22-25 AUGUST 2023



Esther Benjamin

Esther Benjamin

Esther Benjamin is a tri-sector global leader, currently serving as CEO of World Education Services. She is a Visiting Fellow with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Previously, Esther was CEO for Africa Operations with Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR). In President Obama’s Administration, Esther led Global Operations for the Peace Corps. She was an executive with the International Youth Foundation and the International Partnership for Microbicides.

In 1999, President Clinton appointed Esther a White House Fellow. She began her career with the United Nations, the World Bank, Grant Thornton, and Andersen. Esther serves on the Board of Directors of Echoing Green, B Lab Global, and Candid, among others. In 2021, Dickinson College awarded Esther an honorary doctorate in International Education. She earned master’s degrees in International Affairs and Applied Economics from American University. She is a Trustee of North Central College, where she was a College Scholar and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. New York Times best-selling author and Maryland Governor Wes Moore profiled Esther as “The Globalist” in his book The Work: Searching for a Life that Matters.