Sunday, October 25, 2015

Testimonial * Joseph Chalfoun

Joseph Chalfoun, Swiss Diploma in Hotel Management, BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management, Master’s in International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership (2005)

Head of Operations - Middle East & Greece, Food Fund International, UAE

'In 2002, 
I walked into Alpine
a young student hungry for knowledge. 

In 2005, 
I left with so much more 
than simply having my hunger satisfied'.


I graduated first with a Swiss Diploma in Hotel Management, then a year later with a BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management, and finally, 12 months later with a Master’s in International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership.  

During my years at Alpine I had the opportunity to put into practice what I learned and to practice the leadership skills I acquired.  As a result I served as the President of the Alumni Association.  I also had the great fortune of doing my internship in 5 star establishments that paved the way to the career opportunities I received upon graduation.  

In a few years, Alpine has shaped the way I think and the way I regard the hospitality industry. It has instilled in me the right values and disciplines I needed to get me from one success to another. The passion and dedication the faculty showed me and my fellow students, taught us to regard each and every day as a chance to make a difference in the lives of people we meet. And that in itself is the essence of our industry

In my current position, now, I attend Alpine’s Annual Career Day, to recruit student trainees and graduates for our thriving company, just because I know those students and graduates have been trained the same way I have been, trained and educated to succeed and make a difference!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Testimonial * Erikos Kranidiotis

Erikos Kranidiotis, Hotel Management (1998)

Expert Solution Consultant, Misys

"I truly believe the skills and knowledge I gained at Alpine set the foundations for my future development".

After graduating from Alpine in 1998 I completed a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management and a Masters Degree in International Business Administration from Bournemouth University in the UK. I worked for five years in JP Morgan Bank in the Investment Banking Operations division. There I worked in several different departments including a Team Leader role for the Client Operations team.

I returned to Greece to complete my Military service and worked for a year at Mytilineos Holdings in the Treasury department. For the past seven and a half years I work for Misys as an Expert Solution Consultant providing Banking software solutions in the Treasury & Capital Markets sector. Both project and support related activities for our clients who are major banks in Greece and around the world. In my free time I enjoy Scuba Diving and I am a Divemaster with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Although my career path changed after I graduated from University, I truly believe the skills and knowledge I gained at Alpine set the foundations for my future development. Helping me achieve my goals and being able to collaborate cross functionally with people from different cultures and backgrounds. What we do in most jobs is offer services, both to our clients externally and to our colleagues internally. There is no better way to learn the Service Industries than at Alpine.

Company I work for:

Since 1979 Misys provides financial services software to more than 2000 customers across 130 countries in Retail Banking, Treasury & Capital Markets, Enterprise Risk, Buy-Side, Lending, Corporate Banking, Investment Management, Financial Software, Transaction Banking, and Risk Management. Used by some of the world’s leading global financial institutions, including 47 of the world’s 50 largest banks.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Testimonial * Lena Charitou

Lena Charitou, Graduate Travel & Tourism Management (1999)

Pilot Ground Training Support Officer for Etihad Airways 


'Alpine is one of the best choices I have made in my life!'

At the young age of 19 when I graduated from Alpine Center with a Swiss Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management, I was very confident and eager to succeed in this lovely field of Tourism & Aviation.  Now, 16 years later, I am thrilled to recount my success story which includes 13 years working for Air France & Air France-KLM, 2 years working as a Sales Executive for  Falcon Aviation Services, since January 2014 when I moved to Abu Dhabi, and currently, still living in Abu Dhabi, I hold the exciting position of Pilot Ground Training Support Officer for Etihad, one of the world's top leading airlines, I can guarantee that this is not just my opinion but a fact.


Alpine Center gave me the foundation for a global career in the travel and tourism industry, equipped me with numerous skills to work in multicultural environments, and above all instilled in me a professional attitude that is a must to succeed in this industry, coupled with a commitment to lifelong learning

I am ever so grateful to my tutors and the leadership of the Alpine Center for having provided me with everything I needed to achieve my career goals.