Executive Board


Franci Demšar, SQAA (Slovenia)

Born in 1960, graduated in Physics at the University of Ljubljana, Master of Biophysics at the University of Zagreb and PhD in Physics at the University of Ljubljana in 1987. During his professional career, he has worked as a researcher (scientific councillor) and higher education teacher (full professor) as well as manager. In his 17-year managerial career, he worked as State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Minister of Defence, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and the Director of the Slovenian Research Agency. As regards his international experience, he was vice-president of the European Science Foundation and a member of the International Academy of Engineers.

Vice President

Martina Vidláková, NAB (Czech Republic)

Martina studied international development at McGill University at the Bachelor level and European politics at the University of Edinburgh at the Master level. Prior to joining the quality assurance agency ACCR in the Czech Republic (now NAB) in 2013, she completed a research internship in international relations and worked as a research assistant. In the current agency NAB she has been Head of Strategy Unit since 2016. Martina is in charge of development of methodologies for accreditation and evaluation, the international agenda of NAB and also participates in coordination of accreditation procedures.

Executive Board Members

Stefan Handke, ACQUIN (Germany)

Stefan Handke is professor of Public Management at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden – University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden). Until 2019 he was the managing Director of the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN) in Germany and General Director of the ACQUIN branch KAZ-ACQUIN in Kazakhstan. Before, he worked as a political scientist at universities in Hagen and Hannover. He holds a PhD in Public Policy. Since 2012 he works in the field of quality assurance. Stefan was elected as the treasurer of CEENQA for the second time, he was member of the ENQA board (2018 till 2019) and is still member of the ACQUIN appeals and complaints commission (since 2020).

Jolanta Silka, AIKA (Latvia)

Jolanta Silka is the Deputy Head of the Latvian Quality Agency for Higher Education/Academic Information Centre. She holds a master’s degree in Legal Linguistics and master’s degree in Educational Management. Her previous work experience includes a senior position at the Ministry of Education and Science and at educational institutions as well. She has considerable experience in higher education policy development and implementation. She has contributed to the development of quality assurance in Latvia, to drafting regulatory enactments and methodologies. Also she has participated in a number or higher education related projects (both as manger and expert) and represented Latvia in the Bologna Process Follow-Up Group.

Duska Radmanovic, AHERS (BiH Republica Srpska)

Duska Radmanovic is Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department at AHERS and has been working in education field since 2003. She has an extensive experience in quality assurance in higher education from internal procedures to external assessment and review coordination. She has also been involved in numerous projects in education and in education policies (strategic documents, policies and legal framework development). Her Master thesis focused on the quality of education and open society relations at the University of Banja Luka.

Olgun Cicek, YODAK (North Cyprus)

Dr.Cicek is the Executive Board Member of the Higher Education Council in North Cyprus (YODAK)  since January 2014. His previous experience includes managerial positions at various universities in different countries and board membership of many Associations and Councils such as EuroCHRIE, FIJET ACADEMY, providing services to the university, industry associations and other institutions with his 27 years of teaching, QA, research and managerial experiences as well as his multinational and broad outlook from his experiences gained in Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean region.

H. İbrahim Durak, TEPDAD (Turkey)

Dr. H. İbrahim Durak is the General Secretary of the Association for the Evaluation and Development of Medical Education Programs since 2010 and works intensively for  TEPDAD’s national and International Accreditation missions. He has organized over two hundreds courses, speeches and workshops on accreditation, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, program evaluation, skills training, instructional design, simulated patient and education. Dr. Durak has nearly thirty peer reviewed articles published in national and international literature.