Board of Advisors

SHML is also delighted to welcome to our Board of Advisors the following top hospitality personalities, who have marked the industry during the last decades:

Mr. Hans R. Jenni

EHL graduate
President, GHM (

"The opportunity to sponsor the SHML, reaffirms Mr Jenni and GHM’s commitment to making a difference within the hotel and tourism industry by offering students practical training at some of the world’s leading hotels and building relationships with emerging talents."

Mr. Fritz Sommerau

EHL Graduate
Former Head of Hospitality Services,
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, (

General Manager, Marco Polo Hotels, Hong Kong

Choose your place of education wisely

With the high growth of the hospitality industry in the Asian market there will be undoubtedly a corresponding high demand for young and well-educated hospitality professionals.

If you are an energetic, active person with an outgoing personality, coupled with a flair for languages and a desire to work in different countries and if you have a real passion to serve then you are the right person to join this wonderfully exciting industry.

As many alumni will proudly and readily attest, the superior education received at a leading hotel school provided the solid foundation for so many distinguished international hotel careers that cover all continents of the globe.

I highly encourage young and aspiring students to consider one or the other leading Swiss hotel schools as the starting point to reach all of your personal ambitions towards an illustrious career.

Leading Swiss hotel schools offer an education system with the very best available in terms of hotel and restaurant management, place strong emphasis on practical learning and experiences and offer the very distinct advantage in attracting a very international and diversified student body, thereby providing students with valuable experiences and exposure to different cultures.

Aim for the biggest and best, such as Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne or consider as alternative the Swiss College of Hospitality Management, Lenk. SHML is Switzerland’s latest and first boutique hotel school, committed to provide students with a professional hospitality education based on the fundamentals of Swiss values of quality, safety, efficiency and quality.

In summary, choose your place of education wisely, for the education and experiences that awaits you will certainly put you on the right track, well equipped with all the professional and international insights that you need on your journey to success.

Mr. Onno Poortier

Hotel School Lucerne graduate
Former President of the Peninsula Group and The Leela Palaces

"As a veteran hotelier with over four decades of extensive international experience with luxury deluxe properties, I strongly believe that only a solid foundation of learning will lead to a successful future in management in the hotel industry. A Swiss education with SHML provides three internships focused on practical experience with career plan options for graduating students".

Onno Poortier is a stalwart hotelier with extensive international corporate business development, marketing and operational experience. He has a proven success record and recognition with global hotel groups and owners, and independent luxury hotels and resorts.

A Dutch national, fluent in five European languages, O. Poortier graduated from the Hotel School of Lucerne, Switzerland and the MBA Executive Programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, then pursued his career with reputed luxury hotels starting with Le Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne and the Palace Hotel Gstaad in Switzerland; and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

O. Poortier joined The Peninsula Group in Hong Kong in 1979 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1985 and President from 1992 to 2000. He took charge of existing hotels and played a leading role in the group's expansion into the USA and Asia Pacific with the acquisition and development of luxury Peninsula Hotels in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Beijing, and Bangkok, and initiated the negotiations of the recently opened Peninsula Hotel Tokyo. He served as Director to the Board of The Peninsula Group’s parent company, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited from 1989 to 2000 and as Director to the Board of Peninsula International Limited from 2000 to 2005.

Between 1989 to 2006, O. Poortier served on numerous Boards. He was Chairman of the Board of The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz and Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles; Vice Chairman in Asia Pacific of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Board Director of Indecorp (holding company of PHRW now known as Preferred Hotel Group), an international consortium of over 300 independent luxury hotels and resorts which led to an interim CEO & President role in Chicago USA in 2003 and 2004. He is presently Director to the Board of Le Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne, and Non-Executive Board Member of The Emaar Hospitality Group LLC in Dubai. O. Poortier also formed Rembrandt Management Services Ltd. to provide luxury hotel consultancy management services.

As the recipient of numerous industry awards, O. Poortier was selected “Corporate Hotelier of the World” by Hotels Magazine in 1994 and was nominated “Personality of the Year” by the hotel industry in 1996. He was also voted “Foreign Hotels Person of the Year” in 1995 by Travel Agent Magazine. In January 2009, O. Poortier was awarded by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences – Five Star Diamond Award as “One of the Finest Corporate Hoteliers Worldwide”.

Gavin M Faull JP

Chairman & President of Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin Faull, a New Zealand national and business graduate from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, has over 30 years’ experience in hotel management and operations, corporate development and administration. Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel International in 1990, he held senior positions with The Peninsula Group, Hong Kong and Kingsgate International, Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, Swiss-Belhotel International has grown from 3 hotels to an impressive 60 hotels and projects since he took it over as President & Chairman in 1995. He is also a director and investor in a number of private agricultural, property, management and consulting companies in Australia and New Zealand, and is the major shareholder and Managing Director of a 270 hectare, 700 cow dairy business in North Taranaki, New Zealand. Mr Faull is also a Chartered Accountant being a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Justice of the Peace.

“The hospitality industry is all about Passion & Professionalism. Having previously been involved with other hotel management schools, such as Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Australia, I am proud to now be associated with SHML. I believe that well trained hotel professionals are key to the guest experience. Young professionals at SHML will learn to exceed guest expectations and make the guest experience the comfort and security of a second home. Guests will ultimately enjoy and expect the passion and professionalism displayed by SHML alumni.”

Claire Wellings

Head of Department of Leisure, Tourism,
Hospitality and Events at the University of Gloucestershire.

Claire has lectured in tourism management since 1991, at three different Higher Education institutions, and has also worked in the events and museums sectors. She is currently an External Examiner in Germany and Greece, and is a Non-Executive Director of South West Tourism, the regional tourism body for the south west of England.

Claire’s interests are in tourism education, skills and training and in raising the profile of tourism as a positive career choice. She has worked for many years with the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, and with industry bodies such as Cheltenham Tourism Forum and the Tourism Skills Network South West.

Miguel Gispert Cerqueda

President, Genesis Hotels & Resorts

Born in Lerida, Spain , a product of the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland married a Filipina and bore 2 sons Miguel, Jr. and Marc, also Hoteliers in their own right.

From several stints in Germany, Switzerland and Spain, he started his career in the Philippines in 1971 with the Intercontinental Group prior to his joining the Manila Hotel in 1977 until 1999 holding the positions of Food & Beverage Manager, Resident Manager, General Manager, and Vice President- Operations for an international venture.Successfully established enterprises in his personal capacities including restaurants.

In 1999, he set-up Genesis Hotels and Resorts Corporation (GHRC), a hotel and resort management company where he is the President. At present, the corporation has under its wing managed and still managing such properties as the Astoria Plaza Suites, Astoria Boracay, A. Venue Hotel , Antel Spa Hotel Suites, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, One Tagaytay Place, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Hotel St, Ellis, Misibis Bay, and Midas Hotel and Casino.

As a Hotelier, he has established networks and contacts both locally and internationally.