Faculty

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Lecturers & Staff

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Our lecturers come from all over the world and represent a cross-section of industries. Their goal is to equip students to think for themselves and take ownership of their educational journey. Their academic rigour and expertise prepare students for their future careers.

Deans & Program Managers

Tanja Florenthal

Tanja Florenthal

Dean, Le Bouveret & Brig

Ms. Tanja Florenthal joined César Ritz Colleges Switzerland in 2010, as a faculty member and went on to become the Head of Curriculum. She was appointed Dean at Le Bouveret in 2012 and Brig in 2019. A graduate of Cornell University, she has extensive international experience in the hospitality industry and education. She has worked in hotel and hospitality management schools in the United States, Thailand, India, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel, and is a member of the Cornell Hotel Association.

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R. Max Behesht

Dean, Lucerne

Mr. R. Max Behesht graduated from Kobe University with a BBA and from the University of Gothenburg with a master's degree in Human Resources and Organizational Management. With his expertise in the industry and strong multicultural background, he teaches Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, as well as Human Resource Management.

Sylvana Navarro

Sylvana Navarro

Assistant Dean, Le Bouveret

Ms. Sylvana Navarro holds an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University. With her background in banquets and events, food & beverage, as well as human resources, she has over 15 years of industry experience. She has worked at the Evian Resort and with renowned hotel chains such as Four Seasons, Starwood, Hilton, and Movenpick.

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Evelina Gillard

Master Program Manager

Dr. Evelina Gillard has worked at the Kempinski Headquarters, in a real-estate investment firm, as well as in banking, automobile, and luxury services. She holds a PhD in Human Resource Management and a Master in International Business Administration from the University of Geneva. Dr. Evelina teaches Business Start up, Hospitality Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management

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Jorge Arnanz

Undergraduate Program Manager - Brig

Dr. Jorge Arnanz began his career working for international hotels and travel companies, before starting his own business as a restaurant owner. Since 2015, he has been teaching Hospitality, Tourism, and Management at undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds two BA degrees in Tourism and Education respectively, an MA and a Ph.D. in Tourism Management.

Lecturers

Alessandro Cavelzani

Alessandro Cavelzani

Lecturer

Dr. Alessandro Cavelzani trained under Professor Beatrice Beebe at Columbia University Medical School in New York where he obtained his Ph.D. He is a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and has been a licensed psychotherapist for 15 years. He shares his knowledge with students at César Ritz Colleges as a lecturer in Leading Human Capital and Emotional Intelligence.

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Olga Larina

Lecturer

Dr. Olga Larina has over 10 years of teaching experience. She holds a Ph.D. in World Economy and International Economic Relations from the Kyiv National Economic University, writing her thesis on the international competitiveness of regions, with a focus on the development of intellectual capital. With a strong background in economics, she teaches Strategic Hotel Management, Economics, and Public Policy.

 

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Alain Müller

Lecturer

Before joining César Ritz Colleges in 1994, Chef Alain Müller worked both in Canada and Switzerland. He is passionate about helping students combine their culinary skills with business acumen to become successful culinary entrepreneurs.

Anastasiiaa Burakovskikh

Anastasiia Burakovskikh

Lecturer

Ms. Anastasiia Burakovskikh holds a master's degree in Wine Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bourgogne, and bachelor's degrees from St. Petersburg State University in Economics and Finance and from Pierre Mendès France University. With her expertise in wine training and marketing, she teaches Wine and Food Pairing, Beverage & Mixology, Wine & Beverage Management, and Food Trends.

Beverley Gould

Beverley Gould

Lecturer

Originally from Birmingham, England, Ms. Beverly Gould has been living in Switzerland for 13 years. After more than 28 years in the IT and Banking industry, she changed careers to deliver lectures in Business Writing and Information Systems at César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret. She also teaches in private language schools in the Valais and Vaud regions of Switzerland.

Christine Lambrigger

Christine Lambrigger

Lecturer

Ms. Christine Lambrigger graduated from Institute St. Ursula in Brig with a Paedagogische Matura degree. Following her studies, Ms. Lambrigger accumulated teaching experience by working in a number of different schools. In January 2005, she joined Cesar Ritz Colleges as a Language Instructor, teaching German from Beginner to Advanced levels. 

Delphine Blin

Delphine Blin-Genin

Lecturer

Ms. Delphine Genin joined César Ritz Colleges in 2019 as a lecturer in Business Plan, Marketing, and Ethics, before taking the position of Learning Consultant Specialist. As a business consultant and graduate of ESCP Management School, she has a deep understanding of entrepreneurship. Thanks to her expertise in neurosciences and metacognition, she brings creativity and innovation to her classes.

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Erik Pravica

Lecturer

With 17 years of experience covering all operational roles within hospitality, Mr. Erik Pravica has a passion for the industry. Ranging from Singapore to Thailand to Switzerland, his extensive experience has given him an acute understanding of the importance of a positive attitude on the road to success. This notion has become central to each of his classes.

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Loren Granger

Lecturer

After studying at the New England Culinary Institute in the USA, Ms. Loren Granger became a chef. Her career shifted from the kitchen into hygiene and sanitation, then on to Logistics and Sales with Food & Beverage companies. She has been with César Ritz Colleges since 2014 where she teaches culinary theory classes. She holds a PGD in Education from the University of Derby.

Lynda Pasamore

Lynda Pasamore

Lecturer

Ms. Lynda Pasmore's career in food product development and communications involved working for the British Government and manufacturers of food and white goods. Moving into training and education enabled her to work in various international markets, before focusing on formal education. She holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma, a Certificate in Human Nutrition, and a PGCert in Education. 
 

Neil German

Neil German

Lecturer

Mr. Neil German holds a Bachelor in Psychology, a Teaching Certificate in Education, a Master in Counselling Psychology, and a Psychoanalytic Diploma from the Jung Institute in Zurich. With over 35 years of education in the field of psychology, he has been lecturing at Webster University in Geneva since 2000 and at Cesar Ritz Colleges in Le Bouveret since 2004.

Sandra Zhu Bandelier

Sandra Zhu-Bandelier

Lecturer

Ms. Sandra Bandelier holds a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University and is a Certified Hospitality Education Instructor. She has a been lecturer at César Ritz Colleges for over 16 years, teaching Hotel Business Management. She was Senior Executive at Starwood and Hilton, leading Marketing and Sales, Finance, and Operations teams across Asia, North America, and Europe.

Sarah Gonçalves

Sarah Gonçalves

Lecturer

Ms. Sarah Gonçalves began lecturing in 2004, before being offered a position with a social department service, in which she was responsible for internal audits, team coaching, and follow-up training. In 2011, she moved to Switzerland, working as an International Program Assistant and as a lecturer. She has been teaching Language and Communication at César Ritz Colleges since 2014.

Sofia Rodrigues

Sofia Rodrigues

Lecturer

Ms. Sofia Rodrigues has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Instituto Superior de Novas Profissões and is a Ph.D. student at Sheffield Hallam University. She has worked in Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Event Planning, and for various airlines. She is the Founder and CEO of HBL, an auditing company specialized in training and career development in the service industry.

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Susanna Auf der Maur

Lecturer

Ms. Susanna Auf der Maur holds a JD in Professional Law and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She has been with the school for over 7 years, lecturing alongside her work as an attorney-in-law for prestigious companies such as the luxury skincare brand La Prairie.

Tania Thomspon

Tania Thompson

Lecturer

Ms. Tania Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pretoria and a PGCert in Education from the Kingston University. With her expertise in sciences and mathematics and over 12 years of teaching experience, she teaches Sustainable Science for Hospitality, Business Mathematics for Hospitality, Quantitative Analysis for Hospitality Business, and Health & Nutrition.

Virginia Meza

Virginia Meza

Lecturer

Beginning her career in the field of the Philosophy of Sciences, Ms. Virginia Meza went on to study French Language and Literature, and finally Psychology at the University of Lausanne. Throughout the years, she has taught different subjects surrounding Hospitality and Culinary Arts, has coordinated student groups, and was in charge of the student theatre club.

Yuriy Barabantsev

Yuriy Barabantsev

Lecturer

Mr. Yuriy Barabantsev obtained a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Economics, holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Derby. His career in education began in 2001, focusing on delivering courses related to Finance and Statistics in the U.S, France, and now in Switzerland.

Internship Coaches

Antonia Vollet

Antonia Vollet

Internship & career coach

Originally from Scotland, Ms. Antonia Vollet has worked for the last 14 years in Executive Education in customer service and career advisory roles, creating long-lasting partnerships and relationships.  After years working in the industry, she brought her expertise to César Ritz Colleges, where she coaches and advises students in their decision-making process as they embark on their career journeys.

Lynn Wijngaard

Lynn Megan Wijngaard

Internship & Career Coach

Ms. Lynn Wijnggard's academic background lies in the fields of sociology, psychology, and travel and tourism. After graduating from HIM, her career took off, leading to operational roles in the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa and working as a Junior Project Assistant at Swiss Education Group. As of 2021, she's been working in Lucerne as a Career Coach and Academic Assistant.

Paulo Pereira

Paulo Pereira

Internship & career coach

Mr. Paulo Pereira holds a Bachelor in Literature, Culture, and Languages (Portuguese and German) as well as two PGcerts in Teaching. His professional experience extends over the fields of Education and Customer Service for Portuguese Airlines. He also spent 5 years working as a multi-operational employee at the Royal Caribbean International.

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Ruth Knöepfel

Internship & Career Coach

Ms. Ruth Knöpfel began her career in Food & Beverage Management in the hotel industry in Canada, before moving on to teach Food & Beverage at a college in Canada. Her teaching career brought her to Switzerland in 1992. She's been working with Swiss Education Group ever since, taking on roles in teaching, operation management and career services over the last 30 years.

Sara Nunes Caetano

Sara Nunes Caetano

Internship & Career Coach

Following her work as a receptionist in Portugal, Ms. Sara Caetano moved into training and education. Since 2019, she has been teaching Personal Development, Introduction to Tourism Industry, and Career Management. She holds a B.Sc. in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and a PGD in Management of Touristic Destinations. She is in the process of completing a master's degree in Education.

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