Shigeo Katsu

President, Nazarbayev University


Mr Shigeo Katsu is the Founding President of Nazarbayev University. He held the position of President from December 2010 until June 2023. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of an affiliated secondary school system, the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, and of the University’s hospital system. Prior to the assignments in Kazakhstan,  over the course of a 30-year career at the World Bank, Mr. Shigeo Katsu held various positions including leading financial sector reform support for China, Director for Cote d’Ivoire, and Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. After his retirement from the World Bank, he served for a few years on the US board of a youth-oriented international development NGO. Between 2011 and 2015 he was an Advisory Panel member of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO).