Yvonne Klerks is lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Academy for Leisure. Her main topics of lecturing are entrepreneurship, operations management and productivity. She has been involved in research about productivity and project development in the tourism and leisure industry. She was invited lecturer in different universities such as Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), University of South Alabama (US) and Zhejiang University (China).
Yvonne Klerks holds an MSc degree in business economics and marketing from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Besides being a lecturer Yvonne is also International Coordinator of the Academy for Leisure. In this position she has contact with universities and organizations in the tourism and leisure industry worldwide and has initiated many different international projects. For BUAS Academy for Leisure she was the driving force behind the election of the MSc Leisure Studies as the third World Leisure Center of Excellence, accredited by the World Leisure Organization in September 2012. Since 2014 she is member of the Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization. Within the WLO Board of Directors she is Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee. She is also Chair of the Educational Services Committee, which includes the World Leisure Centers of Excellence network. One of the activities of this network is a field school for future leaders, and the most recent project was in Durban, South Africa, June 2016 during the WL Congress.