Dessie Apostolova brings extensive executive experience in higher education, government relations, and global business development to her position as co-founder and Managing Director of Bering Partners. As a former international student and first-generation immigrant, Dessie is intimately familiar with the unique challenges faced by newcomers to the United States and is well versed in the related immigration requirements and procedures. She has provided cultural adjustment and immigration consulting to dozens of international families and institutions of higher education since her arrival to the United States in 1997.
In addition to her work in international education, Dessie is also experienced with global economic development and business immigration through the EB-5 immigrant investment program. Prior to joining Bering Partners, she was the director of global business development for the Northeastern State University Partnership Center.
For eleven years, Dessie led the Oklahoma Department of Commerce global business services team as director of international trade and offices and as international protocol and development officer. In these roles, she was instrumental to the development and implementation of dozens of successful higher education and business partnerships between Oklahoma institutional clients and international counterparts in China, Mexico, the Middle East, and Vietnam.
Earlier in her career Dessie participated in the establishment and development of the American University in Bulgaria, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in its first graduating class. She also worked on numerous USAID, IMF, World Bank, and other international development projects, involving legislative, political, economic, and civic initiatives advancing the democratic and market economy transition throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
Dessie holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.