Our Structure and Bodies


Even before the Bologna Declaration announced by the European Ministers of Education in 1999 and the resulting introduction of today's quality assurance systems, it became necessary to develop a suitable form of quality testing due to the confusing range of MBA programmes that had developed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Hence, the leading organisations of Swiss, Austrian and German industry established the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) in autumn 1994 as an international foundation. Right from Day One, the intention was to develop a strict Assessment Guide for quality assurance in the field of management training. 

FIBAA Foundation Board is the leading board of the Foundation. It defines and represents the common interests of the founders and decides on the economic and strategic baselines of FIBAA's work. FIBAA Foundation Board assures that FIBAA's mission is well-established in society and its institutions and promotes FIBAA's overall values of transparency, quality and internationality in the field of higher education. 

Organisation Chart of FIBAA


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Our Decision Bodies



  • Prof. Dr. Ernst Troßmann, University of Hohenheim

Vice Chairmen:

  • Prof. Dr. Peter Thuy, IU International University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Markus A. Tomaschitz, AVL List GmbH, Graz   


  • Karl-Peter Abt, IHK Managing Director (ret.)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Altmann, University of Innsbruck and MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • Dr. Christoph Anz, BMW Group
  • Dr. Bernd Baasner, formerly Bayer AG
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Benning, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Breinlinger-O'Reilly, Berlin School of Economics and Law
  • Adriana Cacciatore, students at Munich University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Hasewinkel, VICTORIA | International University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Vera de Hesselle, Bremen University of Applied Sciences
  • Annkatrin Kollmus, student Technical University Kaiserslautern
  • Dr. h.c. Ivo M. Matser, CEO of the IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia and CEO of the Academy of Business in Society (abis-global), Brussels
  • Marie-Luise Meier, student Nova School for Business and Economics, Lissabon
  • Dr. Volker Meyer-Guckel, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Secretary General
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Piveteau, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Ruedi Nützi, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Renninger, East Bavarian Technical University Amberg-Weiden
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Remdisch, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Hans-Hellmuth Retzlaff-Schröder, Lufthansa AG
  • Prof. Dr. Ottmar Schneck, SRH Fernhochschule Riedlingen - The Mobile University
  • Prof. Dr. Johann Schneider, Frankfurt University
  • Prof. Dr. John Slof, UAB - Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Prof. Em. Dr. György Széll, University of Osnabrück
  • Kerstin Wagner, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar
  • Prof. Dr. Cornelia Zanger, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
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The amended Rules of Procedure of the FIBAA Accreditation and Certification Commission (F-ACC) as of 26 November 2021 (only available in German) can be found here.

The dates for the next meetings of the FIBAA Accreditation and Certification Committee are available here.

The FIBAA Panel Appointing Committee appoints assessors for each certification procedure.

Members of the Panel Appointing Committee

  • Student body: Marie-Luise Meier, as substitute: Adriana Cacciatore

  • Science: Prof. Schneider, Prof. Széll, as substitute: Prof. Altmann and Prof. Remdisch

  • Career practice: Karl-Peter Abt, as substitute: Kerstin Wagner

Further Bodies


FIBAA Foundation Council


  • Prof. Dr. oec. HSG Rudolf Minsch, Chief Economist / Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Zurich

Vice President

  • Dr. Oliver Heikaus, Head of Continuing Education, DIHK - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V. (Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce)

  • Mag.a Melina Schneider, Head of Department for Education Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber


  • Dr. Barbara Dorn, Head of Department Education | Vocational Training, BDA | DIE ARBEITGEBER, Berlin  

  • Prof. André Haelg, formerly Zurich University of Applied Sciences

  • Kurt Koleznik, Secretary General, Austrian Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences, Vienna

  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Riemer, Former Head of Education, Innovation and Research of the Federation of Austrian Industry (Industriellenvereinigung) and Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Vienna


FIBAA Appeal Committee

  • Dr. Hans Höller, Siemens AG 

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Knorr, Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer

  • Prof. Dr. Irina Kohler, Hochschule Fulda

  • Nadja Kolibacz, Studentin an der TU Berlin 

The Rules of Procedure for the FIBAA Appeal Committee are available here (only available in German).

Complaints procedure

FIBAA offers to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and educational providers an appeals process regarding decisions taken by the Accreditation and Certification Committee (F-ACC) or procedural complaints about Accreditation or Certification procedures, as well as procedural complaints about FIBAA Consult evaluation procedures. All three legal facts will be called complaint hereafter.

The first step in the complaints procedure is to file a written complaint to the FIBAA Office within one month of the written notification of the decision. Once the written complaint is submitted, an automatic suspension of deadlines is activated until the final decision of the complaint.

Next, the appeal is sent from the FIBAA Office to the expert team familiar with the case and subsequently to the F-ACC for a decision.

In case the F-ACC still has not reached a decision, the complaint is then submitted to the FIBAA Complaints Committee for review and comment. The FIBAA Complaints Committee clarifies the facts of the complaint and, on this basis, gives the F-ACC a recommendation for a renewed and final decision in the pending complaints procedure.

In the event of a negative decision by the F-ACC all costs incurred will be the responsibility of the client. These costs include but are not limited to: the complaints procedure expenses, travel expenses, and labor costs.