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 Chair of committees for professional associations such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, AACRAO, and AICE. Currently, she is 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). She is also the 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. Jasmin holds a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Alan Saidi is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI). Since the inception of ACEI 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 academe 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 has regularly led training workshops and is a presenter on foreign educational systems and international credential evaluation standards at webinars and various professional conferences.
Alan is a frequent contributor to ACEI-Global.blog, and authored updates for publications, including the NAFSA On-line Guide to Education Systems Around the World.
Kathleen Hylen’s passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion began as a young girl growing up in a very multi-cultural Cambridge, MA. Her formal career began as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz studying Community Studies with a focus on Anti-Bias. She completed her field-study with the National Conference for Community and Justice (then the National Conference of Christians and Jews) and wrote an addendum to their anti-bias curriculum, Green Circle Goes Home. Later, in 2003 she served in the Peace Corps in Moldova as an English teacher, after which she worked in international education management with ELS Education Centers for 14 years. Never one to do things chronologically, in 2017 Kathleen began her master’s program as a Peace Corps Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in International Education Management with an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. Kathleen speaks intermediate Italian, French, and Romanian but is fluent in Francoitalromanish.
Michael Kuehnert is the Director of Acquisitions and Sales for Video Project, a documentary film distributor since 1983. He leads the team’s efforts to acquire high quality environmental and social issue documentaries, and to sell those films into broadcast and digital markets. He also develops and drives impact campaigns to optimize a film's deepest and longest-lasting impression.
His work with impact campaigns has developed into a media promotion and sales specialty concentrated on students and educational institutions, with a focus on writing and producing student targeted video blogs.
His award-winning documentary SAVE THE FARM is about activists' 11th-hour attempt to save the largest urban farm in America. The film appeared
on Netflix, The Doc Channel, and PIVOT, and features Daryl Hannah, Alicia Silverstone and Amy Smart. He has produced over 20 short films.
Previously, Michael was the co-owner of a commercial production company in Los Angeles, where he oversaw all aspects of production on hundreds of videos and commercials for Fortune 500 companies. He was also the CFO and partner-in-charge of overall business management.
Michael is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Shanti Generation, a leader in teen yoga and mindfulness content creation.
Prior to entering the film business, Michael enjoyed a successful career as a finance and sales professional in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Laura Sippel, President, Laura Sippel Dynamic Consulting, has more than 25 years of experience in marketing in higher education. She is an expert in social media marketing, identifying trends, setting marketing strategies, providing client relations, and building partnerships to this unique audience.
She has served on several committees and has presented webinars and conference sessions pertaining to international education and higher education. She been a NAFSA V Team Member (2000-2016), Recipient of NAFSA V Award of Excellence (2007), NAFSA V Conference Co-Chair (2009), Wisconsin Association of International Education (WAIE) Conference Planner (2017), AACRAO Annual Meeting Session on International Student Recruitment, (2017- 2018), Member of the AACRAO Data Protection and Privacy Taskforce (2018 – present), Director of Marketing and Communications for The Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) (2016 – present).
Abby Wills, MA has dedicated over twenty years to integrating mindful practices for social emotional health into a wide diversity of school settings through direct service to learners and educators throughout Los Angeles and internationally. She brings her expertise in developmental education as well as extensive studies in yoga and mindfulness to her work as a teacher and writer. She has contributed 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. Abby is Co-Founder and Program Director of Shanti Generation, a digital media company specializing in mindful yoga for early adolescents. She has written, directed and produced top-selling teen programs including Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers. Currently, Abby leads the mindful practice program of Project Silver Lining for Barnsdall Arts, a Los Angeles based non-profit. She serves as Movement, Mindfulness + Social Emotional Development Specialist for Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc. for whom she facilitates professional development to early childhood educators, supervisors and continuing education coaches. Abby’s approach is informed by academic studies in social justice, trauma informed interventions and non-violent communication. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Abby is a mother to two energetic boys whose school PTA has nearly become a second job.
Fazela Haniff immigrated to Canada in 1974 from Guyana, after which she lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for just over two years. From there she went to South Africa between 1994 and 2012 and returned to Canada in 2012.
Heading up the Urban Alliance on Race relations in 1990 afforded Fazela the skills and insight to champion Diversity and Inclusion throughout her career, when such issues were tabu. This was evident in her successfully diversifying the management and leadership of L’Oréal South Africa in a climate of resistance to change. Her solutions-oriented philosophy continued with her international work. Through a Diversity and Inclusion lens, Fazela is a global Human Resources, OD and Higher Educational internationalization specialist. She has worked with teams in both public and private sectors in over 30 countries.
Fazela completed her Human Resources Management studies at Ryerson University, Higher Education Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and Bachelor of Business Administration from Yorkville University. She is the past President of the International Education Association of South Africa and the first woman president. In 2010 she received an award in recognition of “Exemplary Leadership as IEASA President.” She has contributed widely to the internationalization dialogue via presentations and workshops to AIEA, EAIE, APAIE, IEASA, IIE, NIEA and NAFSA
She has contributed widely to the internationalization dialogue, outlining the value of understanding international cultures and inclusion. She has also contributed to publications related to international higher education.
She initiated the HIV/AIDS hairdressers' education campaign at L’Oréal South Africa in 2003 which later became an international campaign for L’Oréal. Fazela joins the team from Toronto, Canada.
Dmitry Satsuk has been active in the field of International Admissions and Enrollment Management for twenty years, focusing on international student enrollment and retention, and foreign credential evaluations. Dmitry is a versatile, innovative, and results-driven professional with a track record of exceeding the enrollment goals. Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. He currently works at Manhattan College as Director of International Admissions, and is a member of ACEI’s Global Consulting Team as a Senior International Credential Evaluator.