Tariq H. Cheema
Founder & CEO, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
Tariq 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 effective and accountable giving. He received his M.D. from the University of Istanbul, earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago, and was awarded fellowships by the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Next Generation Leadership Program, the Bellagio Initiative, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and the New Westminster College. He holds expertise in the domains of impact philanthropy and investing, corporate strategic giving, value innovation, and foundation management. Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today.
Dr. Cheema has extensive experience of working with world leaders, grantmakers, and corporate executives. He offers advice to HNW individuals and policymakers on social investment, speaks at high-level forums, and sits on multiple boards. In addition to his philanthropic endeavors, he is the principal shareholder of Southeast Business Group (SBG), a commercial coalition dedicated to promote trade between the emerging markets.
Over the past two decades, he has contributed to the development of numerous successful social initiatives such as Doctors Worldwide; Diversity Forums; Indo-Pak Peace Network; US National Network for Diaspora Giving; Academy of Philanthropy; and Muslim Science, Technology, Innovation initiative (MSTI), aiming to develop a “Knowledge Ecosystem” for economic and social benefit. He is a member of Committee of 100 of Lingshan World Philanthropy Forum that promotes engagement between China.Since 2005, he has been serving in senior management posts in the nonprofit sector.