HE Consult was founded by Bastian Baumann. He can draw on extensive international experience in higher education. He has been involved in the creation of the European Higher Education Area since 2001. This work included representation in the Bologna Follow-Up Group as well as in official working groups at European and national levels. Amongst them were the working groups that led to the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Framework of Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA). He has been a Bologna Promoter / Expert in Germany and an ECTS and Diploma Supplement expert for the European Commission. He was also a member of the Management Committee of the Tuning Project for Europe and Latin America.

Bastian is also the Managing Director of Eqaa, the European Quality Assurance Agency, which is the first quality assurance agency offering international accreditation. He also acts as an evaluator of study programmes, higher education instititons and quality assurance agencies, for example for the European Association of Quality Assurance Agencies (ENQA) or the national quality assurance agencies of Ireland (IUQB), Lithuania (SKVC), Slovenia (NAKVIS) or Saudi Arabia (NCAAA). He also undertook evaluations in the framework of the European University Association's Institutional Evaluation Programme in Europe and Latin America. Furthermore, he is the author of the feasibility study that led to the establishment of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). He has also been active in the revision of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.

Until 2011 he was the Secretary General of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights based in Bologna. Previously, he has been a member of the executive board of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the largest funding organisation for academic mobility worldwide and personal advisor for the President of the European Language Council (CEL-ELC). His interest in higher education began during the times of his studies of law at the Universities of Trier, Malaga and Berlin (FU) as a student representative. He worked for the European Students' Union (ESU - formerly ESIB) and the German national union of students (fzs).

He has been working in more than 50 countries, primarily in Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, Northern Africa and the Middle East. He was awarded two titles of Professor honoris causa as well as national distinctions for his contributions to the educational system.