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.
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.
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.
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).
Bård Sve Wallentinsen
Bård Sve Wallentinsen is a student of mechanical engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, having previously studied applied physics at the same university, and is currently writing his master thesis on hybrid solar and natural gas-fired power plants.
Bård has always had an international outlook, having lived in Norway, the United States, Belgium and Bangladesh and travelling frequently with IAESTE. During his time in the Board he will be focusing especially on finance, regional cooperation and year-round internship exchange.
Valentina Jovic started her IAESTE career in 2013 as a volunteer in the Local Committee Osijek, Croatia and has continued ever since. During this time she held many positions on both the local and national level, her last as National Secretary of IAESTE Croatia.
Valentina has always been internationally driven, which directed her into studying International Business. 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 IAESTE’s 70th Anniversary, regional cooperation and year-round exchange.