I spoke with Salim Manzar
, MetLife's point person on the project, about their incredible work in Pakistan.
Salim is CEO of the Princeton Advisory Group, LLC, a global firm that provides consulting services to the life insurance industry.
, originally from NWFP, Pakistan, graduated from universities in Pakistan and Canada.
He worked with MetLife for several decades before founding his own advisory group.
I learned from Salim
that the employees and agents from all 14 countries of Metlife
Alico MEASA Region began to contribute funds for those affected by the flood waters in Pakistan on their own, and the company immediately agreed to match their generosity.
Acts of humanity involving employees tend to increase pride and loyalty as the employer is seen to be more than just a business, but also a community with a heart.
Soon, substantial funds were in hand and with Salim's help, MetLife Alico called in the Human Development Foundation
, an organization he
has known and partnered with for over five years.
The majority of homes in Budapur were destroyed by these floods.
Photo courtesy of Human Development Foundation
I know from being on the ground after the Tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka that the most important thing about cooperation with NGOs is strong relationships based on trust, integrity, and transparency.
told me all of that was what made the Human Development Foundation stand out in his
Mr. Salim Manzar established the Princeton Advisory Group, LLC after a 30-year career at MetLife where he retired in 2004 as senior vice president and chief financial officer of MetLife International, the non-U.S. operations of MetLife.
announced in March 2010 its plans to purchase Alico
was asked to lead the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) regional team for the Alico integration
Salim also serves on the boards of the Amana Mutual Funds Trust, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK); and has been heavily involved with relief, hunger, women's issues and poverty alleviation initiatives in the U.S. and Pakistan over the past 10 years.