Based in Croatia since 2004, Thomas works as an expert in higher education policy at the national and international level. He is currently working at the Institute for the Development of Education (a think-tank for higher education policy) and as an independent consultant. His main area of interest is the role of universities in responding to societal needs. He is currently a member of the European Commission’s Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET), for whom he is preparing a study on community engagement in higher education. He has previously worked at the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) supporting governments of South East Europe and Turkey to assess their education policies (in cooperation with OECD, the ETF and the EBRD). He was also a member of the expert team for HEInnovate (European Commission/OECD self-assessment tool for entrepreneurial and innovative universities).
Thomas has moderated numerous international conferences, workshops and panel discussions on higher education and research (including on researcher mobility and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions).