European Association for Public Administration Accreditation

The NISPAcee Steering Committee


Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia
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.
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.
Immediate Past President: 
 Calin Hintea, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
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 Chair of the EAPAA (European Association of the Public Administration Accreditation) Accreditation Committee.

Juraj Nemec
Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
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 the ‘Dean of the Faculty of Finance’.
He is a recipient of the NISPAcee Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration 2010. He is a member of the UN CEPA, project director of the IASIA permanent working group, he has served as a Vice-President and a Board memebr of IASIA, and for many years as a member of the EAPAA (European Association of the Public Administration Accreditation) Accreditation Committee untill 2015 and at present he serves on the Board of EAPAA.
Maja Klun, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana
E-mail: maja.klun@fu.uni-lj.si
Professor Maja Klun started her career at state administration and her academic career in 1994. The Government appointed her as a member of the Government Group for Development of Performance-Oriented Budgeting for the period 2005-2007. In 2007, she has been a contracting partner in the government activities in the field of better regulation, especially in the measurement of administrative costs. From 2009-2013 she was Member of the Government Strategic Group for public sector.
In 2015 her position as Full Professor for Economics in Public Sector was approved. She was a visiting professor in Prague, Rotterdam, Ghent, Bratislava, Salzburg, Rijeka, Split etc. She was appointed as a Deputy Secretary General at the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation in a period 2010-2013. In 2020 NISPAcee Steering Committee awarded her with Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration.
Her main research fields are public sector economics and public finance, especially taxation, tax systems and developments in budgeting. She took an active part in several national and international research projects (FP7, Horizon 2020, Interreg Alpine space, projects financed by Croatian research agency and national projects financed by Slovenian agency). She is also a member of program research group at Faculty of Public Administration, with the title ‘Digital transformation for smart public governance’.

Anamarija Musa, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
E-mail: amusa@pravo.hr
Anamarija Musa is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her research and teaching topics include public administration reform and Europeanisation, regulation and regulatory governance, transparency and participation, e-government, local government and organisation theory. Besides academic work, she gained wide practical experience in projects and law drafting in Croatia (access to information, RIA, ombudsman, state administration, civil service, and administrative procedure) and SEE region, as well as the Croatian Information Commissioner 2013-2018. 
She is the president of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences. She has been co-chairing the WG Rule of Law & Public Administration with Professor Polonca Kovač (Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). 
Steven Nõmmik, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn (TalTech), Estonia.
E-mail: steven.nommik@taltech.ee
Steven Nõmmik is an Early Stage Researcher. His PhD thesis focuses on the various forms of collaborations within the public sector to create and maintain innovation with both the collaborative processes and impacts being studied. His main research interests are connected to public management, coordination, collaborative governance and innovation studies. For his work he has been involved with different national and EU funded projects - RITA1/02-96 „Machine learning and AI powered public service delivery", EUPACK project and H2020 project TROPICO. In the Nurkse school he has been teaching a course in Classics of Social Sciences and has been assisting courses on the basics of EU institutions as well as public ethics and corruption. Furthermore, he is a member of the Master's thesis defence committee for the HAAM Master’s programme and a member of the TGDT Master's programme council. He was also a recipient for the NISPAcee Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference for his paper „Cross-organisational collaboration management of digital innovation in the public sector - the case of the Estonian Employment Register".
Gábor Tamás Molnár, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.
E-mail: gabortamas.molnar@uni-corvinus.hu
Gábor Tamás Molnár studied political science and economics at Corvinus University of Budapest and obtained his PhD in 2023. Gábor has been engaged in political science research since 2013 when he was involved in a study on Hungarian political elites. His PhD portfolio dissertation consists of five journal articles drawn from his two recent research projects: one on the institutionalization and functionality of professional associations and an EU COST Action on The Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (PROSEPS). His current research interests include policy advice, policy coordination, public agencies, policy compliance, and the institutionalization and public policy roles of the political science community.
His main areas of teaching are social science methodology, institutional economics, public economics, and public financial management. He also participated in the organization of multiple international scientific conferences including IWPP and IRSPM, the development and administration of two master’s programs in public policy and public governance, and the management of two university institutes. He is committed to mentoring and talent development, having been involved in the supervision of many master’s theses and managing a student scientific conference section for several recent years.