Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the general affairs of the Network. It is composed of an elected President, an appointed Secretary, seven elected Directors, up to four co-opted Directors 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.

Board composition 2018-2021 is as follows:

Susanna Karakhanyan

Higher Education Policy and Regulation Director, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (United Arab Emirates)

1st term (2015-2018)
2nd term (2018-2021)


Naji AlMahdi
Vice President

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (United Arab Emirates)

1st term (2019-2021)


Deb Adair

Quality Matters (United States of America)

1st term (2019-2021)



Karen Treloar

TEQSA, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Australia)

1st term (2018-2020)
2nd term (2020-2023)



Salim Ahmed Khan

Riphah International University (Pakistan)

1st term (2018-2021)



Mary Catharine Lennon

PEQAB, Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board in Ontario (Canada)

1st term (2020-2023)



Erika Soboleva

AKKORK, Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (Russia)

1st term (2015-2018)
2nd term (2018-2021)


Michael Bradshaw

University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)

1st term (2019-2021)



Martí Casadesús Fa

AQU Catalunya (Spain)




Co-opted directors

Orla Lynch

Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Ireland)

1st term (2018-2021)