Science graduate from DJ Science College and Master in Business Administration from IBA with Majors in Marketing & Finance.
Joined Civil service in 1984, DMG group, now known as PAS.
Before joining the civil services started his working career early by joining the family business.
Headed the Excise & Taxation Department of Balochistan where he established a new Excise Secretariat and changed the whole revenue collection system, introduced new number plates, registration books and computerization etc resulting in increase in revenue manifolds and facilitation to the tax payer.
Managed the entire relief operation in the worst ever drought in 2000 as the Addl Relief Commissioner - Balochistan.
Served as the Director General of BOI for 8 years and was part of the team which took the country’s FDI from US$ 400 million to US$8400 million p.a. Established the Sindh Board of Investment and introduced various investment attractive schemes in Sindh.
Mr.Arif Elahi has had the honour of representing Pakistan and read papers at many national and international conferences, seminars, exhibitions and also as Manager of National Boxing Team at the Pre-Olympics winning two gold medals for Pakistan.
He has organized the 21st Islamic Foreign Ministers conference , the 1992 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Series, many national and international Investment conferences , series of labour related conferences, and managed many more local , national and international events, exhibitions and conferences. Conducted numbers foreign potential investment delegations.