Management and Support Staff
- Brian Buckley – Principal
Brian is a senior higher education practitioner. His experience within the sector has spanned over twenty-two years and has been instrumental in developing national and international partnership agreements for the UK university sector. He was a senior board member of one of the UK’s largest independent providers of university education, which included strategic partnerships with the University of Hull and Plymouth University. He was the executive Director of one of the largest London based executive MBA programmes (EMBA) and was instrumental in introducing a leading EMBA Programme into Shanghai.
He has extensive experience in public private partnerships and has worked closely with a leading UK based PE firm in the field of independent higher education.
Brian was an important figure in the formation of the partnership between AFG and Aberdeen University and currently holds the position of Principal and President of the Doha operation. He holds an MBA from the University of Hull and an MSc in European Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London.
- Michael Harris – Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Michael has over fifteen years of experience in the higher education sector, having worked with various British universities and higher educational institutions. He was a member of the senior strategic management team for a leading independent management school in London and for eight years worked as Middle East development manager for that institution. This role involved forging links between education establishments, government agencies and industrial sector multinational organisations to deliver capacity building programmes to managers in the Gulf region.
Michael has extensive knowledge of the region having worked with the Embassies of UAE, Bahrain and Qatar developing cultural links in the areas of education, law and the arts.
Michael holds a University of London BA (Hons), the Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP University) and an MSc Strategic Management from the University of Wales. Michael is currently Director of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
- Rahaf Abuharb – Admissions Officer
Rahaf was born and raised in Qatar. She graduated from College of the North Atlantic - Qatar with a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. Rahaf worked as an executive secretary and a safety officer in a kindergarten in addition to a Field Consultant at Subway - Qatar.
“I'm ready and happy to help anyone who wants to be a part of AFG College with the University of Aberdeen family.”
- Mahmoud Adill - Senior Academic Administrator
Mahmoud studied at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, and holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Mahmoud has volunteered to work as an Assistant in the Administration Department at Essendine High School in London. Mahmoud enjoys swimming, reading and playing football in his free time.
- Razan Alwadi - Marketing Assistant/Design Officer
Razan Alwadi is currently the Marketing Assistant/Design Officer at the Marketing and Student Recruitment Department at AFG College with University of Aberdeen. She graduated from the Applied Science Private University, faculty of Design and Art in Jordan, 2019.
Razan is a fresh graduate with work experience while studying in the Graphic Design field with several NGOs and volunteer projects.
- Hafsa Kathloum Azouz - Personal Assistant to the Principal
Kathloum Azouz – known as Hafsa – is a Course Advisor/Personal Assistant. She graduated from the UK with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and is a qualified teacher of English, with CELTA certification. Hafsa has nine years' experience in the field of education. She believes it is important that everyone should have access to a quality education and is committed to her part in providing prospective students with that opportunity at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
- Cindy Canete - Academic Administrator
Cindy Canete is an Academic Administrator at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. She gained her Associate degree in Information Technology in the Philippines.
She has more than 5 years of experience in the Administrative field from various sectors including trading, sales & retail and education.
"Hope until the world is tired of your optimism" - Cindy values these lines from Jonaxx, as this quote motivates her to move forward in her studies and life.
Cindy loves reading, travelling whenever possible and is always keen to learn more. She is now studying calligraphy during her free time.
- Tommy Daly – Student Services Manager
Tommy Daly joined AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in 2017 as Student Services Manager and was instrumental in developing the Student Hub. Tommy manages the Student Services Team and ensures that all student enquiries are dealt with professionally and in a timely manner. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Tommy leads on all student-related issues, liaising closely with teams across AFG College and the University.
Prior to moving to Doha, Tommy undertook a series of student-focused roles in the UK Higher Education sector.
- Abdulkarim Darwiche - Course Advisor
Abdulkarim is a Course Advisor within the Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Department.
He graduated with a Diploma in Information Systems from College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. He is ready to support our applicants and offer holders in his current position.
Abdulkarim enjoys sports especially the automotive related as well as many other aesthetic activities.
- Ghina Elkasti – Careers and Internship Manager
Ghina is the Careers and Internship Manager at AFG college with the University of Aberdeen.
She has obtained her MA. In International Education from SIT School of International Training, Vermont USA in 2014 and Bachelors’ degree in Chemical Engineering from Qatar University in 2010.
She worked at Qatar University for 8 years, her latest position was the section head for Global Education and Student Exchange.
Ghina is passionate about intercultural learning and communications and teambuilding activities. She speaks four languages and is well known for her love for travelling and exploring different cultures.
- Marwa Elsidig – Student Disability/Wellbeing Officer
Marwa Elsidig is an officer of disability and well-being at the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. She has graduated from Qatar University with a major in Finance and minor in Marketing. With work experience as a personal tutor in the Academic Support Center and Special needs Centre, Marwa is fully dedicated to getting involved and helping the students at the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
During her spare time, Marwa participates in non-profit voluntary work and is also seeking to have a master’s degree in the business field.
- Hadil Fadel – Attendance Officer
Hadil Fadel is an Attendance Officer and a Receptionist. She studied in CNA-Q marketing administration major, Hadil has a 1-year experience in administrative field with AFG group. Believed in learning and growth, so she is working to enhance and add value on her field, and willing to help others.
- Jad Hardan - Group Director of Information Technology
Jad Hardan is The Group Director of Information Technology for AFG College with the University of Aberdeen and Al Faleh Educational Holding.
He provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative and secure information technology system throughout the schools under Al Faleh Educational Holding and AFG College with The University of Aberdeen.
Jad is holding a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Roehampton in London.
Before joining AFG, Jad spent more than 12 years in informational technology roles, especially in the hospitality sector. He managed more than fifty IT projects for Oracle Hospitality Products and Applications. Jad has travelled widely throughout the Middle East and Europe in the execution of a range of IT and applications development projects.
- Imen Hmedi – Credit Controller
Imen is currently the Credit Controller at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. With over 6 years of experience, Imen works closely with different departments and with new and current students to support them and follow up on their payments. She is interested in Biology, Medicine and cooking.
- Sabra Hunais - Academic Administrator
Sabra Hunais is an Academic Administrator.
- Beshr Idlbi - Senior Digital Content and Design Officer
Beshr is the Senior Digital Content and Design Officer at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
He holds a MA in Journalism from Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and a BA in Communication from Istanbul Sehir University.
Beshr has an extensive experience in digital marketing and content production, having previously worked for companies and studios in Turkey, Canada, and Qatar, and produced multiple award-winning short films.”
- Riham Khazem - Marketing Team Lead
Riham Khazem is the Marketing Team Lead for the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
Riham is a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with good knowledge and a passion for marketing and communications.
She adheres to an excellent exposure to marketing communications both print and online within various sectors with management skills and a determination to succeed within the workplace.
Before joining AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, she worked at several companies and educational institutions in Doha, Qatar - building her skills in strategic marketing and communications.
Riham holds a BA in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University.
- Koraljka Velnic Kovacic - Technical Services Librarian
I moved to Qatar in 2011 with my family. The move brought a major career shift, when I replaced nearly two decades of aviation operations with the libraries. Before joining the AFG College, I ran the libraries in Newton British Academy and Sherborne Qatar Prep school. I was also a Library Support Team member at the Georgetown University Qatar.
I obtained the MA degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University College of London (UCL), specialised in Leadership and Management in Libraries and Librarianship for the Education Sector.
I am keen on improving library collections and operations in all aspects, with the emphasis on inclusive services. I also believe that promoting information literacy and developing critical thinking and research skills are the key to raising the generations of lifelong learners.
I am excited to help making the AFG Learning and Resource Centre a leading learning and research hub in the region.
- Debbie Lim - Academic Administrator
Debbie is an Academic Administrator at AFG college with the University of Aberdeen.
She gained her (BA) Sociology degree in Mindanao State University in the Philippines.
She’s worked for different industries in Qatar and has more than 5 years of experience as an Administrator prior to joining the University.
- Mohamad Mubashik - IT Technician
- Asiah Muaqat - Academic Administrator
Asiah is an Academic Administrator at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. She graduated in 2018 from Qatar University, with an Honours degree in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. Prior to joining the University, Asiah gained 2 years of experience in the education sector, both in administration and as a teacher.
In her free time, Asiah enjoys reading, spending time with family, and going for walks.
- Mia Neri - Nurse
Maria Mia L. Neri is the Nurse in AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Philippines and graduated in 2010.
Mia is a registered nurse here in Doha since 2015 and worked at different healthcare facilities and clinics. She obtained various positions as a home care nurse, school and nursery nurse.
Mia was also a volunteer nurse at Hamad Medical Center Communicable Diseases for COVID patients.
- Reham Osman - Assistant Librarian
After 10 years of pursuing a career in accounting at one of the biggest FMCGs in the Middle East, she relocated to Doha with my family in 2016.
She received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2010 from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and M.A in Library and Information Science from the University College London in Qatar in 2020. She joined the Qatar National Library team in Nov 2017, where she worked as a library assistant until August 2021.
Reham has a passion for information literacy and research and she enjoys working with students. She truly enjoys helping students find the resources that they need to be successful in their degree programs. “Each interaction is a chance to learn something new, and supporting library users has taught me how I might solve a technology issue or find information on a certain topic. Overall, I am excited to be part of the library team. If you are ever in a research rut or have a question, keep calm and ask a librarian. We’re here to help!”
- Mohmedminhaj Rafiqbhai Patel - Office Assistant
Mohmedminhaj joined AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in February 2019. Mohmedminhaj is an enthusiastic, hands-on and self-motivated Office Assistant who is able to spot when something needs doing and then do it.
He is willing to pick up a variety of different jobs, and do them all with a big smile. On a personal level he is an excellent communicator who is comfortable working with a variety of different people.
- Reema Qublawi - Non Academic Manager
Reema holds a Bachelors in English Literature and Special Diploma in Education from Qatar University. Her work experience was mainly as a high school teacher at the Qatar government schools. Reema joined AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in the position of Non-Academic Manager.
- Lisa Reynolds – Head of Library and Learning Resources
Lisa Reynolds is the Head of Library and Learning Resources.
She has lived in Qatar since 2012 and worked at the Qatar National Library before starting at AFG. She has a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also obtained her M.A in Museum and Gallery Practice at University College London here in Qatar.
Lisa's main interest area in libraries is information literacy instruction. She loves working in libraries and helping people fulfil their informational needs. She wants the library to be the heart of AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
- Sherine Tabsh - Group Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment
Sherine is currently the Group Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment Departments at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen and Doha Academy Schools
Prior to joining the University, Sherine worked as Head of Business Development at the German Industry and Commerce Office Qatar and Public Relations Manager at the Qatari Businessmen Association.
Before moving to Qatar, Sherine last worked at the Customer Relationship Management Unit in the Retail Department of Bank Audi sal Audi Saradar Group, in Beirut.
She graduated from the American University of Beirut and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing.
- Neveen Taha - Student Events Coordinator
Neveen Taha is the Student Events Coordinator.
- Sibagath Ullah - HR Partner
Sibagath is currently the HR Partner. He completed his Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Madras University, India.
Sibagath has over 11 years of experience in the field of human resources management and is interested in sports as well as social media.
- Dina Youssef - Course Advisor
Dina Youssef is a Course Advisor within the Recruitment and Admissions Department at AFG College with The University of Aberdeen. She graduated with a double major degree in Business Administration and Marketing from The University of Texas At Arlington,2019. She has 7 years of work experience in The United States. Apart from work, Dina enjoys baking and embroidering as well as spending time with family.
- Reem Ziab - Course Advisor/Receptionist
Reem Ziab is a Receptionist/Course Advisor at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. She was born and raised in Qatar. Reem has graduated from Qatar University with a major in Management and a minor in Finance. She was working at Aljazeera Media Network as a Specialist - International Services Department. Although, She was working at Truffle Hospitality as a Marketing Executive.