Meet the Board of Trustees Leadership

Hans de Wit

Board Chair

Hans de Wit, Board Chair, is Director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College and a founding member, and past president, of the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education for organizations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, and the European Parliament, among many others.

Hans has written and co-written many books and articles on international education and is the founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (Association for Studies in International Education/SAGE). He is a regular contributor to University World News and is on the editorial boards of multiple other publications. He has received multiple awards for his contribution to the field of international education.

He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Lynn Shotwell

Board Vice-Chair

Lynn Shotwell, Board Vice-Chair, is Head of Global Outreach and Operations for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. She serves on the European Commission Expert Group on Economic Migration, the B20 Employment Task Force, the Business Mechanism of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, and the editorial board for the Journal for Migration and Human Security. Lynn is a frequent lecturer on mobility policy and has testified before the U.S. Congress, United Nations, and World Trade Organization and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows.

Lynn received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University.

Audrey Hendley

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Audrey Hendley, Board Secretary/Treasurer, leads Global Travel and Lifestyle Services at American Express, one of the largest multi-channel consumer travel agencies in the world. Audrey is responsible for delivering premium services to card members, overseeing the digital travel booking experience, travel benefits and programs, supplier partnerships, and marketing and engagement strategies for the premium card member base. In 20 years at American Express, Audrey has earned many of American Express’ top awards. Her teams have also won the Chairman’s Award for Innovation.

Audrey is Chair for the New York Women’s Interest Network (WIN) and is an honors graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she received her master’s in Marketing Management.

Samuel Artmann

Board Member

Samuel Artmann is General Manger at Sonder, Inc. He was previously Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships at Web.com. He has also worked as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman and Bain & Company, as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, and as an entrepreneur, co-founding Guiato, a location-based online marketing platform, and OndaLocal, an online marketing company that provides automated online marketing solutions for small businesses and franchise brands. Artmann currently serves on the Boards of Sanctuary Ventures and I Love ECommerce, both in São Paulo, Brazil. He is a graduate of the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Ann Buller

Board Member

Ann Buller, Centennial College’s President and CEO, is widely recognized for her groundbreaking work in global citizenship education. A visionary leader who has embedded the principles of equity and social justice into Centennial’s programs and operations, she has spearheaded award-winning mentoring and outreach programs to help underrepresented individuals succeed in post-secondary education. President Buller has earned several prestigious awards recognizing her excellence as a leader and mentor, most recently the 2016 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Leadership Award, the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award (2016, 2010) and the 2015 CBIE President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership for International Education. President Buller is a graduate of Humber College, York University and Central Michigan University.

Misha Esipov

Board Member

Misha Esipov is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Credit, the world’s first cross-border consumer reporting agency. Nova has built a global network of credit bureaus to empower consumers to transport their financial identity wherever they move. Esipov oversees the overall strategic direction of the firm and leads Nova’s mission to “enable immigrants to access credit to realize their potential.” Before Nova, Esipov was a private equity investor at Apollo Global Management. He started his career at Goldman Sachs where he was involved in corporate financing, mergers, and acquisitions. Esipov was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States in the 1990s. He is a graduate of New York University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sidney R. Hargro

Board Member

Sidney Hargro is the executive director of the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. He is the former Executive Director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, a startup community foundation, and has also served as the Senior Officer of Strategy and Organizational Learning at The Columbus Foundation, the nation’s 7th largest community foundation. He is the author of “Lessons Learned,” a chapter in the Foundation Center’s fundraising guide After the Grant: A Nonprofit’s Guide to Good Stewardship. Hargro serves on the Board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. He has served on boards of regional and national organizations including Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and CDC, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and the advisory committee of the New Jersey Nature Conservancy. He is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Ohio State University, and the United Theological Seminary.

Joanna Harries

Board Member

Joanna Harries is the Senior Vice President of Expansion at Endeavor Global, the world’s leading organization working with high-impact entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries. Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in entrepreneurs that build world-class businesses and grow entrepreneurial ecosystems. The organization has tripled its footprint over the last decade. Joanna has launched Endeavor offices across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. Prior to Endeavor, Joanna was an Acumen Fellow working in Mumbai and a brand manager at Unilever. Joanna is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics. She has been recognized as a Kauffman Fellow and serves on the advisory board for the Lazaridis Institute

Shakti Jauhar

Board Member

Shakti Jauhar is Senior Vice President of Global HR Operations and Shared Services for PepsiCo. In this role, he leads PepsiCo’s strategic HR Digital Transformation which deployed and established Global Operations and Shared Services across 83 countries with 300 employees and contractors for PepsiCo’s HR and Payroll processes, technology, and services. The scope of the transformation included all HR functions comprising Board and Executive Total Rewards, Global Mobility, Compensation, Talent Management, and Talent Acquisition. Jauhar also serves as a member of PepsiCo’s Security Council. Prior to his current position, Jauhar held various leadership roles in Manufacturing, Finance, and IT. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Global Benefits and Wellness at PepsiCo, where he had responsibility for strategy, design, systems and vendor management for self-insured Health and Welfare, Wellness and employee benefits. He brought efficiencies and cost savings which curtailed year over year cost increases. Jauhar has a Bachelor of Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala, India.

Dewayne Matthews

Board Member

Dewayne Matthews is a Fellow at the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.  In his prior role as Vice President for Strategy, he led the development of the Foundation’s goal to increase postsecondary attainment in the U.S. to 60% by 2025 and its first three strategic plans. Matthews has served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, and Arizona State University.

Willis Wang

Board Member

Willis Wang is Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, and Deputy General Counsel at Boston University. He is the senior global officer responsible for major global initiatives, which have involved the launch of a graduate dental research school in Dubai, a non-profit in India, and global health research operations in Zambia. He manages the Global Programs Office which consists of study abroad programs, immigration support to thousands of international students and scholars, an ESL school, and operational assistance facilitating the global activities engaged in by BU faculty. Wang also oversees a London-based academic internship non-profit and is a trustee of Sea Education Association. As Deputy General Counsel, and since joining BU in 1998, his legal practice focused on international ventures, corporate transactions, tech transfer, endowment investments, research, and environmental matters. Prior to BU, Wang was in-house counsel at an MIT spin-off technology company and an EPA enforcement lawyer. He is a graduate of Emory University and Boston College Law School.

Esther Benjamin

Ex-Officio

Esther has been a global executive in the public, private, and civil society sectors for more than 25 years. Before joining WES as CEO and executive director, Esther worked with Laureate Education, Inc., a leading global higher education organization. She was Laureate’s CEO for Africa Operations and CEO of Monash South Africa, and then SVP for Global Public Affairs. Esther served as the Associate Director for Global Operations of the U.S. Peace Corps and held senior management roles with the International Youth Foundation and the International Partnership for Microbicides. Early in her career, she served as a United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer, worked in management consulting with Grant Thornton, and was a White House Fellow. Esther holds a bachelor’s degree from North Central College and master’s degrees in International Affairs and Applied Economics from American University.