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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. Information on Guest Instructors is here. Our core instructors include, but are not limited to; 

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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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Anoesjka Imambaks


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

 At the International Butler Academy, she 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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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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Urvanshi Mahbubani

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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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


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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