GS Alumnus Recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

GS Alumnus Recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

GS Alumnus Recognized by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

July 13, 2016

GS alumnus Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza '01

Each year the Carnegie Corporation of New York recognizes the contributions of naturalized citizens with its "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" initiative. This year, Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza '01 is part of a distinguished group of honorees that includes Google CEO Sundar Pichai; Ronald J. Daniels, the president of Johns Hopkins University; and actress and filmmaker Isabella Rosselini. Past winners include U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks.

Deo is the Founder and CEO of Village Health Works, a non-profit organization in Burundi committed to providing primary health care services and supports programs that provide primary education, local jobs, vocational training, nutritionally-based agriculture training, and basic services such as electricity and clean drinking water. Arriving to New York as a refugee of the civil war in Burundi, Deo went on to receive a B.A. in biochemistry and philosophy from Columbia, and completed his public health studies at Harvard and Dartmouth.

To learn more, visit the Carnegie Corporation of New York website.