Research Faculty

Research Faculty

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.

Leo Dana PhD

Leo Dana, PhD, started at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2019. Previously, he was an employee of McGill University and Concordia in Montreal, and deputy director of the IB MBA at Nanyang. Also, he is a Professor at Montpellier Business School and a member of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation chair, which is part of LabEx Entrepreneurship - University of Montpellier, France. This “laboratory of excellence” is funded by the French government in recognition of high-level research initiatives in human and natural sciences.

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.

Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud

Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud received her MBA and PhD from the French business school Bradford. Her experience encompasses teaching, advising, and education in management. She taught Advertising in the programs of Aston MBA and Executive Education. She is a specialist in MBA, post-experience, and PG. Experienced in the development and implementation of MBA curricula in all delivery modes as well as strategic leadership, she acts as an external advisor and external examiner on MBA programmes. 

Dr Carol Kaufman-Scarborough

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough has taught at the Camden Campus of Rutgers University for over 30 years. She is a committed teacher, author, and advocate for her students as a marketing professor at the School of Business. Following her role as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the School of Business, in addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, Carol became Director of the Business Leader Development Program in Summer 2012.

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.'

Clare Weeden PhD

Clare Weeden, PhD, is a Principal Lecturer in Tourism and Marketing at the School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, UK. After twelve years in the international hospitality industry, and on completion of an MBA, Clare entered academia at the University of Brighton. In 2008, she completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow. Following the publication of a monograph in 2013 entitled, "Responsible Tourist Behaviour", she co-edited 'Managing Ethical Consumption in Tourism' with Dr Karla Boluk. She is the Tourism Editor for Tourism and Hospitality Research (Sage), and on the Editorial Board of Tourism in Marine Environments (Cognizant Communication). Clare has reviewed articles for many international journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, the European Journal of Marketing, and Tourism Management. Clare's research interests focus on responsible tourism, ethical consumption in tourism, marketing for SME tour operators, and the ethics of cruise tourism. She has examined PhDs that explored the role of values in luxury hotel consumption, cruise passengers' perceptions of destination image, and the significance of romance in marketing ocean cruise tourism. She is an experienced PhD supervisor and welcomes inquiries from potential candidates interested in exploring the nexus of ethics, tourism, consumer behaviour, and marketing.

Joop Remmé PhD

Joop Remmé, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 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 at creating and facilitating learning networks and stakeholder networks, also experienced at preparing managers for corporate social responsibility and sustainability, focusing on stakeholder dialogue. He also teaches at the Maastricht School of Management, 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 companies, such as ABN AMRO, Shell, and Unilever. He has been responsible for management at the Business Ethics Network of the Netherlands, the Society for Organisational Learning, NL, and Transparency International, NL.

Gabor Molnar PhD

Gabor Molnar, PhD, is an experienced senior business development professional with a demonstrated history of working in the high-tech industry, skilled in Business Development, Sales, Sales Management, Strategic Partnerships, and International Sales. Gabor has a strong academic background with a PhD focused on Interdisciplinary Telecommunications. Research interests include technology innovations, data science, and applied artificial intelligence.

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.

Muhammad Ashfaq PhD

Muhammad Ashfaq PhD, is highly motivated individual with the goal of empowering people by giving them the correct education and training in a variety of disciplines to raise 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.

Angela Benson PhD

Angela M Benson, PhD,  is a Principal Lecturer in Tourism at the School of 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. In 2010 Angela was made an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. Prior to her career as an academic, she worked for 13 years in leisure and recreation, managing a range of facilities and events. Angela has published over 20 articles and chapters in the areas of Volunteer Tourism, Volunteering at Mega Events, Best Value, Sustainability and Research Methods.

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos PhD

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos, PhD, graduated from the University of Barcelona in Pedagogy (Distance Education & Instructional Technology). Dr. Vlachopoulos has worked as faculty member in different universities, including the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Open University of Catalonia, the Open University of Cyprus, the European University Cyprus, the University of Liverpool, the University of Roehampton London, Essex University, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, and the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is Senior Researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Yasmina Khadir-Poggi PhD

Yasmina Khadir-Poggi, PhD, completing the PhD from the Trinity Business School in Dublin, she has an MSc from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in France in Business Administration. Her teaching experience is extensive with 18+ years, and she has been involved in developing curricula and courses, specifically in the fields of Strategy, International Business, and Management. She has taught classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and in multicultural environments. She also supervised master’s dissertations and different research projects for undergraduates. Yasmina's research interests primarily concern organisational theory, knowledge management, knowledge-based strategy, and activity theory. Her PhD explored organisational knowledge creation and emergence using activity theory. She is an active researcher who has published in academic journals and presented papers at several conferences. She also regularly acts as a reviewer.

Sam M. Pour PhD

Sam M. Pour PhD, completing his PhD from Eastern Mediterranean University in Industrial Engineering: Operation Research & Optimisation. He is an academician/field expert who values continuous learning as a researcher, applying knowledge as field expert and transferring it as lecturer. He has studied both Industrial Engineering and Facility, and Real Estate Management, specialised in a systematic approach to problem-solving and Smart Solutions & Technologies. His solutions in Business Analysis, Operation Management, and Strategic Supply Chain Management have helped organisations to enhance the performance, effectiveness, and productivity of their activities. He is best known for his skills in explaining sophisticated issues in an easy to understand form, thinking out of the box, handling multiple tasks, and a high degree of cultural awareness and conflict-reconciliation skills in the working environment.

Tauseef Ali PhD

Tauseef Ali, PhD, graduated in Biometric Pattern Recognition. He was technical lead on a project called “Balljames” funded by SciSports and also worked on design and implementation of computer vision and machine learning algorithms for application development on embedded systems. He was nominated for the best teacher award in 2014 at the University of Twente in the course of electric circuit analysis, and awarded a scholarship for master’s study in Engineering in South Korea by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He is also a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council, and was awarded a merit scholarship by the Graduate School at Myongji University in South Korea.

Jo-Anne Lester PhD

Jo-Anne Lester, PhD, 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.

Geert de Haan PhD MSc

Geert de Haan, PhD 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.

Gilbert Silvius PhD

Gilbert Silvius, PhD, 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.

Nicolet C.M.Theunissen PhD

Nicolet C.M.Theunissen, PhD, 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

Milena van Voorden PhD

Milena van Voorden, PhD, is an experienced scholar in law. She holds a PhD and a master's degree in Legal Sciences and she has been teaching since 2009, when she enrolled in a PhD program at her Alma Mater - the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. Until 2016, she also worked as a freelance English teacher and translator, and as a Junior Chief Accountant in a private accounting firm. Currently, she is a lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn and at NHTV University of Applied Sciences in Breda.
Despite specialising in criminal law and criminal proceedings, Milena is passionate about many different aspects of law. She is continuously learning and broadening her field of expertise. She also holds many different certificates, including language certificates, and official teaching and accounting permits. In Wittenborg, she is a lecturer in several law modules, as well as an Academic Supervisor. She strongly believes in an open-door policy and is always willing to help students who might have legal interests or questions.

Doron Zilbershtein PhD

Doron Zilbershtein, PhD, graduated from North Central University in Business Administration with specialisation in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. He is a dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience teaching the hybrid method online, as well as teaching face to face classes utilising the Blended Learning/Socratic method. He has a proven track record of engaging graduate and adult students by integrating real-world business case studies into the classroom. Continuously developing grade-boosting initiatives and creating lesson plans that yield impressive results, he is known for motivating college and adult learners to set and achieve realistic goals in and outside the classroom. Doron is adept at establishing a positive learning experience and responding effectively to the needs of faculty members and students, and possesses strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and organisational culture skills, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.

Abu Manju PhD

Abu Manju, PhD, graduated with his first degree in Statistics, then completed an MSc in Statistics at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, followed by a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2016. His doctoral thesis considered the development and application of statistical methods for optimally designing the nested cost-effectiveness randomised clinical trials. In June 2016, Abu started working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS), MSD in Oss, the Netherlands. In this role, he performed statistical research to develop appropriate performance measures, criteria, and experimental designs for the robustness of microbiological methods. He also works as a lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

Udo Merkel PhD

Udo Merkel, PhD, 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.

Alexander Bauer PhD

Alexander Bauer, PhD, 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.

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.

Joost Vos, PhD

Joost Vos, PhD (1960) studied Pharmacy at the University of Utrecht. Het worked for ten years at Schwabe Group in the functions of quality and production manager at the plants in Philadelphia (USA) and Alkmaar (Nl). As of 1999 he works as a Managing Consultant at TNO Management Consultants. In his job he combines strategic advice, research and education. In 1984 Joost Vos worked as a chemistry teacher. As of 2001 Joost is a guest Lecturer at various Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. At Wittenborg Joost Vos is a Senior Lecturer as of 2013.

Arie T. Barendregt PhD

Arie Barendregt, PhD, graduated at the University of Kingston-upon-Thames in the UK. He has supported companies with advice on marketing, strategy, and sales. He also teaches marketing and strategy. He is an emphatic people manager, coach, team player, builder of bridges. He has experience in designing and execution of strategies to position European B2B companies. Also, he has experience in design, creation, and embedding of European partnerships & alliances. He is a part-time lecturer at many well-known universities.

Mirjam Leloux, PhD

Mirjam Leloux joined Wittenborg in 2013 as a lecturer in International Trade teaching undergraduate students. With extensive experience in entrepreneurship and research, she has taught modules in Entrepreneurship & Innovation to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, alongside contributing to the development of Wittenborg Academic Research Centre. Currently, she is also Programme Manager at Amsterdam Science Park and Director at UVA.

André de Waal PhD

André de Waal, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Economics. As an independent consultant, he focuses on performance management and high-performance organisations. He has been teaching and conducting projects in this field in countries like China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Surinam, U.K., Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, South-Africa, Namibia, and Tanzania. André has been selected by managementboek.nl as one of the Dutch Masters in Management, ten people who have most influenced management thinking in the Netherlands in the past decade. His research into high-performance organisations and high-performance individuals attracts a lot of (international) attention. André has published over 400 articles and 30 books. His latest English book is "What Makes A High-Performance Organisation?" (2012). His latest Dutch book is "De High-Performance Overheids Organisatie" (2019).

Brian Holdstock PhD

Brian Holdstock, PhD, areas of expertise are in operational management based on 20 years employment as managing director of a medium sized subcontractor in the engineering sector. The company was a specialist supplier of surface treatments, principally electroplating and anodising....

Angela Maguire MA

Angela Maguire, MA graduated from the Open University in Business, Innovation & Creativity. She is a highly experienced director and senior lecturer in business and service sector management, with a background in the hospitality, retail, and tourism industry. She has experience in assessing and developing skills, executive-level exposure to liaising and networking on national and regional agendas with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government projects. Dynamic, highly motivated, focused on project management delivery, she is also experienced in providing advice and support for work-based higher education.

Marc Keech PhD

Marc Keech, PhD, is Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport and Service Management, specialising in Sport Policy and Sport Management, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Marc has been awarded a PhD, which examined the contribution of sport to the end of apartheid in South Africa (Staffordshire University), a BA (Hons) in Sport and Recreation Studies (Staffordshire University), and a PGCE (Further and Higher Education - Manchester Metropolitan University).

Steven Goss-Turner PhD

Steven Goss-Turner, PhD, 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.

Clifford Conway PhD MSc

Clifford Conway, PhD, graduated from Kingston University with a doctorate in Business Administration. He has 12 years of marketing and sales experience, plus over 15 years involved in management training and business research, and can offer advice on business planning for startups and social enterprises. Clifford Conway currently works at the Brighton Business School, University of Brighton. Clifford does research into Social Enterprise and Marketing. The current project is 'Social Enterprise.'

Jan Hendrik Hoekjen PhD

Jan Hendrik Hoekjen, PhD, graduated from Universiteit van Groningen, "MA History – Cultural History" in 2012. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2018 from the Universiteit van Utrecht. His dissertation was about ‘Pars melior nostri. The Structure of Spinoza’s Intellect’. (Analysis of the instrumental and structural importance of the notion ‘intellect’ in Spinoza’s metaphysics). He has a broad range of work experience, among which are: Editor, Inside Information (1998 – 2007),Chief Editor, Inside Information (2007-present), Literary Editor, Uitgeverij Gelderland (2010-present), Teacher, Office Academy (2010-present), Education Coordinator, Office Academy (2017-present). He is currently a lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

Dr Ad Kil

Dr Ad Kil is 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, United Kingdom, former Master of Conflict Management Research Manager, Maastricht University Law School. He is a senior lecturer at the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA), where he developed the Advocacy Skills Programme, and Radboud University's Law School.

Marina Dabic

Marina Dabic is Professor of Entrepreneurship and International Business at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business, Croatia, and Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK. Her research has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Ethics, European Management Journal, Thunderbird Business Review, Management Decision, JHRM, Journal of Manpower, amongst others. She is the editor of the International Journal of Transition and Innovation Systems, Inderscience, and her research areas include entrepreneurship, international business, innovation, management of technology and the impact of innovation on CEE countries. For her research she has been granted ALIS, Erasmus and Leonardo scholarships, and was grant holder of several EU projects and the JP TEMPUS Project: Fostering Entrepreneurships in Higher Education - FoSentHE.

James Bowen PhD, has many technology expertise. He provides business with advice and is the inventor of a task management system and an underwater localization device using passive sonar. He is associated with 8 universities including 3 in Europe where he teaches MBAs technology, entrepreneurship and strategy. At Wittenborg he is responsible for the development of Simulation Games and Online Programmes.