Faculty Involved in Research at Wittenborg

Joop Remmé, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Joop Remmé, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, graduated from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Philosophy and Historical Sciences, after which he did his PhD at Maastricht University. From his competence and within a network of professionals, he offers services around Stakeholder Management, Code of Conduct/Corporate Values and Integrity Management/Anti-corruption.

He is experienced in creating and facilitating learning networks and stakeholder networks, also experienced at preparing managers for corporate social responsibility and sustainability, focusing on stakeholder dialogue. Joop taught at the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands, at locations such as Kigali, Kuwait, Nanjing and Cairo. Between 2005 and 2015, this was mainly done abroad, from China to Peru, from Malta to Uganda.

He has published articles and textbooks on Stakeholder Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Integrity/Anti-corruption.

Since 1998, Joop has contributed to management development at a variety of well-known international companies, notably ABN AMRO. He has been responsible for management at the Business Ethics Network of the Netherlands, the Society for Organisational Learning and Transparency International. 

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 Erasmus year, she was introduced to international business studies, which became her main field of interest. Later, she graduated with a Master of Science in International Business and Economics, International Management at Utrecht University, School of Economics. At Wittenborg she is involved in a range of activities concerning quality management of education and accreditations, assurance of learning and quality maintenance.

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 several universities across Europe. He initiated and developed the first MSc in Project Management programme in the Netherlands and is considered a leading expert in the field of sustainable project management. After a 12-year career in the armed services, Gilbert Silvius joined Getronics as a consultant on business and IT alignment and project manager. He led a division of Getronics Consulting before joining HU University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, in 2002 as the first professor at HU Business School. He holds a PhD in information sciences from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and master’s degrees in economics and business administration. Gilbert is the 2013 recipient of the Sustainability Award of the Green Project Management organisation and an honorary fellow of the International Information Management Association.

Harry Maatjes

Harry Maatjes graduated in Mechanical Engineering and has been working in various companies, mainly in the field of environmental issues. Harry specialized in non-production management, like quality, business start-ups, licenses, after-sales service and finance. In 2003 he joined Wittenborg as a teacher in SME modules, finance and law. On occasion, he gives seminars on subjects of the professional aspects of modern business. From 2008 on he is a member of Wittenborg’s Trust with quality, finance and accreditation as fields of interest. Harry now owns a small company, which specialises in environmental issues, like odour reduction and elimination of pollution from factories, large kitchens and petrochemical industry.

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 and Sales in Germany and Estonia, holds a PhD in International Business Management and studies European Law besides his full-time job. Originally from Germany, Alexander settled down in Vienna, Austria, but spent many years abroad in the US, Belgium, Estonia, UK, Malaysia, Sweden, Mexico and the Netherlands. After a career as an International Sales Manager, Alexander joined academia and brought his practical sales and management experience into the classroom – first in the Netherlands and later back in Austria. Besides being a lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, he is also an Associate Lecturer in Austria, Germany and Slovenia and a Trainer for Presentation Skills, Rhetoric and Sales Trainings. His current research focuses on the utilisation of sales competition in sales trainings/sales education and the use of sales labs in sales trainings and the impact of the pandemic on businesses and sales in Austria. He is also a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Ad Kil, PhD, Vice President Applied Research

Professor Ad Kil, PhD, is the Vice President Applied Research at Wittenborg. He is also Professor of Professional Research Didactics and Director of Executive PhD Programmes at Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands, and Chendu, China, and Professor of Research at the Nordic International Management Institute, China. He is a former HRD professor at Nottingham Law School, UK, and former Master of Conflict Management Research Manager, Maastricht University Law School. Ad is a senior lecturer at the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA), where he developed the Advocacy Skills Programme, and Radboud University Law School, the Netherlands. 

Amy M. Abdou, MA, MA

Amy M. Abdou, MA, MA, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, teaches at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and IES Study Abroad. She is also a PhD candidate in the department of Science Business Innovation at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Amy’s research focuses the impact of subsidised social entrepreneurship on migrant communities in Amsterdam Zuidoost. She is frequently invited to speak on topics related to social entrepreneurship and leadership.

Aydan Ismayilova, MBA, MSc

Aydan Ismayilova, MBA, MSc, is an accomplished PMI accredited project management specialist with over 5 years of experience in the international event industry with a proven track record in managing complex mega-projects. She possesses knowledge of integrated planning approaches in large events across a number of key major event functions, including venue management, transport, security, logistics, as well as dependencies within venue teams and the infrastructure programme, confident of managing the full project lifecycle to achieve delivery on time, within budget and to the agreed quality specifications. Aydan is experienced in managing internal and external stakeholders to build positive and cooperative relationships and meeting their expectations. She is skilled in designing and implementing large-scale operational readiness projects with a focus on understanding capability gaps and developing training and testing tools to address them, such as tabletops, simulations, role-specific trainings and rehearsals.

Selina White, B.L., Grad. Dip.

Selina White, B.L., Grad. Dip., gained a B.A. International degree in Legal Science and French from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, and participated in the Erasmus programme at Université de Poitiers, France, for one academic year during her studies. She then obtained an LL.B. Bachelor of Laws degree also from the National University of Ireland, Galway, followed by a Graduate Diploma in European and Comparative Law from the University of Limerick, during which time she also worked as a part-time law tutor in Public (Constitutional) Law on an evening LL.B. programme. Selina was also awarded with a Professional Diploma in Legal French [Diplôme de Française Professionnel (Juridique B2)] from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, France, in association with Alliance Française, Dublin, Ireland. Selina began her legal career working as a Paralegal/Legal Executive in a general practice law firm in Ireland where she worked for six years assisting and supporting the principal solicitor of the firm with the provision of professional legal services to personal and commercial clients in various areas of law. Selina then worked as a Judicial Research Assistant for The Courts Service of Ireland for three years, where she was assigned to provide extensive research, writing and administrative assistance and support to a Judge of the High Court, including providing high-quality editing, proof-reading and summarisation services, in particular for draft court judgments, and engaged in thorough and in-depth research of Irish, European and international case-law and legislation, together with research of reports, policies and publications of various NGOs and international human rights bodies. Following this, she gained a professional degree qualification as a Barrister-at-Law (qualified lawyer) from The Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, and was formally called to the Bar of Ireland by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland in 2017. For the following five years, Selina practised as a Barrister-at-Law at the Bar of Ireland, specialising in providing courtroom advocacy, in-depth research and legal advices and opinions in complex legal matters in a broad mix of civil, commercial, and criminal litigation. During this time, Selina also gained experience as an independent legal consultant/contractor on numerous legal/commercial interdisciplinary projects, including large scale forensic document review, analysis and e-Discovery projects; commercial banking compliance and regulatory investigations; commercial contract, property and environmental law advice and support, during which she collaborated with numerous other legal professionals, senior management and stakeholders. She also has an interest in the legal technology sector and was involved in providing presentation and moderation support for a legal technology and e-Litigation online dispute resolution/remote hearing platform. Selina relocated to the Netherlands to live with her Dutch partner and joined Wittenborg in August 2022 as the Education & Research Administrator supporting both the Education Department and Research Centre.

Amal Abi Orm, MBA

Amal Abi Orm, MBA, is a Finance Administrator at Wittenborg. She holds master's degrees in finance and business administration from Wittenborg and the Modern University for Business & Science, respectively. After starting her professional journey two decades ago in Lebanon as an Executive Assistant and Accountant, Amal has advanced her career through roles in administration and accounting in both Lebanon and Kuwait. This trajectory has honed her organisational, analytical and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to sort, check and verify numerical data. Amal officially joined the Wittenborg team as a Financial Administrator in February 2023. In early 2024, she expanded her responsibilities beyond the finance department by joining the research centre team, focusing on project budgeting, financial payments and verification. Additionally, she oversees master's students at the Amsterdam campus.

Leo Dana, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Leo Dana, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, 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. This “laboratory of excellence” is funded by the French government in recognition of high-level research initiatives in human and natural sciences.