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Christine Pomeranz 
ITM Chair

Professor Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chair

Professor Christine Pomeranz was an international banker for twenty years, most recently with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (“ANZ”) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Structured Trade Services-Americas, arranging financing solutions for multinational companies, commodity traders, financial institutions, and large corporations in North and Latin America. Prior to joining ANZ, Christine was a relationship manager at The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in New York, providing trade finance services to middle market customers primarily in the apparel and fashion industry. She started her career at Citibank in the Philippines and New York as account manager in the International Financial Institutions Division. Professor Pomeranz has taught at New York University and World Trade Institute of Pace University. As the faculty coordinator of the ITM Advisory Board, she organizes guest lecture series, field trips, career development programs, and fund raising activities to enhance the students’ professional development. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree with majors in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree major in Business Administration with honors at Assumption College in Manila, Philippines in 1980.

Sonja Chapman

Professor Sonja Chapman

Professor Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with over 20 years experience managing international transportation logistics and customs compliance for apparel companies. Professor Chapman teaches courses in International Logistics and Import / Export Regulations. In addition, she serves as the department’s coordinator for trade show seminars and is a regular guest speaker at FIT’s Executive Education Program. Ms. Chapman incorporated her own consulting firm, Chapman Import Solutions, Inc. in 2004. The focus of her company is providing reviews of procedures and software systems to integrate and improve logistical operations, as well as ensure customs compliance for small to midsize firms. Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Chapman served as Director of Logistics and Customs Compliance for Baby Togs, Inc., a large U.S. children’s apparel manufacturer, for 14 years. The U.S. Secretary of the Department of Agriculture appointed Ms. Chapman in 2004, to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cotton Board. Professor Chapman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) where she has chaired both their Customs Committee and C-TPAT Best-Practices Committee.

Giacomo Corrado

Professor Giacomo Corrado

Professor Giacomo Corrado, born in Italy, 1962; admitted to practice as a member of the New York Bar in 1992. Education: University of Bologna, School of Law, Italy (1986); Fordham University, School of Law, New York (1990). In 1995, Giacomo was appointed Vice-Consul of Italy to the U.S., and served for a four year term, while also acting as U.S. legal counsel to the Government of Italy. In 1997, he established his private practice, later named to reflect his partnership, Corrado Montgomery, and since acts as General Legal Counsel exclusively to the U.S. (and international) operations of Fashion companies. Giacomo serves on the Board of Directors of a variety of Fashion Companies, and served as Chief Executive Officer to the US operation of one of his clients. His practice is devoted to assisting mainly European Fashion Brands enter and negotiate the U.S. market, principally from a legal perspective, but most recently also in an increasingly more commercial and executive capacity.
Areas of Practice: Commercial Law, with particular emphasis on Sales of Goods, and Licensing of Intellectual Property.
Areas of Practice: Business and Commercial Law, with particular emphasis on sales and distribution of goods, and licensing of intellectual property.

Melinda Gist-Lorenz

Professor Melinda Lorenz

Professor Melinda Lorenz is a global marketing specialist, with broad expertise both in developing global cosmetics brands and in managing global advertising agency networks. Professor Lorenz joins FIT from L’Oreal USA, where she was Director of International Marketing, responsible for building the global business of Maybelline, a color cosmetics brand sold in more than 90 countries. Her international experience includes assignments in Latin America, Europe and Japan. Professor Lorenz earned a Master’s of Business Administration, with a specialty in international management, from the American Graduate School of International Business, popularly known as Thunderbird (in Glendale, Arizona). At Southern Methodist University (in Dallas, Texas) she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.

Guillermo Jimenez

Professor Guillermo Jimenez

Professor Guillermo Jimenez is an international trade specialist trained at Harvard University (B.A.) and the University of California -- Berkeley (J.D.). A former Head of Division at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) headquarters in Paris, he has published two books and numerous articles on international trade topics, and has lectured in 35 countries. While at the ICC, he managed the international committees of experts which draft the rules governing letters of credits and Incoterms. He has collaborated with, and addressed meetings of, various inter governmental organizations, including the World Trade Organization, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and the Institute for the Unification of Private International Law. He has previously taught at the University of California -- Berkeley, the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lyon, and the Institute for International Management (Paris). His consulting clients have included I.B.M., the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, and the Jordan Shipping Association.

Shireen Musa

Professor Shireen Musa

Professor Shireen Musa holds a B.S. in Marketing, with a concentration in International Trade, from FIT and a M.B.A in International Business from Saint Peter’s College. She is also a Licensed U.S. Customhouse Broker.

Professor Shireen Musa has multi-industrial corporate experience functioning as an International Trade Manager for The Donna Karan Company, Lucent Technologies and Deloitte. She has extensive experience in Customs Compliance, Global Trade, International Sourcing and Import/Export Regulations.

Professor Shireen Musa has taught at FIT and other colleges. She is full-time faculty at FIT and the lead Professor for the “Global Sourcing”, “International Corporate Responsibility” and “Import/Export Regulations” courses. Professor Shireen Musa serves on FIT’s Sustainability Council, has been elected to FIT’s Committee on Continuing Education and is an Advisor for the International Trade Student Association. She is also active in writing and updating courses for the college.

Professor Shireen Musa has presented at industry conferences, including the Organization of Women in International Trade’s (OWIT) 2008 World Conference “Trade and the Triple Bottom Line: Societal, Economic and Environmental Sustainability” in Monterrey, Mexico and FIT’s 2009 Annual Sustainable Business & Design Conference “Putting Sustainability into Action” in New York City. She also served as a moderator during FIT’s Department of International and Marketing’s 2008 Talking Trade Event “International Trade, Marketing and Production Management Careers

Donna Sharp

Professor Donna Sharp

Professor Donna Sharp has more than 25 years of international business experience having held positions in operations, logistics, sales, marketing, finance and executive management and holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Fordham University and a Masters Degree in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She has trained students and professionals worldwide on a wide range of business topics including International Business, Import/Export Management, Global Logistics Management, Logistics Technology, Cargo Security in a Post 9/11 Environment, Sales & Marketing Techniques, and Trade Policy. At the World Trade Institute, where Donna served as the Executive Director for 5 years, she developed courses and seminars for entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals, including a comprehensive online curriculum for international trade management and international taxation. She serves on the World Bank's Global Trade Facilitation Committee, the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women in International Trade and the Advisory Board of FIT's Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM). She is appointed by the Secretary of Commerce of the United States to the New York District Export Council to assist small and medium sized businesses with their export expansion. She is a member of the American Business Council for DOHA, the Washington International Trade Association, the Council of Logistics Management, The Traffic Club of New York and U.S. b Mexico Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, Donna received the International Service Award from the Manhattan International Development Corporation for her efforts in spearheading the organization of World Trade Week and served as the Chairperson for World Trade Week in New York City for four consecutive years.

Henry Welt

Professor Henry Welt

Professor Henry Welt, former CEO of Van Cleef and Arpels and Executive Chairman of Paloma Picasso. Graduated from Columbia Law School in 1972 and practiced commercial international law until the early 90’s. In 1992, he was appointed Executive Chairman of the Paloma Picasso Group and led the team who built that business into a multi-national licensing group with operations in 12 countries. He later served as CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, Inc. the North American division of the storied French luxury jewelry house and organized the sale of that family business to Richemont, the parent of Cartier and other luxury jewelry brands. For the past two years, Henry has taught in the ITM Department, where he teaches our courses International Business Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. He loves his interaction with the FIT community of students and teachers and recently assumed the leadership of the ITM Mentoring Program.

Patrick Yanez

Professor Patrick Yanez

Professor Patrick Yanez teaches international trade, global marketing, and economics. He has taught at NYC Technical College, Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), and Marymount Manhattan College, and he is a former president of the NY Computer Society and former system operator (SYSOP) of METRO-BBS, one of the first electronic bulletin boards in New York City. Prior to his current faculty appointment at FIT, he served as the Director of the Business & Industry Training Center at NYC Technical College (CUNY) where he developed training programs for the NY/NJ Port Authority at the World Trade Center, the New York State banking industry, IBM, NY Telephone, General Motors, Bear Stearns, Mount Sinai Medical Center, AT&T, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), Jamaica Hospital, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, The Depository Trust Company, and various other private and public institutions. As an Associate Editor of Business Latin America, a trade publication of Business International Corporation owned by The Economist, he covered Brazil and provided economic analysis on Latin America. Professor Yanez has authored courses on global marketing, international logistics, and college seniors’ field trips focusing on fashion, textile, and apparel aspects of regional trade agreements, such as the European Union, NAFTA, CAFTA, MEFTA, ASEAN, APEC, and MERCOSUR. Professor Yanez served two terms as ITM Chairperson from 2001 until 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Politics, Economics and Society from SUNY College at Old Westbury, and an MBA from SUNY Empire State College.


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