Former Prime Minister of Pakistan & Adviser to WCES

Speaking Session

21 Dec 2020, Monday

9.00 am - 10.00 am

Short Biography

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. SHAUKAT AZIZ was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served from 2004 – 2007, following five years as Finance Minister from 1999.

Mr. Aziz was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan to complete a full term in office. Mr. Aziz restored his country’s credibility at home and abroad and is renowned for his strategic approach, structural reforms, transparency and ability to focus on what is best, not simply what is politically expedient. His policies were based on the principles of liberalization, deregulation and privatization, accompanied by strong regulatory oversight.

After graduating from Gordon College, Rawalpindi in 1967, Mr. Aziz gained an MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi. An internship at Citibank marked the beginning of a 30-year career in global finance, encompassing roles in Pakistan, Greece, United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Philippines, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. As Executive Vice President, he held several senior management positions in Citibank including head of institutional banking for Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and later for the Asia Pacific, followed by Chief Executive of the banks’ global wealth management business.

Having presided over impressive economic growth in his country, Mr. Aziz offers an expert view and is a frequent speaker on the challenges facing the world including structural reforms, diplomacy, geopolitics and security. Mr. Aziz is a member of several boards and advisory boards of various commercial and non-profit entities around the world. Mr. Aziz’s book, ‘From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics’, was published by Quartet in May 2016 and is available on Amazon.com.