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 



Professional Experience

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


Professional Service

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


Awards & Honors

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



Publications & Presentations

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