Research Faculty

Research Faculty

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, … read more.

Rauf Abdul, PhD, Head School of Business

Abdul Rauf, PhD, holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, in addition to an MBA and MSc in Business. He was actively involved in Human Resource Management and business consultancy and with his family business before starting his current teaching and academic research career. His main focus in research is on issues related to… read more.

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… read more.

Brigitte Nicoulaud, PhD

Brigitte Nicoulaud, PhD, 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… read more.

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough. PhD

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, PhD, 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… read more.

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… read more.

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… read more.

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… read more.

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… read more.

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… read more.

Gabor Molnar, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Gabor Molnar, PhD, is currently a Senior Lecturer at Wittenborg, a Silicon Flatirons Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder, US, and serves as the Evangelist of Video Service and Science Evangelist at Divitel. He is also associated with e-Conomics as a consultant. The clients of his consulting practice include Fortune 500 companies, SMEs, as well as governments. Gabor… read more.

Lucy Omwoha, MSc, Lecturer & Project Week Coordinator

Lucy Omwoha, MSc, is a research student at the School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton, UK. She completed her undergraduate studies in International Business Management in 2012 and master's studies in International Event Management in 2014. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Brighton. With six years of experience as an educator,… read more.

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,… read more.

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… read more.

Yasmina Khadir-Poggi, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Yasmina Khadir-Poggi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands, and a visiting lecturer at Wittenborg where she focuses on International Business and Management studies. Her teaching experience is extensive, spanning… read more.

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… read more.

Abu Manju, PhD, Senior Lecturer

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-… read more.

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… read more.

Arie T. Barendregt, PhD, Lecturer

Arie T. Barendregt, PhD, has been active in business-to-business sales and marketing management since 1980 all over Europe as well as the US. After completing his postgraduate marketing NIMA-C in 1994, Arie finished his MBA with distinction at Kingston University, UK, in 1996, studying how a medium-size packaging printing company could make a successful market entry into the… read more.

Mirjam Leloux, PhD

Mirjam Leloux, PhD, earned her PhD in Pharmacy from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. With extensive experience in entrepreneurship and research, she joined Wittenborg in 2013 as a lecturer in International Trade teaching undergraduate students. She has taught modules in Entrepreneurship & Innovation to both undergraduate and… read more.

Ad Kil, PhD, Director of Doctoral College

Ad Kil, PhD,  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, UK, and former Master of Conflict Management Research Manager,… read more.

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… read more.

Maryam Sharifi, PhD, Lecturer

Maryam Sharifi, PhD, holds a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), as well as a Master of Industrial Engineering from INP Grenoble (France) and an MBA from Amirkabir University of Technology Tehran (Iran). Maryam’s expertise is in the area of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. For her PhD studies, Maryam… read more.

Michael Schindl, PhD

Michael Schindl, PhD, is a lecturer at New European College, Germany, teaching Change Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Ethics. He holds a doctorate in Law from University of Vienna, Austria, and a Master in Economic Science from Wirtschafts Universität, … read more.

Thomass K. Hamann, PhD

Thomas K. Hamann, PhD, earned his doctorate in Cultural Dynamics: On Safeguarding Orchestras from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is at present the Executive Director of his own company at T. K. Hamann Gesellschaft mbH in Munich, Germany. Thomas has… read more.

Tina Huesing, PhD, Lecturer

Tina Huesing, PhD, holds a PhD in global leadership and an MBA. Next to her appointment at Wittenborg, she is a senior lecturer at New European College, Germany, and senior consultant at Wyrmwood Consulting.  Previously, she taught at the University of Auckland, New Zealand,… read more.

Vijay Kochar, PhD

Vijay Kochar, PhD, holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Design from Cambridge University. He is multilingual and has travelled extensively throughout his professional life. He has experience working in India, Australia, the US, Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. His key competences are in the area of customer, employee and results orientation, strategic agility,… read more.

Michael Williams, PhD

Michael Williams, PhD, joined the School of Sport and Service Management at Wittenborg in March 2008 as a member of the Events Management team. Prior to joining Wittenborg, he was responsible for managing the festival programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.Michael has also… read more.

Prof. Marina Dabic

Prof. 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… read more.

Alberto Forte, PhD

Alberto Forte, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Wittenborg and an adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna where he teaches Tourism Economics in the Economics Department. His career in teaching and research at HE level started in 2004 when he embarked, as a recipient of the School of Sport and Service Management (University of Brighton, UK), on a PhD research project in… read more.

Natália Leal, PhD

Natália Leal, PhD, is an Executive and Life Coach. She has over 20 years’ work experience across different countries and sectors, from academia and research, to policy making and NGO management: she is the former Chief Executive of WFTO and a former Lecturer at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Natália holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of… read more.

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… read more.

Mats Carlbäck, PhD

Mats Carlbäck, PhD, holds a PhD in Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law from the University of Gothenburg. Next to his appointment at Wittenborg, he is an assistant professor at the School of Culinary Art, Meal Science and Hospitality at Örebro University in Sweden. Previously, he has held managerial roles in Sweden and the UK and owned and managed… read more.

Anne-Marie Filip-Beil, PhD

Anne-Marie Filip-Beil, PhD, is a senior lecturer and as such is responsible for modules on quantitative and research methods. She holds a PhD in Mathematics from Duke University, US, and an MSc in Mathematics-Mechanics from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Besides her appointment at Wittenborg, Anne-Marie is a senior lecturer at New European College and a lecturer at the… read more.

Eike Fesefeldt, PhD

Eike Fesefeldt, PhD, studied law at the Philipps-Universität Marburg after graduating from the Gymnasium in 2004,. Between 2010 and 2012, he did an LL.M. at the Victoria-University of Wellington NZ. From 2010 to 2015, he wrote a PhD dissertation at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He became a judge at the District Court of Stuttgart, and from 2017 to 2019, he worked… read more.

Gary Brickley, PhD

Gary Brickley, PhD, earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton, UK, in 1999 and PhD in final experimental research from Queensland University, Australia, in the same year. As an expert in Applied Sport and Exercise Science, he is motivated by applying theory to sporting challenges. Having coached at six Paralympic Games he has a strong reputation in… read more.

Georg Brüderl, PhD

Georg Brüderl, PhD, has been a Sales & Marketing Executive Business Leader for many years, managing large businesses. He has more than 30 years’ work experience in the semiconductors & electronics industry with a track record in electronic engineering, economy and corporate management. His specialties are wide-ranging in the areas of leadership, people development,… read more.

André de Waal, PhD

André de Waal, PhD, graduated from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 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, UK, Poland, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, South-… read more.

Hashem Zarafat, PhD

Hashem Zarafat, PhD, is a freelance trainer, business researcher, and lecturer teaching a wide range of interdisciplinary and related courses such as finance, investment, entrepreneurship, venture capital & private equity, management research methods in business schools in Munich, Germany. As an award-winning lecturer and a mentor, he has successfully trained many local… read more.

Johan Winbladh, PhD

Johan Winbladh, PhD, is currently working on research for policy improvements and has a background in Management Consulting at Ernst & Young (now EY) in Stockholm, Sweden, and other locations in Europe and the US. At Ernst & Young, he was responsible for project management on various projects for international institutions running projects for quality assurance in… read more.

Marco Mossinkoff, PhD

Marco Mossinkoff, PhD, holds a PhD in branding and marketing strategy from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a master's degree in general economics from the same university and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Florence in Italy. He is currently associate professor at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute of the Amsterdam University… read more.

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… read more.

Maria Vrasida, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Maria Vrasida, PhD, holds a PhD from the University of Thessaly (Greece) in the field of urban and spatial planning, as well as a Master in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Liverpool (UK). Maria currently works as a tourism development consultant for several municipalities in Greece, and teaches tourism planning and management-related courses in many academic… read more.