Board of Directors

Members of the ATHEA Board of Directors are elected from the membership of the association and serve 3-year terms. The Board of Directors lead the organisation in accordance with the bylaws of the association. The Board of Directors of the Organisation has full power to conduct, manage, and direct its business and affairs of ATHEA in accordance with the bylaws.

The Board of Directors manages the Association. It is the “management body” as defined by the Law of Associations 2002 (Vereinsgesetzes 2002). It is assigned all tasks, which are not assigned to another body of the Association. The ATHEA Board of Directors are elected from the membership of the association and serve 3-year terms. The Board of Directors lead the organisation in accordance with the bylaws of the association. The following tasks are specifically assigned to it:

  1. Create an accounting system for the Association to record, as a minimum, its income/expenses and assets.
  2. Create a budget, the annual report, and the annual statement of accounts.
  3. Prepare and call the General Assembly in cases of § 9 sect. 1 und sect. 2 lit. a – c of this charter.
  4. Inform the members about the activities of the Association, the financial status, and the audited annual report.
  5. Administrate the assets of the Association.
  6. Accept and dismiss full and affiliate members.
  7. Hire and dismiss the Executive Director.

ATHEA’s Charter regulates the governance, structure, and operations of the organisation. The ATHEA Charter that was filed in Vienna, Austria to establish the association (English Version 02).

ATHEA - Thierry Kirschstein


Thierry Kirschstein
United International Business Schools (UIBS)

Mr. Thierry Kirschstein, born in Belgium and based in Switzerland, completed a Bachelor in Small Business Management before joining the United International Business Schools organization (UIBS) in 2006 as a Management Trainee. During his time at UIBS he completed his MBA across various campuses. During the past years he led UIBS through several accreditation processes, focusing mainly on quality management. Currently he holds the position of Managing Director with the Global Education Corporation, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the management company behind ATHEA member institution UIBS.

ATHEA - Maurice Forget


Maurice R. Forget, LL.M.
International School of Management (ISM)

Mr. Maurice R. Forget is the Executive Director of the International School of Management (ISM) based in Paris and New York with seminar programs hosted in leading emerging markets. ISM’s mission is to provide business professionals with a strong and knowledgeable foundation in international business to further their careers. Mr. Forget completed a Master of Law (LL.M.) at Panthéon-Assas University, specializing in International Law with a concentration in International Investment Law, International Trade & Commerce Law and International Private Law. During this time, he joined the ISM team in Paris as the school’s Risk Officer. He was appointed as ISM’s Executive Director in 2014.

ATHEA - Roberta Grossi


Roberta Grossi, PhD
Horizons University

Dr. Roberta Grossi founded Horizons University in 1998, a nonprofit on-campus and online business and liberal arts University. Since 1991 she has also been working as an international consultant in over 160 multinationals in the five continents helping teams and individuals, from entry level to CEO’s, to increase their impact and leadership skills and to achieve better results. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and a DBA in International Business Negotiation. She also holds an MBA in International Marketing, an MA in Adult Education, and an MA in Speech Communication.

ATHEA - Marcel Van der Ham

Board Member at Large

Marcel van der Ham
Business School Netherlands (BSN)

Mr. Marcel van der Ham BSc is Director International and Dean of Business School Netherlands (BSN). Mr. Van der Ham holds a BSc in Economics, he is author and co-author of several books and articles on Management and (Action)Learning. Since 1993 he works for BSN, and before that for 3 years as head tutor at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences and 7 years as Head of the central training and development department of the Municipality of Rotterdam (NL). He was also appointed as Master Teacher and Industrial Fellow in HRD at a UK based Business School.

ATHEA - Katalin Kovacs

Immediate Past President

Katalin Kovacs
Maastricht School of Management (MSM)

Ms. Kovacs is the Associate Dean of Global Education Programs at Maastricht School of Management, a leading institution for management education with worldwide presence. Her primary responsibility lies with the strategic implementation of the institution’s accreditation and quality assurance policy as well as managing the institution’s education programs around the world (from Cairo to Lima to Nanjing). Applying her extensive knowledge and expertise in higher education, she has served as panel member in numerous accreditation site visits. She has also been commissioned to train and advice in special projects (e.g. capacity development, quality assurance and innovation in the higher education sector) across the globe. Ms. Kovacs is the past Chair of the Board of Commissioners and board member at the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, a prominent business accrediting body headquartered in the US. Ms. Kovacs is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University Of Bath. Her research interests include accreditation, quality management, and risk assessment. Previously she served in various roles at Central European University Business School in Budapest, Hungary and her alma mater at Jacksonville State University in the US.

ATHEA - Gunther Singer

Ex-officio Member

Günther Singer
Executive Director

Dr. Günther Singer, as Executive Director, is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.