Co-Founder and Executive Chairman
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of BSBI, Sagi Hartov is a successful International cellist who has taken part in several festivals and competitions, as well as recording advertisement soundtracks for BBC and Universal Records. He has been a member of the London Mozart Trio and he is the founder of the Ernest Bloch classical competition. He also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at the London College of Contemporary Arts, as well as Chairman of HTK Academy (Hamburg) and Principal of GUS Creative Arts.
Senior Management Team
Dr. Alexandra Gray
Dr. Alexandra Gray, Academic Director at BSBI, previously worked as Senior Lecturer in International Human Resources Management at the University of Law and Senior Lecturer at Interactive Pro. After obtaining her doctorate in 1997, she began lecturing in Human Resources Management at Leeds University Business School. Between 2003 and 2005, she spent some time in France where she worked as a consultant on the delivery of various corporate training and MBA modules.
Senior Academic Team
Professor Kyriakos Kouveliotis
Programmes and Partnership Director
Professor Kyriakos Kouveliotis Programmes & Partnership Director for Uninettuno programmes at BSBI, is also a professor at Uninettuno University in Rome where he is the Director of several Master programs. He has served as a Provost in a number of European Institutions and has also taught as a Professor and Academic Director in many Universities, Academies and Organizations. He is considered a global expert in academic and curriculum development, is the author of 12 books and has also published numerous scientific papers.
Alexander, Associate Dean of BSBI, studied management economics at the Friedrich Alexander University in Nuernberg and spent some time in the USA, Spain and France during his studies. He was previously Managing Director of Radio Charivari Nuernberg, as well as founder of the management consultation “Zeitelhack.com”.
German Programme Leader
Anna, German Lecturer at BSBI, holds a master’s degree in Theatre, Film and Media, as well as Classical Philology. She has extensive teaching experience in German to students across different levels. She is also fluent in Dutch, Polish, English and Russian.
Dr. Simone Eisenhauer
Programme Leader for Tourism and Hospitality
She holds a BA in Tourism from the University of Brighton, UK and received her Master’s degree in Tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She obtained her PhD in Sport Business Management in 2013 from the University of Technology in Sydney. Through her involvement in university/government partnership projects, Simone gained extensive knowledge about qualitative research methods.
Dr. Kristina Piilik
Lecturer, Tutor and Trainer
After receiving her LLB from the University of Tartu, Kristina also gained an MA and a PhD in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin, as well as an MBA from the Estonian Business School, Uppsala Universitet and Fudan University. Since her PhD studies, she has been working as an academic writing and dissertation consultant and guest lecturer for various academic institutions. At BSBI, she is supporting master’s students to develop and improve academic skills needed to write a thesis. Kristina is fluent in Estonian, English, German, Russian, Swedish and also speaks Italian and Mandarin.
Dr. Gergely Farkas
Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics & Programme Leader for BA
Gergely holds a doctorate in Mathematics from University of Barcelona, as well as two MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and Stochastic and Financial Mathematics from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He previously worked as a Research Analyst for the European Central Bank and as a lecturer in Mathematics, Statistics and IT for various business schools in Barcelona. Gergely also holds a degree in Actuarial Sciences and in Contemporary Dance. He speaks Hungarian, English, Spanish and Catalan.
With a degree from the University of Gottingen and several years of teaching experience in the field of marketing and communications, Kathrin is currently a trainer and lecturer at BSBI Berlin. Fluent in Spanish, she previously worked as lecturer in management of campaigns and project management at Ascenso Akademie, in Palma de Mallorca.
Chad Manian is an international academic, keynote speaker, mentor and specialist in strategy and entrepreneurship. He holds the Chair at several international committees and think tanks on technology, global policy and educational reform. Chad has founded and led several leading initiatives bringing together cutting-edge thinkers, Nobel laureates and industry leaders. He is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, British Academy of Management and currently teaches on the Global Masters programmes delivered at BSBI.
Visa and Compliance Manager
After gaining a master’s degree in 2015 in International Relations in the XIX-XX centuries from Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania, Mircea worked as a visa submission officer at VFS in Leipzig and Berlin. During his studies, he spent some time in Riga, Latvia. He speaks Romanian, English, Russian and German.
Student Services Manager
After graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a BA in German and European Studies, Catherine moved to Düsseldorf, Germany to begin her career in education. With extensive experience working in a private English language school, she has also worked in project management and content marketing. Catherine has a true passion for the education industry and she looks forward to supporting students with career guidance as well as any other non-academic related issues.
Student Services Support
Manali works collaboratively with the student services team, assisting with student enquiries, supporting all students in non-academic matters and providing advice regarding accommodation in Berlin.
Student Engagement Officer
Sabra’s role is to increase the engagement of students in life and events at Berlin School of Business and Innovation. As a student engagement officer, some of his main responsibilities are to organise regular events for students, produce newsletters about what’s happening at the school and in Berlin, as well as being a central point of contact for the Student Council. He is fully committed to developing good relationships with students and offering them support on non-academic matters.
Student Pastoral Care
Currently pursuing her Global MBA at BSBI, Ankita is also part of the Student Services team. Among her tasks, she is in charge of helping students with finding suitable accommodation in Berlin and she answers the students’ queries. She also provides students with extra support with various other activities, such as inventory and marketing merchandise management, coordinating for marketing events and photos. Being a student herself, she knows how challenging it can be to settle in within a new city and a new study environment. Therefore, her aim is to make the students’ transition as easy as possible.
Head of Student Recruitment
Ali Salman, Head of Student Recruitment at BSBI, has worked in the higher education sector for over seven years specialising in everything from undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short courses. He has a proven track record of constantly adapting to the market and strategically forecasting for his team to hit thresholds. Ali has a real passion for development. He is currently pursuing his Global MBA and is fluent in English and Arabic.
Sofia De Nadai
She holds a BA in International Development and Cooperation and a MA in International Politics and Markets from the University of Bologna. During her studies, she spent some time in Buenos Aires and Brussels. At BSBI she provides tailored advice to all prospective students, account managing students through the full application circle: from initial conversation to the finalisation of their application to study at BSBI. Sofia speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and she’s improving her German.
Business Development Manager
Having recently studied master’s in business economics and strategic marketing in Berlin, Swaira has an extensive background in sales and business development. With experience working with several international universities, Swaria’s main focus is to address the concerns of BSBI’s business partners and students, providing tailored advice for anything concerning the admissions and academic process.
Fintan’s main role is to assist BSBI staff and students with any administrative-related queries. In addition to overseeing the smooth running of communication between departments and students, Fintan also ensures the information on the student base is up-to-date and correct.
Finance and HR
Finance and HR Manager
Umeda moved to Germany from Tajikistan in 2012 to pursuit her master’s studies in European Political Economics holding a DAAD/Soros Foundation scholarship. Throughout her five years working in financial departments of private universities in Germany, she always tried to improve her professionality and often shows empathy to clients and colleagues. Umeda loves reading novels, practicing yoga and bringing joy to her family members and friends.