Panel of Advisors



The Honorable James W. Symington

Formerly: Deputy Director of President John F. Kennedy’s Food for Peace Program; Director of the President John F. Kennedy’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, Assistant to the Attorney-General Robert F. Kennedy; Four-term Member of United States Congress from Missouri; and Chief of Protocol under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Currently: Partner of the Law Firm of Nossaman, LLC; Head of numerous Corporate Boards; and Chairman of the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation.




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.

Amie Devero.

Has been a strategy consultant and executive coach for over 25 years. The focus of her strategy work has been on the use of strategy mapping and balanced scorecards, a methodology invented by Robert Kaplan and David Norton at Harvard Business School. The unique approach that Amie developed (with her former business partner Francis Wade) incorporates core values and organizational culture into strategy, allowing for wholesale transformation of organizations bringing the entire organization, including every employee, into the strategy and the values that govern the culture. Amie is the author of Powered By Principle: Using Core Values to Build World-Class Organizations, which outlines the approach. This book is now incorporating new distinctions and the changes in business and technology that have taken place since its publication in 2007. Amie was educated at Bennington College and Harvard University, and holds two graduate degrees--one of which is from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her current work focuses on the emerging technology sector with special focus on post-revenue start-ups.



M.G. Sri Ram Aiyer. 

Possesses extensive experience in economic development and emerging market economies during a career of over 30 years at the World Bank—holding several director-level positions in the Country and Technical departments covering the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and East Asia. Lately, his consulting assignments have included advising the governments of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Beside Afghanistan and Iran, he was engaged in Egypt where in 1974 led the team to reopen the Suez Canal, following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and liberalize the economy to facilitate private and foreign investment leading to 10 years of high GDP growth. He has advised governments in India, Iran, China, Portugal, Netherlands Antilles, and Africa on reforming corporate governance. Additionally, he has experience working in both Yemen and the PDR Yemen. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian. Mr. Aiyer attained master’s degrees from Manchester University (Production Technology and Management) and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was also a participant in the Senior Executive Development Program at the Harvard Business School.


Jose B. Sokol. 

Has worked on macroeconomic, debt, fiscal policy, poverty, governance, trade and customs administration, quality assurance, and capacity building issues for about 35 years at the World Bank, first as a staff member and then as a consultant. Served as World Bank’s Lead Economist for Latin America’s Southern Cone and Caribbean countries, as well as for the West African sub-region. Led economic missions that advised country governments and authored numerous country and regional reports. Co-authored two customs administration books. Led a major review of the Bank’s analytical work that included most developing country members. Was a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank on Development Effectiveness. Began his professional career as an economist at the Planning Directorate of Panama where he became Director of Planning, Deputy Director General, Deputy Minister, and later Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Policy. When in government was a Board member of the National Banking Commission, Power Company, Telephone Company, and Civil Aeronautics Board, and member of the Cabinet. Mr. Sokol holds a B.A. from the University of Panama, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, with PhD studies at the University of Chicago.



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