U.S. Members of Congress attended the Breakfast and Opening Ceremony moderated by Former U.S. Congressman Don Bonker. Among the distinguished guests were Hon. Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S.
The first session, titled “Turning Great Games into Great Gains”, deliberated on the challenges and opportunities in global and regional security. The keynote Speaker was His Excellency Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan and Madeline Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State. The panelists included Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State, Anne Harrington; Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration; Daniel Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy and Andrew Kuchins, Senior Fellow and Director, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program.
The second session titled, “Kazakhstan-Gateway to Central Asia”, focused on new investment opportunities and the Future Energy and Climate EXPO 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. The event was moderated by William Courtney. President of U.S. Kazakhstan Business Association (USKBA) based in Washington D.C. The keynote speakers were Zhanar Aitzhanova, Minister of Economic Integration of Kazakhstan and Catherine Novelli, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. Panel speakers included Ainur Kuatova, Deputy Chair of the Astana EXPO-2017; Assel Yergaziyeva, Deputy Chair of KAZNEX INVEST, a national export and investment agency based in Kazakhstan; Robert Hormats, Former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Steven Green, President of Guggenheim International and Sabr Essimbekov, Executive Secretary of National Chamber of Entrepreneurs.