A chartered accountant by profession, Syed Muhammad Shabbar Zaidi served as the 26th Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from May 2019 till April 2020. He previously also served as a Provincial Minister for Finance, Board of Revenue and Excise & Taxation, in the Government of Sindh during the 2013 caretaker setup. Mr. Zaidi was also a member of the Federal Government Task Force for Reform of Tax Administration in 2002 and authored the report. A retired senior partner at A. F. Ferguson & Co, he also serves as Chairman on the Securities & Exchange Commission Committee formed for Corporate Industrial Rehabilitation Reform and is a member of the Economic Advisory Council. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and has also served as President of the Institute from 2005-2006. Mr. Zaidi has also served as member of Developing Nations Committee of International Federation of Accountants, President South Asian Federation of Accountants, Founder Director of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance, member Central Audit Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan and was the Director of the Karachi Stock Exchange Limited from 2012-2015. Currently, Mr. Zaidi is serving on the board of ICI Pakistan Limited as an independent director and as Chairman Audit Committee. Among his non-profit work, he is a trustee of the Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation (SIUT) and member of Board of Governors of Liaquat National Hospital and Karachi School of Business and Leadership (KSBL). Mr. Zaidi has also authored books, including ‘A Journey for Clarity’ and ‘Pakistan: Not a Failed State’.