Founder and President

Jerome Wong founded Real World ExpertsTM after having successful careers in finance and technology. His most recent position was as Managing Director of Credit Structuring & Advisory at BNP Paribas in NY, where he was able to successfully expand his business during the height of the financial crisis. Previously he held similar roles at Citibank, UBS and Chase Manhattan Bank working in New York, London and Hong Kong where he provided financial products and solutions for banks, insurance companies and asset management firms. Prior to graduating with an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, he worked in the greater Boston area in engineering and technical sales positions in digital image processing, software and defense companies. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. Mr. Wong is currently an adjunct instructor at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University in New York City.


Throughout his career he has had a keen interest in hiring and developing talent for the various institutions he has worked for, actively involved in on-campus and off-campus recruiting. His frank and pragmatic advice has helped develop the careers of many of the young graduates he has worked with across the globe.


Real World ExpertsTM was established with the goal of creating a team of like-minded professionals with cross-disciplinary expertise to prepare students for the transition from the academic into the professional world.  It is a truly unique and diverse advisory board consisting of seasoned managers with broad global experience.

Why us?

Supplement the career services at school with invaluable advice and guidance from the team at Real World ExpertsTM who have:


Reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of people

Recruited, managed and mentored new graduates  for  their respective organizations across various industries such as banking, technology, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, executive recruiting and  management consulting

Developed successful careers across many functions such as finance, engineering, sales & marketing and human resources

Advisory Board

Warren Habib is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Everplans, an internet startup providing a “complete end-of-life management platform for the living”.  He has been consultant CTO for several internet startups including zurvu, Balloning Nest Eggs and Placemeters.  At MTV Networks, Warren was Senior Vice President of Digital Platform Development, managing teams of developers (150+) building platform components used to help power the 400+ brand websites in the MTV Networks family.  Applications included database development and warehousing, content repository and presentation systems, data collection and aggregation systems, the broadband video delivery platform, mobile platforms and social media platforms.  Previous positions included CTO at Fotolog.com (the original photo blogging website), CTO and VP of Engineering at Solbright and VP of Technology at People Sciences.  Warren began his career at Mastercard International as Senior Consultant and also holds an MA in Germanic Languages from Columbia University and a BA in German Literature & History from Stanford University.

Dr. Bill Lin is an executive with more than 25 years of global experience in the life science, management consulting and financial services industries. Most recently, he was a Principal for Heidrick & Struggles and co-led their China Life Sciences practice in Shanghai where he coached and recruited senior executives for multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior positions included consultant for McKinsey & Company and consulting principal for GE Healthcare. Bill also held senior corporate management positions with Edwards Lifesciences in corporate strategy, business development and commercial management.  After receiving his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Bill spent several years in banking for Merrill Lynch in London, Tokyo and Singapore structuring and trading exotic fixed income derivatives before pursuing a career in life sciences.  He began his career as a physician and medical director in the US Air Force (attained the rank of Captain) and also holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MD from Albany Medical College.

Silvio Proano is a global bi-lingual Human Resources executive who provides strategic and tactical HR leadership to senior management in domestic and international environments across multiple industries.  He is currently Vice President of Human Resources for CR Bard, a Fortune 1000 medical technologies company.  His experience includes regional and global HR positions at Johnson & Johnson, Aventis Pharmaceutical, Bristol-Myers Squibb and IBM where his expertise is focused on performance management, succession planning, employee relations, organization effectiveness, change management, and recruitment and selection.  Silvio holds a Masters of Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from the City University of NY – Hunter College.

Keeth Smart is an Olympic Silver Medalist (2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, US Men’s Saber Team) and the first American to be ranked #1 in the world in fencing (2003).  He is currently Vice President at Bank of America in Global Wealth & Retirement Services where he is responsible for developing and presenting recommendations to senior management and financial advisors on the creation of new tools and products.  Keeth was a co-founder of the Gold Medal Network, a NYC startup that provided fitness and leadership instruction to school-aged children. His professional career began at Verizon in the finance department, where he quickly rose to become a manager in business development.  Keeth holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Finance from St. John’s University - Peter J. Tobin College of Business.

Stefanie Yu is a Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, managing a team of 50+ professionals worldwide.  She is responsible for the establishment of the global compliance program at MSIM which consists of five key components: risk assessment, policies & procedures, training, monitoring/surveillance and testing.  She had also held the position of Co-Head of Traditional Asset Management Business within MSIM's Legal Department.  Prior to her career at MSIM, Stefanie was an Associate at Rogers & Wells (now, Clifford Chance), initially in their New York office focusing on securities, general corporate law and investment company and advisory matters.  She was then instrumental in establishing its Hong Kong office where her specialties included cross-border finance, establishment of joint ventures and investment advisory matters.  Stefanie holds a Juris Doctorem from Georgetown University Law Center and a BS in Accounting from New York University, Stern School of Business.