Dr Antony Stella is Audit Director at the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). In addition to carrying out audits, Dr Stella has significantly contributed to AUQA’s publication program by her thematic analyses of audit reports. She contributes extensively to AUQA’s international work, leading audits in Bahrain, Fiji and Mauritius, and developing a global database for good practices in quality assurance (QA). On behalf of AUQA she wrote the scoping survey reports on the QA arrangements of APEC economies and the Brisbane Communiqué signatories for the Australian government.
Before moving to AUQA in August 2005, Dr Stella worked with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India. With a PhD in educational technology, she has written more than 100 papers and ten books, four on educational technology and the rest on QA.
For the International Institute for Educational Planning of UNESCO, she has authored reports and training modules about external quality assurance and co-edited two books on international perspectives and developments in QA. She has worked as a consultant in the Bangkok regional office of UNESCO, done overviews for UNESCO of the quality assurance mechanisms of the Asia-Pacific region, and was a member of the UNESCO-OECD expert group that drafted guidelines for QA of cross-border education.
Dr Stella is a recipient of a Shastri Indo-Canadian Faculty Research Award and a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellowship. She is a member of the APQN Board, for which she is developing a global database of consultants and reviewers, and of the Expert Group on QA of higher education in Small States established by UNESCO. She is leading a project group on Small States for the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.