Shahid Javed Burki
: شاہد جاوید برکی
) is a professional economist who has served as Finance Minister of Pakistan
and as a Vice President of the World Bank
. He has written extensively on economic development and on the political history of Pakistan.
Early Life and Education
Born in Simla
, India on September 14, 1938, Burki migrated as a child along with his family to Pakistan
at the time of the Partition of India
in September 1947. They settled in Rawalpindi
, where his father worked as an official in the Pakistan army
headquarters. Burki was educated at Rawalpindi's Presentation Convent and St Mary's Academy
. Upon graduation he moved to Lahore
to study double majors in Physics
at Government College University
. He received his M.Sc.
in Physics from the Punjab University
. The following year he was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar from Pakistan and went to Christ Church, Oxford
to study economics
. He received his M.A.
in 1963 and then went to Harvard University
as a Mason Fellow for graduate studies in Economics and Public Administration.
Banking Career at World Bank
Burki joined the World Bank in 1974 as a Senior Economist and went on to serve in several senior positions including: the (first) Director of the China Department (1987–1994), and the Regional Vice President
for Latin America and the Caribbean (1994–1999). He persuaded the World Bank's senior management, in the immediate aftermath of the Chinese... Read More