Ike Syed is a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where he advises executives in Fortune 100 companies on issues related to corporate strategy and business development. Before joining Oliver Wyman, he held technical and leadership roles at Cisco Systems and Fidelity Investments. In 2012, Ike was selected by the Boston Chamber of Commerce as part of it’s prestigious “Future Leaders” Program.Ike is passionate about promoting human rights and access to quality education in South and Central Asia. He received his B.A.Sc (Honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, M.S. in computer science from Boston University and MBA with a concentration in strategy and finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Shereen is a management consultant at Bain & Company and has worked out of its New York and Boston offices, where she has advised Fortune 500 companies in addressing critical strategic problems, such as cost optimization, growth strategy and organizational restructuring. Shereen graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Outside of consultancy work she is involved in youth mentorship programs.Shereen is a first generation Pakistani-American with an interest in her parents’ culture, and with supporting the Pakistani region’s development. At Harvard she helped create the Pakistani Students Association, and believes Pakistan and Afghanistan can be economically successful and politically stable if given the appropriate resources. Barakat’s mission speaks to this belief, because education is a resource that can help women and children move society forward, so Shereen is excited to play a role in Barakat’s growth and success.
Julie is CEO of Landry and Arcari Rugs and Carpeting of Salem and Boston MA. She graduated from Northeastern University’s School of Business in 1989 with a concentration in management. Her coop intern experiences included working at software development company SDC in Cambridge, Bed and Bath as a retail management trainee at, and. overseas in Birmingham England for the West Midlands Development Corporation creating marketing materials to attract US business interest.
Upon graduation Julie became immersed at Landry and Arcari and rapidly established her current position as CEO. Julie has spearheaded, along with her father and brothers, to evolve Landry and Arcari as arguably New England’s premier rug and carpeting industry leader. Julie has previously served on the board of Directors of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 the Boston College Club honored her in a Commemorative Photo Exhibit featuring leading women of Boston.
Julie believes that education is the path to equality and world peace. Through her business and expertise she supports Barakat’s mission. Julie has become passionately aware of the social responsibility to support the families and communities they work so closely with.
Bilal works as a consultant at the Analysis Group – a litigation and strategy consulting firm in Boston that serves leading law firms and Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in data analysis, and has worked with JPMorgan and FirstEnergy. His work in diverse industries has helped him acquire expertise in critical reasoning, quantitative analysis skills, and in the ability to make insightful inferences.
Bilal has been helping Barakat since November, 2012, as a Programs Committee member, in evaluating its educational programs. He strongly believes that the injustices and economic disparity prevalent in Central and South Asia have been a product of cultural impediments and limited access to resources. Bilal considers the quality education for women and children provided by Barakat to be a valuable tool for helping guide a community in their quest for fundamental rights, and in their aspirations to pursue higher economic success.
Shweta is a Software Developer at Microsoft Corporation in Cambridge. She completed her Masters in Computer Science from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and has over 6 years of industry experience. She cares deeply about Barakat’s mission of educating and empowering women and children.
Shweta has been instrumental in raising both awareness and funds at Microsoft for Barakat. She strongly believes that educated women are the key to a progressive society. She greatly values Barakat’s work in tumultuous regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan where girls can only dream of an education. By joining the board, Shweta looks forward to contributing her passion and experience in making Barakat’s mission and programs reach more girls and women.