EAPAA

European Association for Public Administration Accreditation

The NISPAcee Steering Committee

President:


Gyorgy Hajnal
Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-282 5115
E-mail: gyorgy.hajnal@uni-corvinus.hu
Gyorgy Hajnal is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest and Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Political Science. Prior to his current positions he worked as a Senior Researcher/ Head of Department for 15 years at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration and its successor organisation. Besides his full-time academic positions he has been and continues to be extensively involved in international research cooperation projects in topics relating to comparative public management reforms. He has also served as a consultant to various international academic, governmental and business organisations.

Juraj Nemec / Immediate Past President
Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 549 49 1710 Fax: +420 549 49 1720
E-mail: juraj.nemec@umb.sk
Juraj Nemec holds an MBA in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics and is Professor of Public Finance and Public Management at the Faculty of Economics of the University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, with 34 years experience in teaching in public finance, public sector management and public procurement. He published over 400 books and scientific articles in this field and fulfilled several academic posts, including the position of ‘Dean of the Faculty of Finance’.
He is one of top CEE and SEE academic and research persons (according to unofficial scientometric ranking between top 10). During his academic and professional carrier he gained a lot of experience with the political and administrative situation in these regions, European integration process and EU enlargement. In 2010 he received important reward for his performance – NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award. He is Vice-President of the International Research Society for Public Management, Vice-President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), project director of the IASIA permanent working group and served for many years as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the European Association of Public Administration Accreditation till 2015.
 
Members:


Jadranka Djurkovic
The Human Resource Management Authority, Government of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro
Phone: +381 69-051-468 Fax: +381 81 210 785
E-mail: jadranka.djurkovic@uzk.co.me

Jadranka Đurković was appointed Deputy Director of the Human Resources Management Authority in 2005. She has a Degree in the English language and literature from the University of Prishtina. She has work experience in training and capacity building in the public sector. For the last 10 years she has been working intensively on training and capacity development of civil servants in the Montenegrin public administration. She supported the establishment of the institution, designed and implemented a training needs assessment, and worked on curricula development and improvement of the training system. She also has experience in the field of recruitment, performance appraisal, and promotion of civil servants. During her career she has attended many training activities for personal development, and gave many presentations at various events. She is also a member of different working groups for Public Administration Reform; she is a member of the Training Council; Member of the Commission for EU Integration in Montenegro; a substitute member of the ReSPA Governing Board at Senior Official level and is also a NISPAcee Steering Committee member. 

Polonca Kovač
Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 5805 500
E-mail: polona.kovac@fu.uni-lj.si
Polonca Kovač is an Associate Professor of administrative law, graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 1995, completed a specialist 18-month international programme on the reforms of public administration, MSc studies on New Public Management in 1999 at the Faculty of Social Sciences and her doctoral studies on delegation of public authorities in 2005 at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana. She has over 20 years of working experiences in public administration and in higher education, including guest lectures in foreign universities and serving as an OECD, WB, SIGMA and ReSPA expert regarding Europenisation of public administration and modernisation of administrative (procedural) law. She is a (co)author and editor and reviewer of numerous scientific monographs, articles and conference papers, including monographs Contemporary Governance Models and Practices in Central and Eastern Europe, Administrative-Legal Dilemmas, Commentary on the Slovene Constitution, Regulatory Impact Assessment, etc. She also acts as a co-director of PSG PA and Law within EGPA.
 
Külli Sarapuu
Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Phone: +372 620 2671
E-mail: kylli.sarapuu@ttu.ee
Külli Sarapuu is an Associate Professor at the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Before joining the Nurkse School in 2007 she worked for the Estonian Government Office as the Deputy Head of Department of Public Service. In her research, Dr. Sarapuu has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and mapping the respective changes in Estonia. Her other research interests include public sector coordination, governance of public organizations, and civil service and public administration in small states. In the Nurkse School, Dr. Sarapuu is teaching courses on the Estonian public administration, public sector organization, civil service and small states. From 2008 to 2016 she acted as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management Program. Külli Sarapuu has also wide experience in consulting public sector reform and training civil servants.
 
Calin Hintea, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Phone: 0040264-431361
E-mail: hintea@fspac.ro
Călin Emilian Hințea is a Professor at Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania. He teaches Public Management and Strategy courses. Professor Hintea is Dean of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at BBU (2012-present). He is also a former Secretary of State, Head of Strategy Unit, Prime Minister's Office (2008-2010) as well as a former Chair of the Public Administration Department at BBU (2004-2012). He serves as Senior Editor of the Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, is a postdoctoral Fulbright scholar and adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. He leads the NISPAcee working group on Public Administration Education and serves as a member of the EAPAA (European Association of the Public Administration Accreditation) Accreditation Committee.

Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia
Phone: +995 32 2377777 (250)
E-mail: eakobia@cu.edu.ge
Eka Akobia is Dean of the Caucasus School of Governance and a Director of the Institute of Peace Studies (IPS) at Caucasus University. She is also an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University (TSU). She teaches theories of international relations (MA and PHD), international organizations, EU external relations and UN Peacekeeping Operations courses. She has published a number of academic articles as well as contributed to three edited volumes in the European Union series. She also regularly contributes news analysis to such media platforms as civil.ge and the Clarion.
Eka Akobia obtained her PHD in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. She acquired her MA degree in International Relations from Baylor University, USA and her BA degree in Political Science from Hartwick College, USA. She has participated in several senior level non-degree programmes, such as the Qualitative Research Methods Course (ICQRM) from Syracuse University, USA (2011); the Summer University on "Federalism, Constitutionalism and Conflict Transformation in Multiethnic Societies” University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2005) and the NATO Senior Executive Master Course, Bucharest, Romania (2004).
Besides academia, Eka Akobia has extensive public service experience. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia from 2005 until 2016 and has a broad experience in Georgia’s foreign policy. She holds a diplomatic rank of Counselor. Amongst other positions, she has worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of the Americas (2009-2010), the Deputy Director of the Political Department (2010-2012) and as the Director of the Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Department (2012-2016).

 
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