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P:\MB\cheps\Secr\secretariaat\Website\Photos\Leon picture 2.pngCurriculum vitae

Leon Cremonini

Research Associate
CHEPS, University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
NL-7500 AE Enschede

Office: Ravelijn Ra-5111
Direct tel. +31 53 489 3807


03-05-1975, Delft (NL)


Dutch, Italian

Working languages

Italian (native), English (very good), Dutch (good), French (Sufficient), Portuguese (basic)

University degrees

Post-graduate diploma

EU policy, Profingest School of Management, Bologna (Italy), 2001

Master (drs.)

International Political Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy), 2000



Main work experience

2006 – present

Research associate, CHEPS, University of Twente, The Netherlands

2004 – 2006

Exchange Visitor under the Research Scholar Program, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, United States

2001 – 2004

Associate Policy Analyst, RAND Europe, Leiden, The Netherlands

Areas of expertise

Quality assurance and accreditation
Transparency tools (classifications and rankings)
Access and Equity, Recognition of Prior Learning
Higher Education in emergencies

Short biography

Leon works with CHEPS as a researcher since 2006. He has been involved in a number of development cooperation projects worldwide, both as a researcher and in coordination roles. Leon has been active in projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Vietnam funded through NUFFIC, the Dutch Organization for Cooperation in Higher Education ( He is also a project proposal evaluator for VLIR-UOS, the Flemish bureau responsible for the general policy for university development cooperation of the Flemish Interuniversity Council ( Moreover, Leon often collaborates with Quality Qualification Ireland ( both as panel member on external evaluations and on policy advice projects. Most recently, Leon has been working as a consultant to the European Union’s delegation to Syria ( on higher education in emergencies.

Prior to being recruited at CHEPS, Leon worked at the RAND Corporation, a US-based think tank ( At RAND he was coordinator and team member of a 3-year project to design and implement Qatar’s national Higher Education Institute. The project was funded by the Emirate’s government and commissioned by the Supreme Education Council (

Leon has been a fellow of the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s Global Policy Fellowship Programme, (, designed to share ideas and experiences on equity and access policies for historically disadvantaged populations in tertiary education around the world.

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