About BVIS

Leadership and Career

At Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education (BVIS), we stand at the forefront of redefining high-end education for the future. Nestled in the heart of Switzerland, a country renowned for its innovation and educational excellence, BVIS is more than just a school. It is a vibrant professional environment committed to preparing young adults for the dynamic challenges of the future. Our mission is to integrate the leadership excellence and career-focused education into one product.

BVIS has developed globally recognized degree programmes in collaboration with universities in the UK, EU and Switzerland, to provide unique tailored programmes. Our pedagogical philosophy is in-class learning journeys, facilitated by world-class professors & global leaders with real-world experience. Additionally, we have developed an intense internship programmes with a vast set of partners to maximize their employability into future leadership positions. BVIS also strongly emphazises on excellence in short-term training and summer programmes, and operates onsite TOEFL and IELTS Centre accredited by ETS and IDP.


Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education Switzerland (BVIS) is committed and motivated to provide learners with the skills they need to succeed in their future development. We focus our approach on learning and teaching using real-world experiences and professional practices to educate and train leadership traits. As its International Centre associated with UN Tourism Academy in Switzerland, our vision and mission will also be dedicated to providing solutions for Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance issues by bringing together education and industry. Our main goal is to  elevate our students into their future roles of leadership.


A Curriculum Designed for Tomorrow

In an era where the global economy is rapidly evolving, the need for future-ready skills has never been more critical. Drawing inspiration from the World Economic Forum’s 2023 Future of Jobs Report, a series of flexible and career-related programmes have been designed by BVIS. At BVIS, we understand that the world has changed, and so has the nature of work. Our programmes prepare future leaders for the challenges ahead, whether they aspire to entrepreneurial ventures or aim to excel in their future career. Besides leading professors, BVIS invites global heads of governments as Leadership Experts and source of inspiration for its students, exposing them to how seasoned leaders navigate and triumph over the most demanding leadership challenges at the highest levels.





Dr. István Ujhelyi

President of Council

A Member of the European Parliament from 2014 until today, Vice-Chair of TRAN Committee (Transport and Tourism) and Member of ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety). MP in the Hungarian National Assembly from 2002 and Deputy Speaker between 2010-2014. State-Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, Chair of the National Tourism Committee. Special Ambassador of UNWTO. He is founder and president of the Confucius Institute at the University of Szeged.

Dr. Mario Hardy

Member of Council

The former Chairman of the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association Foundation) and the former PATA CEO for over a decade. With extensive philanthropic project achievements and extensive experiences in leadership, corporate development with government ministers and chief executives. A strong dedication to sustainability, through tourism development. Also has been honoured with a “Global Peace Ambassador” award. The Envoy for the Sustainable Tourism Global Centre (STGC) in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. László Andor

Member of Council

Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and former member of the Board of Directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, London). Currently Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS, Brussels), Senior Fellow at Hertie School and Visiting Professor at ULB. He also was Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest) and lectured at Sciences Po

Rui Zhou

Member of Council

Director of the UNWTO International Centre associated with UNWTO Academy and Special Advisor on Education to the Secretary-General. Founding Member of UNWTO online education committee. Founder of Bella Vista Group of Companies which operates hotels & resorts, and cruise ships worldwide.

Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel


Member of Council


Mr. de Dardels was the former Swiss Ambassador to China, Belgium and France, as well as former Head of Mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and UNESCO. He is the founder and president of Lemania International School and guest Prof of University of Zurich. With his knowledge, he will contribute to the Diplomacy & International Relationship program.



David Hailstones

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

In addition to his MBA from Queen Margaret University (QMU), David Hailstones is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom. With over 15 years of management experience in the award-winning luxury hotels & resorts sector and also over 15 years in educational leadership positions in Switzerland & Europe. He has a present keen interest in global sustainable actions in the hospitality and tourism industries, healthcare and wellbeing, through his work with the UNWTO.

R. Max Behesht

Vice President & Executive Dean

The former Dean of César Ritz Colleges and Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, and Global Engagement Ambassador of Swiss Education Group. He’s a multilingual keynote speaker and founder of R.M.B. Group, specializing in Hospitality, Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, and Leadership. Author of ‘The Servicizer™ Mindset,’ he is dedicated to enhancing Hospitality Excellence and Organizational Excellence across the world. With a dynamic career spanning education, finance, and global operations, his diverse experience positively influencesstudents worldwide. His international master-level academic journey includes Gothenburg University, Sweden, European Business School, EBS, Germany, and Kobe University, Japan. 

Dr. Francesco Masetti Placci

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Masetti holds a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from University of Bologna (I), a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the Polytechnic of Milan (I) and an Executive MBA from University of Aix-Marseille (F). He has 35 years of professional experience as teacher, professor, as a school administrator and has been a corporate executive for 15 years. He has taught Statistics, Mathematics, Quantitative Analysis and Physics courses in Universities and Secondary Schools in Italy, France, USA and China and written many scholar papers about Internet technologies and innovation strategy.

Attila Benedek

Special Advisor

Attila Benedek is an experienced Policy Adviser with a history of working in the political organization industry. Skilled in European Studies, International Relations, Management, Transport and Tourism Policy Analysis, and Diplomacy. Strong finance professional with a Master’s degree focused in International Relations and National Security Studies from Corvinus University of Budapest. Leader in working on new technologies, including the electric car, energy as well as digital policy in relation to the growing challenges posed by tourism and transport.


Anastasia Rachman

Director of Sales & Marketing

Anastasia Rachman holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Applied Business from Switzerland, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration in Zürich, Switzerland. With over 17 years of experience spanning the Manufacturing, Energy, and IT sectors, she has lived and worked in Indonesia, Malaysia, Austria, and Switzerland. Anastasia prioritizes education, upskilling, and cultural exchange. Dedicated to providing comprehensive information to students and their families, she facilitates well-informed decisions about enrollment at Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education. This dedication mirrors her commitment to advancing knowledge and growth within the educational sector.

Henar Acebes

Marketing Manager

Henar Acebes holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a Major in Business Development & Promotion from Hochschule Luzern. She has over 5 years of experience in Marketing & Event Management and worked for a variety of national and international scaled events. Having previously completed a Bachelor’s in the subject at Dublin Business School in Ireland, her international experience enables her to support different cultural backgrounds and creating events for the community as well as developing a strong image and brand at Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education.


Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim is a well-known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-2012. During that period, he initiated the global program for conservation of rainforests and brought through game changing national legislation – among them the Biodiversity Act and legislation to protect Oslo city forests. He brought Norwegian
development assistance to 1%, the highest in the world.

Sven Otto Litorin

Mr. Sven Otto Littorin is an entrepreneur and board professional with 30+ years of experience in international business and policy making. He is currently Chair of White Pearl Technology Group, an international IT transformation agency with offices in 28 countries around the world, listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm. In addition he is Chair of Raytelligence AB, listed on Nordic Growth Market, and Vice Chair of AB Igrene, listed on Spotlight Stock Market.

Tomáš Petříček

Tomáš Petříček served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechia. He is a senior non-residential fellow at the Centre of Global Political Economy of the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, and an associated researcher at the Sciences Po Paris. His academic expertise covers geoeconomic trends, geopolitics, and global political economy. He graduated from the University of Warwick, UK, and received Ph.D. in international relations at Charles University, Czechia.

Iain Mackenzie McNicol

Lord McNicol of West Kilbride, Current member of the House of Lord, Former General Secretary of the Labour Party, Advisor to the board of The Investing and Saving Alliance (TISA).

Anton Rop

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. Member of the European Parliament Honorary Vice President of the European Investment Bank.

Dr. Alex Sceberras Trigona

  • Permanent Representative of Malta to the World Trade Organization
  • Former Parliamentarian and Foreign Minister of Malta as well as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister. Recepient of the highest Award of the Republic of Malta’s National Order of Merit.
  • Senior Fellow and Co-founder of DiploFoundation, Geneva.

Industry LectureRs

Csilla Mezősi


Ms Csilla Mezősi is the Secretary-General of the European Spas Association (ESPA). She has over 20 years of experience of tourism management in a variety of countries. Lecturer for a diverse number of universities across Europe. She is highly experienced in project management in the field of healthcare tourism across key markets. Strategic development & hotel investments from a city-level to national-government supported projects.

Urs Pilz


Mr Urs Pilz is the Vice-President of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo & named President of the European Circus Association (E.C.A) and President of World Circus Association. These Organizations aim the promotion of the Art and Culture of the Circus in Europe and all over the world. As Chief adviser of Circus Krone in Munich and later in the Committee of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo, at first, as Coordinator of the Jury and personal Adviser of Prince Rainier III for matter of Circus, Mr. Pilz had a key role to have Circus art and culture well-rec

Tony Zahra


Former EU Mandate of the European Economic Social Council and Senior Vice President of the Federation of Industries. Current Council Member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, where he holds the position of President of the Association. Founder Mediterranean Tourism Foundation which was established to bring together representatives from all Mediterranean countries to promote and lobby joint actions in favour of Mediterranean Tourism.

Isabella de Monte


Isabella De Monte Former mayor of the city of Pontebba, Italy and Senator of the Italian Parliament. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2019 she has worked on a number of policy issues, with a particular emphasis in and around the transport and tourism sectors, where her work has been widely recognised and praised. Her TRAN committee report on ‘New challenges and concepts for the promotion of tourism in Europe’ represents one of her most significant achievements.

Nikos Mertzanidis


Director, European Government Affairs at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Brussels. He develops, presents, negotiates, and implements European industry positions on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters involving taxation, port & destination, public health, crew and visa issues. Secretary to the CLIA Europe Port & Destination Advisory Committee and the Taxation, Labour Affairs and Public Health Working Groups. Previously, he had been working as junior political adviser in the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.