Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Brian Santhumayor
Having fled the brutal regime of Ugandan President Idi Amin, Brian arrived in India as a refugee from Uganda. With a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA, he worked in South Asia, the Middle East and North America for over 18 years, spearheading large global technology projects for which he received several Business Excellence Awards.
For the last decade, Brian has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations and helped in disaster relief efforts during the earthquake in India, the tsunami, and several other crises. He has actively supported programs in India that focused on: empowering women in rural communities and preparing tens of thousands of children to compete in today’s technology age. Brian has helped launch leadership programs in the U.S. to advance diverse talent and improve global health by providing medical care to orphans and other needy children in southern Africa. In addition to receiving a number of leadership awards from nonprofit organizations, he received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award and a commendation from former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s American India Foundation for his leadership.
In the summer of 2010, he interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Overseas Citizens Services and received the Leadership Award for his work. Since joining the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Feb. 2011 as a crisis management specialist, Brian has already made an impact by training a number of U.S. Embassies and consulates worldwide in crisis management and working with the Consular Task Force at the Operations Center to assist overseas U.S. citizens and their families during the recent crises. Brian is currently enrolled in the Master in International Policy and Practice program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He has published op-eds and articles on international affairs, served on several task forces in the private and education sectors and speaks several foreign languages including Hindi and Urdu.