Researchers and Lecturers involved in Research

Professor Ronald Tuninga

Prof. Ronald S.J. Tuninga is Vice President Academic Affairs at Wittenborg, Professor of International Business at the HAN, the Netherlands, Professor Emeritus at Kingston University London, UK, and Honorary Dean at AVT Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Kingston Business School, London, Director of the PhD Programme at the Open University and the Director Dean of the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. Before coming to Maastricht, he was the Associate Dean and Director MBA Programs at Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands. He was responsible for the full-time MBA programme, the Rochester-Nyenrode Executive MBA programme, and the part-time MBA programme in cooperation with Kellogg School of Management, US, and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  

Prof. Tuninga has also been the Academic Dean at the Faculty of Business Administration at the Open University in the Netherlands. He was an Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a visiting professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, Copenhagen Business School, and Odense University, Denmark. 
His research publications have appeared in various journals and he has lectured extensively both in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is involved in many international projects funded by the Dutch Government, World bank, European Union and other international organisations. He has been a consultant for such companies as Melitta North America and GE and a partner of the Holland Consulting Group. 

Esther Bakker-Gitonga, MSc, Head School of Hospitality

Esther Bakker, MSc, has a master’s degree in Leisure Tourism and Environment Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After graduating with honours in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Esther worked as a restaurant supervisor, consulted in hospitality start-ups, and has worked in higher education both in Kenya and the Netherlands. She is currently preparing for her PhD in exploring climate change adaptation options for marginalised, tourism-dependent communities in Africa.

Dadi Chen, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Dadi Chen, PhD, is presently a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and the Programme Coordinator at the Amsterdam campus. He obtained a PhD degree in education from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and received his master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics & Applied Linguistics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He is a highly motivated educator, researcher, and project coordinator. He has extensive experience in intercultural communication and international cooperation, project design, and social media promotion. Dadi teaches modules such as Leadership and Management in Education, Research Methods, Intercultural Management, etc., and tutors Professional-Based Learning, Personal Development Plans, etc.

Teun Wolters, PhD, Professor of Applied Sciences

Teun Wolters, PhD, is an economist, researcher and consultant active in the acquisition of national and EU research and implementation projects, followed up by project management, field research and operating as editor and writer of books and articles. As an independent consultant, he has been active as a developer of projects in developing countries and researcher for the EU, most recently in Kenya and Cameroon. In recent years, he has been active as Professor of Corporate Sustainability at Wittenborg and a lecturer in various business subjects serving various universities of applied sciences. He has a first-degree qualification to teach economics and business administration. In recent years, he has been a supervisor of master’s students working on their final theses.  

Leo Dana, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Leo Dana, PhD, 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. 

Joop Remmé, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Joop Remmé, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in Philosophy. From his competence and within a network of professionals, he offers services around stakeholder management, Code of Conduct/Corporate Values and Integrity Management. 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 teaches 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. Since 1998, Joop has contributed to management development at a variety of well-known international companies. 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.

Muhammad Ashfaq, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Muhammad Ashfaq, PhD, has an extensive international background in management, finance and Islamic ecosystem spanning over 10 years. He was awarded two consecutive scholarships during his banking and finance studies at Hailey College of Banking & Finance, University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He graduated with an MBA from Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in 2011, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Islamic banking and finance from Eberhard Karl University Tuebingen, Germany.

Muhammad is a trainer and consultant, and is the Chief Executive of Amanah IIFE, an ethical banking and Islamic finance consulting firm based in Germany and Pakistan. Prior to joining Amanah IIFE, Mr Ashfaq worked in various positions as Scientific Staff/Lecturer at Rhine-Waal University in Germany, and Specialist Finance at Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH. He is also a visiting faculty member of the International MBA programme at Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, where he regularly teaches Financial Management.

Muhammad has also delivered numerous guest lectures in the area of traditional finance, Islamic finance, banking, global halal industry, corporate governance and Islamic law in various institutions as well as conducting a TV lecture series for Paghiam TV. He has written various research articles and has attended and spoken at several national and international conferences in more than 25 countries. He is an established writer and has contributed several chapters in different books, and co-edited a book on the topic of Finance, Ethics and Islamic banking.

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD, 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.

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, Director of Doctoral College

Professor Ad Kil, PhD, is the Director, Doctoral College 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. 

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.

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD, graduated in Tourism from UNIOESTE, Brazil, and continued with a specialisation in Human Resources Management at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. She earned a Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hotels Management at Universidad de Extremadura, Spain, and a PhD in Business Management at UP, Brazil. She also conducted post-doctorate research at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Maria's academic experience of more than two decades as a lecturer has been devoted to technical, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She is a member of the Editorial Board on Journal of Tourism - Studies and Research in Tourism and a Member of the Reviewers’ Committee for the International Journal of Academic Research in Management.

Amy M. Abdou, MA

Amy Abdou, MA, attained her MA degree majoring in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in December 2003. In 2001, she graduated from the University at Albany, US, with an MA in Sociology. In 2003, Amy started her career as a programme manager at the University of Amsterdam, and in 2008 she became the Project Coordinator of the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy. From 2009 to 2010, she was a lecturer at Webster University, the Netherlands, teaching Applied Behavioural and Social Sciences. She then became a lecturer in the Nyenrode New Business School, the Netherlands, in Leadership and Transformative Business, Sociology and Cross-Cultural Management. At the same business school, she became the Educational Development Officer in 2015. Amy has worked for Wittenborg since October 2017 as a senior lecturer in the subjects of Entrepreneurship and Society, Entrepreneurial Behaviour, Management, Leadership & Organisation, and Sociology & Organisational Behaviour.