Shahid Javed Burki
Mr Shahid Javed Burki is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies National University of Singapore. He was educated at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and at Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. He spent most of his professional life at the World Bank, where he held a number of senior positions, including Director of China and Mongolia Department (1987-94) as well as Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (1994-99). Mr Burki took leave of absence from the bank to take up the position of Pakistan's Finance Minister (1996-97). His books include Changing Perceptions, Altered Reality: Pakistan's Economy under Musharraf (Oxford University Press); Beyond the Centre: Decentralising the State (World Bank), South Asia in the New World Order (Routledge), and Pakistan: Fifty Years of Nationhood (Westview Press). He is Chairman of The Institute of Public Policy, a Lahore-based Pakistan think-tank, and resides in Washington DC.