Zaure Kunanbayeva


Head of Secretariat of Executive Committee

Zaure Kunanbayeva is a leading mineral consultant within E4-Capital and the Head of Secretariat of PONEN Executive Committee, a prestigious organization that oversees the development and implementation of the national mineral policy in Kazakhstan.

With over nine years of experience in the mining industry, Zaure has delivered high-quality geological and geotechnical services to various projects across Central Asia, Africa, and Europe, working as a Consultant Geologist at SRK Consulting. She has demonstrated her expertise in exploration and production, resource and reserve estimation, quality control, and software applications, contributing to the success of world-class copper, gold, vanadium, and coal deposits. She is also a proud member of AusIMM and an advocate of JORC standards and requirements in the region. Zaure's goal is to leverage her knowledge and skills to support the advancement and sustainability of the mining sector in Kazakhstan and beyond.

Plenary Session 4
19 June 2024 / 16:00 - 17:30 | Grand Ballroom

Central Asia transfering from GKZ to CRIRSCO international reporting standars - KAZAKHSTAN (KAZRC) case

The KAZRC Code was enforced through the enactment of the "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" legislation in 2018. During this timeframe, the Geology Committee processed over 130 reports crafted in compliance with the KAZRC code, incorporating mineral resources and reserves onto the balance sheet. These reports were authored by 50 Competent Persons under PONEN. Several major subsoil entities in Kazakhstan have fully transitioned to KAZRC reporting. The count of PONEN members has surged by 1.3 times over the last 12 months, reaching 430 individuals. Following the amendments to the "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" legislation, effective from January 1, 2024, adherence to the KAZRC Code is obligatory for all exploration licenses. However, for production contracts and licenses, its application is at the discretion of the subsoil user.