Our Leadership Team

Mariam Assefa

Executive Director, World Education Services

Mariam Assefa has been the Executive Director of World Education Services (WES) since 1982. She served as the 2006 President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In 2005 she was awarded Metro International’s Fulbright Award for Contribution to International Education Exchange. Mariam is active in inter­national education and exchange. She frequently presents on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international educational credentials at conferences and workshops worldwide.

Shamira Madhany

Managing Director Canada and Deputy Executive Director

Shamira Madhany joined WES in 2018 after more than two decades of public service. She has extensive experience working with licensing bodies, settlement agencies, and higher education and post-secondary sectors in Ontario. She served as the chief architect of several government programs that enable highly skilled immigrants to obtain employment in their fields. Shamira played a key role in the launch of WES Canada in 2000 during her tenure at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as Provincial Lead, Access to Professions and Trades.

Paul Feltman

Deputy Executive Director for Global Talent Policy and Programs

As Deputy Executive Director for Global Talent Policy and Programs for WES, Paul Feltman oversees the WES Global Talent Bridge Program and develops outreach and education programs, community partnerships, and policy initiatives focused on helping immigrants successfully integrate into academic and professional settings. He serves as the steering committee chair of IMPRINT, a coalition of organizations active in the field of immigrant professional integration. Paul also serves on the advisory board of the Massachusetts New Americans Integration Institute and the National Blue Rib­bon Panel of the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education.

Lisa Connors

Deputy Executive Director, CFO

Lisa Connors is the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Executive Director of World Education Services. She has been with the organization since 2010 in various roles in finance and production. Lisa serves on the Board and chairs the Audit Committee of the Westchester Community College Foundation. She holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.