About the founder


Nurali Aliyev is actively involved in business, technology, and philanthropic works. He is an original founder as well as an ongoing shareholder of Capital Holding JSC.

This company owns 25 other companies that range from mining to information technology. In addition to his role in Capital Holding JSC, he is also a shareholder at Transtelecom JSC. This company is a well-established communication provider throughout Kazakhstan. Transtelecom JSC specializes in providing various forms of telecommunication services.

In addition to his professional endeavors, he is also a part of various foundations and charity groups. This includes his membership on the Board of Trustees of the “Ana yui” public fund. He was also a patron of the charity project known as “Mother’s Home.” This project focused on providing a safe haven for vulnerable women, especially those experiencing a pregnancy with a lack of support. His financial backing has helped provide the means for various “Mother’s Homes” in the cities of Uralsk, Karaganda, and Almaty.

Nurali Aliyev is also the founder of ZHANARTU, which is a private charity foundation. Through this foundation, he helped establish a degree program at the Bang College of Business at KIMEP University.


Nurali Aliyev was born on January 1, 1985. He studied at Pepperdine University in California, as well as the International University in Austria. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from the Abai Kazakh National University. He was a student at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from IMADEC University in Vienna, Austria.

He also graduated from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business Alumni, Stanford Executive Program. He holds an honorary degree from KIMEP University for his active role in creating and improving information systems and his various leadership positions. He previously served as Managing Director of the Development Bank of Kazakhstan. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nurbank JSC, President of Transtelecom JSC, President of the Sugar Center JSC, and Deputy Mayor of Astana.


In 2018, Nurali Aliyev launched a Kingdom of Snow Leopard Conservation Project in Kazakhstan. Official Opening Gala assembled the representatives of international environmental organizations, scientific community and honorary guests from Sweden, USA, China, Russia, Monaco, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Denmark, France and Turkey, public authorities, and the representatives of business and artistic communities.

On personal invitation of the founder Nurali Aliyev, Hollywood actor Adrian Brody, famous Sweden explorer Johan Nilson, vice-president of Jack Ma’s Paradise International Foundation Wang Dezhi, Chair of Albert II Prince of Monaco Foundation Gatsby Milutin and other guests attended the venue.

This is the first fund among the CIS countries for the reintroduction of the snow leopard population in all 13 countries of the habitat. The main aim is the conservation, rehabilitation and breeding of the snow leopard in a sanctuary and subsequent reintroduction in natural habitats.

Engagement and education of the public in snow leopard conservation is critical to the survival of this species, so Mr. Aliyev also included a visitor education center and vista points where people can observe the snow leopards from a safe distance. The ultimate goal of the project is a captive breeding program which allows for adaptation to natural conditions of Kazakhstan and successful subsequent reintroduction into natural habitats.


Snow leopard is the symbol of independent country of Kazakhstan. Snow leopard is the largest member of the cat family, which is incorporated in the Red List of the International Nature Preservation Union, including National Red Books of all 12 countries of the area of cat family distribution – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Butane, China, Mongolia and Russia.

According to the report of the Zoology Institute of the Ministry of Education and Science, only 110-130 Snow Leopards inhabited Kazakhstan in 2014. In less than quarter-century the population of these animals in Kazakhstan reduced by over 40%. Therefore, Mr. Aliyev decided to dedicate his efforts to the conservation of the habitats and population levels of these magnificent animals.


  • Jointly with the Institute of Zoology and the national parks of Kazakhstan, the Foundation installed about 100 camera traps in the vicinity of Talgar peak at an altitude of over 3 000 m in the Altyn Emel park.
  • In June 2021, a team of researchers from the Snow Leopard Foundation, the Institute of Zoology and Wildlife Without Borders joined the #Strides4SnowLeopards global campaign. The purpose of this event was to draw attention to the conservation of 40 snow leopards living in the mountains around Almaty. As part of the action, the researchers made a high-speed 40-minute ascent to the Big Almaty Peak (3 680 m). During the ascent, the team also managed to check the camera traps installed to monitor the snow leopard in the vicinity of the Almaty Peak.

    In 2021 on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan and in honor of the International Snow Leopard Day, Snow Leopard Foundation supported the First Ecological play for children "Adventures of the Snow Leopard", which took place in Almaty.


  • In October 2021, SLF team held a lecture on entertaining facts about the life of snow leopards for pupils of primary and secondary grades of the international British School Haileybury Almaty. During the lectures children were told about the measures taken by the foundation to preserve and restore their population in our homeland.
  • In the autumn of 2021, the Snow Leopard Foundation acted as a partner of the “Snow Leopard Week” at the Ayusai Visitor Center, dedicated to the celebration of the International Day for the preservation of the snow leopard, organized by the Institute of Zoology, Wildlife Without Borders and Ile-Alatau National Park.
  • The Snow Leopard Foundation supported distinguished biologists and naturalist writers Oleg and Irina Loginov from Kazakhstan, who have been working for the conservation of the snow leopard for many decades. SLF sponsored several books titled “Irbis - symbol of Kazakhstan”, “Animal world of the mountains of Kazakhstan” and "Legends, myths and tales of the snow leopard". These books draw public attention to the importance of preserving this beautiful and rare species.

  • In 2022, as the result of the joint work of scientists from the Foundation and the Institute of Zoology, for the first time in the history of independent Kazakhstan, a new habitat of snow leopards with an estimated population of 10 individuals was recorded in Altyn Emel National Park in the Almaty Region. Until 2022, snow leopards were not found in this national park for more than 70 years as they were exterminated in the 50s of the 20th century under the USSR.
  • Together with scientists from the Institute of Zoology of Kazakhstan, Snow Leopard Foundation conducted a large-scale work on the study and analysis of the snow leopard population. As the result our team came to an amazing discovery that the snow leopard population in Kazakhstan has grown to 180 individuals. According to the estimates of the snow leopard population in Kazakhstan in 2012, their number was about 130-140 individuals.
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