Everyone at Wittenborg

Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, President

Peter Birdsall, MA.ed, graduated with a bachelor's degree in teaching from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, in 1997. After this, Peter continued his studies through the UK Open University, completing a Master of Arts in Education Management. His degree was carried out during a period of employment at IJselland (later Saxion)… read more.

Maggie Feng, MSc, CEO

Maggie Feng, MSc, is a Member of the Board and CEO at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. As CEO, she is responsible for Public Relations, Campus Development, Research Centre, Events and Communication. Next to general management, Feng is also a competent Erasmus+ project grant applicant and project manager.

Outside Wittenborg, Feng has also served as a jury… read more.

Karen Penninga

Karen Penninga has been a member of the Executive Board since 2015 and has special responsibility for Strategy and Policy within the institute. She has experience in many disciplines, including HRM, finances, management, marketing, communication, student applications and registrations and facilities. Karen has worked for Wittenborg since 2004.

Rauf Abdul, PhD, Head School of Business

Abdul Rauf, PhD, Head School of Business, 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… read more.

Brigitte Nicoulaud, PhD

Brigitte Nicoulaud, PhD, member of the International Academic Advisory Panel, 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… read more.

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, Head of Operations

Lasantha De Silva, MBA, MA, DIMM, originally from the banking sector, had a career change to Education in 2008. He comes with a strong managerial background in South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. An alumnus of Wittenborg and University of York St. John, UK, he qualified with an MBA in Finance from the former and MA in Leadership, Innovation and Change… read more.

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, Process & Quality Manager

Myra Qiu, MSc, FHEA, obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Logistics Management at HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. She then went on to complete her MSc in International Event Management and a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, a joint programme with the University of Brighton, UK, and Wittenborg. Myra is a… read more.

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, Senior Lecturer

Adeyemi Banjo, MSc, MBA, comes from a multidisciplinary background. He first graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1991, with a BSc in Psychology. After working for a couple of years, he decided to further his studies and was able to obtain degrees in informatics and engineering management from Saxion, the Netherlands, a master’s in Business Administration (MBA… 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

Dadi Chen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Applied Sciences and Programme Coordinator at Wittenborg's Amsterdam study location. 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 in China. He is a highly motivated educator,… read more.

Daniel O'Connell, MM, BMSc, Dipl.TEFL

Daniel O'Connell, MM, BMSc, Dipl. TEFL, Head of English Dept & Foundation Programme, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, moved to California in the 1970s and worked as a graphic designer for the now defunct Ananda Publications. In the latter part of the 1970s, Daniel returned to London and entered a 3-year course in Homeopathy and Flower Remedies of Dr Bach in London. To finance… read more.

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/… read more.

Gábor Molnár, PhD

Gábor Molnár, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Sciences, is an academic with research interests in high-tech innovations, (big) data-related policymaking, and applied Artificial Intelligence. He is also a business development professional with over twenty years of experience in the high-tech industry. In addition to teaching for Wittenborg, Dr Molnár is an Associate… 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.

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, MBA, PhD

Muhammad Ashfaq, MBA, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, is widely recognised as an outstanding and experienced business and finance expert with more than 16 years of international experience. He is also a regular visiting faculty member at LSI Business School Cambodia, and the international MBA program at Coburg University, Germany. His research interests include… 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.

George Bosire, MBA, Lecturer

George Bosire, MBA, is a highly analytical, adaptable and result-driven individual who believes in cross-border business integration and linkages that promote shared long-term advantages amongst players in an increasingly connected global business. He attained a certified Public Accountancy qualification in Kenya, Financial Management in Dublin, Ireland, Finance and Control in… read more.

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… read more.

René Rijnders, MSc, Programme Coordinator

René Rijnders, MSc, has worked for the Dutch Board of the Hotel and Catering Industry for many years, focusing on Labour Market Research, Food Safety and Future Hospitality. He has participated in a number of publications on using the Design Thinking approach in concept development in hospitality. In 2013, he entered into teaching at Saxion Hospitality Business School, the… read more.

Emmah Nyambura Muchoki, MSc, Lecturer

Emmah Muchoki, MSc, studied Leisure, Tourism and Environment at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and attained her BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2007. She became a lecturer at Hemland College, Kenya, in Hospitality and Tourism in 2010, and from 2014 to 2016, she was Head of School of Hospitality, Tourism and Foreign Languages at Hemland College. Emmah is… read more.

Fjorentina Muco, MSc

Fjorentina Muco, MSc, Lecturer of Applied Sciences & Guest Lecturing Coordinator, has taught business communication and academic English at WUAS since 2016. Having 20 years of experience in teaching as well as coming from a multicultural and business environment have enabled her to best combine the theory and the practice, offering international students a complete view of… read more.

Marjon van Opijnen, MSc, MA, Lecturer

Marjon van Opijnen, MSc, MA   obtained her MSc in Business Science from Radboud University, the Netherlands, in 1996 and took a second MA in Applied Ethics in 2009 at Utrecht University, also in the Netherlands. Her main professional focus is social sustainability and justice… 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.

Andreas Ooijer, MSc, Lecturer

Andreas Ooijer, MSc, graduated from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a passionate lecturer, who develops and teaches courses and in-company workshops based on 15+ years of business experience. Developing and teaching bachelor's and master's courses, academic supervision of bachelor's thesis projects, developing course manuals, designing exams and… read more.

Sinan Çölaşan, MA, MSc, FHEA

Sinan Çölaşan, MA, MSc, FHEA, is Student Registrar at Wittenborg and has 18 years of professional full-time work experience in the public and private sectors. This includes five years of experience in the management of EU-funded social development… read more.

Peter Saes, MA, Lecturer

Peter Saes, MA, graduated from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an MA Ling, from the University of Nottingham, UK, with an MA Eng. Studies, and from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (TTC), the Netherlands. Peter has two businesses of his own in language acquisition and services and develops language learning courses. He also has an army background as a… read more.

Bob Dyson

Bob Dyson graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in Management Sciences. He subsequently attended the Small Business School in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has held several senior management and directors' positions in international companies. He now works as a consultant with Claassen, Moolenbeek & Partners where he advises companies and… read more.

Lucinda Douglas

Lucinda Douglas works in the field of sales, and is an inspirational speaker and talkshow host. She is often hired by companies to conduct Sales Symposia, and also hired by entrepreneurs and networks to speak on Yes You Can achieve your goals. Lucinda also helps entrepreneurs with visibility. Lucinda has written various books, from bestsellers in the US to… read more.

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… read more.

Sinem Dosdogru, Senior Communications Manager

Sinem Dosdogru became a certified translator of Dutch-Turkish and vice versa after finishing her Marketing & Communications studies. Having started at Wittenborg in 2005, she has held various positions within the organisation. Currently, she fills the role of Senior Communications Manager, in which she is responsible for designing, writing, editing and proof-reading… read more.

Hashem Zarafat, MBA

Hashem Zarafat, MBA, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, is a business trainer and researcher, and experienced lecturer. He teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses at prestigious universities and business schools in Munich, Germany. These courses cover topics such as finance, investment, managerial economics, advanced finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital & private… read more.

Egon Zank, MBA

Egon Zank, MBA, has more than two decades of professional training, teaching and coaching experience. He guides global acting engineering, pharmaceutical and car manufacturing organisations on their operational and organisational development journeys.
Egon holds a diploma in Business Administration specialised in international management from Augsburg University of… read more.

Carla Verwijs-Rodriguez, MA

Carla Verwijs-Rodriguez, MA, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, holds a BA in Spanish, English and French languages and an MA in Education. She is passionate, competent and experienced teacher of languages and pedagogical sciences. Her commitments as teacher centre mainly around guaranteeing children, adolescents and adults access to high-quality education. She actively engage… read more.

Zijian Wang, MSc

Zijian Wang, MSc, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, graduated from the School of Informatics at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is a seasoned educator with years of experience in teaching at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Avans University of Applied Sciences. He holds a seat on the advisory board of… read more.

Dr Georg Petritsch

Georg Petritsch, PhD, is a Lecturer at Wittenborg and a Senior Managing Partner at Gartner Consulting in the Healthcare, Public Payers, Regulators and Certficators business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He specialises in IT-driven/digital transformations of all kinds. His main expertise is in the areas of IT governance frameworks, IT architecture, IT shared services and… read more.

Tim Birdsall

Tim Birdsall is a trainer. His main training language is English, although he regularly trains in German for his long-term clients. Tim has worked as a professional trainer since 1999, and started working as a teacher in 1995. In 2020, Tim’s main Clients were Henkel, Daikin, Span and Dynatrace. Tim is professionally motivated by pragmatic training designs. Blended… read more.

Marina Dabić, PhD.

Marina Dabić, PhD, is a fully tenured Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Croatia, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia and the University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Business. From 2013-2021, she had a dual affiliation with Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. Professor Dabić is Strategic chair for all accreditations at… read more.

Ineke Vermeulen, Lecturer

Ineke Vermeulen graduated with a master’s degree and worked first as a developer, portfolio manager and global marketing strategist for over a decade for Siemens and currently Atos. Since 2013, she has also been dedicated to inspiring and motivating students to improve their chances in the market, specifically in the areas of IT Governance, Organisational Behaviour and… read more.

Taoufik Samaka, DBA

Taoufik Samaka, DBA, is a procurement and operations professional who, since 2001, has held managerial positions in the renowned telecom corporates sector with assignments mainly in emerging markets. He is Adjunct Professor for MBA programmes at Webster University. At Wittenborg, Taoufik holds the position of Senior Lecturer. He holds DBA and EMBA degrees from Toulouse… read more.

Carlos Roos, PhD

Carlos Roos, PhD, holds a Licentiate Degree in Arts from Universidad Central de Venezuela, as well as an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Creative and Performing Arts from Leiden University. He is a scholar committed to transdisciplinary research and education with an emphasis on the creative industries. He has published over 10 research entries in peer-reviewed journals and… read more.

Michael Sheppard, BA

Michael Sheppard, BA, Recruitment & Sales Representative at Wittenborg, is a Learning & Development Consultant and Recruitment & Sales Representative based in Vienna, Austria and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Currently he represents Wittenborg's Recruitment & Sales team on a global level, operating across multiple continents. His key duties include strengthening… read more.

Dulsha Fernandes, MBA, Manager Student Finance

Dulsha Fernandes, MBA, holds a BSc in Computation and Management, an MBA in General Management, and a professional qualification in HRM. Initially she comes from a financial background, having worked previously in a national and an international bank. Dulsha was a key member of the risk and compliance team working closely with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in terms of… read more.

Isaac Acheampong, PhD

Isaac Acheampong, PhD, received his degree from the University of Bradford, UK, MSc-Strategic Management from Erasmus University, the Netherlands, and PhD in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy from California University FCE, US. Isaac has more than 35 years of management and consultancy experience both in private and public sector institutions. He worked with… read more.

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD

Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Sciences, holds a bachelor's degree 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… read more.

Hind Albasry, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences

Hind Albasry, PhD, received a BS degree in electrical and electronic engineering (communication engineering) from the University of Al-Fateh, Tripoli, Libya, in 2003; an MS degree in communication network planning and management computer from the University of Portsmouth, U.K., in 2009; and a PhD degree in electronic engineering (communication engineering) from the University… read more.

Dr Cansu Tor Kadioğlu

Dr Cansu Tor Kadioğlu, Lecturer, currently holds a postdoctoral research position at the University of Twente and is a supervisor at Erasmus Rotterdam University, ESE Business Economics and Marketing. Her research interests are focused on consumer behaviour, social media marketing, digital marketing and green marketing. Currently, she lectures  at Wittenborg  on the subject … read more.

Iryna Bernatska, MSc, MA

Iryna Bernatska, MSc, MA, Corporate Relations Manager, was born in Ukraine and moved to the Netherlands to do her foundation course at Wittenborg in 2015. She is an experienced worker, a double master's degree holder in International & Digital Communication (NL & UK), and a master's degree holder in International Relations (UA). Iryna has been working for Wittenborg… 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.

Maria Chalevelaki, PhD

Maria Chalevelaki, PhD, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, holds a PhD in Linguistics with a specialisation in Semiotics. Her doctoral dissertation explored fashion industry branding using the tools of semiotics from Université Lyon II, France. For several years, Maria taught semiology and visual culture in the Department of Communication at Lyon II Lumière University and in the… read more.

Neha Basnet, PhD, Lecturer

Neha Basnet, PhD, obtained her doctor of philosophy degree and defended her thesis, Young rural-urban migrants' transition from education to work in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2022. Using qualitative longitudinal research methods in conjunction with timeline mapping exercises, she studied young rural-urban migrants working at call centres and their transition from education… read more.

Mohammad Mahdi Jalali, PhD

Mohammad Mahdi Jalili, PhD, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, is a lecturer of Civil Engineering. He teaches Geotechnics and Soil Mechanics, Principles of Structural Design, Construction Technology, Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics, Sciences and Materials as well as Civil Engineering Technology.

Upon completing his PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh under… read more.

Natália Leal, PhD, MA, Lic.

Natália Leal, PhD, MA, Lic., Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences, is an Executive, Career and Life Coach. She has over 20 years of work experience across different countries and sectors, from academia and research, to policy making and international non-governmental organisations management. She is the former Chief Executive of WFTO and a former Lecturer at the University… read more.

Mark Swiecicki, MA, Lecturer

Mark Swiecicki, MA has over 25 years' experience in Programme Management, Change Management, Strategy and Consulting experience in Electronics, Embedded Computing, Government and Industrial enterprises. His experience covers many countries including the US, Germany, France and the UK. He has successfully led two in-house start-ups. He is… read more.

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,… read more.

Pauline Verheijen-Dop, LLM

Pauline Verheijen-Dop, LLM, Advisory Board Member at Wittenborg, was born and raised in the Netherlands and went to law school in Utrecht. She is an entrepreneurial senior legal counsel with a sharp business acumen and 20+ years of international experience working in private practice and for Fortune 500 companies in FMCG, Retail, Fashion, Media, Tech and Entertainment… read more.

Ahlam Garni, MSc

Ahlam Garni, MSc, Registry and Immigration Administrator, is responsible for Study Visa Application (TEV Application) for prospective students as well as Study Residence Permit extension applications for current students at Wittenborg. She is also involved in the communication with the Dutch Immigration Office (IND) in relation to students' queries during their stay in the… 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.

Selcuk Yaglikci, MBA, Lecturer

Selcuk Yaglikci, MBA, a graduate of Marmara University in Economics with an MBA from Maryville University, U.S, has worked in the FMCG sector for over 20 years. He started his career at the Unilever sales department in 1994, then moved to the Coca-Cola Company where he held various types of marketing roles. He… read more.

Nicolas Aoudé, MBA, MSc

Nicolas Aoudé, MBA, MSc, has been trained both in banking and teaching. First, he trained as a qualified banker and worked in a bank as a private client advisor. Following this, he studied Business Administration at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and gained more experience in banking through internships. Having discovered his passion for teaching, he then completed… read more.

Nnamdi Oguji, PhD, MSc, MSc

Nnamdi Oguji, PhD, MSc (Tech), MSc, is an experienced professional with more than nine years’ experience working as a Business Development Expert, Senior Business Analyst and Supply Chain Planner for KONE Corporation. He is also an international business (IB) researcher with research interests in international entry strategies, emerging markets, supply chain management,… read more.

Enara Pagola, MA

Enara Pagola, MA, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, is a Spanish teacher from San Sebastian in northern Spain. She studied Hispanic Philology at the University of the Basque Country. During this period, she also did an academic year abroad, studying in BUAP (Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico) where she got in contact with different Spanish dialects. Her education continued with a Master'… read more.

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Romy Buchheim, graduated from Reinwardt Academy in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, in Theory of Education. She is a certified interpreter of Dutch/Italian and translator of Dutch/Italian for ITV Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands, experienced in freelance services for translation, interpreting, editing/proofreading,… read more.

Mykhailo Huba, MSc, Admissions Administrator

Mykhailo Huba, MSc, achieved his bachelor`s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Businesses at National University of Food Technologies, Kiev. After he finished his bachelor's degree, he continued his education for the master's degree in International Tourism Management at Wittenborg, delivered in cooperation with the University of Brighton completing this in 2019. At… read more.

Michael Epping

Michael Epping completed a one-year trainee programme as Financial Consultant at Prudential Securities Inc. in Philadelphia, US, after studying Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. Afterwards, he worked as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch International Banking Group in Munich focusing on asset… read more.

Waleed Jawaid, MSc

Waleed Jawaid, MSc, completed his bachelor's and master's degrees from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. He is mainly responsible for the timetabling for the academic year. He uses the schools resources to the fullest and ensures they are used efficiently and effectively.

Erik Jan Hengstmengel, MA

Erik Jan Hengstmengel, MA, studied Public Administration at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and graduated on a field research in North Yemen. He started his career as Business Consultant at Capgemini, where he focused on Innovation and Change Management. After that, he had various roles as Managing Director, CTO and COO, especially focusing on digital… read more.

Mulenga Shabani, IBA

Mulenga Shabani, IBA, is Wittenborg's Support Office & ICT Support Assistant. He has an IBA degree specialising in Information Management from WUAS.

Sascha Liebhardt, MA

Sascha Liebhardt, MA, Campus Director for WUAS's Munich study location, gained a master’s in International Relations and also a master’s in Marketing. Since finishing his studies, he has held senior management responsibilities in several industries: Advertising and Media, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Education. Sascha has been lecturing at university level since 2000, and in… read more.

Takunda Sean Machaya, BA

Takunda Sean Machaya, BA, attended Falcon College in Zimbabwe where he studied various subjects including basic mathematics. Through this he attained his Cambridge O and A Levels after passing all subjects. Before going to university, he worked for two schools, Gateway Group of Schools, and Hartmann House situated in Harare, Zimbabwe, where his duties where mostly focused but… read more.

Prof. Dr Peter van der Sijde

Prof. dr. Peter van der Sijde, member of the International Academic Advisory Panel, is emeritus professor of Organisation, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. For many years, he was the Academic Director of the Master SBI (Science Business & Innovation) programme. His research focuses on knowledge transfer, emerging domains, the… read more.

Sam Kalya, LLB, MSc

Sam Kalya, LLB, MSc, is a Recruitment & Sales Representative for Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. He is a dynamic professional who underwent a remarkable career transformation, shifting from a Law background to a specialisation in Business & Management with a focus on Digital Marketing & Communication. 

Sophia Faraji, MSc

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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.

Edgar Keehnen, MBA

Edgar Keehnen, MBA, gained his MBA at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, NL, after studies at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, NL, and the University of Michigan, US. He furthermore attended various hotel management courses at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York. Since 2008, he has been a part-time lecturer in Strategy, Innovation and… read more.

Prof. Dr Ed Vosselman

Prof. Dr Ed Vosselman, member of the International Academic Advisory Panel, finished his career at Radboud University in the Netherlands where he obtained the position of Emeritus Professor in 2019. He has published in leading scientific journals, amongst them Accounting, Organizations and Society; Human Relations; Journal of Business Ethics; read more.

Nikita Pahwa, PhD

Nikita Pahwa, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences at Wittenborg. She holds a PhD in Economics. She is an academic with a decade of teaching and research experience. In 2012, she embarked on her teaching journey and has taught various bachelor's and master's subjects. Before joining Wittenborg, she created content, managed a team and taught research, economics… read more.

Sadaf Sakhi, Student Registry Administrator

Sadaf Sakhi is Wittenborg's Student Registry Administrator and manages all enrolments, insurances and DUO-related tasks. In 2013, she started her studies as Management Assistant. During her last year studying, she started working as an intern at Wittenborg, in 2015. After graduating Sadaf became a full-time employee at Wittenborg, in 2016. She started at the Front Office,… 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.

Bishal Bhandari, MSc

Bishal Bhandari, MSc is a Photographer & Marketing Coordinator at the Apeldoorn campus of Wittenborg. He obtained an MSc in Digital Marketing and Communication from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2022. Before coming to the Netherlands, he received his BSc degree in Multimedia Technologies from London Metropolitan University, Nepal. He is a highly… read more.

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Prof. Beatrice I.J.M. Van der Heijden, PhD, member of Wittenborg's International Academic Advisory Panel, is professor of Strategic HRM at Radboud University's Institute for Management Research in Nijmegen and Head of the Department Strategic HRM. Moreover, she is Chair of Strategic HRM at the Open University of the Netherlands, Ghent University in Belgium, Hubei University in… read more.

Kejsi Hoxha, MSc

Kejsi Hoxha, MSc, is an Agent Management Administrator for Wittenborg. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the highest-ranking university in Albania and a master's degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

Mahesan Suntharesan

Mahesan Suntharesan, HR Administrator, has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Economics and Management. He is a Customer Service Specialist and completed his Associate Degree at a business college in Sri Lanka affiliated with US universities. He is originally from Sri Lanka, having arrived in the Netherlands in early 2017 for his bachelor's studies. Mahesan… read more.

Veronica Stivala, MSc, Lecturer

Veronica Stivala, MSc, has been teaching for almost 20 years. Her areas of expertise include Academic and Business English and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is also an editor and freelance journalist and writer. Veronica also performs and writes for the theatre. She has written comedy sketches for a children's puppet show and is a regular performer and… read more.

Tallal Javied, PhD

Tallal Javied, PhD, completed his studies in industrial and electrical engineering (Dr.-Ing.) with several years of leadership experience in team management, project management, consulting and strategy. Author of more than 15 publications, his areas of expertise are: Energy Management and Energy Systems, Lean and sustainable production in industry 4.0, Quality and Project… read more.

drs. Rijn Platteel

Drs Rijn Platteel, member of the Advisory Board, was born in Amsterdam, but grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. After moving back to the Netherlands, he studied Economics at the University of Amsterdam and specialised in Real Estate and Urban Economics. After graduation, Rijn joined ABN Amro Bank as a management trainee. His first assignment was as Branch Manager in Groningen. He… read more.

Erene Roux, MA, Copywriter & Journalist

Erene Roux, MA, copywriter & journalist, is an experienced writer and content specialist from South Africa. With more than eight years of experience in communications, she gained her master's degree in Journalism & Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. After holding positions as a communications manager and lecturer, Erene relocated to the Netherlands… read more.

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… read more.

Maike Nuyken, MBA

Maike Nuyken, MBA, BA, HR Manager, has extensive hotel management experience working in the start-up and turnaround phases of a family-run hotel in the Black Forest, one of Germany's most successful tourist destinations. Working in a small business enabled her to gain varied, hands-on experience in all facets of the hotel business. After graduating with honours with a bachelor… read more.

Matthias Klaeffling, PhD

Matthias Klaeffling, PhD, is a macroeconomist by training. Having studied economics and econometrics at the universities of Montpellier, Madrid, Bonn, and Harvard, he also was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics at the Minneapolic Fed, the St. Louis Fed, the ECB, ZEI, and the Finance Department at the LSE. Matthias has worked in… read more.

Ogul Zengingonul, PhD

Ogul Zengingonul, PhD, has worked for 28 years at the Dokuz Eylul and İstanbul Universities, specialising in Social and Behavioural Psychology in Work Place and Social Life. He was awarded a research post from London Metropolitan University and obtained his PhD degree accordingly. Since 2008, his major and collaborative studies combined with Neuropsychology. He has delivered… read more.

Edward Van Duffel, LL.M, MA

Edward (Ward) Van Duffel, LL.M, MA, Senior Lecturer of Applied Sciences, started his own advisory company Upnext Advice, after a successful International career in some of the most renowned consumer goods companies, including LEGO, Coca-Cola, Mars and GORE Wear. As part of a principal assignment for Upnext Advice, and based on his extensive customer-centric business experience… read more.

Marcus R. A. Endres

Marcus R. A. Endres, SE, is a lecturer with a background in German business development and… 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.

Hanna Abdelwahab, MBA

Hanna Abdelwahab, MBA, Education Support Administrator, holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore and an MBA – Education Management (honours) from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Education from Singapore and was in the teaching profession for more than fifteen… read more.

Ingmar Niemann, MA, Lecturer

Ingmar Niemann, MA, has more than two decades of teaching experience at different universities in Germany and Europe and as a speaker at companies, political foundations and political parties. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Japanese Studies and Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and a Diploma in Political Science from Hochschule für… read more.

Mustafa Üç, PhD

Mustafa Üc, PhD, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, received his doctoral degree in Business Administration at the Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey, in 2009, and prior to that was a Research Fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany, via the Erasmus programme. He worked in the private and public sectors on the accounting staff and as manager and has served as a lecturer of… read more.

Cha-Hsuan Liu, PhD

Cha-Hsuan Liu, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Sciences, is a versatile and accomplished professional with a multi-disciplinary background. She has significant expertise in healthcare, education, social policy, management and innovation. She is active in both academia and the public sector. She's currently a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies… read more.

Eric Appiah Mantey, MSc

Eric Appiah Mantey, MSc, lecturer, is currently a PhD Graduate Research Fellow… read more.

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… 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.

Adam Jones, PhD

Adam Jones, PhD, is a Principal Lecturer of Strategy and Marketing. In 2021, Adam was awarded his PhD from the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton titled, "How are carbon-light holidays possible? a social practice analysis of no-flight holidays." He has a wealth of commercial knowledge gained from working at a senior strategic level in a FTSE… read more.

Ilona Balcerczyk, PhD

Ilona Balcerczyk, PhD, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, received a master's degree in Administration and a PhD in Law from the University of Lodz, Poland. In addition to being a lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, she is an assistant professor at the Jan Kochanowski University in Poland. She also works as Deputy Department Director in the civil service in… read more.

Usman Ahmad, PhD

Usman Ahmad, PhD, is a dedicated lecturer and enthusiastic researcher with a solid background in both industry and academia. His industrial experience includes proficiency in budgeting, accountancy and data management. In academia, Usman has excelled in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, module management and has played a key role in developing a new academic degree… 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.

Roy Mouawad, PhD

Roy Mouawad, PhD, is based in Barcelona, Spain and is a lecturer at Wittenborg. He holds a PhD and Master of Research in Management Sciences. He collaborates with several universities and business schools such as ESADE Business School, Toulouse Business School, ESB Business School and Geneva Business School. Roy teaches courses related to Leadership and People Management,… read more.

Yi Tung (Eunice) Cheung, MA

Yi Tung (Eunice) Cheung, MA came to the Netherlands after finishing her university study in UK and Hong Kong. She was impressed by the international and open-minded environment in the Netherlands during her school holidays. Since then, she started the plan to develop her career and realise her dreams in such a country which has a perfect combination of technology and green… read more.

Alexandra Holub, MBA, BA

Alexandra Holub, MBA, BA, Lecturer of Applied Sciences, has an MBA in Marketing Management and a BA in Information and Communication Management. She has been working in the field of marketing communications for almost 10 years. Her professional journey started in the solar energy industry in Germany, leading her to a brewery business in China and then back to the technical… read more.

Amin Nadervandi, MBA

Amin Nadervandi, MBA, Admissions Administrator, earned his bachelor's degree in English Translation from Allameh Tabataba'i University in Iran before completing his MBA in International Management at Wittenborg. Starting as an intern in the International Partnership team, Amin's multilingual abilities in English, French, German, Spanish and Persian have played a crucial role… read more.

Bojan Georgievski, PhD

Bojan Georgievski, PhD, earned his doctorate in Economic Sciences from the University of St Ciril & Methodius in Macedonia, in 2011. He is an assistant professor and researcher at several different universities both in Macedonia and Kuwait. He has a combined teaching experience of 6 years, and a combined professional experience in 3 different industries of over 15 years… read more.

Fahad Shakeel, PhD

Fahad Shakeel, MBA, PhD, Assistent Professor of Applied Sciences, completed his PhD from Radboud University, the Netherlands, in 2021. His research focus is on leadership, ethics and sustainability. He teaches multiple modules associated with his research interests and domain. Fahad supervises bachelor and master thesis and has interests in qualitative research methods. He… read more.

Colin Mackenzie, PhD

Colin Mackenzie, PhD, FHEA, is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur. He has acted at board level in a variety of industries, including retail, insurance, recruitment, consulting and property. He has been a module leader and specialist lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University on Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Sales Education, International Sales Management and at… read more.

Allegra Zazzaro, BBA

Allegra Zazzaro, BBA, Admissions Administrator, moved to the Netherlands to pursue a BBA in Marketing & Communication at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences after graduating from Human Science High School in Italy. During her studies, Allegra became a member of the Ambassador Team of WUAS, helping students to better integrate with Wittenborg community. While studying… read more.

Vajihealsadat Shojaei, MBA

Vajihealsadat Shojaei, MBA, Lecturer, is a seasoned professional with a distinguished background in academia and industry, specialising in marketing, particularly within the digital environment. Holding a PhD in International Marketing from Alzahra University, Tehran, she has dedicated her academic pursuits to understanding a Customer Brand Engagement Model in Social Networks… read more.

Florian Oosterberg. Student Registrar

Florian Oosterberg, MA, is  Student Registrar and works with the Admissions, Registry, Exam Results and Finance Teams to ensure transparent, smooth admissions and registration process for all students at Wittenborg. Florian joined Wittenborg in 2014 at the Admissions department and has been closely involved in international recruitment… read more.

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… read more.