Tariq H. Cheema is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, an organization dedicated to bringing together donors for the exchange of ideas and proven practices, and to institute an environment of enduring engagement. Dr. Cheema received his MD from University of Istanbul in 1992 and did an advanced study in Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago. In 2002, he was selected for the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. He co-founded Doctors Worldwide (DWW), an international medical relief organization, and Diversity Forum, a project funded by Rockefeller Foundation to encourage dialogue and understanding about critical social divides. In addition, Dr. Cheema played a pivotal role in Indo-Pak Peace Network, a Diaspora movement that promotes goodwill among two rival nuclear nations.
Being a successful entrepreneur, he was invited to mentor MBA students at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Cheema is the recipient of Entrepreneurship Recognition Award from the Kellogg School of Management and the 2004 Community Service Award from Asian American Coalition of Chicago. In 2004, He joined the Chicago-based Nonprofit Empowerment Group as consultant where he assisted organizations in the fields of governance, program development, strategic planning and global advocacy.
Dr. Cheema is currently serving as the executive director of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA)—one of the largest ethnic medical societies in the United States involved in research, education, community health and disaster relief. In addition, he serves on the boards of Chicago Global Donors Network and HEED Foundation, Pakistan.