Non-Executive Management Team

The executive board is supported by a non-executive board (management team). This team assists the executive in making decisions on the development and growth of WUAS, including programme development, national and international accreditation, and corporate strategy.

Together with the executive management, the non-executive management team is responsible for the Strategic Plan.

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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.

Dr. Jan-Albert Dop

Jan-Albert Dop, PhD, graduated from Leiden University in Cultural History. Since 1978, he has worked for a number of companies as (interim) manager and consultant to top management in the field of strategy and communications, often in crisis situations or periods of rapid change. He is an experienced company spokesman and crisis manager. He also has extensive experience as a director/board member of non-profit organisations, including the Dutch campus of an American university, and he is familiar with the political arena of the Netherlands.

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.

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.