COTRI Team

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt
FRGS FRAS, Founder and Director
Micol Bertolini
Research Assistant
Agne Blazyte, M.A.
Business Development Assistant
Yiming Cao, Ph.D. cand.
Head of Data Collection
Nikola Danjus, B.B.A.
Head of Organisation
Dr. Minjuan Deng-Westphal
Head of Research
Prof. Dr. Bernd Eisenstein
Vice Director
Audrey Galdeano
Sales Assistant
Egle Helms, M.Sc. and M.A.
Website Coordinator
Anto Jose, B.Com.
Research Assistant
Roosa Kortelainen
Database Assistant
Naveen Kumar, M.Sc.
Head of Sales
Christopher Ledsham, M.A.
Chief Communications Officer
Ranzi Li, M.B.A.
China Representative
Clara-Anna Rosenhahn
PR Assistant
Olivia Savitri Subagyo, B.A.
Intern of Public and Media Relations
Yifan Shang, B.A.
Research Assistant
Henry Strong
Project Management Assistant
Mariami Tcnobiladze, B.Sc.
Sales Assistant
Maude Yang, B.A.
China Representative

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt

FRGS FRAS, Founder and Director

Work field Senior expert on Chinese outbound tourism
Nationality German
Academic degree PhD Political Sciences, Master Sinology (FU Berlin/Germany)
Experience with China & Tourism Working in the field since 1970s. First visit to Mainland China in 1978. Tour Operator bringing Europeans to China (1980s) and Chinese to Europe (1990s). Since 2002 Professor for International Tourism Management at Westcoast UoAS in Heide/Germany, visiting or adjunct Professor at universities in UK, China and New Zealand. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS).

Since 2004 director of COTRI.

Acknowledged as one of the leading experts on China’s outbound tourism.

Fun fact In 2016 Prof. Arlt conducted CTW trainings, keynotes, presentations etc. on all continents (except Antarctica!)

Micol Bertolini

Research Assistant

 

Work field Research
Nationality Italian
Academic degree Pursuing a B.A. in International Sciences
Experience with China & Tourism Work experience in Guilin hotel/hostel for one month.
Fun fact  Chocolate addict

Agne Blazyte, M.A.

Business Development Assistant

 

Work field Business Development, Marketing, Project Support
Nationality Lithuanian
Academic degree M.A. in China Studies (National Chengchi University, Taipei),
B.A. in Sinology (Vilnius University)
Experience with China & Tourism  Spent almost 12 years studying, travelling, and working in China.
Fun fact  Home will always be in Shanghai!

Yiming Cao, Ph.D. cand.

Head of Data Collection

Work field Quantitative & Qualitative Data Collection, Analysis, and Management, Assistance with Research Projects.
Nationality Chinese
Academic degree Ph.D. candidate in Marketing (European University Viadrina), M.A. in Public Administration (Binghamton University), B.A. in Economics (China Agricultural University)
Experience with China & Tourism Born and raised in China
Fun fact Finally became a cat owner this year!

Nikola Danjus, B.B.A.

Head of Organisation

Work field  Human Resources, Administration
Nationality  German
Academic degree  B.B.A. in Tourism Management
Experience with China & Tourism  Grew up in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beijing. Studied Tourism Management in The Netherlands
Fun fact  Born in Taiwan

Dr. Minjuan Deng-Westphal

Head of Research

Work field Research
Nationality Australian
Academic degree Doctor of Philosophy
Experience with China / Tourism More than 10 years of working experience in the Chinese outbound travel industry.

Minjuan has an outstanding track record working with leading tourism organisations, both in public and private sectors and across a wide range of tourism-related industries; for instance, hotels, tourist attractions, tour operators, marketing representation and advisory on a global level.

Fun fact Called by her family members a ‘BR’ – Balcony Resident because she is absolutely obsessed with her plants and flowers on the balcony.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Eisenstein

Vice Director

Work field Professor at West Coast UoAS Heide/Germany
Nationality German
Academic degree PhD
Experience with China & Tourism Head of Institute for Management and Tourism at West Coast UoAS Heide/Germany
Fun fact Expert in Wine Tourism

Audrey Galdeano

Sales Assistant

 

Work field  Sales and Customer relations
Nationality  French
Academic degree Pursuing a BBA in international management (Kedge Business School)
Experience with China & Tourism  2 years of Chinese’s languages class.
Fun fact  Sport and fashion addict.

Egle Helms, M.Sc. and M.A.

Website Coordinator

Work field Website maintenance, Image and video creation, IT support
Nationality Lithuanian
Academic degree MSc and M.A. in European Studies (University of Southern Denmark, Europa-Universität Flensburg), B.A. in Political Science (Vytautas Magnus University)
Fun fact Total Rock’n’roll nut

Anto Jose, B.Com.

Research Assistant

 

Work field Master Thesis Research, Marketing, Research Support
Nationality Indian
Academic degree B.Com. in Travel and Tourism (Christ University Bangalore),

Pursuing M.A. International Management – Marketing (IUBH – Bonn)

Experience with China & Tourism Worked in the inbound tourism sector in Oman and Corporate Holidays division in UAE for about 1.5 years each.

Currently writing his Master thesis on Chinese outbound tourists to visit Oman as a Destination

Fun fact A geek that plays Football.

Roosa Kortelainen

Database Assistant

 

Work field Database & Project Management
Nationality Finnish
Academic degree Pursuing a Bachelor degree Programm in Tourism (Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
Experience with China & Tourism ITB Berlin representing Haaga-Helia UAS.

Working at travel fairs in Finland (Visit Finland stand & Haaga-Helia stand).

Fun fact  Pianist

Naveen Kumar, M.Sc.

Head of Sales

Position Head of Sales
Work field Sales, Key accounts
Nationality Indian
Academic degree M.Sc. in International Business Management (Berlin School of Economics and Law), B.A. in Economics Hons. (Loyola College, University of Madras)

Christopher Ledsham, M.A.

Chief Communications Officer

Position Chief Communications Officer
Work field Communications, Public and Media Relations, Chinese Tourist Welcome Training Programmes, Project Support, Content Editing
Nationality Australian, Irish, British
Academic degree M.A. in International Relations (University of Melbourne), B.A. with Hons. in German (Trinity College Dublin)
Experience with China & Tourism Postgraduate research focus on Chinese overseas investment and international business
Fun fact Football hipster

Ranzi Li, M.B.A.

China Representative

Nationality  Chinese
Academic degree  M.B.A.
Experience with China / Tourism  Bachelor major in Tourism Management
Fun fact  Love travelling around the world, visited more than 30 countries.

Clara-Anna Rosenhahn

PR Assistant

 

Work field  PR, Chinese Tourist Welcome Awards
Nationality  German / Brazilian
Academic degree  Pursuing a B.A. in Sinology
Experience with China & Tourism  Six semesters of studies in Changsha, Cityhall Tourguide.
Fun fact  Passionate Foodie

Olivia Savitri Subagyo, B.A.

Intern of Public and Media Relations

 

Work field Communications, Public and Media Relations, Event and Project Management, Social Media and Content Support
Nationality Indonesian
Academic degree Bachelor of Arts and Sarjana Komunikasi.
Fun fact Introduced into sports since kindergarten and loving it since then!

Yifan Shang, B.A.

Research Assistant

 

Work field Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Project Support
Nationality Chinese
Academic degree Ph. D Candidate (University Passau)
Experience with China & Tourism  B.A. in law in China, have travelled to many European countries and experienced so-called “voluntourism” in Ecuador
Fun fact Can make very good friends with both dogs and cats.

Henry Strong

Project Management Assistant

 

Work field Marketing, Business Development, Qualitative Research, International Relations
Nationality Australian, British
Academic degree Pursuing a Bachelor degree in European Studies
Experience with China & Tourism Working as an English teacher for Chinese students in the Netherlands, and travelling constantly since leaving Australia in 2014.
Fun fact  Played tennis since age 4.

Mariami Tcnobiladze, B.Sc.

Sales Assistant

 

Work field  Sales and Customer Relations
Nationality  Georgian, Russian
Academic degree Bachelor‘s degree in International Management (Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, St Peterburg, Russia).

Pursuing a M.Sc. in International Business Administration (Technical University of Braunschweig).

Experience with China & Tourism  5 years of work experience in hotels & tourism industry.
Fun fact  She enjoys the occasional splurge of chocolate chip cookies.

Maude Yang, B.A.

China Representative

Work field Research, Communication
Nationality Chinese
Academic degree B.A.
Experience with China & Tourism  Four years working with airline under marketing department
Fun fact On the first and only 10km marathon challenge she ended up in an ambulance. Definitely not a good runner.