Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the general affairs of the Network. It is composed of nine members duly elected by the General Assembly to serve as Directors, up to four additional members co-opted by majority vote of the Board of Directors, and the Chief Executive Officer and the Immediate Past President.

According to the Constitution, the responsibilities of the Board are to:

  • Decide on the admission of members to the Network.
  • Exclude, upon the recommendation of the President, any member.
  • Ensure that any specific mandate determined by the General Assembly is executed.
  • Replace any members of the Board who resign between Ordinary Meetings. When the Board appoints a director to fill an occasional vacancy caused by the departure of an elected director, the appointed director will serve out the term of office of the departing director and is a full director with the same rights and responsibilities as the director they replace.
  • Take any necessary measures on behalf of the Network between meetings of the General Assembly.
  • Solicit and receive donations and sponsorship on behalf of the Network.
  • Consider and approve annual accounts within three months of the end of a designated financial year.
  • Prepare an annual report on finance and activities for the distribution to members within six months of the end of a designated financial year.
  • Decide, upon the recommendation of the President, to remove, by a majority vote of the full Board, any Director who does not fulfil the obligations outlined in article 41 and accepted as commitments to INQAAHE upon his or her election to the Board of Directors.

The Board works through committees, working groups and/or regional standing committees.

The current Board composition is as follows:


Deb Adair

Executive Director at Quality Matters, QM (United States of America)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term as co-opted director (2019-2021)
2nd term as elected director (2021-2024)


Chan Basaruddin
Vice President

Member of the Accreditation Council of the National Accreditation Agency for Higher Education, BAN-PT (Indonesia)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2023)
2nd term (2023-2026)


Anna Prades

Head of Internationalization and Knowledge Generation Department of the Agency for Quality Assurance in the Catalan University System, AQU Catalunya (Spain)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2024)


Susanna Karakhanyan
Immediate Past President

Higher Education Policy and Regulation Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, ADEK (United Arab Emirates)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2015-2018)
2nd term (2018-2021)
Immediate Past President (2021-2024)


Vicki Stott

Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, QAA (United Kingdom)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2024)



Simona Lache

Director of the Accreditation Department of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, ARACIS (Romania)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2024)



Nataliia Stukalo

Vice-Head of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, NAQA (Ukraine)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2024)


Fabrizio Trifiro

Member of the British Accreditation Council (BAC) Accreditation Committee (United Kingdom)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2021-2024)


Olgun Çiçek

Advisor at the Turkish Higher Education Quality Council, THEQC (Turkey)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2023-2026)




Co-opted directors

Mary Catharine Lennon

Head of Research, International and Special Projects at Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board in Ontario, PEQAB (Canada)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term as elected director (2020-2023)
2nd term as co-opted director (2023-2026)


Ariana de Vincenzi

Representative of the Council of Rectors of Private Universities, CRUP (Argentina)
INQAAHE Associate member

1st term (2023-2025)


Nasser al Hinai

Acting Director General of the Center for Higher Education Quality Assurance at the Sultanate of Oman Authority for Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education, OAAAQA (Sultanate of Oman)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2023-2025)


Sylvia Demas

Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the National Council for Higher Education, NCHE (Namibia)
INQAAHE Full member

1st term (2023-2025)