Hannah Mariam Asfaw

Job Title


Cross-cultural communication

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University - MA Communication, 2004
  • University of Westminster, London UK - BA (Hons) Social Sciences, 1982


I am an educator, trainer and consultant My extensive work experience in the business world coupled with my academic background gives career as a professional a unique dimension and added-value for my students and constituents.


Courses Taught

Introduciton to Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Cross-cultural communcation, Global Approaches to Group Process, Small Group and Leadership


  • Researched, developed and wrote three curriculums for a new B.A. Communication degree program that launched in September, 2005 for Bethel University. Curriculum development areas are: Global Approaches to Group Process, Gender Communication & Cross-Cultural Communication Part II
  • M.A. Thesis, Communication. Thesis title: Examining factors in Cross-Cultural Communication: A Study of African Immigrant Business Owners in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area). Bethel College, St. Paul, MN. (2003).

*         Editor of newsletter for EMI (Ethiopians in Minnesota Inc) St. Paul, MN.   (1989-1992).

  • Contributing writer for Direct Hit (Midwest Direct Marketing Association): The Repeat Business Business (November, 1990).
  • Freelance writer/contributing editor for "Ethiopian Review": (November, 1994).  



  • Developing better understanding of the "foreign-born" national in the American work place with a special emphasis in the Healthcare industry. (2003).
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Values: The African Immigrant Experience. (2003).
  • Communication and Leadership Series for non-profits (August, 2005).
  • Presenter: University of Minnesota Ethiopian Student Association (2014)




Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Board Member & Vice President of Public Relations, EMI Inc. St. Paul, MN (1989- 2003)

National Communication Association

Areas of expertise

Cross-cultural communication