Noroff Accelerate – Meet the team
Our lecturers are the true rockstars of Accelerate. Not only is their education second to none, the group is ambitious, curious and really cares for educating others. They can help boost your career, and close the skills gap in your company
Sean Skinner – Subject-matter expert Development
Nicholas Lennox – Subject-matter expert Development
Nicholas has been with Accelerate since January 2020. He lectures both .NET and Java backend courses primarily. He has industry experience as a Full-stack developer using Angular and .NET. He has a Bachelor´s degree in Information Technology with a focus on software development and a Master´s degree in image processing with machine learning.
Jean-Clive Bailey – Subject-matter expert Data & AI
Dean von Schoultz – Subject-matter expert Development
Livinus Nweke - Subject-matter expert Cyber Security
Livinus is passionate about research and teaching. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Information Security and Communication Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Master's in Computer Science from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Livinus has broad industry experience within information security and communication technology. His research interests include infrastructure security, privacy and data protection, and information security. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in these areas.
Mujahid Tabassum - Subject Matter Expert: Networks and Cyber Security
Mujahid has completed an MSc Computer System Engineering (Specialization in Computer Network) degree from Halmstad University, Sweden, and a bachelor’s degree from Wollongong, Australia. He has 13 years of teaching experience from various international Universities. His research interests include Computer Networks, AI, Wireless Sensor Networks, IoT, Security, and Applications. He has published several conference papers, journals, and book chapters, and is a guest editor of several reputed journals.
Peyman Teymoori- Subject Matter Expert Development
Peyman is an expert in computer networks. He holds a Ph.D. in wireless networking and a master's degree in distributed artificial intelligence. He has taught various computer science courses, authored more than 60 publications, and supervised several Ph.D. and master’s students. He has broad industry experience as a team leader, consultant, and in developing software solutions. He has been involved in European- and Norwegian-funded projects on network architectures/protocols and their performance and security aspects (as his main research interests.
Warren West - Subject Matter Expert Programming
Dr. Saju Mohanan - Subject Matter Expert Programming
Saju Mohanan is a Subject Matter Expert in Programming, as well as a researcher with 15 years of experience from various universities globally. He holds a Master's degree and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. His area of interest and expertise includes cloud computing technologies and full stack programming. He has published many scientific research publications in reputed Scopus indexed Journals. He has great experience in organizing research events and has successfully organized many international conferences in the computer science and Industry Revolution 4.0.
Reza Mirzaei - Subject Matter Expert Programming and Cloud
Reza has a Master's degree in IT from NTNU and has extensive experience in Agile system development (DevSecOps), technical architecture, and implementation of web applications and cloud services within finance and academia. He also has experience as a leader at various levels. Reza joined the Accelerate team in January 2023, with a particular focus on cloud technology.
Julia Selvåg - Subject Matter Expert Cloud Computing
Julia has been with Accelerate since 2023. She has a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Bergen and additional education from the University of Stavanger. Her work experience includes lecturing, as well as the operation and migration of cloud applications within finance industry.
Ann-Elin Bjørnsen – Administration Manager
Ann-Elin is passionate about providing Noroff students with the best service. She has been with Noroff for ten years, offering guidance for students and managing student enrolment. She will manage the new Person Vue test center in Stavanger.
Erlend Koppen Skar - Head of Accelerate
Erlend has vast experience from finance, where he worked with financial advising, management and business development. He also has broad experience in project management and digitalization.
Claudette Leppan - Portfolio manager
Claudette holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies and has worked in the education sector since 2009. Her experience includes coordinating and teaching classroom-based and remote learning programs in Hong Kong, South Africa, and Norway. Her role in Accelerate is to create educational offerings in response to industry needs, in collaboration with subject-matter experts.
Yoland Irwin - Operations Manager
Yoland is an experienced academic teaching Pharmacy Practice as well as working with curriculum development, audits with national bodies, university committees and the faculty board. She obtained her Master of Science in Pharmacy from Rhodes University in South Africa. Yoland has been with Noroff since 2020, first as a Data Protection Officer and now as Operations Manager, where she makes sure that all Accelerate operations run smoothly.
Melene Potgieter - Test center administrator
Melene has been with Accelerate since August 2020. She is a certified Pearson Select Proctor and manages the Oslo testing center with Ilge Castelyn.
Jacoba (Donnie) van der Westhuizen - Test center Administrator
Donnie is the Pearson Vue test center administrator for Kristiansand, where she does the administration for candidates taking Pearson and Certiport certifications. She is a proficient Administrator with ten-plus years of office experience, specializing in administrative work, problem-solving, planning, and optimal assistance.
Ilge Castelyn - Test center administrator
Ilge is a certified proctor at Pearson and manages the Oslo testing center with Melene Potgieter. She has been with Accelerate since December 2020.
Stian Ingebrigtsen - Success Manager
Stian makes sure all participants in Noroff Accelerates programs get the help and support they need to succeed. Together with Elisabeth Fallon he is responsible for Noroffs Pearson test center in Bergen. Stian has experience in various administrative and customer-facing roles.
Elisabeth Fallon - Success Manager
Elisabeth assists candidates interested in Accelerate's courses and supports course participants. She is also a certified proctor at Pearson and manages the Bergen testing center with Stian Ingebrigtsen. Her background is within the educational sector and administration.
Lars Haukland - Success Manager
Lars works part time as a Success Manager. He is a computer science student interested in all tings programming. Hobbies include training brazilian jiu jitsu and keyboard building.
Gaute Bjerkreim - Success Manager
Gaute works part-time as a Success Manager, helping Accelerate candidates with whatever they need to succeed. He is about to finish his bachelor’s in business law and has previously worked for three years in customer service. He is training with great determination for the Norwegian Powerlifting championship 2023.
Otto Formo - Success Manager
Otto works part-time as a Success Manager while studying Network & IT-Security at Noroff Bergen and is pursuing a bachelor’s in Cyber Security. He has a passion for everything tech-related and brings that same passion to his job at Noroff Accelerate.