Ambassador Olzhas Suleimenov, one of the most influential and respected poets and writers in modern Kazakhstan. Born in 1936, Olzhas Suleimenov is one of the most influential and respected poets and writers in modern Kazakhstan. He has authored more than sixteen books of poetry and prose. His polemical novel Az-i-Ia (1975),widely debated, and then withdrawn from active circulation in the middle of the Brezhnev era, brought him both wide recognition.
In 1989, Olzhas Sulemeinov founded the Nevada-Semipalatinsk Movement, which became one of the most vocal voices for the closure of all nuclear testing facilities in Kazakhstan. He also co-founded the Issyk Kul Forum, which has been recognized as an important organization of intellectuals in the former Soviet Union. He currently serves as the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO.
Most recently, Olzhas Suleimenov was featured in a unique volume 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers(2013) where he gives his take on the past geopolitical events and possible solutions and predictions for the future.