Doresca appointed to body that helps Iowa businesses expand overseas

Doresca appointed to body that helps Iowa businesses expand overseas

Dimy Doresca, director of the Institute for International Business in the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, has been appointed to the Iowa District Export Council by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to help Iowa businesses that want to export their products and services to global markets.

Doresca, a native of Haiti, has a career filled with extensive international experience. He worked for several non-governmental organizations, investment banks, and international development organizations before coming to work for Muscatine-based Stanley Consultants. There, he worked on firm projects in India, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

As director of the IIB, he works closely with Iowa businesses that are seeking to expand their markets overseas by providing the assistance of UI resources, and he provides opportunities for UI students to gain practical experience helping those businesses.

Doresca earned a B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He came to the UI as director of the IIB in 2014.

Export councils are organized by the federal government in each state to work with all branches of the U.S. government in facilitating the export of goods and services from companies located in that state. The Iowa Council is made up of 15 members who have global business experience, and it provides mentoring and counsel to Iowa businesses that want to operate overseas.