Vataev, Sergei Y. was born in 1964 in Almaty, Kazakstan.
Mlass Automobile Technical College, Russia (1982-1986 cum laude). Kazak State University (1987-1992). Academy of American and International Law, The Southwestern Legal Foundation and Comparative Law Center, Dallas, Texas (1995).
Spoken languages: Russian, English, Kazak.
Worked at Steptoe & Johnson Company Almaty. Assistant of Investigator, Procurator Office, Alatau District, Almaty, 1988-1992. Deputy Director, Allsher LTD, 1992.
Legal Advisor, Atomic Energy Agency of the Republic of Kazakstan, 1992. Legal Advisor, Committee on Ecology and Environment Use of the Supreme Soviet (Parliament) of the Republic of Kazakstan, 1994.