Zarin Mehta is a Chicago-based consultant to symphony orchestras as well as a life trustee of the Ravinia Festival. He concluded his 12-year tenure as president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic in August 2012, having helped make the orchestra a worldwide cultural ambassador through international tours in Asia — including a historic February 2008 concert in Pyongyang, DPRK — and Europe. He also made outreach to young people a priority, expanding the orchestra’s extensive educational activities; fostered an active commissioning program; introduced an innovative series of lectures and discussions; promoted the use of new technologies to enhance the concert experience; and spearheaded a new series of downloadable concerts, recorded live. Mehta qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1962. While a partner in the firm Coopers & Lybrand, he joined the board of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Montréal Symphony Orchestra) and served as its managing director from 1981 to 1990. From 1990 to 2000, he was president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He has received numerous honors and awards, the most recent of which was the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in March 2012.