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Dr. Burki is an experienced senior HR executive, having led major HR and business transformations in different industry verticals including financial institutions, biomedical, non-profit, transportation, defense contracting, and R&D.
She began her career with Citigroup abroad in the emerging markets and then worked in New York and Ft. Lauderdale, respectively, as Vice President of Employee Development and Training. She has also held several executive-level positions including Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Performance and Development for National City Bank in Cleveland, and Chief Learning and OD Officer and HR Strategist at Ameriprise Financial. Later she joined Biomedical Services at the American Red Cross based in Washington, D.C., as Head of HR. She was also the Senior Vice President of HR Strategy and Centers of Excellence with Amtrak. She was the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at Battelle and also Deputy Director of Total Rewards & Global Mobility at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA. Most recently, she was the Global Vice President of HR at BitTitan, a start-up IT service firm.
Uzma is the author of “When Talent Goes Global: What CEOs, Boards and Management Teams Must Learn and Do to Win With A Diverse Global Workforce,” which has been a part of the undergraduate curricula at George Mason University. Uzma is also a faculty member at the University of Southern California and is multilingual.
She holds a PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University and is SHRM, DDI Master Facilitator, ProSci (ADKAR), Change Management and Six-Sigma, SPHR, Six-Sigma, Edward Deming’s PDCA, Cornell’s Modern CHRO Program, SCRUM Master, Leading Safe. Dr. Burki also holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University and Kansas State, and a MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.