Faculty and Academic Staff

Management and Support Staff

Dr Karen Foster - Provost

Dr Karen Foster graduated with a medical degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1985.

She first trained and worked as a General Practitioner in Forth Valley Health Board before undertaking further training Public Health in Grampian.

Karen worked as a Consultant in Public Health with NHS Grampian for many years and retains an honorary contract.

Karen and her family lived in Qatar from 2000 – 2002, where she worked as the School Medical Officer at Doha English Speaking School.

Since 2002 she has worked for the University of Aberdeen, initially in the Department of General Practice and Community Medical Education and latterly as the Lead for Admissions and Lead for Student Support.

Her research interest is in medical education.

Dr Mirza Baig - Senior lecturer

Dr Mirza is an Economist. He received his Doctorate (PhD in Economics) from a reputed Dr BR Ambedkar University, India. He holds Masters degrees in Economics, Education, Psychology and Islamic studies  from  Osmania University, Hyderabad, India and started his Academic career as Principal in a high school in 1992. In 1997 he came to Qatar as an Economics teacher and promoted as a departmental head in 2003. 

Since 2005, Dr Baig has been working as an Assistant professor in Qatar University and 2016 he became an Associate Professor in Economics. His areas of expertise are economics, marketing, HR Management and accounting & Finance.

He has taught on a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various universities in Doha and various foreign universities (USA, UK & INDIA). He was also faculty member of  teacher training department in various universities to teach Educational psychology as part of  teacher’s training courses.

He is also founder and the current president of IQRA Educational Society, Sharp Minds Education Centre and Director of Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) of United Kingdom for the Middle East region .

Dr Declan P Bannon - Senior Lecturer

Dr Declan P Bannon is Senior Lecturer in Business & Management at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.

He is an Associate Professor and Chartered Marketer with over thirty years’ experience in Universities, senior management and marketing roles as a teacher, executive director, board member and business consultant.  As an academic professor in Higher Education, his specialities are Marketing and Strategy, lecturing for Universities in the UK & Ireland, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. 

Declan holds degrees from the University of Ulster, an MBA from Edinburgh University and a PhD Doctorate in Marketing from the University of the West of Scotland.  

As an Executive Business Advisor and Consultant, Declan specialises in challenging contemporary approaches to marketing, strategy and business development for MNE and SMEs internationally.

As a researcher and writer, he is widely published in national and international journals, books and business publications. He has consultancy experience and has covered a multitude of organisations, blue chip, SME and start-ups in industrial, service sector, public sector, retailing, voluntary and third sector.  

Formerly, he has worked in the international pharmaceutical industry and been Executive MBA Programme Leader and International Marketing Programme Leader at the University of West of Scotland.  

Currently he is Senior Lecturer in Business & Management, business writer and Visiting Professor at a variety of academic institutions internationally and Multi-National Companies in Europe.

Mr Stephen Fettes - Lecturer

Stephen started his career working for the Mapping and Charting Establishment (Royal Engineers) as a cartographer.  He moved into education as an administrator and has held various management and leadership roles within the private and public sectors.  He was director of development at a leading independent business school in London, and, as a member of the strategic management team there, was responsible for domestic and international student recruitment and selection, as well as all aspects of marketing and promotion. 

He completed an MBA in 1994, and for the past twenty years he has concentrated on teaching and lecturing. He has taught on various university programmes (The University of Hull, The University of Plymouth, The University of Northampton, and The University of Wolverhampton), at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was an external examiner for The University of Teesside and an Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Stephen brings a wealth of experience both as a theoretician and a practitioner in management, marketing and strategy.  In his professional and academic roles he has travelled widely around the globe and has experience of delivering programmes externally in China other Asia countries and across the African continent. 

 

Tamara Haimour - Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant

Tamara works as a Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant at AFG college with the University of Aberdeen. She graduated from Qatar University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Process Engineering and is working towards her MSc in International Business Management. She worked in the various research fields in a range of areas related to Chemical Engineering and Material Science such as CO2 capture using ionic liquids, wastewater treatment, and corrosion. Tamara worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant for the Engineering Management Department at QU.

In addition to her work experience, Tamara received training at Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) in various divisions including Petrochemicals, Gas Processing, Environment, and Health & Safety, as well as, a training at Qatar University in the Virtual Reality Section (QUVRS). Apart from her work life, Tamara enjoys oil painting and reading in her free time.

Masudul Haq – Lecturer

Masudul HaqMunshi Masudul Haq is a Lecturer in AFG College with The University of Aberdeen.

He earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics from Bangladesh and completed his Postgraduate Degree in International Money, Banking and Finance from the Department of Economics at The University of Birmingham, UK. 

He has had teaching experiences in Undergraduate modules in Statistics, Econometrics, Finance, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics with The University of Birmingham and Aston University in the UK, and Qatar University.  

Munshi has published peer-reviewed research papers in reputed international journals such as Economics Letters, Middle East Economics and Finance. Munshi also has working experiences on Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) funded projects. 

His current research focuses on Food Security in Qatar and the choice of formal and informal health care providers in developing countries. 

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Mrs Lorna Hunter - Lecturer

Mrs Lorna Hunter

Honorary Lecturer, Business School Administration
lorna.hunter@abdn.ac.uk

Lorna began her career as a therapeutic radiographer in Edinburgh, later gaining experience through varied management and leadership roles within the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland.  Over a long and wide-ranging career in diverse posts including clinical, managerial, education and development roles, Lorna developed an interest in healthcare workforce planning and staff development.

She was seconded to the Scottish Government National Workforce Planning Unit where she provided workforce planning advice and guidance to the North of Scotland NHS Boards.  She then joined Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector, firstly as Lead Manager for Scotland, and subsequently as Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Following her NHS career, she made the move into academia and was latterly a lecturer in the Division of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh and, most recently, an International Academic Moderator also at QMU. She has recently been appointed as an External Examiner at the University of the West of England (Bristol) Business School, and was previously an External Examiner at Greenwich School of Management, London in partnership with the University of Plymouth. Lorna has been on the Board of Trustees at Voluntary Health Scotland since 2012 and was elected as Chair in 2014.

She is committed to lifelong learning. With an MBA, and an MSc in Advanced Leadership Practice, she is now studying for a PhD, the focus of which is the relationships between leaders and followers in the military. 

Dr. Wesley Kendall – Senior lecturer

Wesley KendallDr. Wesley Kendall is a lawyer, author and law lecturer. He has taught law and business in the United States, Vietnam, Singapore and Fiji, and has authored several books including The Death Penalty and U.S. Diplomacy (Rowman & Littlefield, New York 2013), The Language of Terror (Rowman & Littlefield, New York 2015) and from Gulag to Guantanamo (Rowman International, London 2015). He has published articles in numerous peer reviewed international journals. Dr. Kendall is also a research fellow at the Cairns Institute, and a member of the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia.  

Laila Mahran - Lecturer

Laila MahranLaila is a Lecturer at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Accountancy oriented courses.  She has an undergraduate degree in Accounting & Finance with a major in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from the University of Waterloo. The Masters degree focused on tax subject areas that include policy, research, statutory interpretation, estate planning, business structuring, and risk management. 

Laila has always been passionate about teaching and was an Instructor Assistant in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto since 2012.  She primarily taught Accounting related courses in both, graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Laila has over five years of work experience in public accounting in Canada, starting off her career in banking. Laila worked as a Manager at KPMG LLP & Ernst & Young LLP, where her practice focused on global compliance & reporting, advising real-estate clients on structuring cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations and financing transactions. 

During her free time, she enjoys travelling at any given opportunity, quality time with family, reading and water activities.

Anthony Gary Mulholland - Senior Lecturer

Gary graduated from University of Manchester with a Degree in Biochemistry; from University of Hertfordshire with an MBA; and from University of Lincoln with a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Upon graduating, he worked for over 18 years holding senior management positions in sales and marketing in the Healthcare Industry.

Since 1999, Gary has held academic posts at University of Hertfordshire (Head of Postgraduate Programme), University of York St John (Head of Postgraduate Programme), and Dundee Business School (Head of Department), and was an external examiner at University of Aberdeen.

He is delighted to be teaching with AFG in Doha, delivering on the University of Aberdeen Business Management Programme.

He has helped six students through to their PhD and his own research has been widely published - Enterprise Education. 

Thomas Ranagullzion Rattray - Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer

Rulzion (pronounced Rullion) has extensive experience working in Industry as well as in several roles in the higher education sector involving the development and delivery of a wide range of graduate and postgraduate programmes at a number of universities. These include, Director of Studies in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews, Associate Dean and Commercial Director of the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee and, most recently, as the Director of the Oil & Gas Academy of Scotland.

Rulzion has extensive teaching experience and has developed and delivered a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in subjects ranging from Supply Chain Management, Strategic and Change Management and Economics to specialist courses in Scenario Planning amongst others.

Rulzion is also a Visiting Faculty Member of the University of Aberdeen where he currently delivers several modules as part of the University of Aberdeen Postgraduate programmes.

Robert Rogers - Senior Lecturer

Robert RogersRobert Rogers is a Senior Lecturer.