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Dr. Tariq H. Cheema, M.D.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Dr. Tariq H. Cheema, M.D.

Professor Dr. Tariq Cheema is a Governor on the Board of Governors and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Istanbul University. He is also a Next Generation Leadership Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation and has completed Advanced Studies in Philanthropy at Loyola University of Chicago, Advanced Studies in International Health Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Advanced Studies in Executive Education, Advanced Leadership and Management at the Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Cheema is a renowned social innovator and philanthropist who has devoted his life to making world a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable place for all. He is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, foundations and socially conscious corporations dedicated to advance efficient and accountable giving. Dr. Tariq Cheema is one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Next Generation Leadership Fellows and holds expertise in the areas of strategic philanthropy, impact investing and entrepreneurship, corporate giving, and foundation management.

Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today and has extensive experience in working globally with international leaders, grant-makers, corporations, and financial institutions. As an expert on Muslim philanthropy he offers advice to policymakers on giving regulations and reforms, speaks on high-level forums, and sits on multiple nonprofit boards.

Dr. Tariq Cheema is a member of the Committee of 100 of Lingshan World Philanthropy Forum that promotes engagement between China and the World on social and development issues. In addition to his philanthropic endeavors, he is the principal shareholder of Southeast Business Group (SBG), a unique commercial and industrial coalition dedicated to promoting trade between emerging markets.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Tariq Cheema has contributed to the development of several successful social initiatives such as Orthopak; Doctors Worldwide; Network of Islamic Activists Against Tobacco (NIAAT); Diversity Forums; Indo-Pak Peace Network; and recently the National Network for Diaspora Giving; and Muslim Science, Technology, Innovation (MSTI) initiative aiming to develop a “Knowledge Ecosystem” for economic benefit and social good.

As an author, Dr. Cheema has contributed to the following publications:

  • Global Philanthropy [Co-author]: http://www.mercatorfund.net/modules/global_philanthropy/book March 2010

Authors: Tariq Cheema, Norine MacDonald ,QC President The Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund, Steve Killelea, Founding Director The Charitable Foundation, Rory Francisco-Tolentino,  former Chief Executive Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium, Peter Cleaves, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Foundation, Atallah Kuttab, Founding Member of the Arab Foundations Forum and Director General of the Welfare Association, Olga Alexeeva,  Head of the Charities Aid Foundation Global Trustees, Jane Wales, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council/Global Philanthropy Forum, Zeynep Meydanolu, Program Director of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TSEV), Michael Madnick, Deputy Director of Global Health Policy & Advocacy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dina Sherif, Associate Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.

  • The 27 chapters of Global Philanthropy provide a snapshot of philanthropy, past and present, from all corners of the globe. The book aims to contribute to achieving a sense of a global community within the philanthropic sector, facilitate and encourage the exchange of ideas between philanthropic organisations and underline areas in which the global philanthropic community can work together to meet the challenges of the modern world.
  • Global Islamic Finance Report [Co-author]: http://www.edbizconsulting.com/ April 2012

Authors: Tariq Cheema, et. al.

  • Global Islamic Finance Report is the first fully comprehensive and authoritative account of Islamic banking and finance published annually by Edbiz Consulting, a leading provider of Sharia structuring and advisory services.
  • Global Islamic Finance Report is the first fully comprehensive and authoritative account of Islamic banking and finance published annually by Edbiz Consulting, a leading provider of Sharia structuring and advisory services.

Dr. Cheema has received numerous honours and awards, including: the United States Congressional Award from the Unites States House of Representatives, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Entrepreneurship Award, the Asian American Community Service Award from the Asian American Coalition of Chicago, and the South Asia Peace Award from the YMCA.

As a Governor and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Dr. Tariq Cheema is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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