May 1, 2010

Date: 05/01/2010 Description: Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2010: Krishna Das - State Dept Image

Krishna Das is a Foreign Service specialist with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. He is currently based at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain.

Prior to joining the State Department, he served as a US Customs and Border Protection Officer in North Dakota.

Mr. Das is originally from Mumbai, India. He studied Economics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai University. He completed his MBA and, after working in corporate America, went on to receive an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa. Mr. Das worked for the University of Iowa as an international liaison. He also worked as the statewide coordinator for the Iowa State University Nonprofit Management Academy. He is fluent in Hindi and Malayalam.

He is the co-founder of the University of Iowa’s ‘International Day’ human rights program that imparts human rights education to high school students across Iowa and Western Illinois. He has volunteered as a researcher with Amnesty International (India section) documenting problems faced by certain refugee groups based in the New Delhi area.

Of his job, he says: “We, in the Diplomatic Courier Service, are like one family. The camaraderie and leadership within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security has made me feel blessed. I feel privileged that I am part of such a wonderful agency as the Department of State that has entrusted me and others like me, with the honored task of helping further the Department’s mission of global diplomacy. Serving our great nation through the auspices of the State Department is truly an honor.”

Mr. Das considers Iowa City home. His passions include a vigorous discussion on world politics along with a game of scrabble. He is a true Hawkeye at heart!