Board members

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The Board supervises the implementation of the Association’s policy and decisions approved by the General Conference, initiates activities supporting the Association’s policy in general and is responsible for the day to day management of the Association executed by the President. It is composed of the President and four elected members.



The President is elected by the Members to convene and chair board meetings. The President represents the Association at the international level.



The Secretary is responsible at the higher directive level for the international administration of the Association and acts as the active conduit for communication and is the custodian of the proceedings of the Association.



The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Association.

Valentina Jović

Valentina Jović started her IAESTE career in 2013 as a volunteer at Local Committee Osijek, Croatia and has continued ever since. During this time she held many positions on local and national level, including her last role as National Secretary of IAESTE Croatia. Valentina has always been internationally driven, which directed her into studying International Business. Beside that, she has always loved travelling and travels even more frequently now with IAESTE. During her time in the Board, Valentina will be focusing on the celebration of the IAESTE 70th Anniversary, regional cooperation and year-round exchange.

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Thomas Faltner

Thomas Faltner is a member of the managing board of an Austrian mechanical engineering company, which he first worked for as a trainee back in 1994. He joined IAESTE in 2002 as a student member while studying chemical engineering at the JKU (Linz/Austria) and had various positions within IAESTE Austria on the local and national level. From 2006 onwards he served IAESTE A.s.b.l. in various positions like Board Member, Chairman of the General Conference, Internal Auditor and SID Co-ordinator. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of IAESTE Austria since 2013. As Treasurer his focus is on financial matters as well as on streamlining internal processes.

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Bård Sve Wallentinsen

Bård Sve Wallentinsen holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He currently works as an engineer in the Norwegian materials producer Elkem. Previously, he has worked as an engineer in the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, and been on an IAESTE internship in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bård started as a volunteer in IAESTE Norway in 2009, and has held a number of roles in all parts of that organisation on a local and national level, ending as National Secretary of IAESTE Norway for the year 2014. He was elected to the Board of IAESTE a.s.b.l. in 2015, re-elected for a three-year term in 2016, and was also elected Treasurer for that year. As elected Secretary of the current Board, he has additional focus on internal administration and communication within the association.

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Bernard Baeyens

Bernard Baeyens completed his Civil Engineering studies at the Katkolieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 1974. As a student he did traineeships with Siemens AG in Munchen and ONCO Ltda in Bogotá. He worked as an engineer with the Electricity Company of Bogota, Eternit Belgium, TERCA SA, Prime Minister’s Office for Science Policy and Ministry of Brussels Region in Belgium. From 1988 until 2014 he worked with the University of Ibagué (Colombia), where he has been Lecturer, Dean of the Engineering Faculty and Director of the International Relations Office. From 2014 he is International adviser at the University Uniminuto. He has been National Secretary of IAESTE Colombia since 1998, Board Member from 2011 until 2013 and since 2014 President of IAESTE A.s.b.l. 


Dorota Rylska

Dr Dorota Rylska completed her Masters in Material Sciences and completed her PhD thesis work in the same field at the Lodz University of Technology. She obtained a wide range of teaching experiences as a teaching assistant, senior lecturer and assistant professor at TUL. Her research goals are directed to corrosion properties of biomaterials and electrochemical methods of metals’ surface modification. Concurrently with teaching and research work at the University during the last twenty three years she has been an active volunteer member involved in IAESTE on local and national level as a President of the Local Committee in Lodz University of Technology and TUL Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Students’ Training and IAESTE Exchange (from 2004).

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