The President of Turkmenistan

Dr. Gurbanguly M. Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, was born in 1957, in the Babarap village of Geok-tepe district (Ashgabat province) of Turkmenistan.
In 1979 graduated from Turkmen State Medical Institute in Ashgabat. From 1979 to 1997 – was working in different posts in the system of Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. Has worked as a teacher, associate professor in the chair of preventive dentistry, Dean of dentistry faculty of Turkmen State Medical Institute, Director of Stomatological Center of the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. He has obtained a PhD, Doctor’s degree in medical science.
In December 1997 he was appointed Minister of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.
He was appointed Executive Director of Healthcare Development Foundation of Turkmenistan and Acting Rector of Turkmen State Medical Institute.
In April 2001 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. On December 21, 2006 by the decision of the State Security Council of Turkmenistan he was appointed Acting President of Turkmenistan and Supreme
Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Turkmenistan.
On February 11, 2007 on nationwide election out of six candidates he was elected President of Turkmenistan. On February 14, 2007 in the XIX session of Halk Maslahaty (Peoples Council) – supreme authority of Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov officially assumed a post of the President of Turkmenistan.
On February 12, 2012 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been re-elected for the second term.
President Berdimuhamedov continues to do specific research in medicine. The scope of his scientific interests also includes economics, ecology, and history.
In his free time he enjoys sport shooting, horse riding and racing, and martial arts.