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.

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 31 years at the World Bank--holding several director-level positions in the Country and Technical departments covering East Asia and Latin America. Lately, his consulting assignments have included advising the governments of OECS countries, Afghanistan, India, China, Netherlands Antilles, and several others in the Caucuses and Africa on reforming corporate governance. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian. Mr. Aiyer attained Masters 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 the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Latin America’s Southern Cone and Caribbean countries, as well as for West African ones. Led economic missions that advised country governments and authored numerous country and regional reports, and also co-authored two customs administration books. Led a major review on 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 also 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 also member of Cabinet. Mr. Sokol holds a B.A. from the University of Panama, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and undertook PhD studies at the University of Chicago.


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.



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