International Week 2016 | Communication Studies

International Week 2016 | Communication Studies

Valdemar Domingos
Valdemar is an Account Director at BBH, a creative advertising agency based in London. After graduating at the Hogeschool Rotterdam over 10 years ago he worked for global brands like Sony Ericsson, P&G, Samsung and Jose Cuervo Tequila and was responsible for managing their international advertising campaigns. From brand strategies to TV ads, from digital innovations to social media campaigns.

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Maaike Wachters
Maaike Wachters likes to help people make the most out of their international experiences. She runs her own business, Wereldster (, advising students and professionals on intercultural communication issues. Through her workshops, people become more aware of how they perceive the world around them, and learn how to work with people who look at the world differently. 
Maaike has a degree in Intercultural Communication and has worked with international students for many years. As well as having travelled extensively, Maaike went to High School in the USA, studied in Finland and has worked in Australia and China. She knows exactly what it’s like to live, study and work in a different country and how to communicate with people from other cultures effectively. 

Greg De Blasio
Associate Professor and Public Relations Program Director
Department of Communication 
Northern Kentucky University
Greg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to the study and practice of public relations. He conceives PR broadly, recognizing its media-centric managerial stance and welcoming critical and activist perspectives. His professional background spans corporate, agency, and counselor roles. At Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Greg represents the College of Informatics on the International Education Council. He is affiliated with the National Communication Association (NCA), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is a past chapter president and board member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). 
Teaching in the Department of Communication at NKU since 2004, Greg earned his PhD from Wayne State University, an MA from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from William Paterson University. He is most appreciative and enthusiastic about his spring 2016 sabbatical which will be taking place here in Rotterdam!

Cecilia Brassier-Rodrigues
Cecilia Brassier-Rodrigues is an associate Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at Clermont University (France). She graduated in 1997 at Clermont University with a master in Business development. Then she worked during five years at the international department of an insurance company. At that time, she began a research doctorate in Business Administration and she completed it in 2005. She started teaching at the Faculty of Applied Sciences in Clermont-Ferrand in 2004. She teaches courses in international business communication, marketing, sales promotion, interpersonal communication to French students, but also to international ones (in Monterrey, Shanghai, Kansas, Oklahoma, Cracow, Rotterdam, Bratislava, Steyr, etc.). She is the leader of a post-graduate programme in Business and Communication. Her topics of interest in research deal with intercultural and interpersonal communication and how this kind of communication affects organizations. 

Elize Brolsma
Elize works as a PR and Social Media Executive for Simpson Millar, a national leading law firm in the UK. She completed her Masters Communication & Organisation at Utrecht University in 2009 and gained a lot of expertise in her field working for both commercial and non-profit organisations. From a commercial PR Agency to a research institute, she has a solid experience in both specialized PR work and broader internal/external communication roles.

Elize moved to the UK a year ago and despite the weather she’s enjoying herself loads! She had a great time studying Communication at Utrecht University but always noticed a lack of practical advice from people who actually work in the field of Marketing/PR/Communication. With that in mind, she is determined to share the highlights of what she’s learned so far during her career with you. Tips, secrets, do’s & don’ts – she will tell you everything they don’t teach you at uni!

Joanne Hooker

I have been teaching since 1992 both internationally and in the UK. Most recently prior to Southampton Solent University I was teaching at Cardiff University and prior to that at Birmingham University. 

I spent 17 years in The Czech Republic managing my own language business where I taught a range of clients from secondary school students to top Czech business executives. My university career has been a rich and varied teaching experience encompassing both international and home students, covering language and business content.

My main areas of delivery are cross-cultural management, international business, employability and academic skills and my interests range from developing intercultural competence (ICC),  to world english and how culture and language are intertwined. I strongly believe that developing your ICC will enhance your career.

I have recently delivered papers at conference on assessment and employability and in my capacity as External Examiner at 2 UK universities I have had the pleasure to visit Malta, Botswana, Armenia and Malaysia which developed my own intercultural awareness.

I have previously lived in The Netherlands, in The Hague to be precise and am very much looking forward to returning to Rotterdam in February.