Prior to joining Roots of Peace in May 2018 as Senior Vice President, she served as the Director of Agribusiness, Trade and Health for the Corporate Council on Africa. Through her leadership, Ms. Sheikh helped developing countries around the world improve their agricultural systems thereby improving their standard of living and their capacity to engage in two-way trade. Before, she was the Deputy Administrator of International Trade Policy, the World Cotton Coordinator, and a Trade Analyst at the Office of Foreign Economic Policy.
Mrs. Sheikh holds a B.A . in History and Political Science with a minor in Economics from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and is a board member of The National Industrial Hemp Council.
Ms. Sheikh has numerous awards acknowledging her accomplishments, including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award and the Presidential Rank Award.
Joanne Heyman, Founder and CEO of Heyman Partners, is internationally recognized as an innovator and key advisor within the pro-social sector. A highly-sought after coach, facilitator and strategic advisor, Ms. Heyman has led organizations and counseled leadership on all sides of the table – non-profit, foundation and business.
Since launching Heyman Partners, she has worked with leaders and institutions across the US and abroad. Clients include C-Suite executives, founders, boards of directors and leadership teams for whom she designs bespoke engagements, including one-on-one and group coaching, retreats and workshops, and strategically-focused roadmaps for growth and transformation.
As a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Ms. Heyman’s work is often published on related platforms. She is also a Guide at Chief, the premier private women’s network serving C-Suite women. She serves on the Board of Directors of The GroundTruth Project, The Dinner Party and The Center for Motivation and Change: Foundation. She also is on Advisory Board of LitWorld and is a Senior Advisor to the Wealth and Giving Forum, and is a member of NationSwell. She is a regular lecturer at Columbia University.