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Irina Ferencz



Irina Ferencz has been working for ACA since 2008 and currently leads ACA as Director. In this capacity she manages a wide portfolio of activities, combining institutional development, strategic management and coordination, member engagement, research and policy work, advocacy, and external representation. Irina is an avid advocate for international higher education, and is active in multiple professional fora.

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Veronika Kupriyanova

Senior Policy Coordinator

Veronika re-joined ACA in 2020 as Senior Policy Coordinator leading the Secretariat’s policy development, advocacy and member engagement work. She is experienced in a wide range of higher education and research topics and has a keen interest in policies and programmes supporting internationalisation at the institutional, national and European level.

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Angeliki Psychogyiou

Policy and Project Officer

Angeliki joined the Secretariat in October 2021 as a Policy and Project Officer. She is an EU Funding and Grants specialist, with considerable experience in the Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training sectors. Her main focus within the Secretariat is digitalisation, conducting both project and policy related work in this area. She is also the co-chair of the Thematic Peer Group ‘New mobility formats’, exploring the intersection between digitalisation & sustainability. Angeliki’s main areas of professional and personal interest are international cooperation, mobility as a foster agent for European identity, digitalisation, inclusion and social responsibility of educational institutions.

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Raul Ranne

Senior Advisor

Raul joined the ACA Secretariat in October 2021 as a Senior Advisor. He has been involved in higher education development since 2007 in various key positions in the public, private and non-profit sector. His expertise is in recognition of prior learning, internationalisation, marketing and digitalisation. Raul supports ACA’s work with a focus on the Study in Europe project and driving ACA's new strategy process.

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Martin Bogdan

Project Officer


Martin has been working at ACA since 2019 and supports ACA's work in project management and development of new projects, including a variety of tasks such as data collection and analysis, reporting, and communication and dissemination. Martin's interests in international higher education lie within community development, sustainability and digitalisation.

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Courtney Hartzell

Communications Officer

Courtney joined ACA in 2020 to steer the Secretariat's work on communications, event management and planning, and member support. She has a unique mix of skills and experiences in both communications and international higher education research.

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Carlo Prato

Junior Communications Officer

Carlo joined the ACA Secretariat in October 2021 as a Junior Communications Officer. His main responsibilities include the editing, review, and publication of ACA's monthly newsletter "Education Europe," providing support for the management of ACA's social media channels, and supporting the organisation and management of events.