Prof. Ray F. Iunius, PhD
Dr Ray F. Iunius is the author of various academic and professional articles published by journals in the management of services, technology, and innovation. He is also the author of a number of books such as « Industrie de l’accueil », « Hôtellerie de Luxe », « La gestion des spas », “Un Hôtel, un modèle?” in de Boeck editions and co-author of the “Lausanne Report on the future of Hospitality Industry.”
In the last 20 years Ray occupied different management positions at EHL education Groups. He is also the founder of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (EHLITE), the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INTEHL), the Students Business Projects (SBP), the EHLITE magazine, and the Chair of Innovation Paul Dubrule.
Ray is today CEO of winsedswiss education group (WEG) SA, an integrated group of educational institutions comprising professional and vocational programs, soon universities and post-secondary education schools in the service industry.
As Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne, he is currently teaching Strategic Consulting Projects and Service Operations Management.
Ray earned an MBA and PhD from the University of Lausanne and a BSc, MS and PhD in Technical Sciences from the Transylvania University of Brasov.
Pursuing his dream to better the world through quality education and to provide a lasting legacy for future generations, in 2020 Dușan co-founded Winsedswiss Education Group, a vertically integrated holding that brings under the same roof foremost experts and pioneering educational programmes, thus setting a new standard of excellence and providing students of all ages with a solid foundation on which to grow as individuals, professionals and distinguished members of society.
A Romanian and German national born in Timișoara, Romania, Dușan has a strong experience with launching start-ups in new markets, having brought METRO Cash & Carry to Serbia and Moldova. He was also involved in the METRO expansion to Romania and in introducing the Real brand of hypermarkets in Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Romania.
Following the take-over of Real Hypermagazine (now Remarkt Magazine) from METRO Group, he had remarkable success with rebuilding the chain’s international strategy and is currently its non-executive owner. Honing his leadership abilities and enthusiastic visions, he has developed and motivated effective teams, time and again.
Petrus Vrijsen is a Dutch businessman, visionary and leader with 40 years of experience within HR positions. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board TIAS – School for business and society in Netherlands. His career positions in human resources included working at Royal DSM, Cargill Incorporated and Medtronic Europe in The Netherlands. He held global human resource management roles for General Electric Plastics in Europe and the USA, and then Royal Packaging Van Leer Industries and SHV Holdings N.V., both in The Netherlands.
Mr. Vrijsen was a member of the Executive Board of Directors for Metro Cash & Carry Beteiligungs GMBH & Co KG in Germany, and then became the Chief People Officer of InBev S.A. in Belgium.
Gerardo Monzillo is an Italian businessman and retail expert with 50 years of experience in modern trade, at present General Manager of Remarkt Magazine in Romania. Concurrently, he serves as member of the winsedswiss education group Board of Directors. His areas of expertise are opening and developing modern commercial activities, business analysis and management, marketing and product knowledge.
Starting his career by applying store management and logistics principles in Italy, he has later been involved with expanding the Metro Cash&Carry chain in that country, with a focus on improving customer retention. Later he served as store manager, regional manager, operations director, procurement&merchandizing director and board member of Metro, having gained international experience with the group in other countries and cultures, such as India and Romania (1999-2007 and 2010-present)
MD, President of Eurolines Group Romania, President “Coaliția pentru dezvoltarea Romaniei”, President of the Romanian - Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Paul Dubrule is a French businessman, politician and philanthropist. He co-founded AccorHotels in 1967.
Accor is the story of two43- friends, Paul Dubrule and Gérard Pélisson, who opened their first Novotel in 1967 at a time when no one in France yet believed in this new hotel business model. Through their creativity and boldness, they pushed the boundaries of what is possible ever further. Their dream of hospitality has become Accor.
Mr Dubrule served as a member of the French Senate from 1999 to 2004, representing Seine-et-Marne. In 2002, he established the Ecole d'Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule in Cambodia.
We are proud to say that he is a member of the winsedswiss education group International Advisory Board.
Abraham Pizam is the founding dean (2000-2018) of Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Currently he serves as Professor and Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management. Professor Pizam is widely known in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has conducted research projects, lectured, and served as a consultant in more than 30 countries. He has held various academic positions, in Austria, Australia, France, Israel, Japan, New-Zealand, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland United Kingdom and the U.S.A, has authored more than 230 publications of which 175 were scientific publications and published ten books. His publications have resulted in more than 19,000 citations and an h-index of 63. He is the Editor Emeritus of the International Journal of Hospitality Management and serves on the editorial boards of 28 academic journals. Professor Pizam has conducted consulting and research projects for a variety of international, national and regional tourism organizations.
Professor Pizam holds a Master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and is the recipient of several academic awards.
Jean-Claude Biver is one of those rare men who have genuinely left their mark on Swiss watchmaking. After reviving the Blancpain name, he developed Omega. In 2004, he decided to focus on the Hublot brand developing a new concept “The art of Fusion”: fusion between tradition and innovation, between the past and the future as in his words "we are not breaking with the past, on the contrary we are paying homage to it by connecting it to the future". In just a few years, he turned the name as one of the most successful watch brands.
Today, Hublot has been chosen as “Official watch” by FIFA World Cup™, Formula 1, Ferrari, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Usain Bolt, Kobe Bryant, and the prestigious Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and Monaco Yacht Club to name just a few.
Mr. Biver was Chairman of Hublot and President of the Watches Division, LVMH Group, including Tag Heuer and Zenith.
His passion for Education and Hospitality determined him to accept a position in our winsedswiss education group International Advisory Board. We are honored!
Roger Darioli, MD, Swiss citizen, born in 1945
Honorary Professor, University of Lausanne
- Medical school at the Universities of Lausanne and Zurich
- Postgraduate training at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV)
- Postdoctoral training in Nutrition and Lipid disorders at the National Institute of Science et medical Research (Pr. JL. Beaumont & B. Jacotot) in Paris.
- Visitor Scientist at the Division of Lipid Metabolism and Genetic of Cardiovascular Diseases. Department of Internal Medicine (Prof. Bilheimer, Prof H. Hobbs), Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas, Dallas (USA).
- Associate Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne.
- Head of Lipid Clinic and Preventive Cardiology Unit at the Medical Policlinic and University hospital (CHUV), Lausanne.
- Member of several National and International Scientific Societies and Boards of Cardiology, Lipidology and Nutrition.
- Author/co-author of more than 200 scientific publications and chapters of books, as well extensive experience in teaching Health Sciences and Ethics.
- Chairman of the University of Seniors (Canton de Vaud, Suisse).
- Chairman of the Swiss Vitamin Institute, Lausanne.
Russell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, the leading global specialist hotel valuation, consulting, asset management and brokerage firm, which he joined in 1995. Russell has 40+ years' specialist hotel consultancy, investment and real estate experience, focused on providing valuation, feasibility, property, brokerage, investment, asset management, strategy and related consultancy services, advising hotel, serviced apartments and hostel companies, banks, developers and investors on all aspects of their hospitality industry related interests, throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a frequent writer, moderator and speaker on the international hotel industry, especially on topics relating to hotel valuation, investment, marketing and finance. Russell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HOSPA in 2011 and the ‘Hall of Fame’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hot.E hotel investment conference in London in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the International Hotel Investment Council. He and his wife are blessed with two children and three grandchildren.
Michel SAFARS Professeur Affilié, HEC Paris Entrepreneuriat, Stratégie et Politique d'Entreprise Michel Safars est professeur affilié en Entrepreneuriat, Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise à HEC Paris. Il dirige la spécialisation Entrepreneuriale au MBA d’HEC et a fondé l’Entrepreneurship Lab d’HEC (eLab). Il intervient également dans l’activité Executive Education d’HEC Paris, notamment en tant que directeur académique des séminaires BPI Excellence et Accélérateur PME et ETI que la Banque Publique d’Investissement a confié à HEC Paris - Executive Education. En 1989, Michel Safars crée sa première société, Mipsys, qu’il dirige jusqu’à sa revente huit ans plus tard. Il est successivement fondateur et CEO de KeeBoo Corp., start-up basée à San Francisco développant des livres et catalogues numériques, puis Directeur des Opérations d’INRIA-Transfert, filiale de l'INRIA (Institut national de recherche en informatique et automatique). Il devient ensuite Associé-Fondateur de IT-Translation, fonds d'investissement dédié aux start-ups issues de la recherche publique en IT, et Président non-exécutif de Thasos Group, start-up liée au Big Data basée à New York. Michel a été le co-fondateur et Directeur du Lagardère Lab, entité dédiée à l’innovation du groupe. Michel Safars has been teaching Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris since 2002. He also chairs the HEC Paris MBA Entrepreneurship specialization and founded the HEC Paris Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab). Michel is actively involved in Executive Education programs, most notably as the Academic Director of the BPI Excellence Seminars that have been entrusted to HEC Paris by the BPI - Banque Publique d’Investissements (French Public Investment Bank). In 1989 Michel founded his first company, Mipsys, which he ran until it was sold in 1997. He then became the founder and CEO of KeeBoo, a San Francisco based startup developing digital catalogs. After that he took on successive roles as COO of INRIATransfert, a subsidiary of INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) and Founding Partner of IT-Translation, an investment fund for public sector IT research startups. He was recently the co-founder & Director of the Lagardère Lab, which was created with the aim of developing innovation within the Lagardère Group. Michel was cofounder and board-member of Thasos Group, a big data startup based in New York. He is now head of xCUB an innovation program dedicated to large companies.
Vannier, Elie is a professional Board Director, serving or having served on several boards in France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Belgium, UK, US, as well as over a dozen other countries ranging from Russia to the Philippines. Elie Vannier serves or has served as chairman of the Board, or chairman of various Committees. He has had a diversified career of over 40 years in the media, Industry, Investment banking and retail, with responsibilities ranging from associate to Chief Executive Officer and/or partner. Mister Vannier holds an LLD and a Doctoral Mater’s in Law and Political Sciences from Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne University in Paris (France).
fondation fondaMental Suisse
Né en 1949, il commence sa carrière de journaliste à RMC, avant de rejoindre RTL. Envoyé spécial permanent aux États-Unis, il devient ensuite rédacteur en chef de RTL et éditorialiste économique. Le 24 avril 1988, il présente aux côtés de Michèle Cotta, le débat télévisé du second tour de l’élection présidentielle, entre François Mitterrand et Jacques Chirac.
Ensuite, Elie Vannier devient directeur de la diversification du groupe métallurgique Strafor-Facom, avant d’être nommé, à partir de 1991, directeur général de la filiale française de la banque Morgan, Grenfell & Co. et administrateur-associé à Londres.
En 1997, il rejoint le groupe d’optique de Grand Vision, où il exerce diverses fonctions, dont celle de directeur général du groupe. Elie Vannier a été président et administrateur de plusieurs entreprises, parmi lesquelles figurent Promod, Delsey, Famar, Flamel Technologies et Ingénico.
Parallèlement, il a été professeur à Sciences Po Paris, enseignant la « stratégie et le Développement international des entreprises » et président du Centre Français pour l’Étude du Gouvernement d’Entreprise. Elie Vannier est Visiting Professor à Peking University (School of Transnational Law), en Chine.
VP School Relations & Partnerships
Fabrice has been a member of the Accor family since the beginning of his career, having worked in three operational as well as two regional and four corporate offices. His achievements have been rewarded with a recognition Award from Ecpat NGO in 2004, a nomination for Innovation by The Hospitality Awards in 2010 as well as Company with best recognized relations with schools in 2018 and 2019.
Fabrice Tessier started his career as restaurant manager in Paris after his bachelor in Hospitality Management from Ecole Hôtelière de Paris. Loving the industry, he decided to pursue a career in hotel management and has worked in close areas of hotel operations, holding different positions including Trainer, and F&B Manager opening a Novotel in Comoros Islands. Fabrice’s passion has always been in developing talent within the organisation so the move into human resources was a natural progression. He moved to the South Pacific Islands as Human Relations and Training manager. He then pursued his studies with a certificate in Human Resources at Institut de Gestion Sociale in Paris and completed a Master’s in Human Resources Management & International Mobility in Paris Marne La Vallée University.
One of Fabrice’s most notable experiences in 2000 when he was appointed Vice President Human Resources Accor in Asia based in Bangkok. 22,000 employees were working in the organization including 260 expatriates in 10 Asian countries. In the region, he oversaw the implementation of remuneration systems, boosted mobility both within and outside the region, developed national managers, and organized training programs for all employees. There, with the support of other hotels, he developed a partnership with Ecpat to promote actions protecting children from sexual exploitation in the tourism industry. This led to an agreement by many hotels to sign a Code of Conduct between Ecpat with WTO and Unicef, now expanded within Accor. From there he moved to different positions in HR within Accor as VP HR, and Project Director.
Since 2010 he holds the position of VP School Relations and Partnerships for Accor Group. His role is aligned with the future needs of recruitment for Accor, namely, to identify and develop partnerships with the best Hospitality Schools, Universities and Business Schools. The goal is to see an increasing number of graduates taking management positions within Accor for the benefit of our industry development.
Based in Paris, his department is part of the Hotel Services department in Corporate Talent & Culture. Fabrice gives lectures about HR-related issues in a few Universities and represents Accor in several School and Institution boards.
Additionally, he is coordinating actions in Europe and is an active supporter of the “Ecole d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule” in Cambodia.
In 2009 Alain decided to leave the industry to focus on consulting businesses to bring added values through very creative Human Resources strategies. As practitioner with over 40 years of experience in the service industry, Alain’s expertise lies on a multi cultural approach and innovative approach to Human Resources.
In his last position, he has been responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Corporate Human Resources strategy for 34 hotels in Europe, Africa and Middle East. More specifically, his responsibilities have included driving HR strategy related to Top Talent Management, Employee Engagement and Communications, Corporate Culture, Leadership Succession Planning, Competitive Total Rewards, and HR Systems implementation. Throughout his career he has opened/taken over up to 30 hotels in over 25 countries, in addition to the closure of approximately 11 hotels. In his role he has played a key role in the recruitment, development and mentoring of hotel employees who have subsequently become General Managers and senior executives in the company. Alain Schauder has also developed important relationships with various European hotel schools, which have been a key resource for our Corporate Management Trainee programs.
He is constantly challenging the norm looking for new ideas and innovative and efficient HR solutions. He can be both strategic in his thinking and very tactical in the setting up of his proposed solutions. He is very adept at understanding what HR strategies would work best considering the local economic, social and political circumstances of each location.
In addition to his consulting activities, he teaches in a lot of schools and universities to share his passion with students in Europe.
Alain Schauder is an alumnus of EHL (Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne) and from Northwestern University in Chicago. He is a very pro-active, hands on leader able to find solutions for companies to position their Human Capital as their Principal Asset.
Principal - YS and Associates Sàrl, Switzerland
Yateendra is an experienced strategist, advisor and coach for the hospitality, tourism, education and services related industries. He believes that the true value of an enterprise is developed through connecting the finer details and human emotions to a macro vision and concept. Having travelled and worked in 50+ countries in the last 3 decades, he is at ease in different environments and understands the art of building strong relationships with clients and client organisations.
As part of his formative years, he has been the CEO of a global consulting and training firm, Lausanne Hospitality Consulting; which he created and led for a good part of the last two decades and prior to that he has developed and managed hotels, clubs, townships, office complexes – many different types of service experiences and related real estate.
Yateendra is an Indian national, is keen on his family values and an avid sports fan. Combining his personal and professional aspirations, he is always interested in supporting and guiding his clients towards creating strategy and organisations which are values based and long-term legacy oriented.
Some of the brands which Yateendra has been involved with are – Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Swissôtel, Aman, Dusit, Nespresso, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Pernod Ricard.
Adrian CURAJ is a former minister of education, science and innovation. He is the head of the UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, and a professor at the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest.
He had been working as a consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight.
Adrian CURAJ is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania and fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS).
He has been at the forefront of developments in Smart Specialization as Europe’s contribution to the new industrial innovation policy, and in policy advising for higher education as a host and chair of the Bologna Process Researcher Conferences!
Senior executive with verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, M&A and integration, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. Extensive experience withcritical business drivers in differentmarkets and health industries; highly successful in building relationships with upper-level decision makers, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on customer commitments. Customer-focused and performance-driven. Speakerand panelist in business or finance events.
Radu is one of the most well-established executive search & leadership development pioneers in Eastern-Europe, and his work expands beyond his business. He is the initiator of AVE Romania – “Asociatia Pentru Valori in Educatie” (one of the most impactful NGOs supporting education in Romania). Radu is a co-founder and managing partner of K.M.Trust Group (K.M.Trust & Partners and Key2Success), a premium professional services group of firms with focus on hiring – retention – development services.
Radu has a University Degree from ASE Bucharest, International Economical Relations faculty and has postgraduate studies at INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Singularity University and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne where he was also Visiting Lecturer on Leadership. More details about Radu’s background here.
General Manager at Curtea Veche Publishing
President of the Curtea Veche Association
Irén had the skill and determination to turn passion into a successful business. The love for books and the desire to cover the needs of a society in transition convinced her, in 1998, to build from the ground up what is today Curtea Veche Publishing, one of the main players on the Romanian book market, bringing motivational literature and personal and professional development to Romanian readers, while being the initiator of countless premieres.
In 2014, she founded the Curtea Veche Association, with the goal of developing and implementing a national reading program that will form the future generations of readers. In the past five years five it has reached nearly 80,000 children from over 250 communities in 34 counties, through book donations, reading workshops and meetings with contemporary role models.
In 2018, she published her first volume, “Es Mal Pas”, a self-fiction that follows the inner path of a woman who finds power in fragility.
She was decorated by the Romanian Royal Family with the King Michael I of Romania Medal for Loyalty in 2012 and the Order of the Crown of Romania with the rank of Knight in 2014.
Being the subject of many interviews and a speaker at many conferences, such as TEDx Cluj, Biz, The Woman etc, Iren Arsene never hesitates when talking about the importance of books.