Tariq Khan is the founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing. He is a recognized business leader in marketing, branding, innovation, digital marketing, social media, and diversity arena. Tariq has had a distinguished twenty-year career, mostly working at global Fortune companies including ING, Nationwide, and MetLife. Tariq has held several senior management roles with the major Fortune companies. In his last corporate position, Tariq was senior vice president and head of market development for ING, where he led ING’s strategy to expand growing target market with multi-channel distribution. Tariq Khan is also credited with developing and supporting the largest and most diverse distribution channel in the financial services industry. He has launched several award winning branding campaigns, marketing programs, and social media campaigns for the African American, Asian, Hispanic, and women’s market. Tariq’s work, interviews and articles have been published in several trade and industry publications. He is a sought-after keynote/notable speaker on marketing, branding, diversity, distribution, and sales growth. Tariq has appeared on global mainstream media including CNN International LIVE.
Tariq has equally impressive contributions in the non-profit world. He is a board of director at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the largest U.S. organizations devoted to scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander American students. He conceived and managed several scholarship events for APIASF students that generated over $3 million in the first five years. Tariq is also a board of director at the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from congress services to elected office. Tariq is also an adjunct professor of marketing and public relations at New York University SCPS. His expertise/courses include Integrated Marketing Communications, Competitive Intelligence, Multi-channel Marketing, social media, and Public Relations. Khan earned a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and advertising from Baruch College, New York, an MBA in marketing and management from St. John’s University, New York, and an Executive Management Certificate from Babson College, MA. He is a frequent speaker at many industry conferences on global marketing and segmentation. Tariq is best known for developing and supporting new revenue channels.
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John brings over a decade of diverse professional experience spanning marketing, finance, engineering and consulting. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University in the UK, he is a chartered management accountant (ACMA) and studied Strategic Integrated Marketing at New York University. John’s consulting experience began working with Atkins Global, one of the worlds leading engineering and design consultancies. He has worked with Airbus on the double decker A380 super jumbo, GKN on helicopter transmissions and Bombardier on rail industry projects.
John has lived and worked in 4 continents, bringing a wealth of experience of people and cultures. He is an ex financial controller having managed the financial operations of a large clothing manufacturing business in South East Asia. He also worked in finance and leadership roles with the Avis Budget Group in various locations across the UK and Europe. John is a joint British and Australian citizen and has lived and worked in the education sector in New Zealand. Here he began a long and passionate interest in wine and subsequently worked in finance and commercial roles in the drinks industry for Constellation Brands. He is WSET wine qualified and continues to work as a wine trainer and consultant. John now uses his experience to manage and implement global marketing projects, with experience working with large organizations across North America and Asia. John spends his time equally between New York, London and Toronto.
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Fabian J. De Rozario
Fabian is an entrepreneur who launched GlobalConnect Enterprises LLC, a consulting, training and coaching firm that helps organizations and individuals unleash the power of “connecting” by understanding and leveraging cultural distinctiveness. He has presented workshops and keynote speeches in the areas of diversity/inclusion, communication, public speaking, thinking styles, change management, and leadership at conferences, associations, Fortune 100 companies, and universities worldwide. Groups and organizations that Fabian has worked with include Delta Airlines, Asian Real Estate Association of America, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PepsiCo, Philander Smith College, Marriott, Procter & Gamble, Army Corps of Engineers, Capital One Bank, Abercrombie & Fitch, and CISCO.
Currently, he serves as a consultant and facilitator of programs in the subjects of diversity, inclusion, leadership and intercultural intelligence, delivering programs at companies across several industries in the U.S., U.K. and China. His language skills include Cantonese, Malay/ Indonesian and English. Fabian De Rozario’s 18 years of work and training experience spans higher education institutions, associations, and private industries. Drawing from his experiences as an Asian immigrant to the United States, his presentation style is interactive, engaging, and focused on enhancing personal skills that contribute to creating world-class organizations. Fabian was born and raised in Malaysia and completed his secondary education at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland. He arrived in the U.S. in 1982 and completed his Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Management, and a Master’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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Teuris De Jesus
Teuris is an experienced professional with over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services and Asset Management industry. He started his career with MetLife in 1996 and worked several marketing positions during his 10 year tenure with MetLife. After MetLife, Teuris has worked at other Fortune 500 companies, such as Prudential Life Insurance Company, Allianz Life and Allianz Global Investors where he has held similar positions in the areas of Marketing and Communications, Operations and Product Development. Teuris expertise includes creativity and innovation applied to target diverse market segments (Hispanic, African American, and Asian). Teuris brings understanding of the growing diverse markets along with extensive knowledge of financial services industry and its products and services. Teuris also had the opportunity to multiple business divisions including sales, marketing services, recruiting, retention, and brand management. Teuris acquired business best practices in sales and marketing while developing sales support tools, marketing campaigns, and collateral.
Teuris is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelors Degree. He also has an Associates Degree in Computer Programming from The Center of Technology in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as well as a Life and Health Insurance licensed producer. Teuris has also completed courses designed to maximize his skills and management capabilities such as the Strategic Coach Team Leader Program among other relevant course work. Teuris is an avid during the summer and the occasional skier in the winter.
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Sharmila offers twenty-five years of expertise spanning marketing, research, business development, and management consulting. She has extensive experience in international and multicultural marketing and has successfully worked with clients to develop strategies to target Hispanic, Asian American, and African American consumers as well other niche segments.
Specifically, Sharmila is skilled in analyzing new market opportunities and is extremely methodical in her approach. She has assisted clients in a wide range of industries determine new markets to enter by assessing the opportunities, evaluating and identifying the most attractive options, and then developing strategies for success. She is adept at managing complex secondary and primary research studies and then mapping key data and insights to strategic business recommendations and decisions. Past clients in the insurance and financial services sector include companies such as ING, State Farm, Capital One, Wells Fargo and Bank of Oklahoma.
Sharmila was most recently Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New American Dimensions, a leading multicultural research and consulting firm, where she was focused on overall growth, leading the client service and business development areas. Previously, she was Vice President, Business Development at Phoenix Multicultural (formerly Cultural Access Group), another leading multicultural research and consulting firm. There, in addition to sales and marketing, Sharmila developed and led the company’s strategic multicultural consulting practice. She also initiated and led the efforts for the development of The Asian American Market Report in both 2005 and 2008. This report combined secondary research, qualitative and quantitative studies and strategic insight. The inaugural edition served as a catalyst for the company to be named the “Market Research Partner of the Year” by the Asian American Advertising Federation.
Sharmila holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Computer Science/Mathematics from the University of Rochester. She is a member of the Nielsen Asian Pacific American Advisory Council and spent many years on the Board of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF). She was born in New Delhi, India and resides in the Chicago area.
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Andrew G. Levy
Andrew G. Levy brings a myriad of entertainment experience from 15 years of developing, writing and production of film and entertainment in Los Angeles. In 2008 he moved back to New York with the goal of making a diagonal shift into marketing, incorporating his creative and analytical skills. His career began in the photographic studios of SoHo in New York working with groundbreaking studio photographers, which led to commercial film production for various companies and directors including legendary director Bob Giraldi and Roy Campanella Jr. After a stint in production for CBS in the mid-90’s, Levy moved to Los Angeles and began work at Paramount Pictures in production, and Universal Pictures developing feature film scripts. He went on to direct and write 3 award-winning short works screening in over 50 cities in 20 countries on 4 continents. His credits include a Best of Festival in Manchester, England and a prestigious Sundance Channel film award.
Launching One Roof Entertainment in 2002, the company provided production services and management for various independent films including Sundance Film Festival winning “Garden State” for director Zach Braff. From 2002 to 2005, One Roof brought non-studio pictures to state-of-the-art Los Angeles Center Studios, which has become the film industry’s leading production service studio. Gersh Sports Agency in Beverly Hills, represented One Roof Entertainment’s sports related projects led by NFL veteran and Super Bowl ring holder, Toi Cook.
Levy’s belief in giving back led to charitable endeavors including a stage production for urban theatre luminary Mark Swinton benefiting Bruce Willis’s National Foster Care Fund and the Los Angeles Department of Education. In 2004, One Roof Entertainment received a Los Angeles City accommodation for its charitable work. Additionally, he spent time with the organization Peace for Kids in South Central Los Angeles. His discovery of yoga later in life, combined with his caring for the plight of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan brought him to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Levy raises money, and gives himself, for development of yoga related programs for U.S. Soldiers and their families dealing with the stresses after serving overseas.
His entry into the marketing sector from entertainment seems to be an organic transition as it focuses on a similar common objective – attracting audiences.
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Salim brings over 35 years of experience in financial management with a strong focus on mergers & acquisition, market entry, turn-around of trouble insurance businesses, and risk management. Salim founded Princeton Advisory Group, LLC providing senior executives with expert advice in the life insurance services industry. Salim has worked at MetLife for 30 years and held several leadership positions including CFO of MetLife International operations and global head of mergers & acquisition. At MetLife, Salim was instrumental in guiding the strategic direction of MetLife International operations, as well as strengthening the organizational integrity, effectiveness and controls of the business.
Salim has played a critical role in MetLife’s entry into Chile via an acquisition and also led the acquisition of the largest insurance company in Mexico. Salim has also worked on several joint-venture entries including China and India. Salim steered MetLife’s Argentina operations proactively and effectively through the financial crisis. He has served as member of the Executive Governance Board for MetLife International, Chairman of the Board for MetLife India, President-Commissioner for MetLife Indonesia, and Member of the Board for MetLife Mexico. Salim has also consulted for several other Fortune companies including Prudential, Sun Life Financial, BUPA and OTPP. In addition, Salim currently serves on the Board of Trustee of the Amana Mutual Funds Trust. Salim holds MS from the University of Manitoba, Canada and MSc from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. Salim is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and an Affiliate of the U.K. Institute of Actuaries. He also devotes significant time in supporting various humanitarian causes and relief efforts in the U.S. and abroad.
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Rich White is a financial writer and editor with 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. His areas of special interest include retirement planning and retirement plans, annuities, equities, fixed income securities, mutual funds, insurance products, Social Security, financial analysis and illustrations, selling and prospecting skills, alternative investments, and income taxes.
Among the clients for whom he has worked are: American Express Financial Advisors, AXA Financial, Beacon Hill Asset Management, the Bond Marketing Association Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, the Closed-End Bond Fund Association, Conseco, Coregis, Dime Savings Bank, Evergreen Funds, First Union National Bank, Fleet Boston Financial Corp, Frank Russell Company, GE Capital, Guardian, Invesco, J. & W. Seligman, MacKenzie Financial Services, MetLife, Orbitex Capital, Prudential Financial, Nathan & Lewis Securities, National Life of Vermont, SEI Investments, Sentinel Funds, TIAA-CREF, William Blair Funds, and Van Eck Funds.
He is the author of books written for financial advisors including 12 Steps to Your Personal Success in 401(k) s and Small Business Retirement Plans and How to Find and Keep High Net Worth Clients. He has written the training courses used by the Canadian Association of Independent Financial Advisors (CAIFA) on financial planning, mutual funds and investment markets. He also has worked as editor of professional newsletters published by the former Investors Press: 401(k) ALERT and Variable Products ALERT. He writes a regular column for financial advisors at www.freeerisa.com/insight and is a frequent contributor to Investopedia.com.
From 1977 to 1981, he worked as the first full-time Editor-in-Chief of Financial Planning magazine, the monthly trade journal then owned by the International Association of Financial Planning (IAFP). He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1972 with a major in English.
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Ismail Mirza is an experienced and motivated human resource professional with a proven, diverse corporate and consulting experience in design and delivery of global Compensation, Benefits and HR programs. He has led several complex global HR change initiatives and successfully managed multiple M&A integration efforts to align and improve global HR and total rewards processes to positively impact bottom-line business results and employee experience. Ismail offers global HR management, total rewards strategy and HR delivery solutions, particularly to organizations undergoing M&A integration, restructuring and cross-border expansion.
Ismail has had a distinguished career of over 12 years working at global Fortune 100 organizations as Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Hewitt Associates and consulted several global Fortune organizations across multiple industry sectors. He has extensive M&A experience within the financial services industry, managing global HR transition and integration of compensation, benefits, payroll and other HR processes. At Bank of America, Ismail led the design and delivery of compensation, benefits, executive and equity remuneration. Prior to BOA, he was a design consultant at Hewitt Associates’ Human Capital Consulting Practice where he played a critical role in global integration of HR processes in EMEA, Canada, India, and Costa Rica. Ismail has also advised Fortune 500 clients on shareholder-aligned broad-base reward strategies, value-based long-term incentive programs, and defensible and consistent executive pay governance frameworks.
Ismail is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, acquired through Bank of America’s Six Sigma certification process by successfully completing a Master Black Belt-sponsored project leading to annual cost savings of more than $250,000. He holds a Masters degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota.
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Karim Rammal is a senior, successful, entrepreneurially spirited, international business executive based in New York City. His experiences over the years have positioned him as a talented entrepreneur with significant business relationships in Europe, USA, East and South Asia, and UAE/GCC. Karim founded Unicorn Consulting Inc., - a business advisory firm that specializes in bridging global business opportunities. Headquartered in New York City, Karim has been uniquely positioned to match business opportunities through its network of well established business partners around the world - USA, Dubai (UAE/GCC), Europe, South and East Asia. Karim’s global network of partners bring diverse domain expertise in areas such as investment banking, real estate, emerging markets, advanced energy solutions, outer space commercialization, marketing communications and global business strategies.
Being at a senior position at a very young age, he’s gained exposure to diverse international business experiences around the world, while managing the Pakistani market for WPP Marketing Communications as Group President and Country Manager, and built their Hill & Knowlton (PR), JWT (advertising), Contract Advertising (conflict business entity), Consumerlink (on-line research), Activ8 (activation) and TMedia (media buying house) operations. Since 2000, he grew the operation in Pakistan from one office to five offices with over 250 people. Karim also had the opportunity to help build Afghanistan’s first agency, an affiliate of JWT, that began in 2003 with five people and ramped up to 145 in four years.
Karim has worked on business strategies and marketing campaigns for top global and regional brands such as HSBC, De Beers, Pepsi, Nokia, Motorola, Unilever, Cadbury, BMW, Rolls Royce, LG, Philips, Shell, Levi’s, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Engro Foods, Roshan Telecom, Warid Telecom, and a host of others including the Government of Pakistan (with President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz). Karim holds BS & MS degrees from Boston University and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the US-Afghan Chamber of Commerce, and other professional forums.
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