Mount Mercy welcomes Bankers Trust President and CEO Suku Radia for Barbara Knapp Endowed Business Lecture Series

Mount Mercy University will welcome President and CEO of Bankers Trust Mr. Suku Radia during the annual Barbara Knapp Endowed Business Lecture Series on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Commons. The lecture is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.

Radia has served as CEO and president of Bankers Trust, Iowa's largest independent community bank with consolidated assets exceeding $3 billion, since 2008. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Suku served as chief financial officer of Meredith Corporation.

During his 25-year tenure at KPMG in Des Moines, Radia counseled senior management of several national and international entities on a number of financial issues. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Iowa State University in 1974 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975. He has been active in a number of professional, economic development, educational, and charitable organizations.

His extensive community involvement includes serving as the 2009 campaign chair for United Way of Central Iowa, where he also serves as vice chair and executive committee member; Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines executive committee; Drake University executive committee; Mercy Medical Center vice chair and board of directors; Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors; Iowa State University Accounting Advisory Council member; 2010 Big 12 MBA case study finals judge; Bravo (arts and cultural alliance for Central Iowa) chair; Rotary Club of Des Moines and West Des Moines past president; and past chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, among many others.

He is the recipient of the Glanton Scholarship award from Des Moines University, the Citation of Achievement award from Iowa State University, the Tocqueville Society award from United Way, the International Understanding-Passport to Prosperity award from the Iowa Council, the Spirit of Philanthropy award, and the Business Leader of the Year award from OneIowa.

He has served as the convocation speaker for Iowa State University Graduate School of Business and Drake University, was appointed Mr. Habitat for Humanity in 2006, and was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2010.

Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, Radia came to the United States in 1971 to attend Iowa State University. Currently, he resides in West Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, Dr. Mary Radia. His son, Ryan, attends George Washington University law school, daughter Renée, recently completed her studies at the University of Southern California and is employed in Los Angeles, and daughter, Natalie, is an undergraduate student at New York University.


As a Catholic institution, Mount Mercy University welcomes speakers who address diverse topics and represent various backgrounds in the pursuit of educational discourse. During public occasions, guest speakers may express opinions that do not necessarily reflect the mission and values of Mount Mercy or are necessarily endorsed by official institutional positions and policy.

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