HSMAI Europe Student Council

The HSMAI Europe Student Council is a student driven initiative that puts students’ needs at the centre of its operations. It is the first hospitality student council across the borders of hotel business schools & universities. With this council, we help hospitality business schools and their students build a network beyond their usual scope, stimulate the students’ professional growth, and create a sense of belonging within our magnificent hospitality industry. The council is one of the many benefits that come with the HSMAI Europe Organizational Membership for Universities.


HSMAI Europe Student Council aims to be the go-to place for passionate students in the hospitality industry for professional development, career growth and networking.


HSMAI Europe Student Council provides opportunities to students for their career path, professional development and networking in the industry through council’s activities. The council closely works with HSMAI Europe, partner schools and industry professionals to bridge students and the industry.

Currently, the council works on the following activities:

  • Hospitality Unlocked is a one-day event organised for students by the HSMAI Europe Student Council about the topics that interest students.
  • Survey across partner schools which aims to gain insights and bring both students and the industry’s perspectives together.  The results serve as a basis for the council’s activities and content.
  • Commercial Graduate Program (read more info here) is a soon-to-be launched program which is designed to provide graduate students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the commercial side of the industry.
  • LinkedIn group  for passionate students* in the industry to broaden network, connect with like-minded people, and share insights and opportunities in the industry.

If you are a student from one of the partner schools (see below), or you have a student membership, then join our HSMAI Europe Student Council LinkedIn Group here.

Here is what our members say

“The hospitality industry will need to rely on emotional and artificial intelligence to manage complex environments, reinvent models, and be committed to a sustainable world. To provide students with the best tailor-made experience and the necessary skills to succeed in their career and in life, we need to embrace the best of both the ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ worlds in our educational methods. Therefore, the connection with key industry players is more important than ever. HSMAI Europe is helping the industry connect the dots between hospitality professionals, future leaders and academic institutions.”

Valérie De Corte
Global Alliance & Partnership Director at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

“We strongly believe that students can bring value to the discussions about the future of the hospitality industry. Some challenges ahead are totally new, and only collaboration among generations will help us succeed together.”

Kentia Boulay, MBA, MSc
Director Post Experience Programs at ESSEC Business School

Goals for the Student Council

HSMAI has set, in discussion with the students, the following goals for the student council:

  • Strengthen the bridge between students and professionals: provide students the opportunity to exchange ideas with professionals, make an impact in our industry, and boost their communication skills
  • Create opportunities for students to stand out, develop, and grow: through our activities, student council representatives and their peers will be presented with new opportunities to gain exposure and grow their network
  • Three council members acting as a lever to create a ripple effect: three student council representatives from each school actively promote their school’s brand across Europe and invite other students to join the events they host

Council Members

  • Yana Kyrylyuk
    Yana Kyrylyuk Chair of the HSMAI Europe Student Council (BUAS)
  • Tünde Esztári
    Tünde Esztári Council Member (BUAS)
  • Gloria Angebault
    Gloria Angebault Council Member (EHL)
  • Chiara Segmüller
    Chiara Segmüller Council Member (SHL)
  • Lukas Hasler
    Lukas Hasler Council Member (SHL)
  • Roos Gerbers
    Roos Gerbers Council Member (ZUYD)
  • Wessel Hendrik Roodenburg
    Wessel Hendrik Roodenburg Council Member (ZUYD)
  • Naman Panwar
    Naman Panwar Council Member (ESSEC)
  • Camille Marsan
    Camille Marsan Council Member (ESSEC)
  • Emile Schelfhout
    Emile Schelfhout Former Chair of the HSMAI Europe Student Council
  • Pia Moser
  • Francisca Dornellas Galvão
    Francisca Dornellas Galvão COUNCIL MEMBER (NOVA SBE)


We are proud the call the following universities the founding partners of the HSMAI Europe Student Council: ESSEC Business School, Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, Swiss Hotelschool Luzern, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Hotel Management School Maastricht and NOVA School of Business & Economics, Portugal.

Do you want to join us? Feel free to reach out to postbox@hsmai.eu.

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