Shahid Javed Burki

Shahid Javed Burki

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Shahid Javed Burki (Urdu: 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 and Mathematics at Government College University. He received his M.Sc. in Physics from the Punjab University in 1959. 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. from Oxford 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...
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