Mariam Assefa

  • 40+ years as a tireless leader and advocate for international credential evaluation
  • Greatly expanded the expertise, capacity and outreach of World Education Services and created the WES Global Talent Bridge for immigrants
  • Recipient of numerous awards and honors including the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Life Member of NAFSA
  • Knowledge leader with frequent global presentations and consultancies as well as elected leadership roles in IE associations
  • Mentor to countless international credential evaluators 


  • Executive Director, World Education Services, NY, 1982-2019
  • Senior Evaluator, World Education Services, NY, 1981-1982
  • International Student Advisor, Polytechnic Institute of New York, NY, 1979-1981


  • University at Buffalo, SUNY, Ed.M
  • Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier III, France, DUEL


  • Board Member, SkillLab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, current since 2020
  • Board Member, One-to-World, New York, NY, current since 2019
  • Trustee, Richmond, The American International University in London, 1992-2014
  • President, NAFSA, 2006
  • Chair, NAFSA Development Committee, 1999-2002
  • Vice-Chair, Alliance for International Exchange, 1996-1999
  • Board Member, One-to World (formerly Metro-International), 1992-1998
  • Board Member, NAFSA, 1989-1992
  • Chair, NAFSA Region X, 1982-1983


  • WES Mariam Assefa Fund, World Education Services, 2019
  • Life Member, NAFSA, 2020
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, Upwardly Global, NY, 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate, Richmond, The American International University in London, 2010
  • One-to-World Fulbright Award for Contribution to International Educational Exchange, NY, 2005


Professional Presentations & Consultancies – United States

  • American Association of Universities – Graduate Deans
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO)
  • Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals (NAGAP)

Prefessional Presentations & Consultancies – International

  • AMPEI- Mexican Association for International Education
  • Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)
  • China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)
  • Japan Association for International Education (JAFSA)
  • Korean Association for International Education (KAFSA)
  • US Department of State Consultancies – Abidjan, Bamako, Bonn, Dakar, Paris


  • France: A study of the Educational System of France and a Guide to the Academic Placement of Students in Educational Institutions of the United States, Washington, D.C.: AACRAO World Education Series, 1988