About our Founder, Dr Patokh Chodiev

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Dr Patokh Chodiev is an international businessman, diplomat, author and philanthropist.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 15 April 1953, Dr Chodiev attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), widely acknowledged to be Russia’s leading educational establishment, graduating magna cum laude in 1976 with a degree in International Law and Japanese.  He went on to earn a PhD in Political Science.

In 1978, Dr Chodiev joined the diplomatic service and was posted to Tokyo where, speaking fluent Japanese, he specialized in Russia / Japan commercial relations for over a decade and developed his love and enthusiasm for Japan.

On leaving the diplomatic service in 1989, Dr Chodiev developed a global mining business that trades today as Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), one of the world’s leading diversified natural resources groups. Dr Chodiev founded both Eurasian Bank, one of the leading banking groups in Central Asia, as well Eurasia Insurance Company, Kazakhstan’s largest insurance company. He is also a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Dr Chodiev is also a notable philanthropist, particularly in Russia and Central Asia, and an advocate of freedom of information, access to knowledge, and the arts.

In 2005, he was awarded the Order of Kurmet by the President of Kazakhstan for contributions to social, economic and cultural causes. That year, he was also awarded the Abraham Lincoln Medal for Democracy and Economic Freedom. In 2011, Dr Chodiev was awarded the Order of Barys for special service to the Kazakh State including industrial, scientific, socio-cultural and social activities.

In 2014, Dr Chodiev was made an honorary member of the Patrons of Japanese Arts by Akie Abe, the First Lady of Japan, and is also Honorary Chairman of the Association of Japanologists of the Russian Federation.

Dr Chodiev is the author of more than 30 academic publications on the history, economics and politics of Japan.

Dr Chodiev serves on the Board of Trustees, as well as The Foundation for the Development of MGIMO. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the International Chodiev Foundation.

Dr Chodiev is fluent in Uzbek, Russian, Japanese, and English. He is married, has a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.