Our Team of Researchers

Maggie Feng, MSc

Maggie Feng MSc, has worked in the higher education industry for more than 10 years after graduating from Master of Science programme in Facility Management, from the University of Greenwich, UK. Maggie also holds a Bachelor in Information Services Management, completed in the Netherlands as well as Engineering Management from China. Maggie has management experience in many disciplines, including: marketing, sales, communication, event, HRM, Project Management, Information Management, student accommodation and facility management.

Dr Teun Wolters, PhD

Teun Wolters, PhD – ‘Since September 2011 Dr Teun Wolters has held the position of applied research professor of Corporate Sustainability at Wittenborg University. This involves setting up research, lecturing, writing, supervision and course development. I continue to be interested in research in environmental and sustainability strategies; management consulting in international chains starting in developing countries; Executive Director of a Dutch NGO in these fields. Simultaneously, he has worked with Statistics Netherlands in the area of the measurement of the New Economy, and was consultant with TNO and EIM.'

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, licencies, 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 specializes in environmental issues, like odour reduction and elimination of pollution from factories, large kitchens and petrochemical industry.

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 Bakker-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.Muhammad Ashfaq, MBA

Dr.Muhammad Ashfaq, MBA is highly motivated individual with the goal of empowering people by giving them right education and trainings in variety of disciplines to uplift their standard of living.

Peter Odgers, M.Phil

Peter Odgers, M.Phil, 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 the MSc and BA degree programmes offered jointly with the University of Brighton at Wittenborg.

Dr. Jo-Anne Lester

Dr.Jo-Anne Lester is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Event Management, MSc International Hospitality Management, and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg. Prior to entering education, she gained considerable operational experience in tour operating and on cruise ships.

Dr. Ioannis Pantelidis

Dr. Ioannis Pantelidis 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 prefers research that can see practical applications in industry. His PhD topic focuses on the personality of the hospitality consumer and technology acceptance. He is the co-author of the best selling text, Food and Beverage Management and has published and presented papers in numerous international conferences and established academic journals such as the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. 

Kriszta Rostas, MSc

Kriszta Rostas - in 2015 she obtained her master diploma at Utrecht University in International Business and Economics on International Management track. In parallel with her master program, she has worked as project assistant and researcher at the lectureship of International Business at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. At wittenborg University she is conducting research for the education department.

Dr.Anna Bos-Nehles

Dr.Anna Bos-Nehles - is a lecturer in the field of Human Resource Management. Her main research interest lies in the role of line managers towards HRM implementation effectiveness and their effect on innovative employee behavior. In the first sub-topic she focuses on how line managers implement HR policies and practices at the operational level and in the second sub-topic her interest lies in the way line managers can shape the innovative behavior of employees in all areas of the organization.

Dr.Geert de Haan, MSc

Dr.Geert de Haan, MSc - Educated in Cognitive Psychology, he calls himself Cognitive Ergonomist because of his work in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Cognitive Ergonomics trying to adapt Information Technology to the capabilities and limitations of human users and to find ways to make computer systems functional, easy to use, easy to learn, and pleasant to work with. These demands are getting increasingly more important, now that we are moving with our personal live into digital information ecologies.

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA Med

Bert Meeuwsen, MBA Med - is born in the Netherlands has lived in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Bert has organization sciences research on: ‘Interventional preferences due to organization cultural differences of personnel within the Netherlands’ Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan’; ‘Perception positioning, and consultancy to management, of a school for secondary education in the Greater Rotterdam Area’; ‘Adult education as change intervention’, within implementation of enterprise resources planning system’ With his international experience he is educating Wittenborg students.

Dr.Gilbert Silvius

Dr.Gilbert Silvius  (1963) - is a ‘practitioner turned academic’, with extensive experience in management, consulting, research and education. He is professor at LOI University of Applied Sciences and senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg. Gilbert is considered an expert in project management and information management, and has published over a 100 academic papers and several books.

Dr Udo Merkel

Dr. Udo Merkel is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management. He holds various degrees from British and German universities in the Social Sciences and Sport Sciences. Over the last twenty years, he has worked at a number of universities in mainland Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia....

Dr. Nicolet C.M.Theunissen

Dr. Nicolet C.M.Theunissen is Head of Wittenborg Research Centre and as such responsible for the strategic research agenda and the monitoring of the overall academic quality at Wittenborg. Her current research subject is Virtues for the 21th century: moral competences and moral development using ubiquitous learning techniques. For more information about publications and research: ntheunissen.nl

Dr. Steven Goss-Turner

Dr. Steven Goss-Turner - Following a career within the HRM departments of a then major international hotel company, Steven joined the University of Brighton. He has a PhD (Brighton), MSc in Human Resource Development (Portsmouth) and a BA in Hotel and Catering Management (Strathclyde). He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He is widely published and is currently reviewing the text “Human Resource management in the Hospitality Industry” for the publication of its 10th edition in 2019. He is Honorary Research Fellow, University of Brighton and is still engaged in the supervision of PhD candidates and writing joint articles with his recent PhD graduates.