Ninoslav Scukanec Schmidt is the founder of the Institute for the Development of Education in Zagreb, Croatia, where he served as Executive Director since 1999. He has dedicated his career to the development of higher education policies. His main expertise lies in the social dimension of higher education, financing of higher education, quality enhancement in higher education, and in the development of qualifications frameworks.

He is currently co-chairing the Bologna Follow-up Advisory Group on Social Dimension for the period 2018-2020, whose goal is to create a new strategic document Principles and Guidelines for Social Dimension to help countries in the European Higher Education Area improve social dimension policies. He is a senior expert of the European Expert Network on Economics of Education, which includes some of the leading European experts in education and advises the European Commission. In Croatia, he is a member of the National Committee for Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education, of the National Council for Human Resources Development, of the Accreditation Council of the Agency for Science and Higher Education, and of the Governing Board of the National Center for External Evaluation of Education.

He has repeatedly served as consultant and expert in prominent international organizations like the World Bank and the European Commission, various government bodies, higher education institutions and professional organizations, working on the reform and development of higher education, as well as on social and economic development. He is the author and editor of numerous professional and scientific publications concerning higher education policy development.