Speakers

By deploying experienced trainers from different organisations and countries, a tailor-made approach 

will be guaranteed.

Valérie Van Hees
Coordinator
Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education

Valérie Van Hees

Valérie Van Hees is the coordinator of the Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO, Belgium) and has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the field of policy and inclusion in higher education. Valérie Van Hees is the project manager of two European projects on inclusive mobility, namely the EPFIME project and the PLAR-4-SIMP project. She co-authored with Dominique Montagnese European reports on Inclusive Mobility, as well as a framework self-assessment tool and a training package to support higher education institutions, ministries of education, and national agencies in implementing a sustainable inclusive mobility strategy at institutional and national level.
Magalie Soenen
Policy Officer Internationalisation
Flemish Ministry of Education and Training

Magalie Soenen

Magalie Soenen is Policy Officer at the Flemish Ministry for Education and Training, Belgium, and co-Chair of the Bologna Coordination Group on Global Policy Dialogue. Magalie Soenen has 20 years’ experience in internationalisation in higher education, on institutional level (Ghent University), Erasmus+ national agency level (EPOS vzw) and national policy level (Ministry of Education and Training of Belgium/Flemish Community). Magalie Soenen has developed the mobility policy for higher education in Flanders “Brains on the Move”, with special focus on underrepresented groups, their obstacles to mobility and solutions to increase their participation in mobility programmes. Magalie Soenen is the coordinator of two European projects in the field of Inclusive Mobility.
Sofie Vastmans
Head Office of International Policy
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Sofie Vastmans

Sofie Vastmans is head of the Office of International Policy at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (Belgium). With the department she facilitates all international processes and inspires and innovates all stakeholders involved. Inclusive mobility is a topic high on the agenda of the department. Sofie has ample experience in international training worldwide, inside and outside Europe, training groups on reflective practices and intercultural competences.
Séverine Van der Stighelen
Policy Officer Internationalisation
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Séverine Van der Stighelen

Séverine Van der Stighelen is policy officer at the Office of International Policy at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) where she currently coordinates the project ‘To a blueprint for inclusive mobility’. A group formed by the different stakeholders works on shaping policy and activities to increase the inclusiveness of the mobility programmes at AUAS. Additionally, she coordinates the project ‘From pioneering to institutional adoption of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)’ which aims at designing a framework and support for lecturers to develop COIL projects. Séverine manages the VLIR UOS Global Minds Programme and has broad experience in policy work, organizing international weeks and events.
Mira De Moor
Policy Officer Internationalisation
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Mira De Moor

After a career starting in the cultural field and later in the scientific international bookworld, Mira De Moor turned towards higher education, starting at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences in 2012. In 2016 she made the shift towards internationalization in higher education. Since then, she has been building expertise as a policy staff member in outgoing student mobility and European cooperation programmes.
Axelle Marrannes
Staff member Internationalisation
Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Axelle Marrannes

As a former student of Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Axelle Marrannes returned to the institution in 2018. After short stint at the Expertise Network Education, she is now a member of the Department of International Policy. Axelle is responsible for providing support concerning outgoing student mobility towards both students and Expertise Networks. She is also involved in the Department’s communication on mobility programmes and grants and in Artevelde UAS’ Strategic Project focusing on Networking which aims to set up a Strategic Consortium between European Higher Education Institutions.

Irina Ferencz
Director Academic Cooperation Association

Irina Ferencz

Irina Ferencz is Deputy Director at the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), the organisation where she also started her professional career in the field of internationalisation of European higher education in 2008, having worked in various positions since. Through her research work and project at ACA, Irina has developed a specific expertise in the area of student and staff mobility in the European context. More concretely, this covers data collection methods, definitions, caveats on both degree and credit mobility, including Erasmus exchanges; quantitative trends analysis; and mobility policy analysis and development. In 2019, ACA organized a conference dedicated to exploring the question of how to achieve wider inclusion in international higher education activities. For ACA, Irina was the main author of a reflection paper on Internationalisation for all? Wider inclusion in the internationalisation of higher education.
John Delap
Senior Policy and Project Officer
Academic Association Cooperation

John Delap

John Delap, Senior Policy and Project Officer, has been leading the Academic Cooperation Association's work on inclusion in international higher education since 2020. Highly experienced in the topic, he is active on many fronts including policy development and analysis at European and national levels, project design and acquisition, advocacy and member advice and support.
Frederik De Decker
Head of International Relations Office
Ghent University

Frederik De Decker

Frederik De Decker is the Head of the International Relations Office at Ghent University, the institution he graduated from. He is a board member of various national and international organisations and participates very regularly as an expert in international projects, mainly dealing with internationalisation, educational development, qualifications frameworks and quality assurance. His special interest is the concept of (international/intercultural) learning outcomes/competences: how can these be defined, how to measure these, what is the impact of it on internationalisation. At the Flemish level he is an acknowledged expert on topics such as internationalisation, diversity, lifelong learning and sustainability in higher education and he chairs and participates in various advisory boards.