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CATRC Professors

Tomas Balco, CATRC Director                                                                                                                                                  

JUDr, ACCA, KIMEP Associate Professor                                                                                                                                              
Tomas is an internationally well-known and recognized tax expert, and has over 13 years experience in both the private and public sectors in different countries and continents.
He holds 3 law degrees - Masters in Law Degree, Postgraduate LL.M. Degree in International Tax Law and Doctor in Law degree in International Public Law. He wrote his dissertation on Interpretation of International Treaties.

His private sector experience was with Deloitte, where he also qualified as ACCA, first as a member (exams passed in 2002) and since 2009 hie is a Fellow of ACCA. He came to Almaty in late 2006, when he joined the Tax & Legal Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager. His core strengths and expertise are in the areas of International Tax Planning and Regional and International Business Model Structuring. His industry experience relates to Private Equity and Investment Funds, Financial Services and Banking, Oil &Gas and Mining Companies.

Prior to coming to Kazakhstan he worked as Senior Research Associate at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in Amsterdam, where he researched and wrote numerous articles and country chapters on various Central and Eastern European countries, and participated in private client research as well as government consulting projects. While with IBFD, he lectured in numerous international tax courses at ITA in Amsterdam, Europe, the Carribean and Central Asia.

He joined KIMEP, shortly after his arrival to Almaty, in January 2007 in the role of Adjunct Associate Professor and ever since he has taught a minimum of one class per semester. His teaching salary in excess of USD 30.000 is allocated to a dedicated scholarship fund for needy students. In January 2010, he joined KIMEP on a full-time basis to further advance his academic and research work and also to promote the education of taxation as a professional specialization. He spearheaded the introduction of a tax minor at both the Bang College of Business and the School of Law.

His public sector experience was with the Ministries of Finance in Chile and the Czech Republic, as well as the European Commission, and until now he has been actively involved in tax policy work with the United Nations (the UN International Tax Expert Group) and other international bodies.

Over his academic/teaching career, Tomas has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses as well as executive courses in the areas of:
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • IFRS and Accounting Courses
  • Strategic Business Management
  • A variety of courses on Taxation - from both legal and business perspectives. This is currently the main area of his teaching focus
Tomas Balco is currently also serving as founding director of the Central Asian Tax Research Center established in 2010 under the KIMEP School of Law.

Tomas is active in the professional community both at local and global levels. At the global level, he is actively involved in the International Fiscal Association, where he takes part in the annual congresses and also actively prepares and speaks on the panel dedicated to Recent Developments in International Taxation, or other panels.

At the local level, Tomas chairs the Tax Working Group of the American Chamber of Commerce and regularly holds meetings in the cities of Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. While in Kazakhstan, Tomas has already received two special recognition awards from Amcham - Best Education Program in 2008 and the Amcham Service Award in 2011.

Research Interests:

Professor Balco's research is focused on taxation.
His primary focus is on International Tax Law - domestic law aspects as well as tax treaty aspects. Primary regional focus is on Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and Central Asia.

Secondary research areas are:
  • Taxation and Foreign Direct Investment
  • Customs Union and Taxation
  • Oil & Gas and Mining Taxation
  • Developing Countries and Taxation
  • Substance and Form in Tax Law
  • Foreign Investment Agreements and Taxation
  • Enhanced Relationship
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Vladimir Tyutyuryukov,Candidate of Economic Sciences, CATRC                                                                               
Deputy Director, Assistant Professor of KIMEP                                                                                                                                   

Vladimir began his career in 2002 as an assistant in the tax department of the largest Russian power company, dealing with the analysis of draft legislation, tax consulting of the subsidiaries and tax accounting.

 After graduating in 2004 he entered post-graduate Candidate of Economic Sciences program and joined the Faculty of Finance and Economics of the Russian State Tax Academy as a lecturer. After successfully defending his thesis for Candidate of Sciences degree in fall 2006, Vladimir joined the tax practice of a "Big 4" company in Russia, performing various tax projects for large Russian and international companies (mainly from the energy & resources industry), including tax review, tax and transfer pricing consulting regarding cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring and tax accounting, and he led in-house seminars and roundtables for clients.

 From January 2011 Vladimir teaches tax courses in KIMEP University, also co-leading Central Asian Tax Research Center.

 Vladimir has published more than 30 articles on tax and economics in Kazakhstan, Russia and abroad, some of them re-published in Russian law information systems; he is also author of a university textbook “International Standards of Audit” and co-author of several monographs. He regularly participates in the Russian, Kazakhstani and international conferences on taxation and is member of International Fiscal Association. He speaks Russian, English, French and Czech.

 Vladimir’s research interests are taxation in Kazakhstan and Customs Union, corporate taxation and transfer pricing.