the Budget Laws of the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union" and other laws.
During his work in Majilis, Academician K.A. Sagadiev addressed around 50 inquiries to the government of the RK on a wide range of issues such as the tax burden on the real sector of the economy, the social quarantee of students, the stock market development in Kazakhstan, the road construction, the foreign investments attraction, effectiveness of the oil assets privatization, the hemophilia patients, the migration policy, the agro-industrial sector.
Awards: Order “The Red Banner of Labor” (1971); Order “Friendship of Peoples” (1987); Order “Parasat” (2003); "10 years of Constitution of Kazakhstan" (2005); "10 years of Parliament of Kazakhstan" (2006); Order "Barys" II degree (2008); Order “Friendship of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly” (2010); Order “Otan” (2013).
Academician K.A.Sagadiev built up his scientific school where educated the solid academic cohort encompassing his numerous successors. Accomplished with his supervision dissertations for academic degrees amounted to 21 Doctors and 45 Candidates of Economic Sciences and 15 PhDs.
Author of more than 180 scientific publications, of which 20 monographs.
Publications: Economic reforms in Kazakhstan:Theory and Methodology. 1985; A Hundred Questions about AgroProduction. 1988; Market Economy: Theory and Practice of Transition Period. 1993; Science and Technological Sovereignty of Kazakhstan. 1995; Integration of Economy of Kazakhstan into World Production. 1996; Middle Class –Test on Modernity (History, Theory,Statistics).1998; Reforms: AN Analytical View (Articles, Speeches, Memos, Interview). 1999; National Economy Competititveness: Structural Mechanisms of Kazakhstani Model.2006; Economy of Kazakhstan: Essays of Actual Problems (Speeches, Articles, Interview) in five volumes. 2010; Publications in ten volumes.2016; Reforms in Kazakhstan: An Analytical View (in English).2017 (Cambridge University, United Kingdom).