The Board of Commissioners (BoC)

The Board of Commissioners

The BoC has the judicial power to decide on the requests for accreditation based on evidence, including the report of the review team, the mandatory documents submitted by the institution and any additional documentation.

  • The BoC can decide to delegate the in-depth research to one (1) or more Commissioners, who will then submit their analysis to the complete BoC. Anyway, the final decision should be taken by the complete BoC;
  • The BoC is informed about the evaluation made by the Reviewers of the Annual Programme Report of accredited Members, and takes action if necessary.
  • Any decision-taking about a Members’ accreditation is taken only by the BoC. However, the communication of the decision to the Member seeking accreditation shall be done by the Director of Accreditation (DoA).
  • To advise and propose adaptations regarding the accreditation criteria or procedures to the DoA.

The BoC is composed of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members. Commissioners are appointed by the BoD for a period of maximum 3 years and their mandate is renewable.

The Chair of the Board of Commissioners

The Commissioners elect between them a chairperson, also called “Chairperson of the Commissioners” (CoC).

  • Organizes all activities of the Commissioners;
  • Chairs the BoC;
  • Is responsible (controls) that the costs made by the Commissioners are within the budget agreed upon by the BoD;
  • Proposes candidates to be Commissioners;
  • Makes sure all procedures of the Agency are followed by the Commissioners;
  • Explains the decisions on accreditation issues taken by the Board of Commissioners;
  • Writes the official report about the accreditation request of Members which will be published on the Agency’s website;
  • Makes sure all files and reports about any accreditation, and the minutes of the meetings of the BoC are kept at the registered office of the Agency, or at any other place decided on by the BoD.
  • Prepares an annual report to the AGM on all accreditation reviews taken place over the last year.

S/he reports to the BoD.
S/he is ex-officio a non-voting member of the BoD.

Currently the Board of Commissioners id chaired by Robert Rietbroek. Robert joined ECBE a very long time ago, and has always been one of the leading "faces" of the Agency.

Following officers are appointed as Commissioners:

  • Robert Rietbroek, Chair of the Board of Commissioners (member BoC since 21/05/2012, mandate ends 13/01/2022)
  • Perry Haan (member BoC since 14/01/2019, mandate ends 13/01/2022)
  • Samo Bobek (member BoC since 14/01/2019, mandate ends 13/01/2022)

Previous BoC mandates:

  • Vladimir Kurechov: became Reviewer on January 14th, 2019 (26/05/2012 → 14/01/2019)
  • Robert Johnson: became Chair of the Pool of Reviewers on January 14th, 2019 (26/05/2012 → 14/01/2019)


When "26/05/2012" is mentioned as a starting date of a mandate, it means that the officer was appointed at the start of the Agency. The Agency took the form of an "aisbl" (international non-profit) at that date.
Most probably, the officer served already earlier at the previous ECBE, but this information is currently not published.



ECBE's 2019 Conference


Digital transformations
in Business Education
Brussels, May 24th - May 25th, 2019

Pre conference seminar:
ENQA Registration and ECBE 2.0:
Future Oriented Accreditation
in a Global Perspective
Brussels, May 23rd, 2019

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ENQA registration process

  • 28/05/2019: EQAR confirms that the application by ECBE for inclusion on the Register is eligible
  • 14/05/2019: ECBE submits the application for EQAR registration
  • 15/04/2019: ENQA and ECBE agree on the full membership time-line; contract is signed
  • 14/01/2019: The General Meetings in Brussels approve the new Statutes
  • 27/12/2018: The BoD sends out answers on the questions and remarks from Members regarding the new Statutes
  • 04/12/2018: The BoD convokes the Special and Extraordinary General Meetings to discuss and agree upon the new Statutes 
  • 30/11/2018: The BoD agreed on the new Statutes of the Agency, in line with ENQA regulations

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Important decisions

  • 07/06/2019: The BoD approves the Bye-Laws, version 2.2
  • 25/05/2019: The BoD prolongs the contract with the DoA and the DoFA for a period of 3 years
  • 25/05/2019: The BoD confirms Paris as the location for the Annual Conference 2020, May 2020
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD approves the Bye-Laws, version 2.0
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD approves the Stage0 procedure about Membership of Members with programmes notified for accreditation
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD welcomes Prof. Marc Van Gastel, Belgium, as the key-note speaker at the Annual Conference
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD confirms the status of Member with Programmes Notified for Accreditation of Swiss School of Higher Education
  • 02/05/2019: The BoD confirms the status of Member with Programmes Notified for Accreditation of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

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