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Our teachers come from all over the world and represent a cross-section of industries. They are passionate about equipping students to think for themselves and take ownership of their educational journey. Their academic rigour and expertise prepare students for their future careers.
Get to know your deans 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.
Dean Hotel Institute Montreux
Ms. Ulrika Björklund holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Derby. She joined Hotel Institute Montreux in 2009 as Program Leader, before taking up the position of Assistant Dean in 2011. A year later, she ascended to her current position as Dean. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, managing hotels and resorts in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean.
Mr. Michael Heinrich joined HIM as a lecturer in 2007 and became Program Head for Languages in 2011. He was promoted to his current position of Program Manager in 2014. As well as his extensive managerial experience in the Swiss hotel industry, he holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and is a member of the Amicale Internationale des Chefs de Réception.
Ms. Sarah Loiseau studied Tourism and Hospitality. Her career began in 5-star resorts across Mauritius, with a focus on Rooms Division and Food & Beverage. In 2007, she decided to switch professions and become an educator in Travel and Tourism studies. She holds a BSc. (Honours), from the University of Technology in Mauritius, a PGCert in Higher Education, and an MA in Education.
Our lecturers come from all over the world and represent a cross-section of industries. They are passionate about equipping students to think for themselves and take ownership of their educational journey. Their academic rigour and expertise prepare students for their future careers.
Antoine Casanova-Mazet has degrees in both science and communications. This dual background, coupled with his passion for innovation, has led to his interest in digital transformation. He was recently certified by MIT Professional Education for their program “Digital Transformation: From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain and Cybersecurity.”
After graduating from business school, Mr. Bruno Dard began his career in the watch industry and spent 20 years developing luxury watch brands. After eight years of strategic brand building for companies such as Frédérique Constant and Alpina Geneva, he became an executive board member at Hermès, elevating the watch division by establishing clearer product offer and a more selective distribution network.
Having received her Master in Art History in the Netherlands, Ms. Angharad Elliott first worked in the art industry; she was involved in a stolen art research project, focusing on Holocaust stolen art. After moving to Switzerland, she originally joined Swiss Education Group as an English teacher, before moving on to teach Art History to our undergraduates.
After pursuing a BA in European Business Studies, Ms. Linda Hurlimann kicked off her career traveling throughout Europe organizing MICE events. She holds a master's degree in intercultural communication and currently divides her time between teaching cultural diversity and business ethics, and completing a PGD in Applied and Professional Ethics from Leeds University.
Dr. Ruby Khurdi is an award-winning innovative educationist, TEDx speaker, emotional intelligence expert, and acclaimed international keynote speaker. She joined HIM in 2018 and her teaching style focuses on gamification, team-building, and perceptual learning. She holds PGCert in Higher Education from Derby University, UK and Doctorate in Business Administration from American University in Switzerland.
After working for over 25 years as a Desk Manager and Bonds, Equities, and Derivatives Broker, Mr. Denis Klotz joined Hotel Institute Montreux in 2020. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford and completed programs in Finance from IMD Lausanne and in FinTech from Harvard Business School. He is an expert for the “Bilateral Assistance and Capacity Building for Central Banks" program funded by Swiss SECO.
Having graduated from EHL, the University of Derby, and Cornell University, Mr. Edouard Louapre has spent the past 7 years teaching management. He has managed a hotel in the past and worked in various positions in luxury hotels all over Europe. He is committed to inspiring others to undertake lifelong learning and continuous self-improvement.
Dr. David McPartland has more than 15 years of experience as a lecturer and facilitator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Hotel and Catering Management, a Masters in Corporate Strategy and People Management, and a Doctor of Education. He has a diverse business background spanning across multiple industries from travel and tourism, advertising, to the education sector.
Roberto Medda holds a PhD in Law from the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy). An expert in constitutional, administrative, and comparative law, Dr. Medda has conducted research in the United Kingdom (University of Southampton), France (Université Grenoble Alpes), and Switzerland (Swiss Institute of Comparative Law) on various topics, including urban governance and freedom of information regulations.
Mr. Gedeon Tumong is a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) candidate, and is completing a Master in Public Finance from the University of Lausanne. He holds a MBA from Schiller International University, certificates in Market Intelligence and Financial Regulations from New York Stock Exchange, and the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC. He has worked for international organizations such as the UN and Texaco Oil and founded a car dealership.
Dr. Rebecca Wallace has a B.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the Natural Environmental Research Council unit at the University of Sheffield. After working on a task force that implements new technology, she began project-managing global systems for an international bank. She has been the Northwood University Program Manager at Hotel Institute Montreux since 2012.
Career coaches serve as guides and mentors along the way to equip you with the professionalskills you need to succeed as a student, throughout your internships, and after you graduate.
INTERNSHIP & CAREER COACH
Ms. Marie Tirvengadum holds a Bachelor in Language Studies from the University of Essex and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business from the University of North London. Throughout her studies she worked in the restaurant sector and eventually managed a restaurant chain. She also worked in banking in the UK and after moving to Switzerland she joined Kestrel SA - a wealth management company. She joined the Career Services Department at IHTTI, School of Hotel Management and has ten years of experience in career coaching.