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Ardak Nurazkhanov

Associate Partner, Nur-Sultan (Astana)
Drives impact across leading natural-resource-sector companies in Kazakhstan, with a focus on digital and operational issues, and exports knowledge internationally

About Ardak

Ardak brings solid industry-specific knowledge to clients in the metals and mining and oil and gas sectors. He has accumulated broad, deep experience through his client work in the past five years with McKinsey and his prior 11 years in relevant industries. He offers pragmatic recommendations driven by CEO-level perspective and experience as well as a complementary educational background, which is built on the best of two worlds.

Examples of Ardak’s recent client work include the following:

  • developing digital road maps to address core business challenges and opportunities for two upstream oil and gas assets
  • creating a minimum-viable-product solution for well-production optimization in the field, based on results of an advanced-analytics engine that used a set of system constraints and well-risk profiles
  • reviewing a digital-business-building case for a multinational oil and gas major
  • performing an IT, digital, and analytics current-state diagnostic; identifying gaps in best practices; and building an implementation road map for a diversified metals and mining group
  • defining an integrated metals and mining company’s corporate strategy to identify focus areas for the next five years and set key performance indicators and target levels
  • optimizing an integrated metals and mining company’s growth strategy to double the value of business, based on its portfolio of major-capital projects
  • designing and executing an integrated metals and mining company’s end-to-end (mining, processing, and smelting) operational-improvement program for increasing production volume through productivity, availability, and recovery measures
  • leading a feasibility (technical and economic) assessment of options in developing a coking-coal deposit
  • leading a feasibility (technical and economic) assessment of a greenfield capital-infrastructure project

A native Kazakh, Ardak is fluent in English and Russian.

Past experience

Caspian Offshore Construction
Finance manager


George Washington University
MA, finance

D. Serikbayev EKSTU
BA, industrial economics