31 May 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Appoints Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan Assistant Secretary-General,


Senior Adviser on Economic Development and Finance


For the position of Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has selected Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan, who, until recently, was the Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank.  Ms. Akhtar served as Governor of the Central Bank of Pakistan holding the rank of Federal Minister and during this term 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-10 Asia women professionals in 2008.

Ms. Akhtar is a seasoned economist and brings to the position over 30 years of global experience and an impressive track record of policymaking and implementation in the economic, 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 Adviser 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 for development and implementation.

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