ATHEA Board of Directors

The ATHEA Board of Directors are elected from the membership of the association and serve 3-year terms. The Board of Directors lead the organisation in accordance with the bylaws of the association.


Katalin Kovacs

President of the ATHEA Board of Directors

Ms. Kovacs is the Associate Dean of Global Education Programs at Maastricht School of Management, a leading institution for management education with worldwide presence. Her primary responsibility lies with the strategic implementation of the institution’s accreditation and quality assurance policy as well as managing the institution’s education programs around the world (from Cairo to Lima to Nanjing). Applying her extensive knowledge and expertise in higher education, she has served as panel member in numerous accreditation site visits. She has also been commissioned to train and advice in special projects (e.g. capacity development, quality assurance and innovation in the higher education sector) across the globe. Ms. Kovacs is the past Chair of the Board of Commissioners and board member at the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, a prominent business accrediting body headquartered in the US. Ms. Kovacs is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University Of Bath. Her research interests include accreditation, quality management, and risk assessment. Previously she served in various roles at Central European University Business School in Budapest, Hungary and her alma mater at Jacksonville State University in the US.



Thierry Kirschstein

Vice President of the ATHEA Board of Directors

Mr. Thierry Kirschstein, born in Belgium and based in Switzerland, completed a Bachelor in Small Business Management before joining the United International Business Schools organization (UIBS) in 2006 as a Management Trainee. During his time at UIBS he completed his MBA across various campuses. During the past years he led UIBS through several accreditation processes, focusing mainly on quality management. Currently he holds the position of Managing Director with the Global Education Corporation, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the management company behind ATHEA member institution UIBS.



Roberta Grossi, PhD

Treasurer of the ATHEA Board of Directors

Dr. Roberta Grossi founded Horizons University in 1998, a nonprofit on-campus and online business and liberal arts University. Since 1991 she has also been working as an international consultant in over 160 multinationals in the five continents helping teams and individuals, from entry level to CEO’s, to increase their impact and leadership skills and to achieve better results. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and a DBA in International Business Negotiation. She also holds an MBA in International Marketing, an MA in Adult Education, and an MA in Speech Communication.



Maurice R. Forget, LL.M.

Secretary of the ATHEA Board of Directors

Mr. Maurice R. Forget is the Executive Director of the International School of Management (ISM) based in Paris and New York with seminar programs hosted in leading emerging markets. ISM's mission is to provide business professionals with a strong and knowledgeable foundation in international business to further their careers. Mr. Forget completed a Master of Law (LL.M.) at Panthéon-Assas University, specializing in International Law with a concentration in International Investment Law, International Trade & Commerce Law and International Private Law. During this time, he joined the ISM team in Paris as the school’s Risk Officer. He was appointed as ISM’s Executive Director in 2014.



Mr. Marcel van der Ham, BSc

Board Member at Large

Mr. Marcel van der Ham BSc is Director International and Dean of Business School Netherlands (BSN). Mr. Van der Ham holds a BSc in Economics, he is author and co-author of several books and articles on Management and (Action)Learning. Since 1993 he works for BSN, and before that for 3 years as head tutor at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences and 7 years as Head of the central training and development department of the Municipality of Rotterdam (NL). He was also appointed as Master Teacher and Industrial Fellow in HRD at a UK based Business School.



Robert Walton, PhD

Board Member at Large

Bob Walton is an Associate Professor in the College of Business, the Executive Director of International Campus Operations for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide (ERAU), and Managing Director of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Europe GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of ERAU. Formally, Bob was the Associate Dean of Academic Support for ERAU in Europe, where he was responsible for the academic oversight of 6 full time faculty and over 100 adjunct faculty. Dr. Walton has published in numerous academic journals, and authored books on air cargo operations, the aerospace industry, and statistics and research methodology. He has presented his research at numerous professional conferences worldwide. Dr. Walton was recognized as faculty member of the year in 2010 and received the outstanding accomplishments in research award in 2012 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.



The ATHEA Executive Director is Dr. Günther Singer. The Executive Director is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors of the Organisation has full power to conduct, manage, and direct its business and affairs of ATHEA in accordance with the bylaws.