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Christine Pomeranz 
ITM Chair

Professor Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chair

Professor Christine Pomeranz is the tenured chairperson of Fashion Institute of Technology's Department of International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries.  In addition to teaching the program's undergraduate students and administering the department's strategy, she founded the Talking Trade @ FIT guest guest lecture series and organizes field trips, career development programs, a s well as fund raising activities to enhance the students’ professional development.

Christine has taught at New York University and World Trade Institute of Pace University.

Prior to teaching, Christine 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 engaged with customers in the Australasian region.

Before 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.

Christine was appointed by successive United States Secretaries of Commerce as a member of the New York District Export Council, which provides leadership, support, and assistance in the education of New York companies interested in entering or expanding into international markets .  She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Global Business Alliance, which aims to cultivate exports from, imports to, and investments in New York City businesses with the goal of creating jobs in the area.  Christine recently joined the advisory board of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, which promotes fair trade businesses in New York City and educates consumers on the importance of fair trade.

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 and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree major in Business Administration with honors at Assumption College in Manila, Philippines in 1980.

 Amanda Barlow

Professor Amanda Barlow, Director, Marketing, Carnet Development and Trade Services
Department, United States Council for International Business, is responsible for the ATA Carnet development, marketing, advertising, educational outreach and US CBP training. She joined USCIB in 2005 as a Carnet issuing representative, and moved to her current position in 2007. Before joining the USCIB, Ms. Barlow worked with Carnets for an Italian fashion house. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade and marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has been an Adjunct professor since 2006. She also sits on the FIT-SUNY’s Gemini Shippers Scholarship Committee, and the Marketing Chair on the Organization of Women in International Trade New York chapter’s board of directors.

Sonja Chapman


Professor Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with over 25 years experience managing international transportation logistics and customs
compliance for apparel companies. Professor Chapman has taught at the Fashion
Institute of Technology for over a decade.  She teaches courses in International
Logistics and Import / Export Regulations.  In addition, she has coordinated 
trade show seminars for the department  and has been a regular guest speaker at
FIT’s Executive Education Program.  Ms. Chapman participates in FIT's
international teaching partnerships, teaching at the Bangkok International
Fashion Academy and conducting seminars for visiting students from Moscow State

Ms. Chapman is currently employed as Director of International Traffic and
Customs Compliance  for the Golden Touch Group, a collection of independent
apparel companies.  Previously,  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 and she
is currently in her fourth term of service on this Board. Professor Chapman is
also a  member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Association of Importers of
Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) where she serves on their Customs Committee.

In her community, Professor Chapman is the President of the Boonton Board of
Education and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boonton Holmes Public

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.

 Mark Greiz


Professor Mark Greiz is an adjunct instructor at the International Trade and Marketing Department (ITM) of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and an international marketing consultant with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Mark has an M.B.A from University of Hawaii and possesses nearly 20 years experience in international marketing and business development with a focus on the fashion, cosmetics, salon and spa, accessories and health and fitness categories.  Fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, Mark has lived in China, Taiwan, Philippines and Japan and has had many opportunities to work with global, regional and local brands developing their business throughout the Asia – Pacific and Middle East regions.   He is considered an expert in the China market and has been involved in projects ranging from China market entry, branding, marketing communications, franchise and retail development, product development and channel strategy. Projects and brand collaborations include, Sephora, XpresSpa, Dashing Diva, Jeans West, Li Hong Yan, InSh, Boyd’s Dept Store, Jefen by Frankie Xie, Flex Resorts and Real Estate, Oyea Optical, Telent Outdoor and Store Specialists Inc (Philippine master franchisee/licensee of over 50 major fashion and luxury brands). 

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, an M.B.A in International Business from Saint Peter’s University, and she is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Marketing from Pace University.  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 a tenured full-time faculty member at FIT and the lead Professor for the “Global Sourcing” and “Import/Export Regulations” courses.  Professor Shireen Musa serves on FIT’s Sustainability Council, numerous college-wide committees and is the Advisor for the International Trade Student Association. She is also active in writing and updating courses for the college.

Professor Shireen Musa is highly active in organizing conferences and seminars on campus and also presenting at academic and industry conferences.  For example, she presented at 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; FIT’s 2009 Annual Sustainable Business & Design Conference “Putting Sustainability into Action”; the 2012 “Green America Festival and Business Seminar”; Intertek’s “2013 Ethical Sourcing Forum” in NYC and the 2015 “Macromarketing Journal Conference” in Chicago.   

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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