International Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winners
2019 - Josué Gomes da Silva, MBA'89
As CEO of his family business, Coteminas, Gomes da Silva led a long-term strategic plan to navigate the global marketplace that would not only affect the company, but also the South American textile industry. Under his direction, he carefully led Coteminas to become the biggest textile group in Latin America and a leading bed and bath home fashion products company.
He is also founder and chairman of the board of Cantagalo General Grains, a company with integrated operations including the production, commercialization, and distribution of grains, and chairman and CEO of Wembly, S.A., a publicly traded holding company for the Gomes da Silva family businesses.
Gomes da Silva has been a business and economic adviser to three presidents of Brazil, is president of the Institute of Studies for Industrial Development, and led the Brazilian Association of Textile and Clothing Industries. He has been a member of the Owen Board of Visitors since 2001.
2018 - Krista Donaldson, BE'95
As CEO of D-Rev, Krista Donaldson leads efforts to design and develop medical technologies that close the quality healthcare gap for under-served populations around the world. She was previously a diplomacy fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, where she guided economic policy and the reconstruction of Iraq’s electricity sector. Her work there earned recognition for its impact on bilateral relations. She was also a design engineer for KickStart International in Nairobi, Kenya and at the product design firm IDEO.
Donaldson’s leadership has won acclaim as one of Fast Company’s Co.Design “50 Designers Shaping the Future,” a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and she has spoken at TEDWomen and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has been a Rainer Arnhold Fellow and a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow. She received the Vanderbilt School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.
2017 - Paul Deemer III, BA'69, JD'75
Paul Deemer III, BA’69, JD'75, is the recipient of the 2016 Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Director’s International Alumni Professional Achievement Award .
Paul Deemer has established a highly successful international law career. He represents major clients, including multilateral lenders, in the development and financing of energy projects in China, Russia and other countries for the law firm Vinson & Elkins. He helped open offices in Moscow in 1991 and Beijing in 1997, and has served as co-administrative partner of the Beijing and Shanghai offices. He generously supports Vanderbilt as a capstone member of the Oak Leaf Society and as a strong advocate for the university in China.