Management Team

The WUAS management team supports the non-executive board and the executive in the day to day running of WUAS and its representatives are from all departments, educational and non educational.

Professor Ronald Tuninga

Prof. Ronald S.J. Tuninga is Vice-President Academic Affairs and Chair of the Academic Advisory Panel at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. He is Emeritus Professor and the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor International and Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Kingston University, London, UK. He is also Honorary Dean at AVT Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been the Director of the PhD Program and Professor of International Management and Marketing at the Open University of the Netherlands, Visiting Professor at various international business schools, and is the former Director Dean and Professor of International Business and Marketing at the Maastricht School of Management. 

Prof. Tuninga has been involved in many international projects funded by the Dutch government, the World Bank, European Union, United Nations and other international organisations. From 2007 until 2009, he was the President of the International Management Development Association. He was the Vice-Chair of the International Management Board (Board of Trustees), Chair of the Faculty of Assessors and a member of the IAAB of the Association of MBAs (AMBA – UK). He has been a member or chair of more than 50 AMBA assessment teams to business schools around the globe. He has been a consultant for companies, such as Melitta North America and GE, and a partner of the Holland Consulting Group.

Rauf Abdul, PhD, MSc, MBA

Rauf Abdul, PhD, MSc, MBA, holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from UT in addition to an MBA and MSc in Business. His main focus in research is on issues related to Human Resource Management (HRM). Currently, he is interested in research on HR competencies for future industries, such as competency profiles required for the smart industry (industry 4.0). He loves teaching and supervising graduate and postgraduate students for their graduation assignment/final projects. He contributes actively to Wittenborg's HRM department in the screening and hiring process of academic staff for various schools of the university, where he has developed and implemented various HR strategies and procedures. He has presented many research papers at several international conferences in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is conversant with the standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education system, and sits also on different assessment panels for educational programmes and institutional accreditation assessments.

Myra Qiu

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, is originally from Qingdao, China graduated with her Bachelor Business Administration in International Logistics Management at HAN University of Applied Sciences. She then went on to complete her MSc in Event Management and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a joint programme with the University of Brighton and Wittenborg University. Myra is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

She started working at Wittenborg since February 2014 and is a key member of the teams of Event Management, China Desk, and Education Operations. In addition she also coordinates the Academic Partnership Programmes with universities in Europe and Asian countries. 

Dadi Chen PhD

Dadi Chen, PhD, graduated from Leiden University and from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Foreign Linguistics & Applied Linguistics/Cross-Cultural Communication. He is a highly motivated teacher, researcher, and project coordinator. He has extensive experience in intercultural communication and international cooperation, project design, and social media promotion. He is also a freelance writer (in both Chinese and English) and photographer. Dadi has also experience at the Euro-China International Economic & Cultural Exchange Centre as a director. He is teaching Critical Perspectives in Education and Leadership and Management in Education at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

Lasantha De Silva MBA MA

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, 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. He applies innovative ideas, adapts to varying work situations and is flexible in approach to resolving challenges, fosters innovative solutions, and creates a work culture that rewards teamwork and cooperation. An alumnus of Wittenborg, having completed both his second masters - MBA in Finance in 2018 and bachelor's in Financial Services Management in 2008, he completed his first master's in Leadership, Innovation and Change Management from University of York St John. Having taught in the programmes of London School of Economics, Monash University, Herriot Watt University and Birmingham City University and at Wittenborg, his areas of lecturing are: Accounting, Finance, Banking and Financial Intermediation. Apart from his passion for teaching, he is also an expert in Trans-national Education, Education Management, Financial Modelling and Change Management.

Esther Bakker-Gitonga

Esther Gitonga, MSc, after graduating with honours in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, came to the Netherlands to study at Wageningen University. Esther has a master's degree in Leisure, Tourism & Environmental Studies. She is currently preparing for her PhD at Wageningen University, in a joint supervision with Wittenborg, in which she is exploring climate change adaptation options for marginalised, tourism-dependent communities in Africa. Esther is fascinated about travel.