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Moeen Qureshi was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (now Punjab, Pakistan) in 1930. He received a Bachelor's of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Punjab. Qureshi also received a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Qureshi was employed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a variety of senior economic and operational adviser roles from 1958 to 1970. In 1970, Qureshi joined the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), and served as an Economic Adviser until 1974. Qureshi's subsequent roles in the World Bank Group included:
- Vice President, IFC, 1974-1977;
- Executive Vice President, IFC, 1977-1979;
- Executive Vice President, IFC, and Vice President Finance, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), 1979-1980;
- Senior Vice President Finance, IBRD, and Executive Vice President, IFC, 1980-1981;
- Senior Vice President, Finance (SVPFI), 1981-1987; and
- Senior Vice President, Operations (SVPOP), 1987-1991.
In November 1991, Qureshi retired from the World Bank.
After his retirement from the World Bank, Qureshi co-founded the private equity firm Emerging Markets Partnership (now EMP Global LLC). In 1993, Qureshi served as the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan. As of 2015, Qureshi serves as Chairman and Managing Partner for EMP Global LLC.