"Invited Speakers"

Sascha Spiegel

Sascha Spiegel

Sascha Spiegel is a Swiss citizen and has his background in the higher hospitality industry. After having completed his F&B service apprentice at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, he gained valuable F&B experiences on the MV Astoria cruise liner or in up-scale hotels in Switzerland like the Sheraton Waldhuus Davos, Castello del Sole Ascona, Le […]


Dr Cathy Matheson

Dr Cathy Matheson is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University. She teaches and researches in the area of events management. Her research interests lie within event regeneration, festival motivation, satisfaction and quality. Her published work has centred on authenticity and music festivals, the evolution of festivals, festival consumer motivations as well as events and […]


Thijs Glaap

Thijs Glaap is a hospitality training manager in Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland, specialising in research methods. Having graduated with a Bachelors’ in Hotel and Event management, as well as an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, his work experience range from the field of events, revenue management to sales and marketing in various […]


Dr Harriet Purkis

Dr Harriet Purkis is Lecturer in Event and Leisure Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ulster University. She teaches on the undergraduate programmes and supervises MSc students. She is currently the ERASMUS coordinator for the Department. Harriet is a graduate of the University of Leicester where she completed a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and […]

Sofia Anisimova

Sofya Anisimova

Sofya Anisimova, is a holder of the Diploma with Merit  in Linguistics and International Communications from Surgut State University and a licensed interpreter. An example of successful female entrepreneur of the modern era, has owned and managed several companies such as EuroLine LLC and Kings English and NL International, dealing with international private/group tours and courses/certification […]

Hoa Tran

Hoa Tran

Hoa is currently a Manager in Training at the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, Switzerland. She began her study in Hanoi University, majoring in Finance and Banking. After joining different social activities relating closely to hospitality, she changed her major to Hotel Management, since she was interested in jobs in which she could interact with […]

Ian Bickerstaff

Ian Bickerstaff

Ian Bickerstaff is a lecturer in Accounts, Financial Management, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and an MBA. His research interests primarily focus on the teaching of Entrepreneurship, specifically in Hospitality and Tourism. He is the Department lead on Academic Enterprise and has coordinated many collaborative initiatives and research with […]