Mr. Burki is a prominent Pakistani economist who has been a member of the faculty at Harvard University, USA and Chief Economist, Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab. He has also served as Finance Minister of Pakistan, and has been the author of a number of world renowned books, journal and newspaper articles. He has had a long and distinguished career at the World Bank. Mr. Burki joined the World Bank in 1974 as a Senior Economist and went on to serve several senior positions. He was the (first) Director of the China Department (1987-1994), making him responsible for managing the World Bank's dialogue with the Chinese authorities. He served as the Regional Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean during 1994-1999. He retired from the Bank in 1999.