Umirzak Shukeyev (Kazakh: Шөкеев, Өмірзақ Естайұлы) was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of Kazakhstan starting in 2007, after having been governor of South Kazakhstan from 21 September 2006 to August 27, 2007.
Born in 1964. Graduated from the Moscow Economics and Statistics Institute (1986) with a degree in mathematics methods in economics. PhD in economics.
Was employed as junior and leading research fellow in a number of research facilities in Almaty.
Went on to work as a consultant with the Supreme Economic Council under the President; as an advisor to the President for economic issues; vice head of the Finance, Labor and Social Protection of the Population Department in the Presidential Service and in the Cabinet.
In 1993-1995 – deputy head of administration of South Kazakhstan Oblast.
Starting from November 1995 – Minister of Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Starting from early 1998 – Deputy Head of Presidential Administration.
Starting from August 1998 – Governor of Qostanay Oblast.
Later he served as Astana city Mayor, then as Governor of South Kazakhstan Oblast.
Member of the Supreme Economic Council under the President (February – November 1997), Member of the National Council for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (November 1997 – August 1998). Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kazakhoil CJSC (March – December 1997).
Awarded the Order of Parasat.
Starting from March 2004 – Mayor of Astana City.
In September 2006 he was appointed Governor of South Kazakhstan Oblast.
In August 2007 appointed Vice-Prime-Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.