A panel discussion with Mariam Assefa, Richard Garnick and Michael Panzner. Moderated by Michele Wucker
America has long been seen as the destination of choice for the world's best and brightest. But in the past few years, hastily implemented post-9/11 security measures and a long-neglected immigration system created a bottleneck in visa processing. Applications from foreign students to U.S. universities dropped precipitously, and businesses reported a conservative estimate of over $30 billion in losses because of visa delays.
Even as the government has worked to resolve bureaucratic glitches, an increasingly rancorous debate over whom to let in to America threatens to undermine our ability to attract global talent. How are these developments affecting America's status as a center of innovation, and what should be done to keep America competitive in face of growing global competition for talent?- World Policy Institute The New School
Mariam Assefa has been Executive Director and CEO of World Education Services (WES) since 1982. WES is a not-for-profit credential evaluation organization headquartered in New York and with offices in five other US cities and in Toronto, Canada.
Mariam Assefa is active in international education and exchange. She is the author of a 1988 book on the system of education of France. She has made frequent presentations on foreign educational systems and the recognition of international educational credentials at conferences and workshops in the United States and abroad. As a consultant for the US government, she has been involved in discussions regarding the recognition of academic credentials in Europe and West Africa.
In 2006 Mariam Assefa served as President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In 2005 she was awarded Metro International's Fulbright Award for Contribution to International Educational Exchange.
Mariam Assefa is a graduate of the University of Montpellier (France) and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Richard Garnick is the President of North American Services at Keane, Inc.
Michael J. Panzner is a 25-year veteran of the global stock, bond, and currency markets who has worked in New York and London for HSBC, Soros Funds, ABN Amro, Dresdner Bank, and J.P. Morgan Chase. He is also a New York Institute of Finance faculty member and a graduate of Columbia University. He is the author of The New Laws of the Stock Market Jungle: An Insider's Guide to Successful Investing in a Changing World, and a regular contributor to prudentbear.com, financialsense.com, and safehaven.com.
Panzner has appeared on or been quoted by CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barron's and other print, radio, and television outlets.
Michele Wucker is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, where she is co-director of the Immigrant Voting Project and director of the Program on Citizenship and Security. She specializes in immigration and assimilation, transnational political processes, the politics of culture, Latin America and the Caribbean, and international finance and debt crisis.
She is the author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and of Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola.