07/19/2019

Passport to Prosperity Honorees

Passport to Prosperity Honorees by Year

2019

Johnny Alcivar, Community Development, City of Des Moines​ (Ecuador)
Elizabeth Balcarcel, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Mexico)
Atul Gupta, Advanced Technologies Group (India)
Mazahir Salih, Center for Worker Justice, Iowa City City Council (Sudan)
Conlin Family Foundation, recipient of the Dr. Judith Conlin Welcoming the World Award

2018

Barwaqo Aden, Assistant Director at Nisaa African Family Services (Somalia)
Mirza Kudic, Owner of Mirza Kudic Photography (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Albert Liu, Director of International Business Development at Kent Pet Group (China)
Robert Nishimwe, Emerging Leader Award, student at Georgetown University (Burundi)
Trudy Holman Hurd, recipient of the Dr. Judith Conlin Welcoming the World Award

2017

Sadagat Aliyeva, author, Library Assistant at the Clive Public Library (Azerbaijan)
Nancy Mwirotsi, Founder at PI 515 (Kenya)
Sanjita Pradhan, Program Director at the Greater Des Moines Partnership (Nepal)
Harold and Carol Hill, recipients of the Dr. Judith Conlin Welcoming the World Award

2016

Jane Agyeman, Director of Upward Bound at Iowa State University TRIO (Ghana)
Kenia Calderon Ceron, Client Relations Director at Coopera (El Salvador)
Alex Duong, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Mediacom (Vietnam)
Lomoro Moses Santino (South Sudan)
Samra Uzunovic Hiros, Health Promotions Coordinator at the American Lung Association (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2015

Mone Aye, board president of EMBARC (Myanmar/Karen nation)
Alejandra Vidal Soler Graham, Owner of South American Beef (Argentina)
Nu Huynh, Executive Director of Iowa Asian Alliance (Vietnam)
Serkan Usta, Artistic Director, Ballet DSM; School of Classical Ballet (Turkey)
San Wong, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights (Singapore)

2014

Tej Dhawan, Chief Data Officer at Principal (India)
Aiddy Phomvisay (Laos)
Claudia Schabel, President of Schabel Solutions (Brazil)
Li Zhao Mandelbaum, Owner, China Iowa Group (China)

2013

Himar Hernandez Santana, Community & Economic Development, ISU Extension (Canary Islands)
Dekow Sagar, Lecturer at the University of Kansas (Somalia)
Sandra Sanchez, Iowa Immigrants’ Voice Program Director at American Friends Service Committee (Mexico)
Grace Zhenhaun Yang, Marketing Specialist at Bankers Trust (China)

2012

Sachiko Murphy, educator, retired (Japan)
Rizwan Shah, Physician, retired (Pakistan)
Hicham Sibouih, Vice President of Programs at the Refugee Resource Center (Morocco)
Phoukham Tran, DSM Police, retired (Laos)

2011

Ahmed Merchant, CEO of Merchant Investments, Inc (Pakistan)
Alejandro Orozco, VP Fair Banking Officer at Bankers Trust (Mexico)

2010

Cyndi Chen (deceased) (Taiwan)
Zeljka Krvavica, Case Manager with the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Shazia Manus, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer at AdvantEdge Analytics, CUNA (Bangladesh)

2009

Suku Radia, Bankrs Trust, retired (Uganda)
Ying Sa, CEO/Managing Partner at Community CPA (China)
Yogesh Shah, Director of Palliative Care at Broadlawns Geriatric and Memory Center (India)
Sol Varisco-Santini, Assistant General Manager at H&K Manufacturing (Argentina)

2008

Penny Furgerson, Executive & Artistic Director at Gateway Dance Theatre (India)
Doua Lor, Sergeant/Asian Outreach Resource Officer at Des Moines Police Department (Laos)
Rohey Sallah, Iowa College Aid (Gambia)
Alma Reed Coon, Independent Associate at LegalShield (Philippines)

2007

Eric Idehen, VP Community Development Consultant at Wells Fargo (Nigeria)
Alba Perez, retired (Honduras)
Swallow Yan, Executive Director for the Chinese Association of Iowa (China)

2006

Luca Berrone, President of SACMI USA (Italy)
Swati Dandekar, Owner at Thirty Ninth Street Strategies, LLC (India)
Wangmeng Lee, Hmong Lao Foundation (Laos)

2005

Juliet Cunningham (Iraq)
B.J. Do, CEO of ABC Virtual Company (Vietnam)
Joe Gonzalez, Executive Director of Iowa’s Latino Heritage festival (Mexico)
Sonia Parras-Konrad, Law Office of Sonia Parras (Spain)
Liansuo Xie, Global CAD Manager at Marel Meat Processing Inc. (China)

2004

Deniz Franke, financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Turkey)
Dau-Shen Ju, Psychologist at Iowa City VA (Taiwan)
Vinh Nguyen, ELL Assessment & Accountability Specialist at the Des Moines Public Schools (Vietnam)
Surasee (See) Rodari, VP Consumer Services Manager at Bankers Trust (Thailand)
Claudius M. Sillah, Senior Internal Auditor at University of California Santa Cruz (Sierra Leone)

2003

Som Baccam, Claims Medical Specialist RN at Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company (Laos)
Karuna Sayeed, Physician, retired (India)
Isak Sivi, CEO of Real Optics, Inc. (Turkey)
Alicia Stessman (Bolivia)
Fred Lorber (deceased) (Austria)

2002

Sahar Al-Shash (Syria)
Fasil Kebede, Utility Specialist at State of Iowa (Ethiopia)
Elizabeth Salinas Newby, author (Mexico)
Kumsan Song, physician, retired (Republic of Korea)
Mario Soria (deceased) (Bolivia)

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