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Our world-class academics use their research to power their teaching, inspiring the next generation of innovators, visionaries and change makers to transform lives and make a remarkable impact on the world.

As a student at the Amsterdam Campus, you will benefit from academics who have a wealth of practitioner and research expertise. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

Northumbria University Amsterdam Campus Management, Academics and Professional Support Team

Profile picture of Christine de LilleProfessor De Lille joined Northumbria University as Campus Director for Amsterdam in 2022, joining from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Whilst with The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Christine held the positions of Professor of Innovation Networks and Co-Director of the Centre for Expertise “Mission Zero”, a research group working to create zero-carbon economies. Christine has extensive research experience and expertise in design, management, living labs and systemic design and has worked closely with industry partners such as Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM). She has also secured large-scale funding on projects, such as Horizon2020, RVO & NWO (Dutch National Government), and industry.

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Profile picture of Eustathios SainidisDr Eustathios Sainidis joined Northumbria University in 2022 as a Lecturer in Strategic Management and his role has since evolved towards an academic leadership position, contributing to the development and growth of Northumbria as an internationally distinguished centre of academic excellence.

Eustathios is currently Deputy Campus Director for two of Northumbria's satellite campuses - the Amsterdam Campus and the London Campus. Eustathios' professional aim is to ensure Northumbria University continues on its path to be a highly attractive university for students and academic talent, shaping the higher education sector nationally and beyond. 

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Profile picture of Mario SchaarschmidtDr Mario Schaarschmidt is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Northumbria University’s Amsterdam Campus. Previously, Mario held positions as Assistant Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany) and as Interim Professor at Paderborn University and the University of Cologne.

Whilst at Koblenz, Mario was also a member of the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) and served as a Vice Academic Director of the Central Institute for Scientific Entrepreneurship and International Transfer (ZIfET). Mario has over 15 years of experience in delivering teaching at bachelor, master, and PhD levels.

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Profile picture of Alessia PatuelliAlessia Patuelli is a Lecturer at Northumbria University’s Amsterdam Campus. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Management at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara and the University of Florence. Alessia received her PhD in Business Administration and Management from the University of Pisa in 2017.

Alessia's present research focuses on family businesses, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development goals, using qualitative and interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of management and complex networks, big data, and machine learning. Alessia’s research has appeared in leading international journals such as the Journal of Cleaner Production, PlosOne, the Journal of Business Ethics, and Accounting History.

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Profile picture of Frithjof WegenerFrithjof Wegener (M.Sc.) is Lecturer in Strategic Management at Northumbria University Amsterdam Campus. He is finalizing his PhD in Pragmatism and Organisation Design at the Warwick Business School under the supervision of Prof. Davide Nicolini and Dr Katharina Dittrich.

Frithjof received a Bachelor of Science in Natural & Social Sciences with a Major in Business from the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Science (cum laude) in Management of Innovation from the Rotterdam School of Management. He previously worked at the VU Amsterdam Business School on digital innovation ecosystems and the TU Delft Design School on organisation design.

Next to his work with Northumbria University, Frithjof is also a research fellow with Tima Bansal at Innovation North, working on sustainable innovation through systems thinking. Currently, his research and teaching are focused on pragmatism, organisation, design, strategy and sustainability. He also published in organisation studies and design studies.

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Profile picture of Julia BenkertDr Julia Benkert is a lecturer in Responsible Leadership at Northumbria University’s Amsterdam Campus. Her key responsibilities include programme leadership of the Global Sustainable Business Management MSc, which is jointly delivered by Northumbria University and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) in Amsterdam.

Julia's research includes work on business sustainability, business ethics, ethical leadership, intercultural organising, and social value creation in cross-sector partnerships. In building on her professional experience as a consultant, Julia seeks to deliver research with social impact generated through strong and collaborative engagement with community and industry stakeholders.

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Dr Alexandra (Alex) Mifsud has lectured and supervised student research in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in several universities in the UK and internationally. She also sits on the Sustainability Research Group within the London Regional Centre of Expertise on ESD.

Alex has developed ESD courses and training programmes for a wide range of audiences and applies her research interests in employee engagement and behavioural change to assist organisations' work towards their sustainable development goals. Alex has published work in the fields of sustainability, climate education, and circular economy education. Alex has delivered the Carbon Literacy Training to staff and students at Universities in the UK, US and beyond.

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Profile picture of Jenni LiJennifer (Jenni) Li is a lecturer in Project Management MSc at the Northumbria University Amsterdam Campus and a PhD candidate.

Jenni gained her master's degree in Projection Management with Distinction in 2016 and prior to that, Jenni worked in the nuclear industry. During her time in industry, Jenni developed and ran a world-class graduate training programme for engineers and scientists across the UK and internationally.

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Profile picture of Charlie RichardsonCharlie began working as the Innovator in Residence for Northumbria University in November 2019. After graduating with a MA in Multidisciplinary Innovation, Charlie worked in London as a Content Manager for a Cryptocurrency start-up company.

Charlie's time at the start-up company provided the opportunity to work with many diverse businesses and backgrounds; it is this aspect of innovation that Charlie enjoys the most. Following the successful launch of the start-up, Charlie returned to the North East to further pursue his passion for design. Charlie has a strong design background, completing his BA in Design for Industry in 2017. At present, Charlie lectures at both the Newcastle and Amsterdam campuses.

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