Bálint Simon

Mr. Bálint Simon is the Founding President and sitting Co-President for Strategy of the student association House of European Affairs and Diplomacy (HEAD). As HEAD is a founding member of the youth initiative Youth Business Group (YBG) therefore Mr. Simon is a member of both the YBG board and management. In the management he leads the Frontend Department, which is responsible for the expansion of the Group on national, EU and international level.           

As YBG Frontend Department leader Mr. Simon’s main goal is to establish new student organizations in Budapest in the current and the next academic year, to reach a total membership of 1000 students until 2021. Besides the Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE) where the YBG has 5 active member associations, they are coordinating several student organizations at the National University of Public Service (NKE) and the Budapest Business School (BGE). Currently they are expanding to the Loránd Eötvös University (ELTE) and the Péter Pázmány Catholic University (PPKE).


In addition to his career at the Youth Business Group Mr. Simon is active in campus politics as founder and leader the Újhullám (New Wave) faction, which is the second largest governing student party in the Students’ Union of the Corvinus University. As founder of a student organization focusing on European relations and EU politics Mr. Simon is committed to European values.

Ármin Ladányi

Mr. Ármin Ladányi is founder and Vice-President for Foreign Office at House of European Affairs and Diplomacy (HEAD). He is responsible for the professional line of the association and for the its foreign and national relations. As HEAD is part of the young initiative, the Youth Business Group holding (YBG) therefore Mr. Ladányi is in charge of the so-called Talent Program. As a young motivated European, Mr. Ladányi is working for the European Parliament as a “This time I am voting” volunteer and for the European Commission as a “Young Multiplier”. The professional EU focused student organization led by Mr. Ladányi, could invite to the academic milieu, multiply distinguished guests from diplomacy and could fulfill auditoriums with thousands of students through three years. Mr. Ladányi’s aim is to give the opportunity of YBG to other universities – beside Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), National University of Public Service (NKE), Budapest Business School (BGE) – in terms of having an association that gives practical experience, substantial knowledge and relations for university students during university years.

László Gulyás

László Gulyás, born in 1972, Node director of EIT Digital Hungary. Previously he was the regional lead of EIT Digital’s ARISE Europe program in Central and Eastern Europe. His professional history of 20+ years has been divided in about equal parts between higher education, research and ICT business practice. His mission is to bring cutting edge scientific results to the market and vice versa. After receiving his PhD from Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, he worked at the same institution, at Harvard University and at the Central European University. He also held management positions at various startup and SME companies. Dr. Gulyás has authored 80+ articles and co-managed a series of successful technology projects with EU and national support.

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton is Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programme at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. The unit is the lead service for European policies on reform and modernisation of higher education, the new European Universities initiative, automatic mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, the creation of the EU student card, and the higher education strand of Erasmus+. In previous posts in the European Commission, Vanessa has worked in DG Research and Innovation. Before moving to the European Commission in 2006, Vanessa spent eight years working for several petroleum and chemical companies.

Philippe Léonard

Philippe Léonard serves as IPC Europe director, a global industry association that provides standards, education and training, global advocacy and solutions for the global electronics industry. Léonard supports the development of IPC activities in Europe, liaises with the 700+ IPC member-company sites across Europe and works closely with a network of 35  IPC- licensed training centers operating in almost every European country.

Philippe Léonard is a trade association expert & consultant, an experienced entrepreneur & project manager with broad industry knowledge. Previously to IPC, Léonard has contributed  his experience, skills and competencies to various European projects and Private sector interests with an aim at bridging the gap between private sector interests and European institutions and policy makers.

Léonard has been founding and leading start-ups and industrial SMEs for more than 15 years in France and Belgium. He holds several innovation patents and is the recipient of several awards for innovation and design. Léonard studied economics and completed a French MBA equivalent in industrial management & innovation. 

Oscarina Conceição

Oscarina Conceição is Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Cáva (IPCA) and researcher at Dinâmia’CET-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa). She has a Master’s degree in Industrial Economics and Business and a PhD in Economics, both from University of Minho (Braga, Portugal). Her research interests include the following topics: entrepreneurship; innovation processes and their socio-economic effects; knowledge and innovation networks.

Levente Kiss

Levente Kiss MD PhD is the appointed director of the Teaching Center at the Faculty of Medicine of Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary) and also a senior assistant professor at the Department of Physiology of the same institution His research interests are mainly focused around the role of gasotransmitters in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology with particular attention to hydrogen sulfide. His work has received more than 1300 citations. Along with research activities he has a keen interest in improving medical education. His work in the field resulted in a collaboration with Ronald M Harden (the leading person in current medical education) and led to a co-authored publication (Curriculum Trends in Medical Education in Europe in the 21st Century”). He has been involved in teaching physiology to Hungarian and foreign medical, dental and pharmacy students since 2004 and he is a member of the Hungarian Society of Medical Education and Health Science since 2011.


Ella Joukkola

I am Ella Joukkola, an environmental engineering student from Savonia University of Applied Sciendes in Kuopio, Finland. This year I’m also a member of the Board in University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland SAMOK. My responsibilities in the board are competencies and learning. I’m also a corgi lover.


Andrea Nagy

Andrea is Head of Sustainability Center at Budapest Business School, where she supports the implementation of sustainability strategy. Before joining Budapest Business School, Andrea worked as Corporate Communication Manager for Nestlé Hungária Kft. She graduated from Budapest College of Communication and Business in 2010.


Ellen Budde

Ellen Budde has over 40 years of experience working with different communities. For the past 20 years, she has been a teacher and senior project manager at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. Here, she has worked on overhauling the university’s curricular, improving the integration of the school with the city of Amsterdam, and changing the organizational structure to better support students. Ellen also runs a business that provides coaching, teachings and workshops for companies in the public sector. In her work, she collaborates with the Radboud University in Nijmegen and the Provincie Noord Brabant.

Jochen Ehrenreich

Jochen Ehrenreich is a senior researcher at DHBW Heilbronn. He built his expertise in fields like University Governance, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Lifelong Learning and Technology Transfer through hands-on project work at various institutions in Higher Education and in Continuous Education. He holds a Master’s degree of Economics and Business Administration from the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany’s first private university.

Csilla Marianna Szabó

Csilla Marianna Szabó graduated from Attila József, Loránd Eötvös, and the University of Pécs. She started her teaching carrier in Székesfehérvár as a secondary school teacher of Hungarian and Russian, and later, English language and literature. In 2002, she continued her work at Kodolányi College, and from 2005 as the leader of the School Centre. She started her PhD studies in 2006 at the Pedagogical and Psychological Faculty of Eötvös University. She defended her dissertation in 2011 on the topic of adolescents’ substance use and school prevention. In the same year, she was appointed to
the managerial position of the Regional Integrated Vocational Centre, in Duaújváros. In 2013 she started to work at the College of Dunaújváros as an associate professor. In 2015, she was appointed as the Director of the Institute of Teacher Training. Since 2013, she has participated in several university projects, and since 2016 she has worked as a manager and a professional leader.

Efrat Aran

B.Sc industrial engineering and management, MBA graduate and certified by Mandel institute for educational leadership. Efrat is head of Aluma’s Youth programs, acting to achieve social mobility of
young men and women in Israel through Academic Access, Dropout Prevention and Employment programs. Efrat has 20 years of background working in senior management, planning and strategy positions at Intel, Israel and USA.

Margreet Engelhart

Margreet Engelhart was born in Groningen in 1967. After completing her drs. at the University of Groningen (Psychology) in 1992 she works as a psychologist, teacher and curriculum designer. In 2008 she completed a master at the University of Twente (Educational Sciences). From 2001 she participated in various educational developments at the Saxion University regarding assessment, professional development and curriculum design. At the Saxion Parttime School Margreet is involved in the quality of assessment overall and the development of bachelor and associate degree programmes at the Saxion Parttime School.

Daniel Barcza

Dr. Daniel Barcza is an associate professor and the Vice-Rector of Strategy at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Hungary (MOME). He is in charge of the ongoing planning and construction process of the new MOME Campus that includes state-of-the-art academic facilities, a new Innovation Center and Technology Park. As Vice-Rector, he is responsible for the strategic development of MOME research and innovation portfolio, and the transformation of the organization. Being an associate professor, his academic work focuses on design thinking and strategic creativity with a strong emphasis on human centered design and sustainability. He founded MOME EcoLab, the sustainability research group of MOME. Dr. Barcza is also a professional urban designer and sustainability consultant with several years of international experience. In 2015, Daniel received the Otto Herman Innovation Award of the Hungarian Government.

Sophie Maisonneuve

Sophie Maisonneuve is, since 2003, Associate Professor in Sociology at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) de Paris/Paris Descartes University, where she teaches Cultural Sociology, Cultural Policies and General Sociology, as well as the Methodology of Research in Social Sciences. She is in charge of International Relations for the IUT de Paris.

Anne Uukkivi

Anne Uukkivi is associate professor at the Centre for Sciences at TTK University of Applied Sciences and coordinator of Erasmus+ project named EngiMath. She has PhD in information and communication science. The subject she teaches is data and text processing. She has long-standing experience in teaching at university level and using several virtual learning environments and social software apps. Her e-learning course applied for the title of the e-course of the year at the Estonian evaluation of e-courses held by HITSA. She has been organized and carried out workshops for teachers and vocational training courses and conducted seminars about contemporary teaching in STEM field. She currently does research in Technology Mediated Learning in Science Education. Previous presentations and publications consider how to support students in technology-mediated learning.

Anastasia Demydenko

Anastasia Demydenko is a M.A. student for European Politics and Society, Political Science, and Communication, accomplishing her studies in Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Radboud University in The Netherlands. During her studies Anastasia focused on the diplomatic aspects and International Relations. She works as a research assistant at the Simone Veil Centre for Contemporary European Studies and involved in the frames of Cultural Diplomacy Forum. Having a three year experience in representing the interest of the students in the University Student’s Committee and as Head of the Students Committee in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Anastasia is a member of the Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool since 2017, this year serving in the Steering Committee of the Quality Assurance Pool.

Dr. Themis Kaniklidou

Dr. Themis Kaniklidou is Associate Professor of Translation Studies at Hellenic American University. She is Associate Director of the PhD program in Applied Linguistics and Coordinator of the MA in Translation. Themis is the Director of Hellenic American College.  Themis has taught in Greek and US institutions and her research is focused on translation, communication and linguistics.

Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič

Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič is a good connoisseur of international professional higher education, she has been Project Expert at the Slovene Association HVC as well as a member of the EURASHE working group on Employability & Lifelong Learning. She was one of the partners in the L5-Missing Link project, and is one of the experts for the Short Cycle Higher Education in Europe publication as well as one of the partners in the HAPHE project. In November 2012 she organised and chaired the first HAPHE conference for South-Eastern Europe and in April 2012 co-organised and chaired the Bologna Seminar on Learning Outcomes in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič established the first Slovene ERASMUS Placement Consortium, the Slovene ERASMUS PHE Alumni Club and ERASMUS PHE Teacher & Staff Club and as an ERASMUS co-ordinator at Wood Technology School, Higher Vocational College (School Centre Maribor) contributed to the its selection for Erasmus Success Stories 2012 by the European Commission. She possesses good command of English, German, Croatian and Spanish. She has been elected to the Board of EURASHE for a 2-year mandate in 2016.

Paula Tavares

Paula Tavares is a professor, artist and researcher. Phd in Fine Arts, with the thesis “The complex relations between art and politics in Western culture. The political art as institutional contradiction.” Her research interests are in fine arts and design, autonomous disciplines linked by drawing. She is General Chair of CONFIA – International Conference on Illustration and Animation (http://www.confia.ipca.pt/) and a Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and the Ave were she is the Dean of the School of Design. She is also a Research member and co-director of ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture http://www.idmais.org.

Todd Davey

Prof. Dr. Todd Davey is a passionate researcher, practitioner, consultant and speaker on the topics of Entrepreneurship and University-Business Cooperation (UBC) as well as being author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’. Formerly a Senior Manager with Deloitte Australia’s Technology Commercialisation Group and responsible for strategy for one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups, Todd has ‘switched sides’ to work within academia. Now a Professor at the Munich Business School, he is a visiting researcher and lecturer at the Münster University of Applied Sciences (DE), VU Amsterdam (NL), Adelaide University (AUST) as well as at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (ZA) in the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation. He was the Project Manager of the largest study yet completed into cooperation between European universities for the European Commission, a project that he and his colleagues have been awarded to undertake again in 2016-17. Todd is part of the development group for the European Commission’s HEInnovate tool, Director at the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) and the Creator of TechAdvance™, a tool for evaluating technologies.

Ulla Preeden

Since 2016, Ulla is the Rector of Tartu Health Care College in Estonia. She is passionate about improving the quality of higher education and convinced that higher education institution has an important role and good opportunity to serve the community by increasing the awareness in different health care fields. In 2009, Ulla finished PhD studies in the field of geology and geophysics in University of Tartu. During 2008-2011 she worked as a researcher at the University of Tartu and from 2011 to 2016 she worked as the Governor of Põlva County. She is a member of the Rectorsʼ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences of Estonia. In 2018/2019, she was the Chair of the Rectorsʼ Conference of Universities of
Applied Sciences of Estonia.

Gabriele Permoser

Gabriele Permoser has a master degree in political sciences from the University of Vienna. During her studies, she focused on higher education and
research policy. From 2010 to 2013, she was programme manager of the Vienna International Post-Doctoral Programme of Molecular Life Sciences
at the Max. F. Perutz Laboratories, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2013, she is working at the St. Pölten University of Applied Science. As section head innovation of higher education, she is focusing on innovation management as well as strategic and organisational development of higher education institutions. Furthermore, she initiated and contributed to several projects in the field of knowledge transfer, third mission and regional development.

Adam Gajek

Adam Gajek is a member of the European Students’ Union’s Executive Committee 2016/2017. His main focus lies in the area of quality of higher education, with an emphasis given to quality assurance and prior learning recognition. HE is a member of the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts’ Pool and a student expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee. He has been engaged in the student movement for many years, formerly served as an International Officer of the Students’ Parliament of the Republic of Poland (PSRP), and a head of the Audit Committee of the Students’ Union of the University of Warsaw. Adam is currently a student of management at the Warsaw School of Economics and has a previous academic background in political science and economics.

Zsuzsa Jávorka

Zsuzsa Jávorka is a principal consultant at Technopolis Group with over 13 years experience in the domains of research, innovation, science policy and higher education. Zsuzsa’s work predominantly focuses on the interactions of higher education, research and the business world, addressing topics on intellectual property rights, university-business collaboration and internationalisation of higher education. Zsuzsa is the project manager of HEInnovate (https://heinnovate.eu), an online self-assessment tool that was developed as part of the Entrepreneurial Universities initiative of DG Education and Culture in collaboration with the OECD LEED Forum.

Denise Amyot

Denise Amyot is the President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC). The association is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. It works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. Denise Amyot was most recently the President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, a federal crown corporation including three national museums – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. She is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and on the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Council of the Schulich Centre for Excellence in Public Management, Western University. Ms Amyot has obtained a Master’s degree in Education and three Bachelor degrees in Biology, in Arts and in Education. Dedicated to a strong values-based leadership in the Public Service, Denise is also passionate about sailing, cross-country skiing and networking. Denise is the recipient of several awards in leadership and a sought after speaker both at the national and international levels.

Robert Wagenaar

Robert Wagenaar is Director of the International Tuning Academy of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Until recently he was director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen, being responsible for 15 bachelor and some 35 master programmes. He is also coordinator and director of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course of Excellence Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World. Furthermore, he is a member of the Dutch group of experts for the development of the European Higher Education Area. Since 2000 he has coordinated – together with Julia Gonzalez (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain) – Tuning Educational Structures, which started as a project to develop international reference points or benchmarks for subject areas as well as an innovative methodology for (re)designing, delivery and enhancing (trans)national student centred degree programmes in the framework of the European Higher Education Area, which has developed into a global process during the last decade.

Raimund Hudak

As senior lecturer and researcher with over 10 years of experience at leading academic institutions Raimund Hudak has been involved in various research programmes in Germany and abroad. He is the Project Manager at the Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Heilbronn in the European-wide research projects such as HAPHE and BEEHiVES. Raimund Hudak is also CEO of Synesis’ European practice. With his involvement in managerial and leadership positions in among others TEMIC Semiconductor, Trumpf and Fairchild-Convac, he directed among others new market strategies, customer service and total quality communications processes, he designed and implemented strategic business plans and managed vital partnerships and new venture start-ups. With experience in Japan and other Asian countries, Raimund Hudak is an expert in Asian market analysis and supply-chain management. Raimund Hudak holds an MBA in Business and International Marketing from the Institute for Technology and Commerce in Reutlingen.

Lucien Bollaert

Lucien Bollaert is an independent international QA expert, keynote speaker at many conferences on QA, author of peer-reviewed articles and visiting professor in New York. He is member of the boards of AEQES and EQ-Arts and member of the Policy and Standards Committee of QQI. Lucien Bollaert was between 2009 and 2015 member of the executive board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). In June 2012 he was elected as member of the management group of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). Before this he was acting general director and director of education and research at the University College of West Flanders (Belgium) and chair of the experts’ committee on quality assurance of the Ghent University Association. He was member of the E4 group which developed the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) and the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR); he has been vice-chair of the EQAR Register Committee since its foundation in 2008. Lucien Bollaert has been a member of the organising committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF). He was also member of the first experts’ working group on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). For many years he was the Flemish Bologna expert on quality culture, quality assurance and learning outcomes.

Armando Pires, President of EURASHE

Armando Pires is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon. He received his MSc degree in 1988 and PhD degree in 1994 in Electrical Engineering at the same university. He was the President of the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute (2006-2014). He was also the Vice-President of CCISP (Polytechnic Institutes Coordinating Council). He was the President of ASIBEI (Ibero-American Association of Engineering Education Institutions) and was member of the Administrative Council of AULP (Association of Portuguese Speaking Universities). He is currently full professor in the area of Electrical Engineering at the Setúbal Polytechnic Institute in Portugal and Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Energy Group at CTS/UNINOVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). He also works for the International Affairs of CCISP. He has joined the Board of EURASHE in 2016 and has been elected Vice-President of EURASHE for a mandate of 2 years (2016-2018) and is also the chair of the EURASHE working group on applied RDI.