UN chief chooses Pak economist as his senior advisor


UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Shamshad Akhtar, a seasoned Pakistani economist, as his senior advisor on Economic Development and Finance with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), his spokesman announced Thursday.
Ms Akhtar, a former governor of State Bank of Pakistan, was until recently the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. During her term as the State Bank of Pakistan Governor, she was nominated consecutively for two awards of Asia’s Best Central Bank and was ranked by the Asian Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Asia women professionals in 2008.
Ms Akhtar brings to the position over 30 years of global experience and an impressive track record of policy making and implementation in the economics, development and finance fields.
In the multinational arena, Ms Akhtar has served in various capacities at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank including as the Special Senior Advisor to the President of the Asian Development Bank.
She has rich and broad-based development experience ranging over several regions at both the country and regional level, with extensive expertise in macroeconomic policy management, sector specific policies, and legal and regulatory frameworks development and implementation.

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