By Royal Appointment

The Team

Our instructors have been carefully chosen by The International Butler Academy for their field experience as well as their ability to teach. Every instructor has a minimum of 10 years’ experience in his or her chosen field of work and must undergo the training program at The International Butler Academy, and of course graduate successfully before he or she is allowed to teach. All instructors have been in private service for many years and/or held positions in esteemed households or corporations. This combination of comprehensive knowledge and considerable experience, coupled with a deep pride of and affection for a singular and respected profession ensures that all students will benefit from such devotion to duty. We are the only school with a comprehensively written syllabus that provides a framework and standard for all of our instructors to follow. 

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Thomas Kaufmann

Instructor - CEO 

Thomas Kaufmann is a trained private butler with over ten years of experience in private service and many years of experience in training butlers and hospitality service staff. In the last eight years, Mr. Kaufmann has been training hotels, real estate companies, and restaurants in China and throughout South East Asia. After establishing The International Butler Academy in China, in 2014, Mr. Kaufmann accepted the position as CEO at The International Butler Academy in the Netherlands on August 1st, 2020.

 

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Urvanshi Mahbubani Kaufmann

Instructor - Education Director

Ms Mahbubani has worked in the the field of Education and Training for almost 15 years and has earned two Master's degrees in Education and Professional Studies. She is currently utilizing her depth of experience  to revitalize the training curriculum and teaching methods used at The International Butler Academy. These modernized courses will be more conducive to today's Butlers and better suited to the needs of our valued clients.

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Paul Huizinga

Instructor - Recruitment Director 

After a long career in international banking, Mr. Huizinga followed his dream by becoming a professional butler. At The International Butler Academy, Mr. Huizinga is responsible for recruitment, and he is responsible for the Academy's International Internship programs for its students. He finds it very satisfying to assist TIBA graduates securing a rewarding position. Mr. Huizinga works closely together with the graduates once they are finished at TIBA. Mr. Huizinga also teaches house & household management.

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Adam Edward Shimko

Head Butler

Adam Shimko is a trained private butler with 5 years’ experience in a country club and hospitality service. His passion to provide world-class service led him to TIBA in 2019 where, after graduating, he returned as Head Butler to cultivate and expand his skillset. Adam has over 20 years of experience on stage as performer and vocalist and uses this experience to aid students with their confidence and guide them to develop their “servant’s heart”. 

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Shahad Al Jabery

Office Manager

Shahad Al Jabery is a Hospitality Professional who is managing the Office Operations at The International Butler Academy.

She has been working over 10 years in the Hospitality industry, and recently moved from Amsterdam to the South of Limburg.

A highly astute and responsible individual, who has the aptitude to succeed in extremely competitive environments,
whilst consistently striving to achieve meritorious standards of work. 

Ms. Al Jabery is looking much forward to welcome our new students on board at TIBA.

 

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Ines Stichert

Intern

After a career in the Airline industry, Ms. Stichert finally discovered her passion for the private service industry.

During her 10 week butler training in the fall of 2020, Ms. Stichert showed great passion, commitment and enthusiasm. After successfully graduating on November 20th, Ms. Stichert was offered an internship at the Academy.
Here, Ms. Stichert will be honing her skills further and supporting staff and incoming students with her service and gentle personality.

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Stefan Wust

Intern

After 3 years working as a Gardener and 4 years in the German Armed Forces, Mr. Wust finally took the chance to fulfill his dream to become a Butler.

During the September 2020 training he showed a distinguished passion for Service, and 5 Months after his graduation, Mr. Wust was offered an internship at the Academy. Here he will further improve and develop his skills and support the staff as well as the students with his open and precise personality.

 

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Anoesjka Imambaks

Guest Instructor 

Ms Imambaks is highly experienced when it comes to housekeeping and cleaning, and has been placing private household staff at the highest level for more than ten years. 

At the International Butler Academy, Ms Imambaks is responsible for teaching cleaning techniques, the use of (eco-) cleaning products, cleaning tools, cleaning schedules, and safe and healthy work methods. These are some of the essential parts of managing large households.

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Jan Jap van Weering

Guest Instructor

Jan Jaap van Weering has been interested in etiquette, protocol, style and good manners for a long time. He established his company Distinguished in 2008 and in addition to conducting workshops on etiquette and protocol, works as a master-lecturer with several organisations including Protocolbureau The Hague, IVA Business School, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Defence Academy.

Mr van Weering is also registered as a speaker with Assemblee Sprekersbureau and the Speakers Academy.

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Herman van der Meij

Guest Instructor

Mr. van der Meij is a Prestige & Scotch Brand Ambassador at Diageo Benelux, who are the biggest spirits producer in the world and owners of brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Gordon's, Baileys and Tanqueray. In 2013 the Scotch whisky industry awarded him with the title " Keeper of the Quaich" which is a prestigious title for those who outstanding contributed the promotion of Scotch whisky.

Mr. van der Meij has spent over 35 years working in the spirits business as a whisky connoisseur and collector.

 

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Tamar Kersemaekers

Guest Instructor

Ms Kersemaekers is a chef, culinary instructor and business owner. She loves to share her experience and passion for the culinary industry, and imparts basic but important knowledge of modern food preferences. These preferences can be based on medical or religious requirements and other dietary food trends.

Ms Kersemaekers provides an active masterclass in the TIBA kitchen and theory lessons in the classroom as well.

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Christianne Rousseau

Guest Instructor

For over 13 years Ms. Rousseau has specialised in high end fabrics, interior design and styling. She works with the most beautiful materials and combines them into stunning designs for private customers and luxury hotels at her Maastricht studio. Ms. Rousseau calls herself an Atmosphere Creator, because that's exactly what a house needs, a good atmosphere.

She is very passionate about her work and is always thrilled to share that passion with our students. 

 

By Royal Appointment