Jan SADLAK is the President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. In between 2009 and 2011, he has been Professor and Vice-rector for International Cooperation at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS in Warsaw, Poland. From October 1999 to July 2009, he has been Director of UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES), Bucharest, Romania. Prior to this position he was staff member and later on Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris [1992 – 1999]. As Director of UNESCO-CEPES he has participated for a number of years in the ministerial conferences and the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG). He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in higher education policy, governance and management at the system and institutional level as well as
international relations [h-index 14, i10-index 17]. His research interests and publications cover such topics as processes of reform and transformation in higher education, science policy, organization of doctoral studies and academic qualifications, private higher education, academic excellence and world-class university, organization and methods for quality assurance, benchmarking, academic rankings as well as ethical dimension of higher education and academic values. He has been involved in policy advice to major international organizations, governments and higher education institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa and Arab Region. He holds Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Comparative Education from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and M.A. in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland.