Mr. Syed Shakeel Shah


Mr. Shah is a career civil servant under the Pakistan’s Customs Service with extensive experience in public policy, international trade, and regional cooperation, spanning over two decades.


He played a leading role in a collaborative engagement with the World Bank in developing the reform vision and a plan for Pakistan Customs through a Technical Assistance funded by the Trust Fund for Accelerated Growth in Revenue.


Being a focal person for the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, he has led reforms in Pakistani Customs to enhance efficiency and reduce cost and time of border compliance. In another governmental capacity, he has contributed to negotiations regarding Free and Preferential Trade Agreements with Turkey, Thailand, and the PRC. Mr. Shah coordinated complex assignments across the government, private sector, and development partners as the Head of Economic Affairs Wing in the Prime Minister’s Office, including activities pertaining to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and the Youth Development Program. He also served as a Community Welfare Attaché at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Barcelona, Spain.


Mr. Shah holds MA in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute, Bern (Switzerland), and M.Sc. in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan).

Mr. Liang, Ziqian, Ph.D.

Deputy Director One (DD1)


Mr. Liang has been a senior official of the PRC Ministry of Finance since 1992 until 2015. After serving as a senior advisor to the board of the World Bank in 1992-2001, Mr. Liang took the Board Member post for the China Development Bank in 2008. Since then, he has been engaged as a Council and Committee member and Vice Chair of high profile funds and boards including Global Environmental Facility and Green Climate Fund.


Mr. Liang holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Taiyuan Industrial University, MBA from Zhongnan University, and Ph.D. in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is a distinguished fellow of H.J. Heinz scholarship under the University of Pittsburgh (USA).

Mr. Abdullaev, Iskandar, Ph.D.

Deputy Director Two (DD2)


Mr. Abdullaev has over 25 years of experience in the field of water and environmental management. His academic and professional experience include Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, Israel, USA, Germany, and Netherlands. Mr. Abdullaev held various advisory, editorial, research, and senior posts with GIZ, ZEF Center of Bonn, CCICED, NGOs, boards, and associations.


Mr. Abdullaev is well linked with the academic circles. He is a member of editorial boards of few internationally peer reviewed journals. He himself authored three monographs, over 30 peer reviewed articles, and over 150 conference papers.


Mr. Abdullaev holds MSc and Ph.D. degrees from the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agriculture Mechanization Engineers where he also taught classes during 1992-1999. He continues teaching at the German-Kazakh University (2013-present).