Our Team

Sagi Hartov

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of BSBI Sagi Hartov is a successful international cellist who has taken part in several festivals and competitions, as well as recording advertisement soundtracks for BBC and Universal Records. He has been a member of the London Mozart Trio and he is the founder of the Ernest Bloch classical competition.

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Dr. Jeffrey Philpott

Overview Dr. Jeffrey Philpott is the Vice Provost for Academic Quality and Administration at BSBI. Appointed in 2023, his role is to lead key strategic initiatives, oversee administrative and academic quality activities at BSBI, provide consultation and mentoring to students and lecturers for enhancing their academic and professional skills and performance, and design didactic strategies
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Dr. Somayeh Taghvaee

Overview Dr. Somayeh Taghvaee is a scholar and an educator in Entrepreneurship. Her research and teaching activities mainly revolve around entrepreneurship, strategy, and technological innovation. She is particularly interested in investigating how technology contributes to creating a better world for under-represented people by encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurial action and entrepreneurship education. During my Ph.D. and Postdoc,
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Volker Collmann

Overview Born 1967, May 11th, Volker Collman has been drawing & painting his whole life. He took advantage of the animation-course at school from 1983 on Abitur. Between 1986 – 1991, he worked mostly for Architects in planning, illustrating (perspectives & constructions) & building it up on construction sites. From 1990, he worked for Animation-Studios: from
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Sahar Shekaliu

Overview Sahar Shekaliu is a lecturer at BSBI. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication and Media Management from University of South Australia. She received her first Master degree in Media Studies with focus on Social Media from University of Malaya and her second Master degree in Sustainability with focus on Circular Economy from University
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Nicole Pfeiffer

Overview Nicole is an art director with over 10 years of experience specialised in book design, cover, illustration artwork, conception and branding artwork.  Areas of expertise Research interests
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Niv Shpigel

Overview Niv is an award winning animation filmmaker and illustrator, with experience in animation and video games. His films were screened in more than 60 film festivals around the world and won numerous awards. His teaching philosophy is focused on helping the students with developing analytical thinking, growth mindset, setting and achieving personal goals. Areas of expertise
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Marta Owczarczak

Overview Ms Marta Owczarczak is a visual storyteller with a background in illustration, art direction and design, specializing in creating visual content based on engaging stories and thorough research. Her main goal is to communicate with exiting images that will generate attention, entertain, educate and leave an impact. Her past clients range from artist, small
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Katerina Deta

Overview The passion for the English language began for Ms Deta at an early age while taking English Literature courses in Churchill Junior High School of the United States, where she graduated from. This led to acquiring the Certificate of Proficiency in English by Cambridge University when she returned to her home country, certified by
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Hamid Azad

Overview As an Educator, Hamid Azad’s main focus is always on assisting the learners improve their language skills in order to reach their academic goals. Mr. Azad has always been responsible for supporting intercultural experience and enhancing educational experience of international students. Mr. Azad is an English as a Second Language instructor with a broad
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