Dr. Christiane Gaehtgens is an expert in the field of higher education policy with a strong international background. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Bonn. From 1989 to 1991 she pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA . In 1991 she was appointed Head of the North America – Programmes at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 1994 she took the position of Director at the DAAD office in London, UK. In 1998 she was appointed Secretary General of the newly founded Science Council of Lower Saxony in Hannover, Germany (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Niedersachsen). From 2003 to July 2008 she was Secretary General of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). In this capacity she also worked closely with the European Universities Association (EUA). In 2008 Dr. Gaehtgens established “impact consulting”, a private consultancy firm that advises universities and research institutions on issues of strategy, policy, internal governance and quality assurance. Christiane Gaehtgens has served as a member to a number of advisory panels and boards, among them the Österreiche Wissenschaftsrat (Austrian Science Council) and the “Institut für Zukunft der Arbeit” (IZA). From 2000-2003 she was Chair of the Governing Board of the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen, Germany. Christiane Gaehtgens is a Senior Expert for the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU) in Brussels. In 2009 she was appointed to the Expert Panel of the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and in 2011 to the Expert Panel of the Quality Aasurance Agency in the Republic of Croatia.