Haroon Sharif

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Haroon Sharif
ہارون شریف
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Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment
In office
September 2018 – June 2019
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byNaeem Zamindar
Personal details
Born(1965-02-20)20 February 1965
Alma materLondon School of Economics University of Hawaii at Manoa Government College University, Lahore

Haroon Sharif (Urdu: ہارون شریف; born 20 February 1965) is a Pakistani economist who served as the Minister of State[1] and Chairman Board of Investment under Prime Minister Imran Khan from September 2018[2] to June 2019.[3]

Prior to this, Sharif served as the Regional Advisor to the World Bank Group for South Asia and remained Senior Regional Advisor to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Sharif earned a BA in Economics and Geography from the Government College University, Lahore in 1985. He completed his postgraduate Curriculum in International Business in 1991 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000.[5]

Professional career[edit]

On behalf of the Government of Pakistan, Sharif signed the Memorandum of Understanding with China for Industrial Cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.[6] He remained the lead person for Pakistan for the establishment and regulation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs).[7]

Sharif was a member of Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet which is the highest forum for economic policy decisions in Pakistan.[8] He was instrumental in developing strategic economic partnerships with Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.[9][10]

Board and professional memberships[edit]

Sharif served on the Executive Committee of the World Bank's Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) from 2009-2012. He was part of the team that authored CGAP's report Financial Access to the World's Poor.[11]

Sharif is also a distinguished fellow of the National Defence University, Pakistan.[12]


Sharif, Haroon (31 March 2020). "India, Pakistan and the Pandemic: Community of Shared Future?". Jinnah Institute.


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  2. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (September 14, 2018). "Haroon Sharif appointed BoI chairman". DAWN.COM.
  3. ^ "Chairman BoI Haroon Sharif resigns". www.thenews.com.pk.
  4. ^ "Regional cooperation: World Bank appoints new adviser for South Asia". 11 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16.
  5. ^ "News highlights". www.alumni.lse.ac.uk.
  6. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (December 21, 2018). "Accord signed with China to widen industrial cooperation". DAWN.COM.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". www.cpecinfo.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "BOI Newsletter.cdr" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  10. ^ "Qatar, Pakistan to explore investment opportunities". thepeninsulaqatar.com. 10 March 2019.
  11. ^ "World Bank Document" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  12. ^ "NDU Image Gallery". Ndu.edu.pk. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2020-01-13.