Shahid Javed Burki was educated at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and at Harvard University as a Mason Fellow. Burki's career at the World Bank began in 1974 with appointment as senior economist of the Policy Planning and Program Review Department. In 1982 he was appointed director of the International Relations Department, and later served as director of the China Department. He then began a two-year stint as Finance and Planning Minister of the Pakistani government. Burki was a also member of the care-taker government that took office following the dismissal of Ms. Bhutto he was in charge of the portfolios of finance, planning and economic affairs. Mr. Burki has since re-joined the World Bank as vice-president of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office.Burki has written extensively on the political economy of both China and Pakistan.
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