• The Washington International Education Council, founded in 2001, organizes the annual Washington International Education Conference (WIEC.) The Conference is the only event offering independent objective information to the international education community. Hundreds of representatives from universities, language programs, embassies and nongovernmental organizations have benefited from the information provided at the Conference and the important networking opportunities that are included at each WIEC.


    The WIEC is the premier event bringing together Education and Cultural Attachés from Washington-based Embassies, sponsoring organizations, NGOs, universities, boarding schools, and language program representatives, along with representatives from the Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security.


    The WIEC is the only event that takes international education officers to the most significant embassies and sponsoring organizations that are responsible for the largest numbers of international students in the United States. We are grateful to the Embassies of Bahrain, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates that have hosted the Conference participants and provided informative presentations.


    The latest information on the sources of international students and the trends in students coming to this country are provided to Conference participants. Each year the Conference features sessions delivered by experts in the field of international education. The Conference provides the diplomatic community with information on the extensive variety of programs available in the United States, along with the latest information on visa issuance and regulations governing international students in the United States. The two Conference luncheons and the Conference reception provide unique networking opportunities.


    The WIEC officers have a combined total of more than 100 years of experience in the field of international education with on the ground experience in more than 60 countries. WIEC officers have worked with students from 125 countries.

    The Washington International Education Conference recognizes the vital role international educational exchange plays in the world today. As our world grows smaller with greater interdependence between nations, it is more important than ever to establish linkages between people from different regions regardless of cultural differences. The Washington International Education Council is dedicated to building new bridges of understanding and fostering existing relationships while helping international students reach the highest levels of academic excellence.

  • Who We Are

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    William Fish

    With over forty-five years of experience in the field of international education, Mr. Fish was a founder of the Washington International Education Council and is the organization’s President. Mr. Fish began his career as a teacher in Portugal, and went on to direct intensive English programs in California, Colorado, Boston, and Washington, D.C. His career in international education has included work for Arthur D. Little, Inc., AIFS, ALA, Aspect, EF, the ELS, NESE and Study Group. In 1989 Mr. Fish opened his consulting practice and continues to provide services to individual schools and larger organizations interested in broadening their international profile while increasing international student enrollments.

    Mr. Fish has served on numerous advisory groups including the Strategic Task Force on International Student Access, the Consular Affairs Working Group and the Peterson’s International Advisory Council. Mr. Fish was elected as Chair of the New England Region of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and has served on the board of AAIEP. He continues to advocate for international education and students and writes a column for student visa applicants.

    Mr. Fish welcomes contact from individuals and organizations with an interest in international education at wfish@washcouncil.org

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    Joseph Humadi

    Joseph Z. Humadi founded the U.S. Educational Group, which produces “Al-Jamiat” the Arabic language magazine and educational fairs throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia and China. He is also one of the founders of the Washington International Education Council, which produces an embassy dialog in Washington, DC once a year in January and advises international students. He has been involved in international education for 20 years. Mr. Humadi also runs the website www.al-jamiat.com, www.usegtours.com and www.washcouncil.org. He has produced programs in U.A.E, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and China.

    Mr. Humadi and his team also produce virtual college fairs (VCF) for specialized clients. The production for these VCF’s includes setting up the website for the students to register. His team does all of the media buying, social media, print advertising, emails and mailings. The last VCF that USEG put together, produced over 5000 students that registered on-line and converted about 1000 to come online during the fair. He is also a member of the Middle East SIG and NAFSA.

  • WIEC Board of Advisors

    The Washington International Education Council recognizes the vital role international education exchange plays in the world today. As our world grows smaller with greater interdependence it is more important than ever to establish linkages between people of different countries, regardless of cultural differences. WIEC builds new bridges and fosters existing relationships between institutions throughout the world.

    Nicholas Arrindell, Ph.D.

    Formerly Director Office of
    International Student & Scholar Services
    JohnsHopkins University (retired)
    Takoma Park, MD

    James L. Goonan

    Director, International Admissions
    Susquehanna University
    514 University Avenue
    Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164

    Manny Tavares

    Director of International Recruitment
    Johnson & Wales University
    8 Abbott Park Pl
    Providence, RI 02903-3775

    Peter Thomas

    Director of Operations, Global CONNECT
    University of California at San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive # 0176E
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0176

    Wilawan Youngmisuk

    Wilawan Educational Services
    1617 Belvedere Blvd.
    Silver Spring, MD 20902