Ambassador

Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada Mr. Konstantin V. Zhigalov

Born May 16, 1959 in Semipalatinsk.

Graduated from the Kazakh State University in Almaty (1981), Doctor of Historical Sciences (1984).

Career:

1984 - 1991     Senior researcher, senior lecturer and consultant in politics

1991 - 1993     Aide to the President of Kazakhstan

1993 - 1994     Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

1994 - 1995     Head of International Section of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan

1995 - 1996     Aide to the President of Kazakhstan

1996 - 2000     Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2000 - 2003     Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Poland

2003 - 2009     Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium with concurrent

                           accreditation to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

                           (until 2007 to the Netherlands)Head of Kazakhstan’s Missions to the European Union

                           and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

2009 - 2012     Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, National Coordinator for Cooperation with the European Union

Since 2012      Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Canada with concurrent accreditation to Jamaica,

                           Republic of Cuba, the Dominican Republic (11/2013) and Plenipotentiary Representative to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (2015)


- Diplomatic rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (2001)

- Decorated with Order of Dostyk, Order of Parasat (Kazakhstan), Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (Belgium), Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (Luxembourg), Commander of the Order of Merit (Poland)

- Author of books and publications on international relations and domestic policy

- Speaks Russian, English and Polish languages

- Married and has three daughters