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Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chair Christine Pomeranz is the tenured chairperson of the 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 lecture series and organizes field trips and career development programs. She is also instrumental in raising funds to enhance student professional development. In addition to teaching at FIT, Pomeranz has taught courses at New York University and the World Trade Institute of Pace University.

Prior to teaching, Pomeranz was an international banker for 20 years, most recently with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Structured Trade Services-Americas. In that role, she arranged 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, Pomeranz 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.

Pomeranz 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 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. She serves on 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.

Pomeranz 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 in Business Administration with honors at Assumption College in Manila, Philippines in 1980.


Amanda Barlow

Amanda Barlow is the director of marketing for the Carnet Development and Trade Services Department, United States Council for International Business. She is responsible for development, marketing, advertising, educational outreach, and U.S. CBP training. She joined USCIB in 2005 as a carnet issuing representative and moved to her current position in 2007. Before joining the USCIB, Barlow worked with carnets for an Italian fashion house.

Barlow holds a bachelor's degree in international trade and marketing from FIT, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2006. She also sits on the FIT-SUNY Gemini Shippers Scholarship Committee and is marketing chair on the Organization of Women in International Trade New York chapters board of directors.

Jotham Burnett

Jotham Burnett is a supply chain expert with a focus on China. As founding principal of Thayer Consulting, he has helped dozens of SMEs around the world effectively source their products. He lived in China for 10 years, where he was the R&D manager of a sporting goods factory in Shanghai whose clients included Nike, Wilson, and Puma. He has served as a sustainable economics consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Fortune 100 companies.

Burnett graduated from the University of Chicago and holds a Master's degree in Economics. He has lectured at Dartmouth College and Bucknell University, in addition to FIT.

Burnett lives in Brooklyn. He speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin and has worked in the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Mongolia.

Sonja Chapman

Sonja Chapman is a licensed customhouse broker with over 25 years experience managing international transportation logistics and customs compliance for apparel companies. Chapman has taught at FIT for more than a decade.  She teaches courses in international logistics and import/export regulations. In addition, she has coordinated trade show seminars for the ITM department and has been a regular guest speaker at FIT's Executive Education Program. Chapman participates in FIT's international teaching partnerships, teaching at the Bangkok International Fashion Academy and conducting seminars for visiting students from Moscow State University. 

Chapman is currently employed as Director of International Traffic and Customs Compliance  for the Golden Touch Group, a collection of independent apparel companies. She previously served for 14 years as Director of Logistics and Customs Compliance for Baby Togs, Inc., a large U.S. children's apparel manufacturer.  

In 2004, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed Chapman to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cotton Board and she is currently in her fourth term of service. She is also on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA), where she serves on their Customs Committee.

Chapman is the president of the Boonton Board of Education and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boonton Holmes Public Library.

Deanna Clark

Deanna Clark is a seasoned compliance attorney specializing in international trade, consumer products, and fashion law.

Her blog, “International Trade for Everyday People,” shares developments on the subjects of imports, exports, and fashion compliance.

You can join her on the Fashion Compliance Facebook page, Twitter, and or connect with her at the links below. 

Lawrence Delson

Lawrence Delson is adjunct associate professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies where he teaches course on international trade.  At NYU, he authored the course “Doing Business in China.”

Delson has more than 25 years of international trade experience with particular concentration in trade with China and Taiwan. He is the founder of his own import/export and consulting business. The consulting aspect of his company assists U.S. small businesses entering into and overcoming the hurdles of the Chinese market as well as providing general export assistance. He speaks, reads, and writes fluent Mandarin and has lived both in China and Taiwan.

Delson is a frequent speaker to various business, academic, and civic institutions including The China Institute, Columbia University, Talking Trade @ FIT, New York University, the Confucian Institute of Business (SUNY),  HSBC, Citibank, and Capital One. Topics include international trade and the Chinese business environment.

Delson is a member of the New York District Export Council, an organization of business professionals appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Mark Greiz

Mark Greiz is an adjunct instructor and an international marketing consultant with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Greiz has an MBA from the University of Hawaii and nearly 20 years experience in international marketing and business development with a focus on fashion, cosmetics, salon, spa, accessories, health, and fitness.  Fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, Greiz has lived in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan. He has worked with many global, regional, and local brands to develop business throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.

Greiz is an expert in the Chinese market and has been involved in projects ranging from 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. (the Philippine master franchisee/licensee of over 50 major fashion and luxury brands). 

Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill teaches International Trade and Export Promotion Marketing. She is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service, where she counsels U.S. companies on all aspects of international trade and export, including development of an export strategy, identification of best markets, and facilitation of the business matchmaking process. Hill is Deputy of the U.S. Commercial Service China Team and an attorney with 15 years of experience in international trade, people and project management, strategic business growth, communications, and law.

Prior to joining the U.S. Commercial Service, she was a regional manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership, where she advised executives on business growth strategies. She was also previously a task lead supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with business continuity and security programs and an attorney practicing commercial litigation and international trade law.

Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the American University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.


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Tanjila Islam

Tanjila Islam teaches courses on international trade and global sourcing. An international trade expert, Islam is the CEO and Founder of TigerTrade, a global B2B marketplace for selling excess fashion inventory from retailers, brands, and manufacturers to retail chains and wholesalers worldwide. TigerTrade currently works with buyers from more than 70 countries and is involved in exporting and importing fashion products from around the world.

Prior to launching TigerTrade, Islam was an international economic development consultant, developing and administering economic development programs for clients such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank. She was the Director of Business Development at Banyan Global, a boutique international development consulting firm focusing on enterprise development and access to finance, as well as Asia Region Manager at Chemonics International, the largest U.S. development consulting firm. Islam designed and managed large-scale economic growth and trade promotion programs worldwide, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Islam built a huge international trade network, including strong relationships with industry leaders, ministries of trade, trade associations, compliance organizations, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers worldwide in order to implement sustainable economic development programs and build successful public-private partnerships. As part of the economic development programs, Islam also managed international trade fairs and investor missions, connecting U.S. and international buyers to new business opportunities in emerging markets. In Afghanistan, Tanjila served as the Director of the Agricultural Trade Fair for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Kabul, which had over 30,000 participants and created $20 million in new sales for Afghan businesses.

Islam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, Columbia University in Middle Eastern & Asian Languages and Cultures and Political Science. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a Master's in International Affairs in International Economic Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Melinda Lorenz

Melinda Lorenz is a global marketing specialist with broad expertise both in developing global cosmetics brands and in managing global advertising agency networks.

Lorenz joins FIT from L'Oréal USA, where she was the 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.

Lorenz earned an MBA with a specialty in international management from the American Graduate School of International Business, popularly known as Thunderbird. At Southern Methodist University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.

Guillermo Jimenez

Guillermo Jimenez is an international trade specialist who earned a BA at Harvard University and JD at the University of California, Berkeley.

A former head of division at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) headquarters in Paris, Jimenez 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.

Jimenez 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 in Paris. His consulting clients have included I.B.M., the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, and the Jordan Shipping Association.

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Shireen Musa holds a BS in Marketing (concentration in International Trade) from FIT, an MBA in International Business from Saint Peters University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Marketing from Pace University. She is a licensed U.S. Customhouse Broker.

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.

Musa has taught at a number of colleges; she is a tenured full-time faculty member at FIT and the lead professor for the Global Sourcing and Import/Export Regulations courses. 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.

Musa is active in organizing conferences and seminars on campus and also presenting at academic and industry conferences. Among the conferences at which she has presented are the Organization of Women in International Trades (OWIT) 2008 World Conference in Mexico, FIT's 2009 Annual Sustainable Business & Design Conference, the 2012 Green America Festival and Business Seminar, Intertek's 2013 Ethical Sourcing Forum in NYC, and the 2015 Macromarketing Journal Conference in Chicago.   

Liliana Parodi-Lieberman

Liliana Parodi-Lieberman is a global business development and marketing executive with a passion for increasing sales, leading teams, and excelling in all aspects of marketing and business development.

As someone who has lived in many countries, Parodi-Lieberman has the keen ability to communicate with and understand the unique needs of diverse populations. This is why she has been able to help blossoming entrepreneurs, European and Latin American governments, and billion-dollar corporations. She is currently the business development director for Diligent, a NY-based technology company, where she is in charge of its Latin American division.

Parodi-Lieberman's expertise is in Latin American markets, brand management, contract negotiations, licensing, market research, marketing, global operations management, sales, sponsorships, and strategic partnerships. She speaks English, Spanish, and Swedish. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Hospitality Management from Oxford Brookes University and an MBA from Cambridge University. 

Donna Sharp

Donna Sharp has more than 25 years of international business experience, having held positions in operations, logistics, sales, marketing, finance and executive management.  She holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Fordham University and a Master's Degree in Advanced Management and Finance from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Sharp 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, and trade policy. At the World Trade Institute, where Sharp served as the executive director for five years, she developed courses and seminars for entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals, including a comprehensive online curriculum for international trade management and international taxation.

Sharp 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.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

In 2001, Sharp 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.


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Henry Welt

Henry Welt is the former CEO of Van Cleef and Arpels and Executive Chairman of Paloma Picasso.

Welt graduated from Columbia Law School in 1972 and practiced commercial international law until the early 90s. 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.

Welt teaches International Business Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. He says he loves his interaction with the FIT community of students and faculty and has assumed the leadership of the ITM Mentoring Program.

Patrick Yanez

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 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, Yanez covered Brazil and provided economic analysis on Latin America. He has authored courses on global marketing, international logistics, and college senior 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.

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.