Fabrizio Trifiro

Independent Governor

Appointed 1st September 2023

Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro is Head of Stakeholder Engagement and International Quality Reviews at Ecctis, the agency that manages the qualification recognition function (UK ENIC) on behalf of the UK Government. He leads on senior level engagement in the UK and internationally, and on quality benchmark services aimed at improving international confidence in qualifications in traditionally challenging areas for recognition, such as transnational education (TNE) and vocational education.

Fabrizio joined Ecctis in 2019 after over 10 years with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) where he led on the quality assurance of UK TNE, international engagement, and the international student experience. In 2022 he supported as an independent consultant the Office for Students (OfS) in England in developing their international engagement strategy to support their oversight of English TNE.

Fabrizio is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE), and a member of the Accreditation Committee of the British Accreditation Council. With over 15 years’ experience in quality assurance and international education, he acts as a reviewer for a range of international quality assurance bodies.

Fabrizio holds an integrated Master’s degree in Philosophy and an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Interventions from the University of Bologna (Italy), a MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of London. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin researching on the emergence of a global civil society.

Fabrizio is passionate about the socially progressive potential of internationalisation as a mean to widen global access to quality education and those inter-cultural competencies required for constructive international relations.