Nonprofit Empowerment Group (NEG)



Tariq H. Cheema is a renowned social innovator and philanthropist who has devoted his life to making world a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable place for all. He is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, foundations and socially conscious corporations dedicated to advance efficient and accountable giving. He received his M.D. from the University of Istanbul, and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago. He is one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Next Generation Leadership Fellows.

Dr. Cheema is the lead Corporate Philanthropy advisor at Nonprofit Empowerment Group. His professional experience lies in the areas of strategic philanthropy, corporate giving, nonprofit governance and crisis management. He has extensive experience of working with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, corporations, financial institutions and nonprofits across continents. He is a frequent guest speaker, and sits on multiple nonprofit and corporate boards.

Dr. Cheema has received numerous public recognitions including the 2004 Northwestern University’s Kellogg Entrepreneurship Award, 2004 Asian American Coalition of Chicago Award, 2005 YMCA South Asia Peace Award, and 2010 Louis T. Delgado Social Justice in Philanthropy Award. Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today.

Louis T. Delgado, a member of the Oneida Nation, is a founder and member emeritus of Native Americans in Philanthropy. He was the founder and former director of the NMPS program at Loyola University Chicago and the Louis T. Delgado award was established there to honor his dedication to promote social justice within the field of philanthropy. Delgado was a senior policy specialist at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He received a dual A.M. degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Delgado was the Director of the first joint Chicago Public School and Chicago American Indian community elementary school program, O-Wai-Ya-Wa. Louis also served as an administrator and faculty member at NAES American Indian College in Chicago.

Dr. Michael Hopkins is a world-renowned speaker on corporate social responsibility. Michael has published nine books and around 120 articles on macro economic and social development issues. He has given keynotes at large corporate and international gatherings including, US Bureau of Labor, ILO, University of Oxford, Columbia, Georgetown, Cambridge, Arabia CSR Award Keynote, Dubai, EuroAsia CSR Workshop Keynote and workshop leader, Baku, Azerbaijan, Active Italian Citizenship Foundation, Rome, among others.

Michael is CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd. (London & Geneva), a research and service company specializing in macro and social development issues for public as well as private sector. He has worked and advised on the macro aspects of CSR with ILO, World Bank, UNDP, UNRISD, Glaxo- Wellcome, BT, BAT, BP, Nestle, Manpower, MMO2, ICI, SGS, and Addax Petroleum. He is Senior Adviser to the US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Group’s Global program and Advanced CSR Certificate Program Director at University of Geneva, Switzerland (

Robert Kallen founded RSK Strategies, LLC, which provides expertise and capital to small and growing companies specializing in the food and education sectors. At one time, he was Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Bake Line Products, Inc. (a private-label cookie manufacturing company with national distribution and annual sales of over $100 million). Bob was also a Staff Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest.

Bob has taught for over 18 years and is currently an adjunct professor of law and economics at DePaul University and the lake Forest Graduate School of management. Additionally, Bob worked on the 1992 Clinton/Gore transition team for economics. He received a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in economics and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Bob is married to Anita M. Rowe, and they have two children, Elyse and Jeffrey.