Shaukat Aziz was sworn in as 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 28, 2004, having been elected Senator a couple of years earlier.
Aziz was born in 1949 in Karachi, Pakistan, and has nearly 30 years of experience in global finance and international banking. After earning an MBA degree from University of Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration in 1969, he joined Citibank in Karachi. He moved overseas in 1975 and has since served in several countries including the Philippines, Jordan, Greece, USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. His assignments included Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Asia Pacific Region; Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Corporate Planning Officer, Citicorp; Managing Director, Saudi American Bank; and Global Head, Private Banking for Citigroup. He was appointed Vice President of Citibank in 1992.
In November 1999 Mr. Aziz was appointed as Pakistan's Minister of Finance with responsibility for Finance, economic Affairs, Statistics, Planning and Development and Revenue Division. As Minister of Finance, Mr. Aziz was also Chairman of Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet, Chairman, Executive Committee of National Economic Council and Chairman, Cabinet Committee on Privatization. 'Euro money' and Bankers Magazine' declared him as the Finance Minister of the year 2001. The Government of Prime Minister Jamali also retained him as Finance Minister, indicating continuation of Finance and Economic Reforms Agenda.
Mr. Aziz is a frequent Speaker on international finance and has attended numerous forums, seminars and conference on international finance as well as attended management course at several universities. He has been a member of the Board of several Citibank owned entities including Saudi American Bank, Citi Islamic Bank as well as several non-profit organizations.
Mr. Aziz enjoys golf, music and art. He is married with three children.