Born on July 24, 1957, in the Zaamin District of Jizzakh Region, Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev grew up in a family of doctors. After completing his preliminary education, he went to the prestigious Tashkent Institute of Engineers of Irrigation and Mechanization of Agriculture. In 1981, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, setting a strong foundation for his future career. Mirziyoyev earned a PhD in Technical Sciences, highlighting his commitment to education and research.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev's professional career began at the Tashkent Institute, where he studied. Starting as a junior research fellow, he quickly demonstrated his capabilities and ascended through various academic roles. His tenure included positions such as a senior lecturer, an associate professor, and eventually a pro rector for academic affairs. This early period of Mirziyoyev’s career showcased his ability to lead, mentor, and innovate in academic setting: skills that would later become invaluable in his political career.
Mirziyoyev's entry into the political arena was marked by his election to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 1990. His role as Chairman of the Credentials Committee was his first foray into public service, providing him with crucial experience in legislative processes and governance.
In 1992, Mirziyoyev was appointed as khokim (governor) of the Mirzo Ulugbek district of Tashkent. Following that, he was a governor at the Jizzakh and Samarkand Regions, where he served until 2003. During his tenure as governor, Mirziyoyev was focused on enhancing the socio-economic sphere of these regions. His efforts were centred on improving infrastructure, advancing local industries, and boosting living standards.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev's appointment as the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan in 2003 was a testament to his growing influence and leadership skills. His tenure was extended in 2005, 2010, and 2015, reflecting the trust and confidence placed in him by both the government and the people of Uzbekistan. As Prime Minister, Mirziyoyev was at the forefront of several key policy decisions and development initiatives that stimulated economic growth and improved international relations.
Following a stint as an interim president in 2016, Mirziyoyev was elected as the President of Uzbekistan on December 4, 2016. He officially took office as President on December 14, 2016, embarking on a journey to lead Uzbekistan into a new era of development and prosperity.
Under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's guidance, Uzbekistan has witnessed significant reforms and development. His administration has been implementing a set of strategic goals involving:
Shavkat Mirziyoyev is married to Ziroatkhon Mirziyoyeva, who has been a supportive partner in his personal and professional life. Together, they have two daughters and a son, and are proud grandparents of five grandchildren. Mirziyoyeva, an engineer-economist by qualification, has chosen to devote her time to her family, embodying the values of care and support that are integral to Uzbek culture.
In recognition of his dedicated service and significant contributions to Uzbekistan's development, Mirziyoyev has been honoured with prestigious awards including the orders Mekhnat Shukhrati (Glory of Labor) and Fidokorona Khizmatlari Uchun (For a Selfless Service).