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Pakistan minister delivers speech at WMU

March 19, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The 2009-10 Global Lecture Series continues Monday, March 22, at Western Michigan University with a presentation by Altaf Saleem, former Pakistan federal minister for privatization.

Saleem's presentation, titled "Privatization in a Developing Country: The Case of Pakistan," begins at 6 p.m. in Room 1120 of Schneider Hall, home to WMU's Haworth College of Business. The event is free and open to the public.

Saleem served as federal minister for privatization and chairman of the privatization commission in Pakistan from 1999 until 2002. He was also a member of the government's economic management team. After an October 2005 earthquake, he was put in charge of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority. In this role, Saleem was responsible for the implementation of a United States $5 billion reconstruction and rehabilitation program for 3.6 million people in the affected area.

Saleem has a distinguished history of promoting education in Pakistan. He is a founder of the National Management Foundation, which runs Lahore University of Management Sciences. He also founded a trust to run a teachers training institute and operates free medical services for the less privileged. He has served as chair of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

Saleem has been the president of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan and served on the board of trustees of WWF International. He is a graduate of the University of Karachi and attended advanced management programs at Harvard Business School and IMD (International Institute for Management) Switzerland.

The Global Lecture Series is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education Program, the Global Business Center and the Global Business Students Association.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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