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Kostas Sillignakis, MBA, MSc, BA (Hons)

CEO & Academic Dean of SWISSAM, Hospitality Business & Culinary Arts School 

Senior Lecturer of Food Costing, F&B Service, Marketing, Strategic Management and Leadership in Hospitality, Event Management.

An approachable and engaging lecturer, able to provide senior level administrative leadership in areas of curriculum development, institutional assessment and faculty improvement. Also, a confident, reputable and experienced Operations Director with strong expertise acquired through the hospitality sector. A strong track record and wealth of skills in managing international investment projects in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia. Previous success of managing operations in branded hotel environments, Luxury and high-volume resorts, large scale international events, and reputable restaurants. Solid experience in overseeing the development and implementation of sustainable expansion strategies, while leveraging outstanding professional performance with exceptional academic achievements and practical business acumen.

Professional Experience

2015 – Present 
CEO & Academic Dean
SWISSAM Hospitality Business & Culinary Arts School, Russia
2012 – Present
Director of operations / Principal Consultant
SavvyIQ Hospitality Consultants, London
2014 – 2015
Director of Operations
MMC Group, Kuwait
2013 – 2014
Director of Operations
Almathaaq Hospitality Ltd., Saudi Arabia
2012 2013
Director of Operations
Santoku Restaurant & Bar by Yolo Experiences, Daisu Hospitality Ltd., Ghana
Olympic Village operations Centre Team Leader
LOCOG - London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympics Games, London, UK
2010  2012
Director of Operations
Banana Tree Restaurants Ltd., London, UK
2009  2010
Operations Manager - Quality Assurance Manager
Radisson Blu  Minos Imperial Luxury Beach and Spa Resort
2005  2007
Training and Development Manager
IHG  Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel

Educational Qualifications

Oxford Brookes University, UK
MBA in Strategic Management and Business Development
Dissertation: "Is Internationalisation a Suitable Growth and Expansion Strategy for Late Night Entertainment Venue (LEV) Enterprises"
University of Surrey, UK
MSc in Tourism Planning and Development
Thesis: "The Effects of UEFA's Football Cups in European Tourism Development"
University of Huddersfield, UK
BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management with Tourism and Leisure
Dissertation: "The Development of Rural Tourism in Eastern Crete"


Visiting lecturer

The Swiss Business School Alpine Centre (Switzerland, Greece, India, Russia, UK, Kenya)

  • Facilitating engaging seminars and courses around food and beverage operational management, sharing knowledge base, skill set and expertise within the hospitality sector.
  • Conducting courses on restaurant and bar operations, concept development and design, growth and expansion strategies, marketing strategies, late night entertainment venues management and project management.