Education Board & its Members

WUAS’ programmes are developed and monitored by the Education Board, on the one hand to be compared to a research and development department of an organisation, and on the other hand to a programme management team within a higher education institute. The Board is comprised of key WUAS staff, concerned with the development and deployment of the programmes, including the Executive Director of Education, the Vice President Academic Affairs, the Heads of School, the Assurance of Learning Manager, the Head of Operations, WUAS’ locations representatives and various members of the teaching staff, depending on the programmes being discussed/developed. 
The chart below shows the structure of the Education Board. The aims of the Education Board are:

1.    To develop and have accredited new Bachelor and Master degree programmes.
2.    To maintain and re-develop all current Bachelor and Master degree programmes.
3.    To review feedback from students, teachers, (work placement) companies, business networks and WUAS’ alumni and take action on results.
 

The Education Board

The Education Board is responsible for aligning its programmes with the professional field and requirements of the market, and interacts with the ‘outside world’ through its contact with the advisory bodies and the professional field.

Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, President

Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, graduated with a bachelor's degree in teaching from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, in 1997. After this, Peter continued his studies through the UK Open University, completing a Master of Arts in Education Management. His degree was carried out during a period of employment at IJselland (later Saxion)… read more.

Rauf Abdul, PhD, Head School of Business

Abdul Rauf, PhD, holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in addition to an MBA and MSc in Business. He was actively involved in Human Resource Management and business consultancy and with his family business before starting his current teaching and academic research career. His main focus in research is on issues related to… read more.

Esther Bakker-Gitonga, MSc, Head School of Hospitality

Esther Bakker, MSc, has a master’s degree in Leisure Tourism and Environment Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After graduating with honours in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Esther worked as a restaurant supervisor, consulted in hospitality start-ups, and has worked in higher education both in Kenya and the… read more.

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, Head of Operations

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, originally from the banking sector, had a career change to Education in 2008. He comes with a strong managerial background in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. An alumnus of Wittenborg and University of York St. John, UK, he qualified with an MBA in Finance from the former and MA in Leadership, Innovation and Change… read more.

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, Manager Academic Partnerships

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Logistics Management at HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. She then went on to complete her MSc in Event Management and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, a joint programme with the University of Brighton and Wittenborg. Myra is a Fellow… read more.

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, Senior Lecturer

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, comes from a multidisciplinary background. He first graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1991, with a BSc in Psychology. After working for a couple of years he decided to further his studies and was able to obtain degrees in informatics and engineering management from Saxion, the Netherlands, a master’s in Business Administration (MBA)… read more.

Dadi Chen, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Dadi Chen, PhD, is presently a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and the Programme Coordinator at the Amsterdam campus. He obtained a PhD degree in education from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and received his master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics & Applied Linguistics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He is a highly motivated educator, researcher, and project… read more.

Daniel O' Connell

Daniel O'Connell entered into his father's business of bookstore and ordinance surveyor supplier in Ireland after completion of his secondary education. In 1979, Daniel moved to California and worked as a graphic photographer for a now-defunct company named Ananda Publications. After in-house training and work-experience in Graphic Photography in the USA in the later part of… read more.

Kriszta Kaspers-Rostas, MSc, Assurance of Learning Manager

Kriszta Kaspers-Rostas, MSc, completed her bachelor's studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in Finance and Banking at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In the second year of her bachelor's studies, she was an Erasmus student at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences studying International Business and Languages. During this… read more.

René Rijnders, MSc, Programme Coordinator

René Rijnders, MSc, has worked for the Dutch Board of the Hotel and Catering Industry for many years, focusing on Labour Market Research, Food Safety and Future Hospitality. He has participated in a number of publications on using the Design Thinking approach in concept development in hospitality. In 2013, he entered into teaching at Saxion Hospitality Business School, the… read more.

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA, MEd, Senior Lecturer

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA, MEd, was LtCol reserve in the Royal Netherlands Airforce and obtained the Senior Military Staff Officers Course certificate from the Dutch Ministry of Defence. He graduated with an MBA and Master of Education from LOI University, the Netherlands, and Driestar University, the Netherlands, respectively. He also holds various certificates such as PGCert.… read more.