ACA Secretariat

Bernd Wächter


Bernd Wächter is ACA's Director, a position he has held since 1998. Bernd is responsible for the overall management of the Brussels-based Secretariat and is a frequently consulted expert and speaker on internationalisation issues.



Irina Ferencz

Policy Officer

Irina Ferencz (neé Lungu), joined ACA in 2008 as a trainee, to then take the position of ACA Policy Officer in spring 2009. Since her start at ACA, she has been mainly involved in projects and activities related to the use of indicators for measuring internationalisation at university level and has authored several publications and articles on international student mobility, on both statistical and policy trends. Over time, Irina has also been in charge of the development of several ACA European Policy Seminars, and constantly represents the association externally, at various international conferences, advisory bodies and other events.



Queenie K.H. Lam-Schöch

Project Manager

Queenie joined ACA as Project Officer in late 2010. She is currently ACA’s Project Manager, responsible for a mixed portfolio of project development, policy research and membership services. Within ACA, she is a specialist in international education marketing and communication, rankings, EU-China mobility and funding. She has consistently developed new projects, published and organised events related to these specific themes over the years. Recently, she’s been deeply involved with the mapping of EU-China researcher mobility and a critical assessment of the quality indicators of global university rankings, as well as a series of internationalisation audits in Hungary in which she serves as an external expert.        

Queenie is a resident of Brussels (Forest), a citizen of Hong Kong SAR and a national of both China and the UK. She is married to Christof Schöch, a German Digital Humanities scholar specialised in French literary history.



Lynn Sobrie

Office Manager

Lynn has taken over the Office Manager position in September 2012. She is responsible for the internal organisation of the office and operates as contact person for general inquiries. Other tasks include the organisation of ACA events and the management of ACA newsletter subscriptions.



Marija Mitic

Project Assistant

Marija Mitic was a Trainee in ACA from March until September 2014. Since then, she has assisted the team on several projects – a study on English-taught programmes in Europe, a policy support document on innovation in higher education, and currently, on research on Open education in several higher education systems in the EU. 

Before joining ACA, Marija was a trainee at the European Commission, in the International Cooperation and Programmes Unit of DG EAC. She is an Erasmus Mundus Alumna and holds a Master’s Degree in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from Aarhus University, Denmark and Universidad de Deusto, Spain.



Melania Lotti


Melania Lotti started her traineeship at ACA in September 2014, right after her training experience at the European Commission, DG Education and Culture. Her main responsibility in ACA is the composition of the online monthly publication ‘ACA Newsletter – Education Europe’. She is graduated in Media and Journalism, and Master’s candidate in International Relations and European Studies. Her interest for international cooperation in higher education stems from her studies abroad in Europe (Netherlands) and beyond (South Korea), as well as from her past responsibility as Board Member of a worldwide student and alumni network.