The Management Committee is the decision-making authority of the American University of Applied Science Institute in Switzerland (AUS) with oversight for strategic planning, academic, research, administration and resources of the institution.
Mrs. Ana Lelescu is a Romanian-American with over 25 years of business and academic experience leading multidisciplinary teams and managing complex projects with up to $12M in business revenue. She studied, worked, and lived in the United States of America for 30 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, published 11 patents, and has over 16 conference papers.
Ana worked for the IBM corporation in Silicon Valley, California, for the past 17 years in different roles across several departments, including Research, Watson Health, and Human Resource Management, engaging with several venture capitalists, educators, and technical leaders to leverage top emerging technologies through IBM's ecosystem.
Dr. Anca Prisacariu
Anca Prisacariu holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Bucharest, Romania and was a Research Fellow within the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her educational background is in the quality assurance of higher education, focusing on enhancement-led systems and processes.
Apart from her studies, she has broad working experience with international organizations for higher education and acts as an expert for more than 30 national quality assurance agencies across Europe and outside of it. From these positions, she has been part of numerous review panels at study program, institutional, and quality assurance agency levels. Her consultancy roles in different countries have given Anca extensive experience and expertise in quality assurance, regulation, and the development and review of standards frameworks.
Her activity as Advisor to the Minister of Education in Romania has added experience in formulating, reviewing, and implementing policies on higher education at the national level. Also, her background in the student movement adds to her expertise topics like the Bologna Process, student-centered learning, equity, equality and the social dimension of higher education, student engagement, and representation. Her role at AUS covers, among others, the implementation of the quality assurance strategy, the coordination of the areas of governance and policy management, monitoring the implementation of the strategic plans, and ensuring institutional compliance in external accountability processes.
Dr. Giuseppe Catenazzo
Dr. Giuseppe Catenazzo is the Head of Research & Adjunct Lecturer at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland and Visiting Professor in Service Operations Management & Statistics at EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, the top world institution for hospitality education.
He is also an External Lecturer in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour at the University of Applied Sciences in Western Switzerland (HEG Geneva) and an Affiliate Professor in Marketing at ICN Business School, a leading French Grande Ecole. An Italian and Swiss citizen, Giuseppe studied in France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom and speaks several languages.
Dr. Catenazzo is also an editor of international research books; his research on quality perceptions, service recovery, and complaining behavior has been published in Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction & Complaining Behavior, and Anatolia International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research.
Alexandros Katsidonis is a dynamic marketing specialist with a Master's in International Business and extensive marketing and development experience in the fields of Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Hospitality.
With over three years of experience at AUS, Alex's current position is that of Head of Marketing and Community Engagement, leading the marketing initiatives as well as outreaching, developing, and strengthening collaborations in Switzerland and internationally.
Ms. Alina Onufrey
Ms. Alina Onufrey has been with AUS since 2014, initially as an Administrative assistant and now as the Head of Student Affairs. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from EU Business School, Switzerland, and recently obtained the Certificate of 'Staff Management Assistant' from the Human Resources Swiss Exams. Ms. Alina Onufrey has been focused on supporting the applicants in the admissions process and guided support to current Undergraduate and Graduate students in pursuing their educational programs at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland. She is delighted to assist potential applicants in getting a completed overview of the AUS and AUS programs.
At the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland, Ms. Alina Onufrey has concentrated on assisting candidates in the admissions process and has directed assistance to current Undergraduate and Graduate students in pursuing their educational programs. She is glad to assist prospective applicants in obtaining a thorough understanding of the AUS programs.
Mrs. Elya El Khansa
Mrs. Elya El Khansa with over ten years of experience in the Education field, currently Serving as the Director of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland. She started her career in the department of student affairs and worked her way up to the direction of the University. She has extensive knowledge in team building and maintaining the highest standards of educational services across the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters of International Business Administration programs at AUS.
In parallel to her passion for the field of Education, Mrs. Elya is also on the board of directors of several companies in Switzerland, where she links day-to-day business practitioners to AUS, providing interaction with the real business world to the students of AUS.
Alongside her career at AUS, Mrs. Elya El Khansa has also cofounded companies known for student services and consulting, which she still manages today.
Mrs. Elya El Khansa holds a Masters’s in International Business Administration and has excellent experience leading her team as a Director at AUS. She has also worked closely with academic committees and faculty members to build and develop educational programs of AUS and participated in acquiring and maintaining accreditations.
Dr. Mohamad El Khansa
Dr. Mohamad El Khansa, President of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland, is a Self-motivated and resourceful professional with over 15 years of experience in building relationships, cultivating partnerships and establishing trust with critical decision-makers, establishing networks and connections, and implementing expansion strategies in the education field.
With an International background, Dr. El Khansa has led the team at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland for ten years; during his service at AUS, Dr. El Khansa maintained developed progress in quality and assuring that all programs across the University are of excellence ensuring that students graduating from AUS are of added value to the community and ready to face the world of Business with all of its challenges.
Alongside being the president of the University, Dr. El Khansa is an active member of the business community and continues to excel in finding the best opportunities for the AUS community and the business world.
The Academic Committee at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland (AUS) is a sub-structure of the Management Committee charged with ensuring that program development, monitoring and review are consistent with AUS formal policies and procedures, and undertaken in full compliance with regulatory expectations. In conducting its activity, the Committee will ensure that AUS programs are consonant with the institution’s mission and goals, meet the needs of the labor market and the students, and are intellectually credible.
Javiera Francisca Jara Fuentealba, Student Representative
Philipp Spaeti, Distinguished Engineer, Director Technical Sales and Expert Lab Leader, IBM Technology
Siina Heimo, Administrative Assistant
The Admissions Committee at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland (AUS) is a sub-structure of the Management Committee in charge with overseeing the admissions policy and process with transparency, predictability and consistency.
Ms. Alina Onufrey, Head of Student Affairs, as the Chair of the Admission Committee
Dr. Anca Prisacariu, Quality Assurance Director
Ana Lelescu, Dean of Academics
Dr. Attila Shelly, Heads of Master’s Programs
Mrs. Sanja Fabrio, Head of Bachelor’s Programs
The Research Committee at the American University of Applied Science Institute in Switzerland (AUS) is a sub-structure of the Management Committee responsible for promoting and supporting research and research ethics. The committee acts as a planning forum for the discussion and promotion of developments in research, and ensuring that research in conducted within the highest standards of professionalism and rigor.