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

Deputy Director

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.



Marija Mitic

Project Officer

Marija Mitic is Project Officer at ACA. She began her work at ACA as a trainee in March 2014 and then joined the team in her current position. She has since been involved in several ACA projects and European Policy Seminars. Before joining ACA, Marija was a trainee at the European Commission, in the International Cooperation and Programmes Unit of DG EAC. 

While still in her native country, Serbia, Marija worked as an intercultural trainer and language teacher. She is a certified youth worker with international experience in youth leadership and adult learning. She is an Erasmus Mundus Alumna with a Master’s Degree in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from Aarhus University, Denmark and Universidad de Deusto, Spain.



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.

Queenie will be on maternity leave until the end of 2015.



Natalia Tarachiu

Office Manager

Natalia has taken over the Office Manager position in August 2015. She has an extensive and interdisciplinary experience in both private and public sector, with a focus on higher education area in the last six years. Her expertise includes planning and implementing projects funded by European financial instruments, as well as administration and management.

Within ACA, she is responsible for the internal organisation of the office, but also supporting the Secretariat’s projects and events and facilitating the external communication, being the main contact for general inquiries.



Victoria Marambio


Victoria Marambio began her traineeship at ACA in March 2015, having recently graduated from Middlebury College, U.S.A, with a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently in charge of the composition of ACA’s monthly online publication, ‘ACA Newsletter – Education Europe’. Originally from Chile, Vicky has spent the last six years studying abroad, first in Costa Rica, where she attended a United World College, and then in the U.S. Today, besides her traineeship at ACA, she serves as the Alumni Coordinator for the UWC Belgian Committee. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.



Ester Magyar


Ester joined ACA as a trainee in September 2015. She recently graduated from Comenius University in Slovakia with a Master’s degree in Public Policy, having explored Slovak higher education internationalisation in her thesis. Ester has studied abroad in Norway and Finland, and her previous experience includes working in the non-governmental sector in Slovakia. At ACA she serves as an editor of the monthly ‘ACA Newsletter – Education Europe’.