Shirzat is an associate at SMBC, based in Tokyo and a member of its Structured Finance Department. He mainly focuses on credit risk analysis of global Project Finance, ECA Finance and LBO/MBO Finance, covering Japan, Central Asia, EMEA and the Americas. His other daily roles include loan documentation, cash flow analysis, security packaging, inter-creditor and borrower-lender coordination and a various range of ancillary services for clients such as interest rate hedging, FX hedging and daily cash management.
He holds a BA (International Relations) and a BBA (Management) from the Australian National University (ANU). His specialised realms of discipline include: IR theories, defence and strategic studies, intelligence, management strategies and economics. During his university years, he established and represented student bodies and attended various international conferences as a guest speaker as well as a delegate such as the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and the Strategy and Security Conference by the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Shirzat was born in a Uyghur family in Urumqi, the oasis city of the Silk Road. At the age of 2, he moved to Japan with his family where his father had already settled earlier as the first Uyghur international student. Today, he still maintains strong connections with Uyghur diaspora communities all over the world.