Shakeb Elahi serves as the Pakistan representative for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide. In this capacity, he will be working to expand the sales portfolio of U.S. exports to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Pakistan.
He previously served as a trade servicing consultant for the Council in Pakistan in 1999 to 2000. During that time, he worked with the government of Pakistan to reduce import duties and open the market for U.S. feed grains. He also organized feeding trials for U.S. corn and published an overview of feed formulations and requirements for the livestock and poultry sectors in Pakistan.
He studied geology at the University of Karachi before entering the grains industry.
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability.