Yessim Garifolla was born on April 15, 1947 in village Lebyazhie of Pavlodar region. Kazakh.
Father – Yessimov Kabdyzhappar (1911-1992), mother – Yessimova Bizhamal (1916-1981).
He graduated from Pedagogical institute named after N.K. Krupskaya in Semey (1970), philologist; got postgraduate study of philosophical economics department at the Kazakh state university named after S.M. Kirov (1977), the teacher of philosophy.
Candidate (1978), doctor of philosophical sciences (1994). Subject of the doctoral dissertation: "A problem of God and person in outlook of the person".
Honourable professor of Semipalatinsk state university named after M. Auezov (2003), Semipalatinsk state teacher training college (2004), the Pavlodar state university named after S. Toraigyrov (2007), Semipalatinsk state university named after Shakarim (2007), the East Kazakhstan state university named after S. Amanzholov (2007), the Kazakh state women's pedagogical university (2008), “Kainar” university (Semey, 2008), Kokshetau state university named after Sh. Ualikhanov (2008), Karaganda state technical university (2009). The academician of National science academy of Kazakhstan (since 2003). Corresponding member of National science academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1995).
He is the author of books: “Хакім Абай (даналық дүниетанымы)” (1994), “Наука совести” (“Conscience science”, 2008), “Данышпан Шәкәрім” (in Kazakh and Russian languages, 2008), An Insider’s Critique of the Kazakh Nation: Reflections on the Writings of Abai Kunanbai-uhli (Los Angeles, California, USA, 2009), "On the edge of a chasm" (2009), “Саяси философия” (“Political philosophy”, 2009), “On the edge of a chasm” (2009), “Жар жағасы” (2009), “Адам-зат” (in the Kazakh language, 2008), “Adam-zat” (in the Turkish language, Istanbul, 2009); textbook anthology “Фалсафа тарихы” (2004), more than 400 articles, publications.
Has the copyright certificate “Абайдың қара сөздері туралы пайымдаулар” (the electronic textbook, 2005).
He knows Kazakh, Russian, English and German (with the help of dictionary) languages.
He is the member of National democratic party “Nur Otan” (since 2008).
Since 1970 – the teacher, the senior teacher of philosophy department at Semipalatinsk teacher training college named after N. K. Krupskaya.
Since 1972 – the trainee-researcher of the Moscow teacher training college named after V. I. Lenin.
Since 1974 – the graduate student of philosophical economics department at the Kazakh state university named after S. M. Kirov.
Since 1977 – the dean of art and graphic faculty, since 1982 – the head of philosophy department at Semipalatinsk teacher training college named after N. K. Krupskaya.
Since 1989 – the senior research associate of philosophy and law Institute of science Academy of KAZSSR, the consultant of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan.
Since 1992 – the dean of fine and applied art faculty at Almaty state university named after Abay.
Since 1998 – the head of philosophy and science methodology department at Almaty state university named after Abay.
Since 2001 – the dean of philosophy and political science faculty at Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi.
Since 2007 till the present – the deputy of the Senate of Parliament of Kazakhstan, the member of the committee on welfare development.
The scientific editor of “Вестника КазНУ им. аль-Фараби” (“The messenger of KazNU named after Al-Farabi”), editor-in-chief of an editorial board of the magazine “Scientific World of Kazakhstan”, member of editorial boards of magazines “Ақиқат”, “Абай”, “Евразия”, “Жалын”, “Шәкәрім”, “Туған тіл”, “Мұқағали”, National encyclopedia “Kazakhstan”. Member of the Union of writers of Kazakhstan. Chairman of National committee platform “Dialogue of Eurasia”. The member of the State commission on the monuments and monuments constructed in Kazakhstan. The member of Committee Presidium on supervision and certification in education and sciences of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. The member of public council on implementation of the Cultural heritage program of the Ministry of Culture and information of Kazakhstan. The member of the commission concerning pardon at the President of Kazakhstan.
He was awarded with the order “Құрмет” (2006), “For Merits in Development of Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (2003).
The winner of an award named after S. Saduakasov of the Union of journalists of Kazakhstan (1994), awards of Republican fund named after Abay (1995), awards of H.A. Yassaui of the International Fund “KATEV” (2000).
Excellent student of KAZSSR (1984). Excellent student of the USSR (1988).
Religious views – traditional Muslim.
The politician's ideal – Asan Kaygy, N. A. Nazarbayev.
The forecast of the future of Kazakhstan – “The future of Kazakhstan is bright”.
Hobby – reading.
Literary addictions – philosophical prose.
Married. The spouse – Yessimova Rymkesh Sultanovna, the doctor. Sons – Yessimov Kazbek, Yessimov Bayan; the daughter – Yessimova Saule.