The confirmed speakers are as follows:
Vice President of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) from 1997-06.
Dean of the College of Environmental Design of the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona ( CSPU) 1994-6, Liaison of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture ( ACSA) with the European Schools of Architecture 1990-95, and elected Secretary to the Board of the ACSA 1994-96. Taught architectural design as Professor at the CSPU 1978-97, and before as visiting professor at the Ecole Polytecnique Federale in Lausanne 1977, as Year Master at The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London 1967-8, and as Assistant to the Chair of Urban Design at the National Polytechnic of Athens 1965-7. Studied Architecture in London and specialized in Urban Design at the Nat.Tech. University of Athens.
Received an Urban Design Scholarship to the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies in 1973 that lead to a Senior Fellowship for research at The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. Has also received a Japanese Government Fellowship for research in 1993 at the Kyushu Institute of Design.
Professional work has received awards in architectural competitions in Greece and building projects have been published in architectural professional journals in Greece, Norway, Germany, and Japan. Building designs have been exhibited at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt 1999, the Architecture Academy of Mendrizio in Switzerland 2004, the City of Nicosia in Cyprus 2005, and the Benaki Museum in Athens in 2006.
Dr Foteini Asderaki works at the Secretariat for Higher Education at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. She has studied Pedagogics and Political Sciences. She holds an MA in International and European Studies and a PhD in Political Sciences from the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration (Law School) at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her Thesis title was: “The Formation of an International Regime: The European Higher Education Area”. She has been a member of the Bologna Follow-up Group since 2004. She is also a member of the Stocktaking Group and a deputy member of the BFUG Board (2005-2006) and the External Dimension Group (2005-07).
Publications in Greek and International Academic Journals (EJOR, etc.)
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITY
President & Managing Director, Stedima SA Business Consultants
George Dakos, born in Athens in 1960, holds degrees in Mathematics/Statistics from the University of Athens (1983), and an MSc in Transport Economics and Engineering from the University of Birmingham. In 1984 he received the British Leyland price for academic excellence from the University of Birmingham. He has received further training in Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School (1989-1991).
From 1987 to 1993 he worked in London with the consulting companies TPA, a High Point Rendel subsidiary and Steer Davies Gleave, reaching the level of Senior Consultant. He also worked, as an Investment Appraisal Economist with London Underground Ltd. During that period he directed projects on behalf of organizations such as British Airways, Blue Circle Industries PLC, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, Olympia & York, the London Dockland’s Development Corporation, Heathrow Airport and the European Commission. In 1993 he returned to Greece and founded DMC Consulting Company. In 1999 he took over Stedima’s operations as Managing Director and since March 2002 also holds the position of President of the Board. In Greece he has directed major projects for the ministries of Education, National Economy and Industry, the Industrial Property Organisation and private companies such as Chipita, Lambrakis Press Group, Eurobank, Citibank, Toyota Hellas, L’Oreal, Porto Elounda De Lux Resort, Aldemar Group, Mellon Technologies, Forthnet, Korres Natural products etc.
He is a member of the Association of Chief Executive Officers, and has taught Management practice at the University of Athens. He has also taught courses on the privatization and deregulation of private sector enterprises in Bulgaria and Poland under the EU Phare program.
George currently supervises all internal and international operations of Stedima, being the partner for Greece of Europe’s largest independent network of executive search companies, the European Executive Search Network (EESN), and responsible for Stedima’s strategic alliance in New Delhi, India with the K.K. India Group for joint venture projects.
Dr. Daskou has received her Ph.D in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, UK. She holds an MSc in Marketing from the University of Stirling and a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Greece. She has served as a lecturer in the Marketing Department of Strathclyde University for a period of 6 years, where her responsibilities focused on issues of program and course development, directing the faculty research seminars series and the International Marketing Consulting program of the MSc in International Marketing. Previously she received teaching experience as a TA from the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde. She is currently also appointed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, an External Examiner of the undergraduate program of Kingston University (ICBS), and is a member of the Editorial Board of the academic Journal of Marketing Intelligence and Planning. She is also the Director of Community Relations of the Athens Institute of Education and Research (ATINER) and has been a contributor to the ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Relationship Marketing, as a conference organiser. Her research work has appeared in the British Academy of Marketing Proceedings, in the European Marketing Academy Proceedings, and in various journals such as the Journal of Relationship Marketing, Journal of Financial Services Marketing, The Global Business & Economics Review. Her research interests focus on issues of Relationship Marketing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Consumer issues, Business relationships, and Service Quality.
Dr. Kathryn Dodge has been the executive director of the N.H. Postsecondary Education Commission since March of 2001. The NH Postsecondary Education Commission is a coordinating state agency working with colleges, universities and career schools in all sectors (profit and non profit; independent and public) to protect students and promote access through financial aid. Responsibilities include administering seven financial aid programs; approving degree-granting colleges and universities, and licensing career schools that have a physical presence in NH; approving programs for eligible veterans utilizing their Montgomery GI Bill benefits; providing copies of closed school transcripts to former students; and conducting research and studies related to postsecondary education.
There are two unique aspects of the Commission. The first is that the Commission works with all sectors; this is not the case in most states. Secondly, the Commission supports a higher education peer review process as is reflected in the Commission membership.
Before coming to the Commission, Kathryn was active in postsecondary admissions having served as the Director of Admissions at Keene State College for over a decade and earlier as Director of Admissions at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York City. In addition to her public higher education experience, she has worked in publishing.
Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara CA in 2001. She has two Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature.
Gero is a trained sociologist and has been working in the field of higher education since 1993. He started to work for the German Science Council in 1993 where he worked on higher education, evaluation and indicators, higher education and employment and on university medicine. He conducted many evaluations of German higher education institutions, both universities and Fachhochschulen. Since 2000 he is working at the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development as a project manager. His main fields of work are ranking, evaluation, quality management and performance indicators. He is co-ordinating the international ranking activities at CHE. He published on quality assessment and rankings.
EDUCATION AND DEGREES
Literary and Cultural background in the field of Korean, Central Asian and Tibetan Studies, supplemented by experience in Oriental religions, folklore and linguistics.
Bulgarian, English, Russian, Mongolian, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, Sanskrit, German, etc.
PUBLICATIONS (books published recently)
To develop professional skills and understanding of Oriental literature and culture, comparative cultural and literature studies.
Degree: Prof. Dr. (Ph.D.)
Dr. Harkiolakis holds a PhD
degree in Computer Science from the University of Athens and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics and Aerodynamics. In the past he served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department of the University of LaVerne - Athens Campus where he developed the programs of Master's in Business Information Technology and the MBA - IT concentration, chairing both. Currently he is Professor of Information Technology, Chair of the Master's in Information Technology and Director/Coordinator of research at the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece. Professionally he has 25 years experience in development and implementation of business information systems and he continues to consult in that area. His research interests extend to the areas of management information systems, optimization, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and simulation and modeling.
Ellen Hazelkorn is a Director of the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, and Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU). She also works as a consultant to the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), and is associated with the OECD Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members. She has worked with universities and university associations around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands and Belguim, and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker on issues of higher education policy and management, institutional diversity, research strategy, and rankings and global competition. She is on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Management and Policy (OECD). In addition, Ellen is an executive of the Dean and European Academic Network (DEAN), and Company Secretary and Board Member of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. She leads a consortium of European academic, research and industrial institutions developing EU research programmes in intelligent digital content.
Ellen has published articles and books on Irish politics and society; digital technologies, gender, work practices and the cultural industries; relations between the media and the state; and higher education policy. Her study, Developing Research in New Institutions, was published by OECD (September, 2005). Ellen is currently leading an international research project on the impact and influence of league tables and ranking systems on higher education decision-making and government policy-making, and organising an international conference entitled Higher Education in the 21st Century – Diverse Missions for June 2007, both of which are in association with IMHE and the International Association of Universities (IAU).
BACKGROUNDBorn 1958 in Zurich. Studied medicine at Zurich University. Post-graduate studies in public health, completed with a “MPH“ Degree at the University of California, Berkley. From 1988 head physician at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at Zurich University. 1992 - 2001 head of the „Interuniversity postgraduate education programme in public health of the universities of Zurich, Basle, Berne”. Member of the teaching commission of the faculty of medicine at Zurich University, member of sub commissions “didactics” and “evaluation”. Since 1995 Lecturer at Zurich University, ETH Zurich, Universities of Basel and Bern.
WORK IN DOMAIN OF QUALITY ASSURANCESince August 2001 Director of the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Swiss Universities (OAQ). Membership in ENQA, INQAAHE, Joint Quality Initiative. Initiator of the regional „DACH“-Network in accreditation, founding member of the European Consortium of Accreditation (ECA). Member of the scientific board of the German accreditation agency “AHPGS” and of the „Project Q of the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK; Germany)“. Cooperation agreement with ANECA. Head of the “Swiss University Quality Network”. Elected member of the national conference of universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Member of further national and international commissions and committees related to research, teaching and quality assurance.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL WORK IN THE FIELD OF QUALITY ASSURANCE
Stephen is Director of Reviews at the Quality Assurance Agency with overall responsibility for the various review and audit activities that QAA carries out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These include applications from institutions for degree awarding powers and university title and the Access Courses Recognition Scheme – providing opportunities for adult students to gain entry to higher education. He is also involved with development of a number of new methods and initiatives. He is a Geographer by training and spent many years teaching at John Moores University in Liverpool. He also has interests in teaching and learning developments and trans-national education.
Innovation Coordinator National Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (ANECA)
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
TEACHING & RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN EVALUATION
Dr. Karampelas holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He also holds a Master of Science from the Department of Informatics, Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the same University. His field of interest is Human-Computer Interaction and Internet Technologies and more specifically User Interface Design, Usability Evaluation as well as Digital Libraries and Web Development. He has worked for three and a half years as an associate researcher in the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science and several years as a user interface designer and usability expert in several IT companies designing and implementing large-scale information systems. He has also participated in many European research projects and published a number of articles in his major areas of interests. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at the Hellenic American University.
Dr. Despina Konstas acquired her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and is a graduate of Hofstra University’s doctoral program in Clinical/School Psychology. She is recently licensed in New York State, and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice. Currently and for the past two years, she has also been a Staff Psychologist at Hofstra University Student Counseling Services and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s psychology department. Dr. Konstas’ main area of research interests involves addictions and suicide prevention.
Dr. Koutoulas holds a PhD in Economics from Concordia University, Canada. He was an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, for ten years. Prior to that, he was a lecturer at Concordia University for five years where he taught in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Commerce. He has published in reputable academic journals. His research interests are in asset pricing determination, valuation and financial market pricing integration. He has served as a financial adviser on the Board of Directors of Goldtex Resources, a precious metal exploration firm. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the MBA & PMBA programs and Director of Budget & Finance of the Hellenic American University in Athens, where he lectures in Economics and Finance courses.
Athanasios Kyriazis is a Professor at the Department of Statistics and Insurance Science at the University of Piraeus. Since 2004 he is the Secretary for Higher Education at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs. He has been a member of the Bologna Follow-up Group since 2004, a member of the BFUG Board (2005-2006) and he also participates in the External Dimension Group. During his term at the Secretariat, a great number of reforms have been launched promoting the renovation of the Hellenic Higher Education System. Professor Kyriazis is also a visiting researcher at Universities and Research Centres in the USA, the UK and Italy, the writer of several books and scientific publications, and he has taken part in many conferences worldwide and in various research programmes. His fields of interest focus on Theoretical Mathematics, Technology in Education and Human Resource Development.
Dr. Laniti received a B.A in Economics and Psychology at Keele University, UK and a M.A and Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology at Hofstra University, New York. Dr. Laniti is presently a full time Assistant Professor of the Hellenic American University. Prior to that and for the last three years she had been working as a clinical psychologist in different settings of the mental health system in the US. Her research interests and experience extend primarily to the areas of anxiety disorders and cross cultural psychology.
Richard Mannix is the Subject Leader in Marketing at EBSL. He has previously taught atinstitutions in both Japan and Sweden, teaching marketing and business communication skills. While at the Folkuniversitetet in Sweden he was in charge of developing and marketing new courses to corporate clients, securing contracts with a number of major listed companies and government agencies.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in European History and Politics from the University of East Anglia,a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from Essex University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hull, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing andis aDiploma qualified English language teacher. He is currently studying part-time for a PhD in marketing at the University of Strathclyde.
Richard's research interests include the development ofentrepreneurial networks, consumer behaviour and student profiling and progression in Higher Education.
Under the leadership of Jean Avnet Morse as its President, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has initiated several programs to improve accreditation and higher education. These include:
Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Morse was deputy to the president at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as acting assistant provost and as deputy dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She was associate dean for administration at the New York University School of Law.Ms. Morse received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors in history, and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, also with honors.
ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE ROLE OF THE PRESIDENT
The Commission on Higher Education is a regional voluntary membership organization that grants institutional accreditation to approximately 500 degree-granting institutions of higher education in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, and several overseas locations.
Using methods of peer review adopted by the educational community, the Commission on Higher Education reviews all of the educational programs at an institution, as well as student services, financial condition, administrative effectiveness, and treatment of students, faculty, and staff, and areas of special importance or interest to an individual institution. The purposes of the Commission on Higher Education are to evaluate institutions of higher education based on standards developed by the colleges and universities in its membership; to accredit those institutions that meet the standards for accreditation; to assist institutions to improve their programs and services; and to work closely with other organizations promoting educational improvement.
The President serves as chief liaison with member institutions and with state and national agencies related to the Commission’s mission; provides leadership in formulating and reviewing the Commission’s policies, programs and procedures; directs its training and research activities; and serves as representative for accreditation to federal and state governments and to the general public.
Patricia M. O’Brien SND is Deputy Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting association for the six New England states. NEASC accredits over 240 colleges and universities. Dr. O’Brien’s responsibilities include recruiting and training evaluators; assigning evaluation teams; and working with campuses as they prepare for self-study and the site visit.
Prior to coming to NEASC, Dr. O’Brien worked for seven years at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, first as Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, and later as Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment. As Associate Vice President, she served as a member of the president’s cabinet and worked closely with the President and other senior officers to prepare academic planning documents for the college and with the Provost and faculty to assess student learning in general education, in the major, and in the co-curriculum.
Dr. O’Brien has served on several statewide task forces of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, including those convened to study graduation rates and other measures of student success for the Massachusetts state and community colleges, to develop a performance measurement system for the Massachusetts state colleges, to revise the Board’s campus data collection system, and to choose instruments to assess students’ entry-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Dr. O’Brien has presented at a number of conferences, including the American Educational Research Association, the New England Educational Assessment Network, the Association of Theological Schools, the American Association of Higher Education Assessment Forum, the Japan University Accreditation Association, and the Quality Promotion Seminar at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. She is a presenter at the HERS/Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and served for seven years as co-coordinator of the Institute’s Academic Environment Unit.Dr. O’Brien is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and has served on the governing boards of three institutions sponsored by the order (Trinity University in Washington, DC, Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston, Massachusetts, and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts). In addition, she is a member of the governing board for HERS and a member of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Commission on Women in Higher Education. Dr. O’Brien earned her baccalaureate degree in Psychology at Wellesley College and her graduate degrees in Education at Harvard University. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University and at Emmanuel College in Boston.
Daniel Obst is Director of Membership and Higher Education Services at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. IIE is one of the leading not-for-profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE administers the Fulbright Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State, and 250 other corporate, government and privately sponsored programs.
Mr. Obst directs all the activities of the IIENetwork, the Institute's university membership association of 900 higher education institutions around the world, and oversees IIE's print and online publications. He is also managing editor of IIENetworker, IIE’s international education magazine, and recently co-wrote an IIE White Paper on Meeting America’s Global Education Challenge and edited Funding for United States Study: A Scholarship Guide for Europeans. Mr. Obst also designs and conducts seminars and study tours for international educators, administrators and other university leaders, and is a frequent presenter on international education topics.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2001, Mr. Obst was Director of Product Development at iAgora.com, a website for international students. Mr. Obst, who was born and raised in Germany, received his B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
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California State University
University of Southern Colorado
Appalachian State University
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES
"The Educational Alliance of Pueblo" in A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, Chicago, IL, 1995.
"Cultural Pluralism in the Delivery of Services to High Risk Minority Children," in An Ecological Model of Services to Inner City Minority Handicapped Infants, V. Weinstein (Ed.), Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Press, Los Angeles, CA 1982
With Lee S. Cross, Janet S. Mears, Marilyn J. Swem, Ralph D. Conn, "A Home-based Precision Teaching Model for Preschool Handicapped Children and Their Siblings in Rural Appalachia," University of South Carolina Press, 1981
With Ralph D. Conn, "I Can/Will Do It" (Early Education for Handicapped Children), Focus on Mainstreaming, Nov. 1977, #3
Dr. Ortiz has also made numerous presentations in a range of fields including professional development, academic assessment, learning styles, the educational use of technology, and teaching handicapped children. He has served as a special advisor to the President's Commission on Mental Retardation.
PUBLICATION: Author and co-author of more than 130 publications.
CITATIONS: Over 700.Area of interest: Physical chemistry of interfaces (dynamic phenomena; surface rheology; reactions at interface; biological implications). Keywords: interface; surface rheology, photochemical and enzymatic reactions.
SELECTED 6 RECENT PUBLICATIONS
John Panaretos was born in Kythera, Greece in 1948. He is a Professor of Probability and Statistics (since 1991) in the Department of Statistics of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley.
John is the Director of the Institute of Statistical Documentation Research and Analysis (since 1996), member of the Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament (since 1987), and member of the governing board of the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) - Andreas Papandreou (since 2004).
Before joining the Athens University of Economics and Business he taught at The University of Patras (Greece), School of Engineering, Division of Applied Mathematics (as a Professor (1987-1991) and as an Associate Professor (1984-1987)), The University of Crete (Greece), Department of Mathematics, (as an Associate Professor (1983-1986)), The University of Iowa (USA), Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, (as an Associate Professor (1982-1983)), The University of Missouri-Columbia (USA), Department of Statistics, (as an Assistant Professor (1980-1982)), The University of Dublin, Trinity College (Ireland), Department of Statistics, (as a Lecturer (1979-1980)) and the University of Piraeus (Greece), as a Lecturer (1978-1979).
He was Chairman of the Department of Statistics (1993-1996 and 2000-2002), member of the Research Committee of the University (1993-1996, 1999-2002 (Vice-Chairman), and Director of the Graduate Program (1998-2002). At the University of Patras, he served as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, as Chairman of the Research Committee, as Associate Dean of the Engineering School and as Chairman of the Division of Mathematics of the School.
John was Vice President of the European Network of the National Councils of Education and member of the Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament, since 1987. He was also Chairman of the National Council of Education of Greece (1996-2000) and Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in Greece (1988-1989 and 1995-1996).
Some of his education-related activities are: Member of the Education Committee of the OECD (1994-1997). Member of the Governing Board of CERI (Center of Educational Research and Innovation of the OECD) (1994-1997). National Co-coordinator of the European Center for Higher Education (CEPES), of UNESCO (1994-1997). National Representative of Greece in the European Commission for the Association between Academic and Professional Recognition in the European Union (1994-1995). President of the National Committee, Pilot Project of the European Union for the Evaluation of European Universities, (1994-1995). Member of the Committee of the European Commission for the Evaluation of Higher Education Institutions in the EU (1995). National Co-coordinator of the OECD’s review of the Greek Educational System (1995). Head of the Greek Delegation, OECD Ministers of Education meeting, Paris, January 1996. Head of the Greek Delegation, Council of Labour and Education Mini¬sters of the E.E.C. Brussels, December 1988. (Final deci¬sion of COMETT II). Head of the Greek Delegation, Council of Ministers of Educa¬tion of the E.E.C. Brussels, May 1989. (Decision on the LIN¬GUA program). Head of the Greek Delegation, 25th Meeting of Ministers of Education and Culture of UNESCO countries (1988). (Elected Vice President of the meeting). Chairman of the Examination Committee of the National Examinations for entrance to Universities and other Higher Education Institutions in Greece. (1988, 1989, 1995, 1996). Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Selected to attend the program Leadership for the 21st Century. Chaos, Conflict and Courage. March 24-29, 1996.
Dimitris Raptopoulos is Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
He received his veterinary degree and PhD from the same Faculty in 1969 and 1976, respectively. For about 3.5 years he did postgraduate studies and postdoctoral research in Bristol, England, where he obtained the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia (DVA) of the RCVS.
In 1985 he spent 6 months as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Veterinary School of the University of Florida, USA.
In 1995 he was nominated de facto Diplomate (Invited Specialist) and member of the Interim Board of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia (ECVA), of which he was Honorary Secretary from 1995 to 2002 and President from 2002 to 2005. He is currently Past President and Chairman of the Credentials and Education Committee of the same College, and President of the Council for the World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology. From 2000 to 2002 he was President of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists in Europe.
He is Head of the Unit of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine of the Companion Animal Clinic, Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published more than 130 papers in Greek and International Scientific Journals as well as in the Proceedings of various congresses.
Since 2003 he is a member of the Senate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and representative of the Faculty at the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). He has been actively involved, as chairman of the Curriculum Committee, in the development of the new curriculum of the Faculty.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND DIDACTIC EXPERIENCE
SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE, BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
CONGRESS, CONFERENCES, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Six (6) active memberships in professional associations.
Christian Thune was for a number of years Professor in International Politics at the University Copenhagen, and he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law and Political Science when in 1989 he was appointed by the Danish government Director of the new Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education.
During the period of 1992-99 the Centre evaluated all higher education programmes in Denmark. In 1999 Christian Thune was appointed executive director of the new Danish Evaluation Institute that was established by the government with the mandate systematically to evaluate all levels and sectors of Danish education. He retired from this position by the end of 2006.
In May 2007 the Danish government appointed him a member of the new Accreditation Council for Higher Education.
From 2000-2005 Christian Thune was president of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). From 2004-2005 he chaired the Nordic Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education (NOQA). He was member 1997-99 of the board of directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
He was a member 1994-2003 of the Hong Kong Council of Academic Accreditation and 2002-2007 a member of the Quality Assessment Commission of the Catalan Quality Assurance Agency (AQU), Since 2001 he has been a member of the International Commission of the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from 2005 of the quality board of the Evaluation and Accreditation Organisation of Lower Saxony, Germany (ZEvA).
From November 2005 till December 2006 Christian Thune chaired the ENQA appointed panel reviewing the Portuguese external quality assurance system for higher education and recommending a new system.
Anthony Vickers studied Physics for his 1st cycle degree obtaining a 1st class Honours degree from Lancaster University. He then spent three years working on his doctoral research and was awarded his Doctorate in 1984 in the area of Structural Analysis of Langmuir Blodgett films. After a period working as a research associate he was appointed to a lectureship in Physics at the University of Essex in 1985. He is currently a Reader in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering and the Head of Department. Alongside his work as an academic teacher and researcher he has been very active in the development of the Bologna Process. He is currently one of the UK Bologna Experts and an ECTS/DS Counsellor. He has been involved in training for the development of learning outcomes and has developed a range of learning outcomes within the engineering subject area. He has been involved in quality assurance both within his University and through his activities as a Bologna Expert. Dr Vickers believes in light touch quality assurance and well managed quality assurance bodies. Quality is the key to Higher Education Institutions; well designed quality assurance builds confidence and belief in the quality.
Don F. Westerheijden (born 1959) graduated from the Faculty of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Twente in 1984 and subsequently completed his dissertation there, on political and bureaucratic decision-making, in 1988. Since then he has worked as senior research associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of that university, where he co-ordinates research related to Quality Management and he is involved in the co-ordination of Ph.D. projects. He has edited and contributed to books on quality assessment in higher education, and produced a number of articles on the topic. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of two journals related to quality in higher education. His research interests include: (a) institutional and systematic impacts of internal and external evaluation of quality, amongst other things focusing on the Bologna process, and on design and impacts of student information systems (‘rankings’); (b) governance models for higher education systems; (c)transformation of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe.
He was co-designer of the CRE/EUA Institutional Evaluation Programme and member of its Steering Group (1994-2005), and in this frame took part in about a dozen university evaluations (1994-2007). He chaired the team that evaluated the first round of the Hong Kong University Grants Council’s Teaching and Learning Quality Process Review (TLQPR; 1999) and took part in the second round of the TLQPR (2001-2003). In numerous projects in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Vietnam and Mozambique he acted as expert on design of quality assurance schemes at institutional and national levels continuously from 1992-2007.
Peter Williams is a graduate in English from the University of Exeter. Following a brief spell as a management trainee with the British Printing Corporation, and three years in the Registry of the University of Surrey, he moved in 1974 to the University of Leicester, where he was in charge of the Higher Degrees Office. In 1978 he was promoted to Assistant Registrar in the Medical School, becoming Secretary of the School in 1982. In 1984 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of the British Academy. In 1990 Peter was appointed as the first (and only) Director of the CVCP Academic Audit Unit (AAU), and between 1992 and 1997 was the Director of the Quality Assurance Group of the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC), which took over the responsibilities of the AAU. In August 1997 Peter became the Director of Institutional Review in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which was formed by a merger of HEQC and the quality assessment divisions of the UK’s higher education funding councils. In August 2001 he additionally took on the role of Acting Chief Executive. In March 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive.
In addition to his work in the UK, Peter has lectured and made presentations in many other countries and has participated in a number of international quality assurance projects in Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, India, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the USA. In September 2005 he was elected President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and represents ENQA on the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG). He was re-elected as President of ENQA in September 2006.
Achilleas D. Zapranis is an Assistant Professor of Finance, at the University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences. A regular speaker at international conferences, he holds a PhD in Decision Science from London Business School (1997), a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University College London (1992) and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki (1989). He has been a member of the visiting faculty at the Graduate Programme in Decision Sciences (Specialisation in Financial Engineering) and the Financial Engineering Research Centre (FRC) at the Athens University of Economics and Business, during the period 1999-2000. He is also co-director of the Executive MSc in Accounting and Financial Management, a MSc Degree partnership between the Lancaster University Management School, Dept. of Accounting and Finance, UK and the University of Macedonia of Economic and Social Sciences, Dept. of Accounting and Finance.
A prolific writer, he has published several research papers in leading scientific journals. He has also authored two monographs on the subject of neural modelling in financial/business applications (Klidarithmos 2005, Springer-Verlag in 1999 – the latter was co-authored with professor A. Refenes). His classes include undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Macedonia and during the period 1999-2000 at the Athens University of Business and Economics, while his teaching subjects include computational finance, derivatives, financial engineering and risk management, etc.
So far he has consulted several leading financial institutions e.g., Atos (Paris), Rockport (London), Hermes Investmenet Management (London), etc on using neural network systems together with traditional approaches in the context of financial risk management. He has quite extensive hands-on experience in the Stock Market, having served as a General Director and member of the Board of Directors in one of the leading brokerage firms of northern Greece. Currently he is member of the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki’s Innovation Zone.