NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2017 – Media personality and technology maven Shefik (shefik.info) has been appointed Official Member to the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Membership is based upon professional accomplishments, and the council is comprised of a diverse, innovative, and extremely well-connected network of top-flight technologists.
Shefik joins other Forbes Technology Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on forbes.com.
Forbes Councils combines a high-touch approach to community management, perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), coupled with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits, and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized one-on-one support.
“It is an honor to be an Official Member of the Forbes Technology Council,” says Shefik. “I consider the appointment a tremendous privilege. Innovation has always been the focal point of my diverse career, and I look forward to helping to conceptualize the definition of impactful technology engagements.”
Shefik is currently celebrating his 20th anniversary in the professional workforce. He began his career as an entertainment publicist, working with companies such as Motown Music Publishing, Island Black Music (Island Records), and Double XXposure, as well as high-profile recording artists, such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Isley Brothers, 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, and Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore.
“I am fortunate to have worked with many legendary music institutions and personalities very early in my career,” Shefik reflects. “By studying their extensive work — and oftentimes being hands-on with the expansion of such work — I learned the mechanics of longevity, which continues to drive the underlying system of my own career.”
Shefik later expanded his skillset to technology, where he worked as Technical Producer at TIME magazine. Afterwards, he worked as Web Developer and Engineer at Condé Nast Digital (Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired), Vimeo, Columbia Law School, Publicis Modem (LG, Sanofi Pasteur), HUGE, and Penton Media, among others. Additionally, he has held senior-level positions at many celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer.
Shefik currently serves as Lead Drupal Developer at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, as well as Lead Web Architect at Nonprofit Solutions Network. It is apparent that Shefik is on the cutting edge of multimedia, as he also serves as Executive Producer and Host of the nationally-syndicated radio show and internationally-syndicated video series, “Shefik presents Invocation” (invocation.co), a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States.
As an award-wining videographer and producer, Shefik’s work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, “Unsung” (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
“We are honored to welcome Shefik into the community,” says Scott Gerber, Founder at Forbes Councils. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”