Dr Salman Shah has served as Finance Minister of Pakistan from 2004 to 2008, a period of extensive economic reform and changes. His tenure was significant for the development of the private sector, large FDI flows into the country and a successful return to international capital markets with the issuance of global depositary receipts, Eurobonds and Islamic Sukook bonds.
He has also been a member of numerous committees at major national financial institutions such as the State Bank of Pakistan, the SECP, the National Institute of Banking and Finance among others.
As Finance Minister, he has negotiated with international finance institutions, investment banks, foreign investment houses, hedge funds, rating agencies and multinational corporate investors besides other national governments and major trading partners.
He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Indiana University and has also taught at University of Toronto, Indiana University, University of Michigan and Lahore University of Management Sciences.
He currently consults for and provides strategic advice to corporations, financial institutions in the power, energy, textiles, engineering and agriculture sectors as well as advising several Central Asian countries on financial management and establishment of controls.