Managing Director
Austrian Quality Assurance Agency

Dr Achim Hopbach has been working in higher education since 1997. Before taking his current post as Managing Director of the Austrian Quality Assurance Agency (AQ Austria) in 2012, he was the Managing Director of the German Accreditation Council for 7 years.

Dr Hopbach held and holds various positions in quality assurance agencies and associations, such as President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) from 2009 to 2013; member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) from 2005 to 2013; member of the University Quality International Board (UQAIB), Dubai, since 2015; member of the Board of the Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Faculties (AVEPRO), Holy See, since 2016.

Dr Hopbach works on international evaluation panels, international consultancy projects, among others in Southeast Asia and Africa and published numerous articles on the Bologna Process, quality assurance and qualifications frameworks.

Dr Hopbach holds a Master in History, Political Science and Law (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and a PhD in History (University of Heidelberg, Germany).