Introducing the 2018-2020 EAIE leaders

Introducing the 2018-2020 EAIE leaders

The EAIE is driven by a global team of dedicated experts in the field of international higher education who volunteer their time and expertise to lead the Association. This group is elected by our member community every two years. Beginning in April 2018, 116 candidates from 28 countries, campaigned for one of 77 positions. We are now  excited to introduce the 2018–2020 EAIE Leadership.

The new Vice-President: Michelle Stewart

We are very pleased to welcome Michelle Stewart as the new EAIE Vice-President. Bringing vast experience to her new role, Michelle has been working in the field for 25 years and is currently Internationalisation Director at the University of Strathclyde, UK. She has been active in the Association since 2012 and has chaired the Conference Programme Committee for the past two years. Michelle’s reflection about her new role: ‘I am delighted to take on this role and hope to contribute as broadly as possible to the EAIE. I will be using all my internationalisation experience and networks to develop the important work of the Association.’

The new Board members

The Board is the EAIE’s executive body, responsible for developing and implementing the Association’s strategy. Together with the President and Vice-President, three newly elected individuals will be part of this core group.

  • Sara Lopez Selga will continue her mandate after two productive years of outstanding work with the outgoing Board. She is Director of International Relations at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain.
  • Wessel Meijer has been actively involved with the EAIE as a speaker and trainer. He is Head of International Office at Radboud University, the Netherlands.
  • Michael Rosier has been a member of the General Council for the past two years and has extensive experience in the EAIE Leadership. He is Director of International Education at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

New General Council

The General Council includes 14 professionals that, together with the past President, provide oversight for the long-term vision, budget and accounts of the Association. The newly elected General Council includes a variety of members from 11 different countries.

  • Gabriele Abermann, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Robert Buttery, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Rahul Choudaha, StudyPortals, USA
  • Mark Cunnington, Study Group, UK
  • Mathias Falkenstein, CHE Consult GmbH, Belgium
  • Evelien Hack, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands
  • Peter Kerrigan, DAAD, USA
  • Kees Kouwenaar, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Roberto Napoli, University of Trento, Italy
  • Arnold Persoon, Navitas, the Netherlands
  • Nidhi Piplani, IILM Institute for Higher Education, India
  • Serge Sych, Central European University, Hungary
  • Jaroslaw Tomaszewski, WSB University in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Marlie van Dun, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

New Expert Community Steering group members

Last but not least, we are pleased to welcome the new Expert Community Steering group leaders, who will provide community support in 15 specialised areas and produce content for all the EAIE activities. Log in to ‘My EAIE’ as a member to see who was elected.

Congratulations to the 2018–2020 leaders! Alongside incoming President Sabine Pendl, the new leaders will officially begin their term on 14 September at the Closing Plenary of the 30th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Geneva.

A big thank you goes to all the candidates who put their names forward and demonstrated interest in serving the purpose of driving international higher education. We would also like to thank our members who took the time to vote. Your vote is your voice and your voice made the difference.

Learn more about our governance structure

To learn more about the EAIE’s governance structure and how we all work together towards our shared vision of driving responsible international higher education, watch our whiteboard video.