Humanity & Society - International Lecturers

Dear friends,

From 4 to 6 December, EhB organises the second edition of its 'International Days'. A three-day event devoted to internationalisation with a focus on sustainable education. Strengthen your international network and let’s share our expertise with professionals & teachers, especially coming from our partner institutions.

Check the entire programme
(for the international guests).

Scroll down to meet the lecturers who will enrich the dialogue and enhance our intercultural competences.

daniel choi

Daniel Choi

Lecturer & Researcher

I am the son of an architect and teacher made in South Korea in 1980, living now in a very Dutch local town. After finishing Master in educational technology and instructional design, joined a Ph.D. project of a psychology dept. investigating the influence of the physical environment on human learning and creativity. Yes, my project seems like the mixture of my parents’ life.

At the Fontys Communication, I am teaching research-related subjects and psychological aspect of communication and visual perception and .


Title of lecture

Memory of the future

What is the future of communication and its field? We may do not know but our brain does.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 1.19 - 05/12/2019 - 11:00 t 12:30



Mario Kubaš

Assistant Professor, Mgr. Mario Kubaš, Ph.D.

Mgr. Mario Kubaš Ph.D. is an Arts manager, a journalist and a former film actor. He teaches Culture Economy, Creative industries and Media at the University of Economics in Praha. For more than five years he worked for the main channel of the public Czech Television where as a reporter made reports for the evening news. Furthermore, he worked as an editor and a moderator, Mario used to have own TV show Kulturama.Currently he creates reports for the most watched political TV show in the Czech Republic.

As an Arts manager he worked for one of the best baroque orchestra in the world Collegium 1704, he is a director of the theatre festival Modry Kocour. Mario loves sailing and as a captain spends at least one, two month on sea every year. His most beloved sailing location are northern Scotland and southern Italy.

Title of lecture

Inside the heads of journalists. How do they construct the news.

Why do journalists pay attention only to some press releases? Why do they reflect some events and some not? Why do they react on certain campaigns and totally ignore the rest? In my lecture I will reveal some secrets how journalists reflect and reconstruct the reality. In a subsequent workshop we will be working on some case studies from a cultural sphere.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 11:00 t 12:30


Pia Marjaana Halsas

Pia Marjaana Halsas

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer in Swedish & project coordinator. My special interests are international communication, couching and digital learning. I have several years of experience in work-based teaching and language training and my field of expertise focus mainly on the Nordic business environment.

Title of lecture

Mission Goes Global Project Workshop

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof, aula 1.26, 5/12/2018, 11 am
Lars Rinsdorf

Lars Rinsdorf

Head of Department

I am professor of journalism at HdM Stuttgart Media University since 2008. I’m heading HdM’s digital journalism and PR programme since 2012. My major fields of research are innovation research, newsroom management, disinformation and quality in journalism. Before I was hired at HdM I was head of research & development at a newspaper publishing company, senior advisor at a consultancy company and scientific assistant at the University of Dortmund. I hold a diploma and a PhD in journalism. Currently I’m also serving as president of the German Communication Association (DGPuK).

As university teacher I am committed to provide with international experiences, both at home and abroad. Because of this we embedded an international minor programme taught in English as a compulsory part of our BA programme. Additionally we put our emphasis on fostering and maintaining our network of partner schools by running bi- and multilateral projects. I am experienced in Erasmus+ partnerships as partner and coordinator, and involved in international research projects, currently with our partners from Tongmyong University, Busan, Republic of Korea.


Title of lecture

According to the major topic of the international week I’ll run two 90 minutes workshops on developing ideas to create livable cities. In contradiction to technology driven visions like the smart city, we will focus on social innovation and changing daily live patterns to increase the quality of life in cities. We will apply a framework inspired by design thinking and lean start-up, to create ideas in an high density session without using any electronic device.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof, xx/12/2019

Rebeca Mendez-Duron

Vice Dean of The Faculty of Tourism

Assistant Professor (tenured) at the University of the Balearic Islands. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Tourism. BSc. Civil Engineering. MSc. in Industrial Organization.PhD. in Business Administration and Quantitative Methods.

She worked for Grupo Vitro for seven years as Technical Consultant and Innovation Projects Junior Manager where one of her main achievements was the setup, and coordination of the Group's Innovation Projects Portfolio. Rebeca has also served as Vice Head of the Fernando de los Ríos Student Housing at UC3M. Her teaching experience ranges from Strategic Management to Financial Analysis, both at Bachelor and Master levels. Besides, she has been PI at two projects on Innovation in Teaching.

As a researcher, her main interests are social networks, innovation, organizational behavior, applied to Tourism Sector and to the open source software and the biopharmaceutical industries. She visited Rotman School of Management (Canada, 2006) as Ph.D. student; Yale School of Management (USA, 2012) as Post-Doc, and the Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand, 2017). Her current research spans networks in the pharmaceutical industry, the management of clinical trials; networks in tourism intermediation, and innovation in the hotel industry.


Title of lecture

Introduction of sustainable new products in the leisure industry. English.

This is a hands-on workshop where the students will question the status quo of the leisure and accommodation industry in terms of sustainability to generate new product ideas for improving the performance of the firm, both economically and ethically responsible.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 2.24 - 05/12/2019 - 15:00 t 17:00



Radu Meza

Associate Professor

Educator and researcher in the field of new media communication, R.M. Meza is part of the permanent faculty at the Journalism Department in the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences since 2009. He graduated Bachelors in Computer Science and Journalism. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a thesis on the structure and dynamics of popular online networking systems. His research focuses on combining approaches from computer science and media studies in the study of the Internet and Internet-related phenomena. Research interests include popular online media, social network analysis, formal concept analysis, automated data collection, analysis and visualization and computational journalism. In 2016 he became the coordinator of the first Digital Media Bachelor program in Romania.

Title of lecture

Are We Human, or Are We Hamster? 

Reflecting on Memes, Algorithms and the Transcoding of the Public Sphere (English)

Consumer capitalism of the twentieth century saw the rise of mass-production, mass media and public relations. Shoshanna Zuboff’s concept of surveillance capitalism draws attention to new media companies business models - from automating user information flows processing to potentially automating user behaviors. The crisis of journalism is connected to its business models and revenue streams which are linked to consumer capitalism. Media institutions’ past attempts to compete with new media companies on the attention market seem to have been self-detrimental and have led to click-baiting, the hamsterization of journalism and generalized loss of credibility. No matter how much journalists and media institutions are willing to sacrifice quality over timeliness, the inescapable fact is that they cannot compete with crowd-sourced content (and attention seeking behavior) and algorithms in terms of speed or volume. Citizens, NGOs and politicians have joined journalists on the hamster wheel described by Dean Starkman in 2011, all competing for each-other’s attention on the Web and social media, running a race run by seemingly occult algorithms. Some members of online networked publics on Facebook idealize the platform as the locus of the contemporary public sphere. But is it an arena for consensus building based on rational debate, or is it shaping consensus and dissent by the characteristics of evolutionary computation and machine learning algorithms? This lecture reflects on the algorithmic traces and narrative-database transcoding in social communication by bridging Lev Manovich’s principles of new media language with Shoshanna Zuboff’s theories on surveillance capitalism.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 09:00 t 10:30


Craig MacDonald

Craig MacDonald

Director Bachelor International Affairs, PGE International & MBA International Business Strategy, International Partnerships

Majoring in Economics and Latin American and Russian Area Studies at the School of International Service at AU in Washington, D.C. , I worked for several years for the US government. Moving to Miami, I created a company serving as Operations and Sales Director for the import, export, transport, wholesaling and retailing of exotic fruits & vegetables, with frequent travel to Latin America.

Seeking out more distant horizons, in 1986 I went to West Germany as Marketing Director Europe for a US company representing major US & European brands in duty-free markets. In 1991, moving to France as CEO / Manufacturing Director, I again created a start-up for the manufacture of rechargeable battery packs for consumer electronic goods, working with companies such as Grundig, Panasonic, Thomson, Geant Casino, and Metro.

A freelance consultant in international marketing, sales, supply chain and corporate start-ups in the electronics and FMCG sectors since 2001, I lecture at major business schools throughout France.  Since March 2017 I am director of the full-English Bachelor, Master and MBA programs at ESC Amiens, France, and in March 2018 I manage our international partnerships as well.

Title of lecture

Cultural adaptation

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof, aula 3.15, 3/12/2018, 11 am

Manuela Manliherova journalism

Manuela Manliherova is associated professor of Radio journalism of the Faculty of journalism at Sofia University.  She teaches also Communication Skills and PR for discipline European Studies. 

She has worked almost 20 years as a reporter, editor and presenter for Rock station, CHR station and Bulgarian section of Radio France Internationale. The professional interests of Dr. Manliherova include also  PR and it is based on her professional experience as pr expert for RFI.  She has contributed to number of media projects. 

Four years Manuela Manliherova was a member of the Board of European Journalism Training Association (EJTA). Now she continues to contribute to the association as a coordinator of the projects.


Title of lecture

trends - insight & innovation
Global brands’ campaigns which show an innovative approach to inspire people to open their world, to encourage everyone to be open-minded to social differences

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.15 - 05/12/2019 - 13:30 t 15:00



Benji Taylor

Associate Senior Lecturer / Freelance Senior Creative

Benji Taylor is a senior creative copywriter, lecturer and sock model.

In that time, he has produced award-winning and business winning work in pretty much every media platform known to man. Alongside his more traditional work, he has invented a drink that you can buy in Ireland and saved thousands of lives using AA batteries.

And that's not all..he has also spent some time teaching Advertising at a HE level at such schools as CSM, SCA.2.0, UCA amongst others, giving him the ability to get the best out of junior creatives.


Title of lecture

Benji Taylor is a senior creative copywriter, lecturer and sock model.

In that time, he has produced award-winning and business winning work in pretty much every media platform known to man. Alongside his more traditional work, he has invented a drink that you can buy in Ireland and saved thousands of lives using AA batteries.

And that's not all..he has also spent some time teaching Advertising at a HE level at such schools as CSM, SCA.2.0, UCA amongst others, giving him the ability to get the best out of junior creatives.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.15 - 05/12/2019 - 09:00 t 10:30



Pekka Savinainen

Spanish Lecturer (M.A.) in the Digital Business Dep. in the Degree Programme of Multilingual Management Assistant and Journalism


Title of lecture

Different topics in “español lengua extranjera” in Communication Management and Office Management.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 09:00 t 11:00



Pedro Beltràn Herrera

Journalist and professor Spanish (ELE) in the Digital Business Dep. in the faculties of Journalism, Multilingual Management Assistant and Tourism

Pedro is a Cuban journalist living and working in Finland. He teaches Spanish & journalism in different faculties and his expertise is Spanish for business and Latin American issues.


Title of lecture

Different topics in “español lengua extranjera” in Communication Management and Office Management

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof -  - 06/12/2019 - 11:00 t 13:00



Marijke Smit

Senior docent

Lecturer corporate communication and experienced communications advisor. Focus on reputation management, internal communication, change management. Interested in blended learning and developing education.

My strength is to develop new programs from scratch on (either in education or in communication), preferably in collaboration with companies. I am able to translate company strategy into relevant communications for various audiences. I excel at combining strategic thinking with practical execution. 

Marijke studied Communication and Political Science at Radboud Nijmegen University (1988-1993). She wrote her thesis for the World Health Organization.

Post university: didactics, marketing, psychology, design thinking, consultancy skills.


Marijke started as communication consultant at Bikker Communication. She counseled clients such as the Dutch Ministry of Economics. She had her own agency in communication and reputation management (2006-2013) and she combined her consultancy work with her work as a lecturer at the University of Applied Science Amsterdam (2006-now). She was founder of the specialization Change Management and Communications and she manages the specialization Reputation Managementand Communication in Public Domain.


Title of lecture

Workshop: storytelling through design thinking

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.15 - 05/12/2019 - 11:00 t 12:30


Maeve McArdle


Dr Maeve McArdle is a full-time lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Heilbronn University, Germany. Maeve is an experienced lecturer with previous involvement in community volunteering. With experience in both qualitative and quantitative research, Maeve’s current research interests lie in social marketing, sustainable consumption and the Sustainable Development Goals. More recently, Maeve has become a board member of Development Perspectives, an Irish educational NGO.


Title of lecture

English language.

Lecture title: Closing the loop for a circular economy

The successful transition to a circular economy will be achieved only when society moves from the traditional linear model of ‘take-make-dispose’ to a circular model where individuals engage in pro-environmental behaviour. Although people profess a willingness to act in a pro-environmental way, they often fail to do so in practice which is known as the value-action gap (Blake, 1999). The research question chosen for this study set out to examine the value-action gap for recycled products and explore the role of values and reasons in understanding pro-environmental behaviour in a competitive shopping context.

Lecture Session

(a) The challenge of achieving a Circular Economy at a micro level

(b) The value-action gap in closing the loop for routine products

(c) Empirical research from an Irish context

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.12 - 05/12/2019 - 11:15 t 12:45


karina schwann

Karina Schwann

Academic Coordinator Radio

Responsibility, Diversity, Independence and Accountability – the core values of public service media are the journalistic path which is grounded on 20 years in within the Austrian Public Broadcasting Association the ORF (the bilingual youth culture radio station FM4 and the current affairs, informational Radio Ö1). Multimedia approaches (Online & Podcasting & Video) with the Austrian Press Agency accompanied the radio experience for some of the time. Overall developing a commercial radio station in Vienna has been a successful, fun and creative experience. Whereby the major impact was and always will be focusing consequently on radio journalistic production covering topics by integrating diverse perspectives over some time-span, based on longer radio reports, features or broadcasts. The need of portraying themes as a whole with a lively and appealing realization is needed not just shown in many surveys but by the journalistic fulfillment for society.


Title of lecture

The content of the teaching programme will contain an inside experience of the production of radiodocumentaries i.e. the basic secrets of producing serials for radio and audio. With some listening examples of award-winning radiodocumentaries the students are able to analyse basic elements needed for a vivid narration in terms of creating an successful arc of suspense and present some results in groups. The common theme of the lecture/workshop is following current journalistic claims on important sociopolitical or -economical related insides. This content is inspirational for conceptualizing individual topics/storyboards for radio and audio serials in within groups.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 13:30 t 15:00


jussi mertanen

Jussi Mertanen

Senior lecturer of digital marketing

Jussi Mertanen is by education Master of Science, (Economics, Marketing) and B.A. in Graphic and Web Design from University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki (Aalto University).. He also holds the recent highest Post Graduate Diploma of Digital Marketing from the IDM in London, where he got great inspiration from his personal tutor Dr. Dave Chaffey. Jussi has many other post-graduate course certificates both from Finland and abroad. Over 20 years of experience in demanding marketing positions both as an advertising and web designer and as a marketing communications manager and a creative director. Experience includes working in leading international advertising agencies and international companies and as an entrepreneur.

Jussi works as a senior lecturer of digital marketing at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. He works constantly with latest developments in digital marketing.


Title of lecture

Exact themes can be tailored and decided
-Mobility experiences and information
-Encouraging students for exchange in Finland

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.19 - 05/12/2019 - 09:00 - 10:30



Raisa Koivusalo

Senior lecturer

Journalism lecturer and researcher (PhD). Expertise in media-analysis and media education. Joined research groups, which have done researches for the Finnish media organizations about the changes in journalistic profession, digitalization and audience data. Earlier worked as a journalist for 15 years in print and on radio/television.

Title of lecture

Communication in Digital Age: Media Trust and Journalistic Work. Language / English

The lecture discus about media trust in Finland and other Scandinavian countries. What media and journalists have done right? And the future, what are the future perspectives?

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 11:00 t 12:30


tina tiko

Tina Tiko Tsomala


Tiko Tsomaia, MD, PhD, is a professor at Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management of GIPA, where she leads classes in reporting and writing and social campaigning. She has earned BA and MA in Medicine and MA in Journalism and Media Management.​She has been a OSI Global  Faculty Grant fellow at NYU University, visiting fellow at City University London,  recipient of EU Cost Action  STSM (short term scientific mission) to Zaragoza University. She is an Expert Speaker at International conferences, organized by European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), European Journalism Centre (EJC), International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), International Alert, CESS (Central Eurasian Studies Society) Her research topics are:  pre-natal sex selection, femicide, trauma and addiction, ethical decision making and health communication; 

She is running collaborative project to inform the public about murder crime including femicidethrough enabling journalists to report on crime trends and communicate it better. 

Tsomaia is a founder of an “open movement” to support community mental health services and open discussion about mental health issues.  


Title of lecture

Transmedia storytelling about women killed during the war. Femicide in the Conflict Zone -from project idea to a large social campaign.

Femicide in the Conflict Zone is a social campaign aiming at restoring war memory, revealing truth and overcoming trauma through uncovering the stories of female victims of war.
Project aims at memorizing women killed at armed conflicts, rethinking ruthlessness of war, informing society, and revealing women's stories in order to archive existing live memory. Project calls for and enables everyone, who has information on female victims of war to send or upload stories through specially designed platform and make their contribution in creation of a virtual repository of war memory.

Different platforms and formats were used to spread the message and reach audiences: In the framework of the project, the garden located in the city center was named after the women killed at war; Stories of femicide victims were performed on the stage and the Georgian version of the song- Where have all the flowers gone was premiered.
Due to the activities, more than 1000 femicide cases/facts were collected in first two weeks of the campaign.

The aim of the workshop is to present a transmedia project and share the experience from idea initiation to turning it into a platform of various uses from therapy to a big source of information, which is personal stories, crowdsourcing tactics, ethical decision-making, audio-visual material archiving and a database creating and making it accessible for public use.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 05/12/2019 - 15:00 t 16:30



Heike Siebert

Coordinator Internationalization & Lecturer

Experienced international player with many years of practice in International Business at Lufthansa GermanAirlines (International Customer Relations, Leader of International Trainee Program, International HR) and now since 2015 International Exchange Coordinator and Lecturer Intercultural Competence at THM Business School in Giessen (THM University of Applied Sciences). Passionate about travelling and meeting new people from different cultural backgrounds. My interest in seeing new places and broadening my horizon started early in my life, when I joined as many student exchanges as possible, including among others a high school year in the USA and two semesters abroad (USA and Russia) during my university studies. Developing Intercultural Competence is a lifelong learning process and one of the most important soft skills in today’s globalized world and I enjoy teaching it very much.

Title of lecture

o Plans a playful session with the students that serves as a perfect introduction to Intercultural Competences; and then give them further input on the subject after the reflection of the game. 

o Second aspect: Showing IIM students the advantages of a semester abroad in general and of course in particular in Giessen at THM.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.12 - 05/12/2019 - 09:30 t 11:00



Karin Kallis

Lecturer in English & French

I am a senior lecturer in English and French at the Business Department in Centria University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola, Finland, where I have worked for 13 years. I am especially interested in professional communication skills, activities developing spoken skills, use of different learning technology and beginners’ development in French.


Title of lecture

English Communication: “Succeeding in a Job Interview” Workshop on improving your job interview skills. 

(in English)

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 2.09 - 05/12/2019 - 09:00 t 11:00



Kristina Aberg

Senior lecturer

Senior Lecturer in English EFL at Haaga-Helia UAS, Helsinki. Special interests: English business communication, digital learning, international trade, English for Specific Purposes, simultaneous interpretation.


Title of lecture

Mission Goes Global is a project aiming to inspire students to integrate international co-operation into their projects and theses. The project’s goal is to help companies and organizations communicate better and implement their stated mission, vision and strategy to potential new customers and partners on new markets internationally. Mission Goes Global means cooperation with people in business and working life, along with students internationally.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 2.19 - 05/12/2019 - 14:00 t 16:00



Andreea Mogos

Associate Professor Ph. D.

Andreea Mogoș is part of the faculty at the Journalism and Digital Media Department since 1998. She has a BA in Journalism and a BA in Sociology. She earned a PhD in Sociology at Babeș-Bolyai University and a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences at Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis with a thesis on the media representations of the Romanians in the French daily newspapers. She obtained her Habilitation in 2016, with the thesis Traditional and new media representations. From a socially constructed reality to a filtered and quantified reality. Her research interests include media representations and the social construction of reality, image and visualisation analysis, media genres and their transformation.


Title of lecture

Selfie as photographic genre, cultural artefact and social practice

The constantly improving camera facilities of the smart phones and the increasing popularity of the social media platforms created over the last years an environment where the self-portrait – selfie – became one of the most popular type of visual self-representation. The presentation will explore the selfie from multiple perspectives, focusing on the transformation of the photographic genre, its representational function and the effects on the social practices.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof - 3.08 - 05/12/2019 - 15:00 t 16:30


janaa hakli


Senior lecturer, international coordinator

I’m a senior lecturer and international coordinator at the faculty of tourism and hospitality at Saimaa UAS which will merge into LAB UAS on 1.1.2020. I am specialized in teaching intercultural communication and some special courses in tourism such as Destination Finland and Trends in Tourism.

Title of lecture

Sustainability of an event – Case. Flow Festival

I’ll be telling with concrete examples what all sustainability can be at a big music and art festival that has also won prices for its sustainability.

Venue of lecture, timing Campus Bloemenhof -