Prof. Dr. Jan SADLAK is the President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, Paris, France.
He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in education, in particular higher education and science as well as international relations in the context of policy development, regulations and practices related to quality assurance, governance and management at the system and institutional level, international governmental organizations.
In the past 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy advice to international governmental organizations such as UNESCO, The World Bank, OECD, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and non-governmental organizations, governments and higher education institutions in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Arab Region. He has an extensive record of being a member of the governing boards, scientific councils, accreditation and review panels of various academic bodies and organizations. He was directly involved in the policy formation at the global and regional level such as the Bologna Process [in the years 2000-2009].
From October 1999 to July 2009, he was Director of UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES) and Representative of UNESCO in Romania. Prior to this position, he was Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris [1992 – 1999]. In the period September 2009 – January 2011, he was Professor and Vice-Rector at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS in Warsaw, Poland.
Jan Sadlak was awarded several high-level national and academic distinctions, among them eight honorary professorship and doctorates (Doctor honoris causa) from leading universities in Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. He is Member Correspondent of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – Academia Europensis, France, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, USA, and Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.
He holds PhD in Educational Administration and Comparative Education from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland.