Zafar Brooks is the Director, General Affairs, Government Relations and Diversity for Hyundai Motor North America. He is also Executive Director of Hyundai Hope On Wheels, Hyundai’s non-profit organization to helps kids fight cancer. At Hyundai, Brooks leads the company’s diversity efforts to support a culture of inclusion and equality. He runs the company’s corporate social responsibility program to create better communities through philanthropic activities. Brooks leads strategic direction and grant program for Hyundai Hope On Wheels. Under his leadership, the program has donated over $172 million to fund research for pediatric cancer.
Brooks is a veteran automotive executive, who has held executive level positions at Ford Motor
Company and Volkswagen of America. He has received awards and recognition from prestigious organizations such as PRNews, Langston Bar Association, NCLR, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Diversity Inc., NAACP, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Rainbow PUSH, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, TELACU, Ajamu Group, Urban Wheel Awards, and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. He serves on numbers boards and advisory councils supporting issues on diversity, education, and economic empowerment.
He is a frequent guest speaker and has published articles on the topics of CSR and diversity, and on the importance of pediatric cancer research. Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and Master’s Degree from Webster University, as well as certificates from the University of California at Irvine; Duke University, The Center for Creative Learning, and the Ford Marketing Institute.