American Pakistan Foundation Confirms Susan Beer to the Board of Directors

The American Pakistan Foundation welcomes Susan Beer, an art administrator, author, and former financial executive, to its board of directors.

Beer’s book, “Move on Without Me,” focuses on her experiences and the coping methods she developed after her husband’s passing.  She serves as the Managing Partner of Turtles & Ravens LLC, an art institution which exclusively curates the work of the French painter, Henry Bismuth. His work has appeared in over forty-six museum shows across twelve countries since 1988.  Bismuth juxtaposes and re-invigorates significantly important historical Asian artifacts with the contemporary; the sacred with the natural and the material.  He purposefully cultivates an association of contrasts within a single large canvas, which ultimately creates a thought provoking and complex interaction between tradition and modernity in art and culture.

Since retiring from the financial sector, Beer has focused on entrepreneurship and the not-for-profit world. Through her personal foundation, she has created linkages in developing countries vis-à-vis education, micro-finance, and alternative energy, working with such entities as Trees for Life, Books for Life, and the Micro-Credit Summit. She is on the Board of Directors of Global Scribes – Youth Uniting Nations, where she shares her expertise and international network by introducing them to countries and governments. She is a former Board Member of the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, a founding Board member and former officer of One Bright World, amongst others. Beer holds an M.B.A. from the Roth Graduate School of Business Administration at Long Island University and a B.A. in Political Science from LIU Post.

Beer has a unique connection to Pakistan. On her first trip in 1991, she was unexpectedly given a valuable ring by a child at a celebration in honor of the Prophet Mohammed.  She was told to keep the ring by her hostess as it would be an insult to return it. The child’s mother concurred. By the time she lefttwo weeks later, she had become the godmother of three youth and has since participated as family in the weddings of two of them, which were fabulous five-day affairs in Lahore. She is, also, the godmother of four additional youth, the children of two of her older godchildren.

Beer had the privilege of meeting one of the world’s most extraordinary human beings on a flight to Lahore. He was sick and couldn’t sleep and she never slept on a flight, so they spent the entire time talking. He was an industrialist with factories in Pakistan, China, and elsewhere. His passion was for the over one-thousand free one-room school houses he had built in Pakistan for the poor. Hers was for the linkages she created for the poorest of the poor. They were friends and associates until his passing.“The APF Board is thrilled to add Susan to its team.” Notes APF Board Director, Riaz Siddiqi, “Susan’s passion for Pakistan and Pakistani people alongside her demonstrated abilities at bridge building between individuals and communities makes her a valuable addition to APF.”

To view Henry Bismuth’s work, please visit:

http://www.henrybismuth.com/gallery.html