Faculty

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Teachers & Staff

Meet the faculty

Get to know your teachers and their areas of expertise. We support and invest in the education of our lecturers, transforming industry specialists into high-level educators by encouraging further education.

Academic administration

Dominic Szambowski

Dominic Szambowski, PhD

Dean Swiss Hotel Management School

Dr. Dominic Szambowski has a PhD in Education from the University of Sydney and has held Senior Leadership roles at a variety of Higher Educational institutes. Before joining SHMS in 2020, he was CEO and President of the International College of Management, Sydney. His previous roles include Vice Chancellor of BERJAYA University College of Hospitality, President and CEO of INTI International College, and Executive Dean, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism for the INTI Group.

Claire Jollain

Claire Jollain

ASSISTANT DEAN - Caux

Ms. Claire Jollain holds master’s degrees in both education and  marketing and boasts extensive managerial and entrepreneurial experience. She has proven, extraordinary leadership skills across many different industries and sectors, from automotive to luxury. She joined HIM in 2018 and, besides taking on the role of assistant dean, serves as the program leader for the Year 2 BBA and MIB programs. Ms. Jollain is now also the assistant dean at SHMS Caux.

Patrick Taffin

Patrick Taffin d'Heursel

ASSISTANT DEAN - Leysin

With a Master in Education and a Bachelor in Hotel Management, Mr. Patrick Taffin has been encouraging the growth of SHMS students since 2012, assisting them in reaching their full potential. He has 20 years of international leadership experience in the hospitality and spa industry, working for brands including Ritz-Carlton and Six Senses. He is fluent in five languages.

Andrea Leunberger

Andrea Leuenberger

Program Manager

Andrea Leuenberger holds an Executive MBA, a Master of Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Design Thinking. She has held executive positions and training and development mandates at hospitality establishments in major cities across three continents and speaks five languages. 

Nektarios Lykopanti

Nektarios Lykopantis

Program Manager

Mr. Nektarios Lykopantis graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BA in Hospitality Management. He holds a Master in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from Cesar Ritz Colleges and a Master in Education from the University of Derby. He has worked as General Manager in luxury boutique hotels, and as Director of Food & Beverage for a Hotel Management Consulting company.

Malin Persson

Malin Persson

Program Manager

Ms. Persson begun her hospitality career in F&B and has worked around the globe from the Caribbean isles to New York City. She has been teaching at SHMS since 2015, sharing her expertise in interior design, computer design, events management and communication. Ms. Persson holds a BA in Hospitality and Design Management and an MA in Higher Education. 

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Program manager

Simon Thompson is a lecturer and program manager at Swiss Hotel Management School in Caux. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry working at five-star hotels and as a business owner and entrepreneur. He is passionate about helping students reach their full potential. 

Olesya Tomyuk

Olesya Tomyuk, PhD

Program Manager

Dr. Olesya Tomyuk has an MSc in Marketing and a PhD in Economic Sciences from the Lviv National Polytechnic University (Ukraine). Before focusing on education, she worked as a marketing manager in the automobile industry, about which she has conducted extensive research. Her current focus is on investigating the changes to consumer behavior in the luxury sector. She is also working on a project to empower women in the workplace. 

Mikhail Romanenko

Mikhail Prudent

Program Manager

In 2015, Mr. Mikhail Romanenko brought his extensive hospitality industry experience in Food & Beverage, Rooms Division, and Sales to SHMS. He holds a Bachelor in Human Resources Management and Hospitality Management, a master’s degree in International Hospitality Management, and a PGCert in Higher Education. He is an Apple-certified teacher and is fluent in three languages.

Laureline Wilain

Laureline Wilain

PGD & MSc Supervisor

Ms. Laureline Wilain was awarded an MBA in Hospitality and Restaurant Management, a DEUG in Languages Applied in International trade, and a Swiss Certificate in Human Resources. She has taken on various positions in 3, 4, and 5-star hotels in the UK, Canada, and France.

Faculty

David Milson

David Milson, PhD

Lecturer

Dr. David Milson holds Bachelor of arts in Archaeology and Classics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Master of Science in Town Planning and Urban Design from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a Master of Studies in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University, and a D.Phil. in Archaeology from Oxford University. Dr. David Milson founded 3DWM Design, a company providing photo-realistic imagery for the architecture, development, and marketing sectors. 

 

Erich Steinbock

Erich Steinbock, PhD

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Erich Steinbock has over fifty years of experience in the hospitality industry. Among the many positions he held throughout his successful career, he was General Manager at several of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company's properties and served as the Vice President of Food & Beverage. He obtained his MBA at the City University of Seattle and his PhD at Iowa State University.

Christine Barnes

Christine Barnes

Lecturer

Christine Barnes graduated from the City University in London with B.Sc. honors in Business Management. After obtaining her PGCert in Education, she went on to teach. While holding the position of senior lecturer at the University of Derby, she achieved her MA in Tourism Management. Christine began lecturing at SHMS in 2008 while also working as an associate lecturer with The Open University. 

Dàcil Rodriguez

Dácil Rodriguez

Lecturer

Ms. Dácil Rodriguez holds a Master in Architecture from the ETSAM (Polytechnic University of Madrid). After obtaining her PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Derby, she has been teaching and exchanging knowledge for the past 8 years. She has been involved in large-scale projects for research, planning, and design practices in developing regions.

Gilles Charlet

Gilles Charlet

Lecturer

Mr. Gilles Charlet holds an M.Sc. in International Hospitality Management and PGCert in Higher Education, both from the University of Derby. With his extensive experience in operations and project management and facilitating learning, he has successfully developed hotels, resorts, clubs, restaurants, and bars. He held executive positions with companies including Hyatt, Shangri-La, and Mandarin Oriental.

Kika da Costa

Kiki da Costa

Lecturer

Prior to joining SHMS, Ms. Kiki Costa worked in Marketing and Advertising for over 10 years for clients such as Nestle Waters, Bacardi-Martini, and Vocento Group. Skilled in Marketing Management, Design and Branding, Product and Business Development, her career taking her from London to China. She holds a PGD in Hotel Operations Management and Higher Education Studies.

Kathryn Medico

Kathryn Medico

Lecturer

Ms. Kathryn Medico is a journalist, author and lecturer from the United States. A former manager at Ritz-Carlton, she shares her experience in the hospitality industry with students. As well as having written a book on the issues of juvenile justice, 'A Perversion of Justice', she is an international conference speaker on the rights of children and a University of Derby and University of Florida graduate.

Ludovic Cosandey

Ludovic Cosandey

Lecturer

Mr. Ludovic Cosandey is an alumni of the Ecole Hôteliere de Lausanne, with a postgraduate degree in the Art of Education from University of Derby and more than 15 years’ experience in international hospitality management. A specialist in food and beverage management and in property openings, as well as a collaborator on large projects for renowned names such as Disney, Vienna Int and Club Med. 

Nicolas Reine

Nicolas Reine

Lecturer

Nicolas Reine graduated from the Institute for Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence, majoring in International Relations, and holds an MBA from ESSEC Hospitality Management School. He has over 20 years of professional experience in market research and in the hospitality industry, having worked in various operational, management, and consulting positions. 

Philippe Gueltzer

Philippe Gueltzer

Lecturer

Philippe Gueltzer has over 25 years’ experience in hospitality operations, including 15 years in advisory, management, and executive positions, on all five continents. He has led 12 pre-openings for luxury boutique hotels, restaurants, and food and beverage retail businesses. For the past six years, he has focused on sharing his experience with hospitality management students. 

Radu Botnari

Radu Botnari

Lecturer

With a BA in engineering followed by a solid career spanning over ten years in food and beverage and events management. Mr. Botnari holds a master’s degree in international business and a WSET Level 3.  Mr. Botnari teaches concept development, business planning, operational efficiency, and resort management. He is also responsible for menu design, pricing, ordering, hiring, inventory and costing for the academic F&B outlets. 

Robin Reid

Robin Reid

Lecturer

Mr. Robin Reid graduated from the University of Loughborough with a bachelor's degree and diploma in Industrial Studies in Business Administration. He has extensive working experience in both Sales and Finance, establishing distribution channels across the globe as an Export Sales Manager for a leading Publicly Limited Company before returning to the UK and becoming a CFO for 15 years.

Veronique Charlet Gaspard SHMS

Véronique Gaspard

Lecturer

Ms. Véronique Gaspard graduated from the Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirai, obtained an MBA from the University of Essex and a PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Derby. She has launched luxury brands, recruited and trained sales teams, and opened and operated points of sales. She held executive positions with luxury cosmetic companies including Estée Lauder Group and Beiersdorf La Prairie.

xavier wilain shms

Xavier Wilain

Lecturer

Mr. Xavier Wilain brings his vast hospitality leadership experience in Rooms Division, Revenue, and General Management to SHMS. He has worked in various hotels including Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, for brands such as Best Western, and for his family Hotel Business in France. He is on the consultative board of Best Western France and holds an MBA and PGD in Higher Education.

Vanessa  Mendes

Vanessa  Mendes

Program Leader

Ms. Vanessa Mendes is a passionate hospitality professional with 20 years of experience in the industry. She has worked in several hospitality management positions in Dubai and Greece. Ms. Mendes holds master’s degrees in business management (with a focus on strategy and leadership) and & hotel management. In addition, she is an Apple Distinguished educator.

Florent Sabatini

Florent Sabatini

Lecturer

Mr. Sabatini started his career in Paris as a Chef de rang in 2011, before stepping into the world of luxury bars at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland in 2013. Creativity and imagination are two of his key ingredients and he is passionate about mixology. His passion has taken him to exotic locations such as Bora Bora and now to SHMS where he is the Service & Bar Instructor. 

Florin Cadar SHMS lecturer

Florin Cadar

Lecturer

A 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Florin Cadar has held supervisory and managerial roles in several hotel departments including Accounting, Concierge Services, Front Office, Housekeeping, Events, and Sales & Marketing. He has a Bachelor in International Business from Strayer University in the USA and is undertaking his PGD in Education with the University of Derby. During his time as an Event Manager, Mr. Cadar was presented with Hilton’s prestigious Circle of Excellence Award.

Stephanie Hawaini SHMS

Stephanie Hawawini

Lecturer

After graduating from Paris with a specialized master's degree in marketing, Ms. Stephanie Hawawini joined Swiss Hotel Management School to study Food & Beverage management. She has worked internationally for the past 10 years in various positions for luxury hotels in London, Paris, New York, and Geneva, with a strong focus on events and marketing.

Patrice Novel SHMS Caux

Patrice Novel

Academic Chef

With 25 years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Patrice Novel has worked in Michelin-star restaurants from Portugal to Switzerland, including Chat Botté and Beau Rivage Genève. Now, he provides expertise and familiarity as the former Head Chef of SHMS at Caux Palace.

Internship coaches

Hotel Institute Montreux Career Coach

Ayshe Erinc

Internship & Career coach, Caux

Ms. Ayshe Erinc began her journey in Sales and Reservations at the Crans-Montana Ski Resort and has vast experience in various hotel and HR functions. She lectured and worked in Sales and Recruitment at Vatel before joining HIM in 2021. She was awarded a BBA from Temple University specializing in Marketing and International Business and a MBA in Hotel Management.

Carlos Walter

Carlos Walter

Internship & career coach, Leysin

Mr. Carlos Walter has over 20 years of experience in hotel management and personal development. Melia Hotels International, NH hotels, and Club Med are just some examples of the companies he has worked for, in countries such as Brazil, France, and Turkey. He holds an M.Sc. in International Hospitality Management from the University of Derby. He has been an Internship & Career Coach at SHMS since 2015.

Danchi Gao Bigot SHMS Caux

Danchi Gao Bigot

Internship & Career Coach

Ms. Danchi Gao Bigot earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management in 1999 at the Institute for Hotel Business and Administration in Lausanne. She is fluent in Chinese, English, and French, and she has accumulated over 19 years of experience in Hospitality Education with four esteemed academic institutions in Switzerland.

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