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.
Chief Operating Officer
After studying languages in Romania, Alina moved to the UK where she spent over 17 years working mostly in the education sector. Alina worked at Global University Systems for over a decade where she gained extensive experience in strategic operations, mergers into the group, student support and daily operations. She is very passionate about the educational field as well as providing an excellent student experience.
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”.
Dr. Irina Slot
Programme Leader for Finance and Marketing
Having previously worked as a senior lecturer at Potsdam University, Berlin School of Economics and Law and at TU Berlin, Irina has a wealth of experience which she draws upon in her teaching. Prior to lecturing, Irina studied physics, marketing and cross-cultural management in Moscow, Hannover and Maastricht. Her fields of research include: persuasive semantics in political and commercial promotion and county of origin as a brand. Irina is a mentor and supporter for the students on their learning journey.
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.
Prof. Dr. Manuel Barriga
MBA Programme Leader
Pro. Dr. Barriga has more than 15 year of international academic experience. Using his expertise, Prof. Dr. Manuel Barriga has helped to foster the scope, relevancy and quality of the BSBI MBA programme. He has also helped improve engagement and student pastoral care whilst also introducing innovative teaching methods.
Dr. Kristina Piilik
Lecturer, Tutor and Trainer
Dr. Piilik teaches on the master’s programmes at BSBI after working as a lawyer and business consultant for several years. She has an extensive education record with an LLB from the University of Tartu as well as an MA, a PhD and an MBA under her belt. Dr. Piilik is also an expert at the Asian Research Centre in Estonia and a Consortium Fellow of the University Consortium.
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.
Chris Lisowski holds both a BA and MA in German Philology and has almost two decades of experience under his belt as a German language lecturer. Chris is fascinated by the application of communication and the culture of German-speaking countries. In addition to working as a lecturer, he has collaborated with various media as a journalist, covering culture, media and tourism and is also a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
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.
Annika holds a BA in German as a second language and German philology from the University of Tübingen, South Germany. She acquired her TEFL license while living in Madrid, Spain and gained experience teaching in different fields before and during her studies. After graduating, Annika continued working as a German teacher. Once she had gained all the teaching experience she felt she needed in Spain, she decided to move back to Germany and become a motivated member of our team at BSBI.
Andre enjoys his role helping international students as a programme coordinator. He is responsible for organising and updating course materials, grades and timetables for students. Andre additionally helps coordinate the delivery of events, programmes and meetings. He speaks many different languages and has lived all over the globe in countries such as Finland and the United States. .
Jana Katharina Schlez
Personal Assistant of CEO
Jana joined BSBI in September 2019 as the personal assistant of the CEO/Co-founder of BSBI, Sagi Hartov. Prior to this, Jana worked as a junior expert on projects regarding flexible working models and diversity in leadership. She possesses a Master’s in Political Science in which her thesis was on the start-up ecosystem in Berlin.
After gaining an MA in International Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Economics in Prague, Tomas worked for four years in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance in Georgia. At BSBI, he administrates the organization of timetables and schedules and monitors students’ performance and attendance.
Active students can contact Ms. Bauer and other Programme Coordinators for information about timetables, attendance issues, absence leaves and other information concerning BSBI’s online platforms.
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 her 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. She 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.
Examination and Assessments Officer
William is originally from Anglesey, North Wales and holds a BA in Economics from The University of Nottingham. After graduating from university, he moved to Prague, Czech Republic, where he lived for 10 years. It was a life-changing move, allowing William to experience other cultures and meet people from all over the world. He has over six years’ experience working as an examinations and assessments manager for online universities and finds it very rewarding to see a student develop and progress through their studies to reach their eventual goal.
Karimat Hassan-Amoo joins BSBI as the Accommodation Manager where her role is to oversee Accommodation Services and act as the main point of contact for student enquiries. Prior to becoming a member of the BSBI team, Karimat spent time working in the real estate sector in Nigeria, where she is original from, managing rental properties, brokering real estate and processing customer enquiries. Karimat also has training in property management and real estate economics.
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.
Rym is currently pursuing her MA in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management at BSBI. However, alongside her studies, Rym also works as a receptionist/campus assistant where her main responsibilities include: welcoming students and visitors, providing administrative support and ensuring good communication between departments and students. In addition to the MA Rym is studying at BSBI, she also holds an MA in Marketing and Commercial Actions.
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.
Rasel works as a Finance Assistant where his main responsibilities include receiving and checking invoices, regularly tracking company bank statements as well as helping students with payment plans. Before joining the BSBI team, Rasel worked in the hotel industry for five years and also completed an MBA qualification from the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Outside of work, Rasel is interested in football, playing chess and spending time with family and friends.