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Andres Castro Rojas

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Quality Analyst
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2003-04


"I still remember these days; we faced many challenges arriving in Seattle. It is easy to remember how much time we spent trying to find a place to live and locating the nearest place to buy food. In addition, present and future challenges used to swirl our minds constantly. Gary, I would always appreciate your willingness to hear us, having a word of comfort and guidance. I will keep like a burn fingerprint in my mind, as a colleague said at that time, your willingness to share time with us as well as opening your house. I will always respect how important are your believes in your existence and how positive influence they still have in all of us. Congratulation in this endeavor, we will support this wonderful idea of the web site."

Ms. Clare Emambu Atabong Fonkeng

Ms. Clare Emambu Atabong Fonkeng
President, CAMESDO Cameroon Empowerment and Social Development Organization
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2004-05

Dr. Song Wei

Dr. Song Wei
Fulbright Scholar
University of Washington School of Law

"It's time we'll say goodbye to you. We'll soon be back to China. Thank you very much for your kind help to provide us the furnitures/mattress/plates etc. It's time to return the items to you. I have purchased a lot of other items such as electric fan/vacuum cleaner/microwave oven/stationery lamps..., it’s my great pleasure to donate them to VSA for newcomers."

Peter and Tiffany Zongbao Xu

Peter and Tiffany Zongbao Xu
Attorney at law and Professor of Law
Shanghai

"We’ll say goodbye to you all at last even though we aren’t willing to leave Seattle, my second hometown, and leave you all. We really have spent wonderful year, enjoyed my life, and especially all the fun and happiness you gave us. So, we deeply appreciate your help. All of you are the best we’ve ever seen."

Dr. Jun Liu

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Dr. Jun Liu
Shanghai Pudong Environmental Agency
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2004-05


"I really appreciated your help when I was in Seattle. It was a good memory which I will never forget. You helped us with shopping, moving to our new apartments, invited us to your and some other friends home to have dinner and celebrate some holidays, corrected and polished our English, drove us to San Juan Island to watch whales and so on. It was you that made us feel at home."

Qianhua He

Qianhua He
Dept. of EE
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou

"I had pleasure coming to your home and discussing the origins of human and enjoyed the good camping trip with Gary and Charlene and other scholars."

Dr. Jiahua Zhu

Dr. Jiahua Zhu

Dean of Chemical Engineering
Sichuan University
 

"We are so grateful for all you have done for us during our staying in Seattle. At this moment, we find lack of words to express our feelings, obviously “thanks” being far away from that. We will remember you forever! After going back to China, I will keep in touch with you."

 

Ms. Valeria Esther Nigri Musafir

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Ms. Valeria Esther Nigri Musafir
Federal Data Processing
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2002-03

Mr. Md Zahid Hossain

Mr. Md Zahid Hossain
Chief Inspector, Secretary of Ministry of Shipping
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2006-07

Mr. Syed Nasir Ershad

Mr. Syed Nasir Ershad
Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Finance
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2005-06

Dr. Woldemedhin Haile

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HIV/AIDS program coordinator

ActionAid

Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Ms. Graciela Keskiskian

Ms. Graciela Keskiskian

Envoromental Secretary, Buenos Aires City Government

Hubert H. Humphry Fellow 2003-04

Recommended by Scholars

A good way to learn about the Visiting Scholars Program is to read some of the comments made by scholars and their families from over 30 countries.  Check the list, and see if you know any of the scholars from your country. 

When scholars prepare to return home, many of them want to write a few comments about their experience as a way to help furture scholars coming to America.

Mr. Niamatullah Ehsan Jawid

Mr. Niamatullah Ehsan Jawid

Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2004-05

Mr. Ata Mohammad Yari

Mr. Ata Mohammad Yari

Kabul University

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow: 2004-05

Recommended by Institutions

The Visiting Scholars Association considers it a great honor that the following Institutions have chosen to offer the services of the VSA to their scholars. Our staff will do everything possible to assist these scholars as our first priority during their stay in America and Germany.

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Honored Countries

• Pakistan Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS Chairman (Federal Minister) Higher Ed. Com.

Honored Hospitals

 

Honored Government Agencies

 

Honored Industries

Beijing Municipal Lawyers Association
Wu Yigang, Vice Director of Foreign Affairs Committee

Honored Universities

  • India

          http://www.srmu.ac.in

 
Jyoti Dewan
Dean, Faculty of Management & Commerce
 

 

 

  • China

 

  • Japan

 

  • Taiwan

     

  • Vietnam

     

  • South Korea

     

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 19:20

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Afghanistan

Mr. Ata Mohammad Yari
Kabul University
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

altMr. Niamatullah Ehsan Jawid
Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

 

Argentina

Ms. Graciela Keskiskian
Environmental Secretary, Buenos Aires city Government
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04

Bangladesh

Mr. Syed Nasir Ershad
Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Finance
Hubert H. Humphrey 2005-06

Mr. Md Zahid Hossain
Chief Inspector, Secretary of Ministry of Shipping
Hubert H. Humphrey 2006-07

Brazil

Ms. Valeria Esther Nigri Musafir
Federal Data Processing
Hubert H. Humphrey 2002-03

China

Chengdu
"We are so grateful for all you have done for us during our staying in Seattle. At this moment, we find lack of words to express our feelings, obviously “thanks” being far away from that. We will remember you forever! After going back to China, I will keep in touch with you."

Dr. Jiahua Zhu and family
Dean of Chemical Engineering
Sichuan University
Guang Dong Province
"I had pleasure coming to your home and discussing the origins of human and enjoyed the good camping trip with Gary and Charlene and other scholars."

Qianhua He
Dept. of EE
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou

Shanghai
"I really appreciated your help when I was in Seattle. It was a good memory which I will never forget. You helped us with shopping, moving to our new apartments, invited us to your and some other friends home to have dinner and celebrate some holidays, corrected and polished our English, drove us to San Juan Island to watch whales and so on. It was you that made us feel at home."

Dr. Jun Liu
Deputy Division Chief Environmental Protection
"We’ll say goodbye to you all at last even though we aren’t willing to leave Seattle, my second hometown, and leave you all. We really have spent wonderful year, enjoyed my life, and especially all the fun and happiness you gave us. So, we deeply appreciate your help. All of you are the best we’ve ever seen."

Peter and Tiffany Zongbao Xu
Attorney at law and Professor of Law
Shanghai

Dr. Jun Liu
Deputy Director
Shanghai Pudong Environmental Agency
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05
"It's time we'll say goodbye to you. We'll soon be back to China. Thank you very much for your kind help to provide us the furnitures/mattress/plates etc. It's time to return the items to you. I have purchased a lot of other items such as electric fan/vacuum cleaner/microwave oven/stationery lamps..., it’s my great pleasure to donate them to VSA for newcomers."

Dr. Song Wei
Fulbright Scholar
University of Washington School of Law

Cameroon

Ms. Clare Emambu Atabong Fonkeng
President, CAMESDO Cameroon Empowerment and Social Development Organization
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

Colombia

Andres Castro Rojas
Quality Analyst
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04
"I still remember these days; we faced many challenges arriving in Seattle. It is easy to remember how much time we spent trying to find a place to live and locating the nearest place to buy food. In addition, present and future challenges used to swirl our minds constantly. Gary, I would always appreciate your willingness to hear us, having a word of comfort and guidance. I will keep like a burn fingerprint in my mind, as a colleague said at that time, your willingness to share time with us as well as opening your house. I will always respect how important are your believes in your existence and how positive influence they still have in all of us. Congratulation in this endeavor, we will support this wonderful idea of the web site."

Czech Republic

Ms. Eva Vrbova
Union of Towns and Communities

Estonia

M r. Aivar Rahno
Advisor to Secretary of State
Hubert H. Humphrey 2002-03

Ethiopia

Mr. Berhanu Ayichew Workineh
Bureau of Planning Finance and Ecomimic Development
Amhara regional State
Packard-Gates Fellow 2005-06

Dr. Ermias Getaneh
Ministry of Health, Senior Maternal Child Health Expert
Packard-Gates Fellow 2004-05

Dr. Sisay Worku
National office of population
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Dr. Woldemedhin Haile
HIV/AIDS program coordinator
ActionAid
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Dr. Gelila Kidane Head
Family health department
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Dr. Afework Kassa Woldemichael
Ministry of health
Packard-Gates Fellow 2006-07

Ghana

Dr Anthony Adofo Ofosu
District Director
Ghana Health Service
Ministry of Health
Packard-Gates Fellow 2001-02
"My name is Dr Anthony Adofo Ofosu. I was a PLP Fellow from 2001-2002. I am from Ghana. I work with the Ghana Health Service of the Ministry of Health Ghana. I am a District Director. During my stay in Seattle I enjoyed the warm Christian Fellowship. I learned a lot of how to live as a Christian through the very engaging Bible studies. My spiritual growth was enhanced during the one year in Seattle."

Hungary

Mr. Attila Kiss
Head of Environmental Department
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

India

Mr. Babul Prasad
Chairman, Integrated Development Foundation
Packard-Gates Fellow 2005-06

Mr. Rakesh Kumar
Director, Arogyam Center for Health and Development
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Mr. Sudeep Jain
Indian Administrative Service

Tamil Nadu
Hubert H. Humphrey 2006-07

Mr. Vinoy Ohdar
Action Aid International
Packard-Gates Fellow 2006-07

Ms. Sita shankar Wunnava
Pathfinder International
Packard-Gates Fellow 2006-07

Japan

Tomo Ikedat
Tokyo Judge
"We remember the happy days in Seattle and the enjoyable parties you planned made it possible for us to make friends who come from various countries."

Yayoi Ikedat
Tokyo Judge
"I was one of the residents who stayed in Seattle dating from the 1st of March in 2005 for 7 months as a visiting scholar at the University of Washington on the grant provided by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. To be honest, before the departure for Seattle, I used to be much involved in the works associated with arrangements of my own research projects, a result of which did not allow me to think about the issue of new life. I had a little trouble finding my apartment. As for myself, I deeply felt regret that I should have done enough preliminary survey of housing prior to my departure for Seattle. I should have known the Visiting Scholar Association (VSA) in advance and contacted them before I left Japan. Luckily, however, I had the good fortune to meet Gary, who is a president of the VSA, and he introduced the services for visiting scholar. Meeting with Gary enabled me to be invited to dinner for visiting scholar and other activities, and enrich my life in Seattle immeasurably. Thanks to the VSA's tips for life in Seattle, they enable us to create a multicultural citizens' community that supports scholars in their academic endeavors and cultural enrichment. There is also an opportunity to develop new friendships, meet a wide range of people, and feel more at home. On my second visit, when my wife, my graduate student and I visited Seattle in spring this year, Gary extended his warm hospitality to us and accepted us in his house for a few days. I am sure that my friendship with Gary's family shall be lasting for many years to come. My wife has joined me in sending him Shower of Appreciation for whatever he has done for us."

Shun IDO, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Ehime University, Japan

Liberia

Dr. Bernice Nukunu Tamakloe Dahn
Director Family Health Division
Packard-Gates Fellow 2001-02

Mexico

Ms. Maria Luisa Sanchez-Fuentes
Information Group on Reproduction Choice
Packard-Gates Fellow 2001-02

Moldova

Ms. Leila Pisnamazov
Mission Without Borders
Hubert H. Humphrey 2005-06

Mongolia

Sarantuya Namsrai
Director of Environmental Initiative Center
Ulaanbaatar
HHH Fellow during 2003-2004 at Evans Schools of Public Affairs, UW in Seattle

"During my fellowship year, I have received a lot of support and care from Visiting Scholars Association's friends. Gary and Charlene were very helpful in many ways, by helping my family to find apartment to rent, providing me with their truck when we were moving, and inviting me and my friends to nice parties and social events. I remember Becky and Simon visited me couple of times and used to show me a lot emotional support when I was struggling with my broken bones even though they had little baby to take care of.

"Also, I have to mention Dick and Lu Clay, there are so many memories that have to do with our friendship: showing me and my family nice places, sightseeing, taking us for shopping, inviting us to delicious dinners (Lu is a very good cook) etc,. We're close friends. When you are away from your home country, things you are used to, and familiar life style, it's good to know nice people like them who are willing to assist you and befriend with you."

Dr. Tumurchudur Tsamba
Director Technology Transfer Center Mongolian State University of Science and Technology
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

Morocco

Ms. Aicha Hizoune
Division Chief, Ports Dept
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04

Ms. Nadia Nahil
Head of Computer Science office
Ministry of Public Works
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05

Nepal

Dhruba Acharya
Program Director
Pragya Management Group, Nepal
Hubert H. Humphrey 2002-03
"Thanks for the email. I hope you and Charlene are doing well. My wife Kalpana and daughter Shami often remember you and the time you arranged for us. The sky trip that you took us was one of the most memorable time for my daughter. I thank you all for the time and effort you have given for our meaningful stay in US. You created a space for us to make friends, and inflicted a sense of togetherness. Giving time for us, talking to us and giving us the touch of brotherhood and sisterhood was just excellent."

Nigeria

Dr. Adesegun Ola. Fatusi
Dept. of Community Health College of Health Sciences
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Packard-Gates Fellow 2001-02

"Glad to hear from you. How is your family. I am excited to know that you have continued to be a blessing to other generations of visiting scholars. The idea of a web site is quite a good one.
The fellowship was a great blessing to me in many ways while I was in Seattle. These included:

  • -serving as a place for deepening my faith through the teaching and studying of the word of God
  • -It provided me with opportunities to met and relate closely with other believers, who were encouraging to my work of faith
  • -It also provided opportunity for exciting activities

"In all, the Fellowship, more or less, provided me with a family in a foreign land, and offered opportunity to settle down on time and integrate well within the new society.

"I returned straight back to my country, Nigeria, after the Seattle experience. I took a new job as a Senior Lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and as an Honorary Consultant physician in the field of Public Health Medicine in the affiliated Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria. I currently have the privilege of being the Head of Department of Community Health at both the university and the teaching hospital."

Ms. Halima Ben Umar
Program Officer, Johns Hopkins University
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Mr. Femi Kayode
Copy Group Head, Insight Grey

Dr. Olapeju Oreofe Aenusi
Chief Program Officer, Ministry of Health

Dr. Bolanle Oluyemisi Oyeledun
Reporductive health, Johns Hopkins University

Peru

Dr. Carlos Guarnizo Olivera
Health Promotion Manager
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Dr. Carlos Alberto Sanchez Centurion
Pathfinder International
Packard-Gates Fellow 2006-07

Philippines

Dr. Moh. Shan Jaafar Abdulwahid
Public health specialist
Packard-Gates Fellow 2004-05

Ms. Cristita (Tet) Cervantes Triunfante
Mayon Integrated Development Alternatives and Services
Packard-Gates Fellow 2006-07

Senegal

Ms. Adji Arame Diop Thiaw
Program Manager, Emergence of Social Participation
Hubert H. Humphrey 2002-03

Sierra Leone

Ansu Samuel Tucker
Deputy Establishment Secretary
Establishment Secretary's Office
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05
"You were very supportive of Fellows during our stay and helped in creating personal and professional links that proved to be useful to US. This support made us feel at home especially for Fellows who did not have their families with them."

Singapore

Dr. Hari Garg
National University of Singapore
"Gary and Charlene are a wonderful couple. I had a marvelous experience! Thanks!!"

South Korea

Dr. Sung Cha (and family)
Professor Myongji College
Seoul
"I thank Gary and Charlene with Visiting Scholars Association for providing me and my family with their sincere assistance in our initial settlement and familiarization to American life. Their help contributed to better understanding American customs and way of thinking. We enjoyed being helped by them, and strongly recommend other visiting scholars to get relevant assistance from them."

Dr. Hong Park
"I am very happy to have your new web site and help for other scholars. I am now a judge."

O Jong Kim
Chief Flight Operations
Technology Policy and Management; Aviation Safety and Law
Koyang Kyunggi, S. Korea
HHH – 2006-07 University of Washington
Dear Gary:
"It was just like a few weeks ago when I first met you at the Parrington Hall last year, and now I am leaving Seattle after completion of the Fellowship Program. Throughout our meetings, I learned more about America, and you provided me with new window to understand American life. Especially, my family enjoyed the visit to your house from dinner to conversation to seeing the house inside and out to nice neighborhood. They had a real opportunity to see and experience American ’s life. In the meantime, please understand that I could not go to the Wednesday meetings because of my Wednesday evening classes.

It was really lucky for me to meet you here in Seattle; through your association, I met good people, and they made my stay in the United States more meaningful personally as well as professionally. Therefore, I am sure that what I learned and experienced with your help will be building blocks for my personal and professional development. Please send my best regards to your family, and call me when you come to Korea. Once again, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity you offered me and your cooperation and hope to see you again.

Dr. Byung Hyun Yoo
Korea University, Seoul
"It would have been great if I could have met Gary when I first arrived in Seattle."

Sudan

Ms. Amna Ibrahim Ahmed El Hag
UNICEF –Youth and Adolescent Coordinator
Packard-Gates Fellow 2005-06

Ms. Hanan Satti Ali Ibrahim
Sudanese Population Network
Packard-Gates Fellow 2005-06

Sweden

Saydie Hashemi - wife of visiting scholar at UW University (2005)
"We had a wonderful time in Seattle and what made the one year we were there much more enjoyable was the thoughtful and understanding consideration of you all. You were there as a wonderful social net which helped us with almost everything we needed. Social gatherings, networking even finding furniture. Even when we were on our way back to our home country you made the transition for us so much easier with offering us a place to stay, and even giving us a ride to the airport, we can never thank you enough. God bless you all."

Tajikistan

Mr. Ismoil Khujamkulov
Ministry of Public Revenues and Duties
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04

 

Tanzania

Zebedayo B. Kyomo
Science Education Curriculum Developer
Tanzania Institute of Education, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training
Hubert H. Humphrey 2004-05
"I do appreciate the meetings you organized which enabled me to meet people from different parts of the globe with different professions and culture. I was connected by American families to meet some professionals who helped to make my Humphrey year in US a fruitful one!"

Trinidad

Mr. Oscar Noel Ocho
Acting Director, Population Program
Ministry of Health
Packard-Gates Fellow 2001-02

Tunisia

Mr. Sofiane Essid
Prime Ministers Office
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04

Uganda

Mr. Ben Ogwette-Otim
Deputy Chief Lira District
Hubert H. Humphrey 2003-04

Ms. Susan Ajok
Straight Talk Foundation

Packard-Gates Fellow 2005-06

Ms. Anne Akia Fiedler
Stright Talk Foundation
Packard-Gates Fellow 2003-04

Yugoslavia

Ms. Marijana Novakovic
Regional Director, National Savings Bank
"Thank you for you kind mail. I wish all the best to you all. I would love to know what the solution is to help the people in need (the scholar whose talk you heard). My country is full of poverty and ill health and really needs a solution. Hope you stay in health and hope."

Zambia

Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata
Head of department, Obstetrician
University teaching hospital

Zimbabwe

Ms. Patricia Mushayandebvu
Senior Civil Society
The Urban Institute
Hubert H. Humphrey 2005-06

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