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  • Esther Benjamin (WHF 1999-2000) Appointed CEO World Education Services

    Han de Wit, Chair of the New York based World Education Services (WES) Board of Trustees, recently announced that Esther Benjamin has been appointed WES Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

    WES is a non-profit organization and leading credential evaluation service provider in the United States and Canada.  WES provides products and services designed to help individual more easily obtain and share evidence of their international qualification with employers, academic institutions, and licensing bodies.  The organization recently intensified its efforts to eradicate systemic barriers that often confront internationally educated individuals once they arrive in the U.S. and Canada.

    Originally from Sri Lanka, Esther immigrated to the U.S. with her family when her father came to the U.S. to pursue his master’s and doctorate degrees.  Most recently, Esther worked with Laureate Education, Inc., as CEO for Africa Operations, and as CEO of Monash South Africa, laureate’s first university in Sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly 4,000 students from throughout Africa.  She was then Laureate’s Senior Vice President for Global Public Affairs, overseeing initiatives linked to the company’s status as a Public Benefit Corporation.

    Esther’s career includes service as the Associate Director for Global Operations of the U.S. Peace Corps.  She was a member of the senior leadership of the International Youth Foundation and the International Partnership for Microbicides.  Her private sector experience includes management consulting with Grant Thornton.  Early in her career, she worked with the World Bank History Project, and served with the United Nations as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer.

    Esther (WHF Class 1999 – 2000) is the 2013 recipient of the WHFFA Impact Award.  Her tenure as WES CEO and Executive Director will begin on June 17, 2019.  She continues to embody John Gardner’s ideals of a lifetime of public service and being an agent of change and renewal. Our sincere best wishes and congratulations to Esther.

    posted: May 6, 2019
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