About the Chairperson-in-Office


The Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) provides the political leadership of the OSCE and oversees the Organization's activities in conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. The CiO is also responsible for the external representation of the OSCE and for OSCE appointments.

Kazakhstan holds the OSCE Chairmanship in 2010. Kazakhstan's Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Saudabayev is the current Chairperson-in-Office.

  • Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs from September 2009
  • Secretary of State from May 2007
  • Ambassador to the United States from December 2000 to May 2007
  • Head of the Prime Minister's Chancellery with the rank of Cabinet Member from 1999 to 2000
  • Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and also accredited to Norway and Sweden, from 1996 to 1999
  • Foreign Minister in 1994
  • Ambassador to Turkey from 1994 to 1996

Minister Saudabayev holds a Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Kazakh State University and a Ph.D. degree in political science from Moscow State University. He is a graduate of the Leningrad State Institute of Culture and the Academy of Social Sciences attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Prior to joining the diplomatic service, he had a distinguished career in culture and the arts, earlier serving as director of the Kazakh Academic Theatre and later as Chairman of the State Committee of Culture. He speaks Kazakh, Russian, English and Turkish.