Lecturers School of Hospitality

Daniel O' Connell

Daniel O'Connell 'After in-house training and work-experience in Graphic Photography in the USA in the later part of the ‘70s, I returned to London and entered a 3-year course in Homeopathy. Following a number of years of private practice and an entrepreneurial project in natural foods, I returned to Dublin, Ireland in 1989/1990 and completed a Diploma in TEFL. Since arriving in Holland in 2002, I have been teaching English at Wittenborg.'

Drs. Ing Emiel Schiphorst MBA, SMP

Drs. Ing. Emiel Schiphorst MBA, SMP at Wittenborg University. Experienced Marketing Professional. Wide network and over 12 years’ experience in Marketing, Sales and New Product Development. Professional in leading international marketing, sales and new product development teams. Certified Senior Marketing Professional (SMP). Examiner in the specialism Marketing & Sales for the Dutch Institute of Marketing (NIMA). Author of the book Product Management® (2008, 2012 second edition) from Pearson Education, with practical marketing management cases from Heineken BeerTender® and ReadSupport®.

Dr. Saskia Harkema MBA

Dr Saskia Harkema, Leading Researcher and Lecturer at Wittenborg University. Saskia combines practical experience with an academic background. She has a degree in Sociology and Business Administration. Additionally she obtained her PhD on the basis of research into ways of improving innovation and renewal within organizations. She has developed into an expert in the field of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Change management. Saskia combines her academic expertise with knowledge about and experience in management within SME’s and Multinationals like Philips and Sara Lee.

Esther Gitonga

Esther Gitonga, MSc. - After graduating with honors in Hospitality & Tourism management at Kenyatta University Esther came to the Netherlands to study at Wageningen University. Esther has a Master degree in leisure, tourism & environmental studies. She is currently preparing for her PhD at Wageningen University, in a joint suprevision with Wittenborg, in which she is exploring climate change adaptation options for marginalized tourism dependent communities in Africa. Esther is fascinated about travel.

Dr. Alexander Bauer

Dr. Alexander Bauer has many years of working experience in international sales and marketing and combines this practical experience with an academic background (PhD in International Business Management). In 2014 he decided to become a lecturer and brought his international Sales & Marketing and Management experience into the Wittenborg classroom. Besides being a lecturer Dr. Bauer is also involved in the Wittenborg Research Centre.

Dr. Peter Odgers

Dr. Peter Odgers has written three books in the areas of hospitality operations and management one of which has been adopted as a standard text by the HCIMA and other UK academic bodies. His Master of Philosophy in International Hospitality Management was awarded by the University of Buckingham in 1996. Peter Odgers has a broad experience of the hospitality industry. At the University of Brighton he is senior lecturer in hospitality management and a guest Lecturer on MSc International Hospitality Management and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg.

Melike Almaz-Nieuwenburg, MSc

Melike Almaz-Nieuwenburg, MSc , MSc - By working in audit and control areas Melike has 8 years of professional banking experience. She combined her professional experience with relevant academic background with 2 master studies in Banking and financial management.