Raj Sharma is the founder of The Sharma Group, and has more than 30 years of financial services experience. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1987, he worked for 10 years as a financial analyst in marketing and media. Raj holds the Certified Investment Manager Analyst® (CIMA®) designation and is a member of the Investment Management Consulting Association (IMCA). Raj is a former chairman and current trustee of The Boston Harbor Island Alliance, sits on the board of trustees of Emerson College and serves as chairman of Youth LEAD, an organization devoted to promoting dialogue and tolerance among young people. Raj is also a charter member of TiE, a global organization supporting entrepreneurship and business formation, and a board member and trustee of the American India Foundation, which is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India.