European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

Executive Board

The Executive Board is in charge of the overall governance and management of EQAR, including administrative, financial matters and strategic coordination, with the support of the Secretariat.

Nominations and Terms of Office 

Nominations and Terms of Office

The Executive Board comprises of five members: one from each Founding Member and the Chair of the Register Committee as an ex officio member without voting rights.

The Executive Board is elected by the General Assembly for a two-year mandate. It designates the President, two Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer from among its members. The Executive Board has agreed to annually rotate the different functions amongst its members.

The President of the Board legally represents the EQAR association.

The Executive Board convenes four to five times annually, normally at the EQAR office in Brussels or in conjunction with other meetings.


The mandate of the current Executive Board will finish after the General Assembly of 2018. As of 1 April 2016, the Executive Board assumes the following functions, according to the agreed annual rotation:

Tia Loukkola (President) Tia Loukkola is Director for the Institutional Development unit, which encompasses various activities – such as IEP and EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education – with particular focus on providing services and support to EUA’s members as well as EUA’s quality assurance-related activities.

Tia Loukkola (President)

Tia has responsibility for all activities related, in particular, to quality assurance and transparency. This includes the management of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme, the European Quality Assurance Forum and various projects run by the unit and representing EUA in the E4 Group’s discussions.

Before joining EUA in April 2008 she worked at the University of Turku for ten years in various capacities both in faculty and central administration. Most of her work was related to study and international affairs of the university, while she also gained experience in budgeting and human resources. Before moving to EUA, she worked as Planning Officer on strategic management and as Quality Manager of the University.

Tia Loukkola holds a Master’s degree in French language and culture with minors in journalism, Spanish language and culture, and comparative literature from the University of Turku.

Fernando Galán Palomares (Vice-President) Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares (Segovia, Spain) is a medical student at the University of Cantabria (Santander). From the beginning of his university education, he has been involved in various positions as a student representative, currently serving as a Vice-Chairperson of the European Students’ Union (ESU).

Fernando Galán Palomares (Vice-President)

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He also studied for one year at the Università Degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" (Bari, Italy), as part of the ERASMUS student exchange programme. Galán Palomares has been a student representative at his university for the National Council of Medical Students (CEEM) and at the Spanish Students’ Union: the Coordinator of Students' Representatives of Public Universities (CREUP). He has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine’ Board, the Council of the Medical and Surgical Sciences Department and the University Senate, along with other bodies within his university.

Galán Palomares’s work as a student representative has been mostly focused on academic affairs issues, such as the student-centred approach, quality assurance, information tools and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). As ESU representative, Galan Palomares has participated in several meetings of the Bologna Follow-Up Group and advisory groups of the EU. Moreover, he has participated in several EU projects, indicatives and publications on related topics. He worked on drafting the Internal Quality Assurance System of his university; he has also collaborated with the several Spanish and European quality assurance agencies and universities.

Maria Kelo (Vice-President) Maria Kelo is Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). Together with the Association’s President she represents ENQA in the E4 group and in the Bologna Follow-Up Group.

Maria Kelo (Vice-President)

Prior to joining ENQA in 2011, Maria worked for nine years in the field of international higher education, first as a trainee at the European Commission DG for Education and Culture, and subsequently as a research assistant at Eurydice (2003), Senior Officer at the Academic Cooperation Association (2003-2009), Programme manager at EUA (2010), and as independent consultant (2010-2011).

During these years Maria carried out a number of project and studies on international higher education, in particular in the fields of transnational education, student mobility, student services, promotion of European higher education, and human resource management in higher education. Maria is a graduate of University College London (1996-2000) and London School of Economics (2001-2002).

Michal Karpíšek (Treasurer)  Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary General of EURASHE, the European Association of Institutes in Higher Education, a political representation of professional higher education in Europe.

Michal Karpíšek (Treasurer)

Michal’s expertise is focused on the mission and integration of professional higher/tertiary education within the educational systems with emphasis on relevant issues of qualifications and quality assurance.

Until May 2016 Michal was engaged for more than two decades as an Executive officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) in the introduction and development of this sector in the Czech Republic, including policy development discussions on introduction and integration of this type of tertiary education, setting the independent quality assurance programme, promoting schools’ management, strategic and curriculum development issues. Due to his profile Michal was invited in 2007 – 2011 to contribute to the envisaged reforms of Czech tertiary education including diversification and development of the qualification frameworks. Michal served twice as an advisor to Czech ministers of education (2001-03, 2010-11) or their deputies for higher education.

Michal has been engaged in governing structures of EURASHE since 1999 including ten years of serving as a vice-president with focus on strategies, employability, flexible and relevant learning. Michal has been involved from the beginning of the professional career in various international projects relevant to the development of professional higher education in the Czech Republic or at European context, both at the system and school levels. Recently Michal got more systemically involved in international consulting including EU-funded reform of VET in Turkmenistan, further development of quality assurance of higher education in Azerbaijan or mapping links of Slovak higher education with the labour market and society.