JASMIN SAIDI-KUEHNERT (she/her)
Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the founder, President and CEO of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI). She is a published author and speaker on world education systems and advises institutions and organizations on emerging markets, credential evaluation standards, and building global pathways initiatives. She has served as Committee Chair for a number of professional associations related to higher education including NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). She is currently the Chair of the International Education Standards Council that oversees the country profiles and credential advice for AACRAO’s Electronic Database on Global Education (EDGE). Jasmin is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a non-profit professional association for credential evaluation service providers in the U.S. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
ALAN SAIDI (he/him)
Alan Saidi is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of ACEI. Since its inception in 1994, Alan has been involved in the on-going development and enhancement of ACEI’s electronic database on world education systems and credential equivalencies. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering with prior experience in both academia and business, Alan’s automation of ACEI’s evaluation services and client database provides ACEI’s evaluators and support team with immediate access to country specific credentials that help promote consistency and accuracy in educational equivalency reporting. Alan regularly leads training workshops and is a presenter on foreign educational systems and international credential evaluation standards at webinars and various professional conferences. He is a frequent contributor to ACEI-Global.blog, and has authored updates for publications, including NAFSA’s Guide to Education Systems around the World.
KATHLEEN HYLEN (she/her)
Kathleen Hylen’s passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion began as a young girl growing up in Cambridge, MA which continues to be a multicultural center of learning attracting scholars from around the world. She earned her BA in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on Anti-Bias and completed her field-study with the National Conference for Community and Justice (then the National Conference of Christians and Jews) where she wrote a key addendum to their anti-bias curriculum. She is also the recipient of the College VIII Humanitarian Award. She served in the Peace Corps as an English teacher in Moldova, after which she worked in international education management with ELS Education Centers for 14 years. Kathleen holds an MA in International Education Management with an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion from Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she was a Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow. Kathleen leads the ACEI-GCG’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice group for colleges and universities in the United States.
MICHAEL KUEHNERT (he/him)
Michael Kuehnert brings over 20 years of experience in film/video production to support your media and branding efforts. He is Director of Acquisitions and Business Development at Video Project, a San-Francisco-based nonprofit media distribution corporation for documentaries focused on critical social and global issues for classrooms and communities. Previously, Michael was the co-owner of a commercial video production company in Los Angeles where he oversaw all aspects of production on hundreds of videos and commercials for Fortune 500 companies. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Shanti Generation, a leader in teen yoga and mindfulness content creation. Michael has produced over 20 short films and directed the award-winning documentary Save the Farm, about activists' 11th-hour attempt to save the largest urban farm in America, which appeared on Netflix, The Doc Channel, and PIVOT, and features Daryl Hannah, Alicia Silverstone and Amy Smart. His work with social media impact campaigns has developed into a media promotion and sales specialty concentrated on students and educational institutions. His education includes BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, several semesters of UCLA screenwriting courses, and numerous screenwriting seminars. Fun Fact: His short play “TV Land” had a one week run in 2003 at Grace Players Theater in Hollywood.
LAURA SIPPEL (she/her)
Laura Sippel has more than 25 years of experience in higher education marketing. She is President of Laura Sipple Dynamic Consulting, LLC, and serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. She has expertise in social media marketing, identifying trends in consumer behavior, setting marketing strategies, providing client relations, and building partnerships for success. Since 2000, Laura has been active in The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) as well as the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) to help further the cause of higher education and international education in particular. This mix of backgrounds gives her keen insight into the organizational landscape of colleges and universities within an increasingly global marketplace as well as the communication approaches needed to accomplish their goals. Laura holds a BA in Communications and Public Relations from Marquette University.
ABBY WILLS (she/her)
Abby Wills has over 20 years of experience integrating mindful practices for social-emotional health in diverse school settings both internationally and locally in Los Angeles. She brings her expertise in developmental education as well as extensive studies in yoga and mindfulness to both her consulting work and her teaching and writing. Abby has contributed articles on mindful practices to dozens of online and print publications including Edutopia, Mind Body Green, and LA Yoga Magazine and her work has been featured in various platforms including PBS and Yoga Journal. Her approach is informed by academic studies in social justice, trauma informed interventions, and non-violent communication. Abby holds a BA and MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.
FAZELA HANIFF (she/her)
Fazela Haniff immigrated to Canada in 1974 from Guyana. She subsequently lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for just over two years and then spent nearly twenty years in South Africa before finally returning to Canada in 2012. This broad international background, as well as her experience heading Canada’s Urban Alliance on Race Relations in 1990, afforded Fazela the skills and insight to champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from early on in her career when such issues were seen as taboo in many organizations. She successfully worked to diversify the management and leadership of L’Oréal South Africa in a climate of resistance to change and was the first woman President of the International Education Association of South Africa receiving an award in recognition of her leadership in 2010.
Fazela has training in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University, Higher Education Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Yorkville University. She is a global HR, OD, DEI, and Higher Education Internationalization specialist who has worked with teams in both the public and private sectors in over 30 countries. Fazela has contributed widely to the dialogue on internationalization and DEI via workshops and presentations to international associations of higher education including the AIEA, EAIE, APAIE, IEASA, IIE, NIEA and NAFSA.
DMITRY SATSUK (he/him)
Dmitry Satsuk has been active in the field of International Admissions and Enrollment Management for 20 years, focusing on international student enrollment and retention, and foreign credential evaluations. Previous, Dmitry served as Director of International Admissions at Manhattan College and was Associate Director of International Admissions at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. He is the Senior International Credential Evaluator of ACEI’s Global Consulting Team. Dmitry holds an MA in International Education from New York University and a BA from Minsk Linguistic University.
Zina Rumleanscaia (she/her)
Zina Rumleanscaia has been ACEI’s Senior International Credential Evaluator since 2018. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) and as Deputy Director of International Education Services for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IES/AACRAO). Zina holds the Diploma de Licenta in Modern Languages from Alecu Russo Balti State University, Moldova. She received the Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship and earned the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts (UMASS).