Dr. Ishrat Hussain



Designation: Director of I.B.A
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State Bank of Pakistan

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Ishrat Husain is a Pakistani banker and economist, who is the Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. Dr. Ishrat was the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan's Central bank from 2 December 1999 to 1 December 2005. He also lead the National Commission for Government Reforms for two years from May 2006.

Educational background

Husain holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from Williams College and a Ph.D in Economics from Boston University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Program jointly sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.


Husain joined the elite Civil Service of Pakistan in 1964 and served in the field and also held mid-level policy making positions in the Finance, Planning and Development departments before moving to Washington in 1979 to join the World Bank as an Economist in West Africa Programs Department. He became the Bank’s Resident Representative to Nigeria in 1983 and led the Bank’s team that assisted Nigeria in formulating its first ever structural Adjustment program in 1986. On his return to headquarters, he headed the Bank’s Debt and International Finance Division and contributed to the development of Bank’s strategy that led to World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) participation in the Brady Initiative for Debt Reduction. As Chief Economist for Africa between 1991–94 and later as Chief Economist for East Asia and Pacific Region he guided and supervised the Bank’s analytical work on the countries in these regions. In 1997 he was named the Country Director for Central Asian Republics and managed the World Bank’s relations, programs and policies with these countries. Earlier, he was the director of Poverty and Social Policy Department. He was responsible for the Bank's policies and strategy development in such areas as Poverty Reduction, Gender Relations and Dynamics, NGOs, and Reform within the Public Sector. He was the Chairperson of the Public Sector Group.

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Bilal ( Lahore,Pakistan) Sunday, August 18, 2013 9:09:49 AM (MDT - USA)
Well Free Masons are every whre around our socsity

Malik Adil Shahzad ( Lahore,Pakistan) Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:06:29 AM (MDT - USA)
Well Free Masons are every whre around our society & Dr Ishart Hussain is one of the leading example of them

Malik Faik ( Lahore,Pakistan) Friday, August 16, 2013 4:40:18 AM (MDT - USA)
Dr Ishrat Hussain is a Free Mason since the time he was in USA & his Main fuction hear in pakistan is to implement the toughest Capitalist Reform

Johar Saleem ( lahore,Pakistan) Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:59:08 AM (MDT - USA)
Dear Sir, Ours is a group of officers at NSPP, conducting a research for a simulation Exercise on Economic Development. We would appreciate if you could kindly enlighten us with your views as to how we could stabilize and revive the economy of Pakistan given the current malaise. .

Amir Ayoub ( NAWAB SHAH,Pakistan) Thursday, March 22, 2012 3:53:24 AM (MDT - USA)
Assalam-o-Alaikum Sir, I want some advised from u about my career in economics nowadays I am studying in M.A Economics and this is my final year in this and I want to become a economist. So, please advise me about my further education Thanks

saliha mir ( muzffarabad,Afghanistan) Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:33:20 AM (MDT - USA)
aoa uncle me saliha i hope kay ap mere abu ko janty hon gay un ka naam mir muhammad hay. hum muzaffarabad ma rahty hain. abu ap ay milny ak bar karachi b aay thy.abu phopho aur dadi say milna chaty hain please ak bar abu say mil len. from daugher of mir muhammad.

Waheed Murad ( Lahore ,Pakistan) Thursday, June 16, 2011 5:25:50 AM (MDT - USA)
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