Executive Board


Cristina Ghitulica, ARACIS (Romania)

She holds a Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. She has a 20 years long academic career, currently being professor at the University “POLITEHNICA” of Bucharest, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science. Starting 2003, she had also coordinated several projects in the field of development of higher education study programs and quality assurance, co-financed from World Bank or European structural funds.

Vice President

Duska Radmanovic, HEARS (BiH Republica Srpska)

Duska Radmanovic is Head of Quality Assurance and International Cooperation Department at HEARS 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.

Executive Board Members

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.

Stefan Handke, ACQUIN Germany

Stefan Handke is Managing Director of the Accreditation, Certification and Quality assurance Institute (ACQUIN) in Germany and General Director of the ACQUIN branch KAZ-ACQUIN in Kazakhstan. Since 2012 he works in the field of quality assurance. Before, he worked as a political scientist at universities in Hagen and Hannover. At the University of Konstanz he held an interim professorship (Chair of German Politics and Public Administration) during the winter term 2016/17. He holds a PhD in Public Policy.

Achim Hopbach, AQ Austria

Achim Hopbach is Managing Director of the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQ Austria) since 2012 and has been working in higher education since 1997. Before taking his current post, Achim Hopbach was the Managing Director of the German Accreditation Council for 7 years and was President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) from 2009 to 2013. He holds a PhD in History.

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.

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.