Lecturers School of Hospitality

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.

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.

Leo Dana, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Leo Dana, PhD, started at Wittenborg in 2019. Previously, he was an employee of McGill University and Concordia in Montreal, Canada, and deputy director of the IB MBA at Nanyang, Singapore. He is also Professor at Montpellier Business School, France, and a member of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation chair, which is part of LabEx Entrepreneurship - University of Montpellier… read more.

Joop Remmé, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Joop Remmé, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Philosophy. From his competence and within a network of professionals, he offers services around stakeholder management, Code of Conduct/Corporate Values and Integrity Management. He is experienced in creating and facilitating learning networks and stakeholder networks, also experienced at… 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.

Lucy Omwoha, MSc, Lecturer & Project Week Coordinator

Lucy Omwoha, MSc, is a research student at the School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, UK. She completed her undergraduate studies in International Business Management in 2012 and master's studies in International Event Management in 2014. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Brighton. With six years of experience as an educator,… read more.

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Events Management at Wittenborg. In 2000 he embarked on an academic career, having previously worked in a number of hospitality businesses from small restaurants to 5 star chain hotels in Greece, Germany and the UK. He… read more.

Muhammad Ashfaq, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Muhammad Ashfaq, PhD, has an extensive international background in management, finance and Islamic ecosystem spanning over 10 years. He was awarded two consecutive scholarships during his banking and finance studies at Hailey College of Banking & Finance, University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He graduated with an MBA from Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany,… read more.

Gilbert Silvius, PhD

Gilbert Silvius, PhD, is an experienced lecturer, researcher and consultant, with a focus on project management and information management. He has over 20 years’ experience in organisational change and IT projects and is a member of the international enable2change network. Gilbert has published over a 100 academic papers and several books, and supervises academic research at… read more.

Doron Zilbershtein, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Doron Zilbershtein, PhD, graduated from North Central University, US, in Business Administration with specialisation in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. He is a dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience teaching the hybrid method online, as well as teaching face to face classes utilising the Blended Learning/Socratic method. He has a proven track record of… read more.

George Bosire, MBA, Lecturer

George Bosire, MBA, is a highly analytical, adaptable and result-driven individual who believes in cross-border business integration and linkages that promote shared long-term advantages amongst players in an increasingly connected global business. He attained a certified Public Accountancy qualification in Kenya, Financial Management in Dublin, Ireland, Finance and Control in… read more.

Emmah Nyambura Muchoki, MSc, Lecturer

Emmah Muchoki, MSc, studied Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and attained her BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2007. She became a lecturer at Hemland College, Kenya, in Hospitality and Tourism in 2010, and from 2014 to 2016, she was Head of School of Hospitality, Tourism and Foreign Languages at Hemland College. Emmah is… 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.

Fjorentina Muco, MSc

Fjorentina Muco, MSc, graduated from university with a master’s degree in Methodology, "Teaching English Through Multiple Intelligences" in 2004. Since then, she has worked in the teaching and business sectors for 20 years. Her passion and enthusiasm for these 2 worlds made her travel in Europe where she taught English and Business Communication skills to people for either… read more.

Alexander Bauer, PhD

Alexander Bauer, PhD, has more than a decade of international sales and management experience. Before he joined academia in 2014, he worked as an International Sales Manager – leading global sales teams, conducting negotiations on a global level with customers and suppliers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He studied Business Management with a major in Marketing… read more.

Marc de Jong, MA, Lecturer

Marc de Jong, MA, graduated in 1991 with an MA in International Relations & German Language at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Specialising in West-German unification policy in the 1980s, he did a traineeship at the German Parliament during the exciting unification process from 1989 to 1990. He received a scholarship from the Germany Institute in Amsterdam,… read more.

Mariví Martinez Brocca, MSc, Lecturer & Process Tutor

Marivi Martinez Brocca, MSc, graduated in Law and, despite originally intending to become a tax inspector, she changed her professional direction to work as a language teacher. She has taught in Spain, the French Antilles, Portugal and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, she has taught in various institutions and private schools, such as the Hogeschool voor Economische… 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.

Peter Saes, MA, Lecturer

Peter Saes, MA, graduated from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an MA Ling, from the University of Nottingham, UK, with an MA Eng. Studies, and from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (TTC), the Netherlands. Peter has two businesses of his own in language acquisition and services and develops language learning courses. He also has an army background as a… read more.

Radostina Zasheva, MSc, Lecturer

Radostina Zasheva, MSc, graduated in 2011 with a master’s degree from Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, in Leisure, Tourism and Environment. After graduating, she worked for several non-governmental organisations dedicated to Sustainability, Human Rights and… read more.

Hans van Halteren, Lecturer

Hans van Halteren, is an expert in training and guiding teacher/management teams who are in the process of implementation of competence-based learning. He has consulting experience in education management and is specialised in business and commercial-related education and practical education. Designer of the 'College Company' concept, Hans has a creative mind… read more.

Lucinda Douglas

Lucinda Douglas works in the field of sales, and is an inspirational speaker and talkshow host. She is often hired by companies to conduct Sales Symposia, and also hired by entrepreneurs and networks to speak on Yes You Can achieve your goals. Lucinda also helps entrepreneurs with visibility. Lucinda has written various books, from bestsellers in the US to… read more.

Daniel Freeman, Ed.D.

Daniel Freeman, Ed.D, holds a Doctor in Education of Global Sport Leadership from East Tennessee State University, a Masters of Science in Exercise Science/Sport Management from University of Louisiana Monroe, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from UNC Charlotte. He has been working in higher education (athletics, then institutional advancement) for over 6 years. He has… read more.

André de Waal, PhD

André de Waal, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Economics. As an independent consultant, he focuses on performance management and high-performance organisations. He has been teaching and conducting projects in this field in countries like China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Surinam, UK, Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, South-… read more.

Mats Carlbäck, PhD

Mats Carlbäck, PhD, holds a PhD in Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law from the University of Gothenburg. Next to his appointment at Wittenborg, he is an assistant professor at the School of Culinary Art, Meal Science and Hospitality at Örebro University in Sweden. Previously, he has held managerial roles in Sweden and the UK and owned and managed… read more.

S. Berndt Exenberger, MSc

Berndt Exenberger, MSc, is an associate lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland, Austria, and the ARGE Bildungsmanagement/Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business, a master’s in Law from the University of Vienna, and a master’s in Supervision from ARGE… read more.

Conor Sheehan, PhD

Conor Sheehan, PhD, graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, after which he moved to London to pursue his initial career in 'rooms division management' at Claridge's Hotel and subsequently two other luxury west-end outlets. Later, he made the move into hospitality education at Westminster College where he taught human resource management and applied hospitality business… read more.

Gary Brickley, PhD

Gary Brickley, PhD, earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton, UK, in 1999 and PhD in final experimental research from Queensland University, Australia, in the same year. As an expert in Applied Sport and Exercise Science, he is motivated by applying theory to sporting challenges. Having coached at six Paralympic Games he has a strong reputation in… read more.

Michael Williams, PhD

Michael Williams, PhD, joined the School of Sport and Service Management at Wittenborg in March 2008 as a member of the Events Management team. Prior to joining Wittenborg, he was responsible for managing the festival programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.Michael has also… read more.

Maria Vrasida, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Maria Vrasida, PhD, holds a PhD from the University of Thessaly (Greece) in the field of urban and spatial planning, as well as a Master in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Liverpool (UK). Maria currently works as a tourism development consultant for several municipalities in Greece, and teaches tourism planning and management-related courses in many academic… read more.

Michael Luxenberger, MA

Michael Luxenberger, MA, is a teacher at ITM in Bad Vöslau and as such responsible for two modules, namely, Contemporary Issues in the International Service Industry and Intercultural Management. He holds a Magister in English, Geography and Economics (teacher education programme) from the University of Graz, Austria, 2016 and a Master of Arts in Business in… read more.

Wieland Curdt, MSc

Wieland Curdt, MSc, holds a master’s degree in Consulting and Management of Social Structures from the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria and a degree in Protestant Theology from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. He is an evangelical pastor as well as an independent coach and organisational developer, accompanying change-processes and developing… read more.

Alberto Forte, PhD

Alberto Forte, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and an adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna where he teaches Tourism Economics in the Economics Department. His career in teaching and research at HE level started in 2004 when he embarked, as a recipient of the School of Sport and Service Management (University of Brighton, UK), on a PhD research project in… read more.

Barbara Doninger MA

Barbara Doninger, MA, graduated from the University of Interpretation and Translation in Vienna in translation. She teaches French language courses on three levels from beginner to advanced.

Cornelia Lurger, MA

Cornelia Lurger, MA, is a lecturer at ITM Bad Vöslau, Austria, and responsible for the modules International Marketing and Enterprise Technology and Innovation. She holds a master's degree in Arts in Business in Leadership in Tourism & Hospitality from the FH Wien der WKW, Austria, as well as a master's degree in Entrepreneurship in Tourism & Leisure from the… read more.

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Romy Buchheim, graduated from Reinwardt Academy in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, in Theory of Education. She is a certified interpreter of Dutch/Italian and translator of Dutch/Italian for ITV Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands, experienced in freelance services for translation, interpreting, editing/proofreading,… read more.

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD, graduated in Tourism from UNIOESTE, Brazil, and continued with a specialisation in Human Resources Management at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. She earned a Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hotels Management at Universidad de Extremadura, Spain, and a PhD in Business Management at UP, Brazil. She also conducted post-doctorate… read more.