The British Council in partnership with Kazakh British Technical University (KBTU) organised a UK-Kazakhstan Smart Cities Forum at KBTU on 24 May.   

The forum was a one-day event organised as part of the Newton-Al-Farabi Professional Development and Engagement Centre at KBTU. The event brought together researchers and the end users of their research from the UK and Kazakhstan to develop a common understanding of the smark cities agenda. The day focused on finding solutions to tackle the environmental challenges facing Almaty as it continues to grow and evolve into a major world city.


To find out more about the event and topics discussed you can download presentations from our experts:

  • Presentation by Sanzhar Kettebekov, General Director, Autonomous Cluster Fund "Techgarden" (Kazakhstan)
  • Presentation by Tim Stonor, CEO Space Syntax (UK)
  • Presentation by Kecheng Liu, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Henley Business School (UK), ICT, Team Leader, Kazakh-British Competitiveness Centre (China)
  • Presentation by Kazakhstan Water Recycling (Kazakhstan)
  • Presentation by Zhanna Prashkevich (Kazakhstan)
  • Outcomes document from interactive session


Follow this link to see the pictures from the event.


We have prepared videos from the event for those who missed it:


The UK-Kazakhstan Smart Cities Forum was a platform for dialogue and cooperation, which allowed for an exchange of views and experiences in this field, both from Kazakhstan and the UK.  


The Newton-Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is a five-year, £20 million joint programme launched in 2014 by the UK government and the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes the UK and Kazakhstan hope to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation and make a lasting contribution to Kazakhstan’s social and economic development. 

Learn more about the programme