Panel of Advisors



The Honorable James W. Symington

Formerly: Assistant to Attorney-General Robert Kennedy; Member of United States Congress from Missouri; and Chief of Protocol under President Lyndon Johnson. Currently: Partner of the Law Firm of Nossaman; Head of numerous Corporate Boards; and Chairman of the American-Russian Cultural Foundation.



Salmaan Peerzada. 

Salmaan Peerzada is the distinguished adviser for Sharakpur's creative outreach and development. He is a an international award-winning actor and director of numerous critically-acclaimed independent feature films (produced both in the UK and Pakistan), a renowned dramatist, a pioneer in his field of cultural awareness, and the founder of Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop—a universally-acclaimed indigenous organization for the promotion of arts, culture and cross-cultural exchange in Pakistan and the world.



Scott Schirmer. 

Scott Schirmer has expertise in forming relationships that are critical to successful partnership development through one-to-one conversations and networks. He has worked with dozens of FORTUNE 500 companies to create shared value for charities and businesses alike. Schirmer has been fortunate to be at the center of partnership development during the past 17 years through positions within the U.S. government as Director of USAID’s partnership office, the United Nations, and key nonprofit organizations,both in the field (Afghanistan) and at home offices in Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. As a result, he has developed a truly unique skill set that combines expertise, networks and strategic vision for those who want and need to develop strategic partnerships..



Thomas Earl Patton. 

Presently a partner in Washington, D.C. law firm of Butzel Long, which is engaged in extensive international business transactions. Formerly: Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy; staff counsel,U.S. Senate Commerce Committee; and adjunct professor of law at Catholic University of America. Serves on boards of non- profit entities, and former board member of public and private companies. Experience in preparing corporate compliance programs and conducting corporate investigations.

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