Staff from the University of Aberdeen in Qatar.

Faculty and Academic Staff

Management and Support Staff

Russell Williams - Dean of Qatar Campus

Russell WilliamsAn experienced academic, trainer and researcher, working interests lie in the areas of Strategic Marketing, Digital Marketing, Strategy, Leadership, and Project Management.

Russell has published widely across a range of journals including: Marketing Intelligence and Planning, Management Decision, Managerial Auditing Journal, Organization Development, Management Decision, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, International Journal of Technology & Human Interaction etc.

Prior to taking on the Interim Provost role, Russell held a number of significant leadership roles in the Business School including MBA Director, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, and Director of External Programmes. He also sits on the Business School Executive.

In a previous life, Russell was involved in two Internet start-ups at the turn of the millennium and a micro-brewery.    

Gianluca Andresani - Programme Leader for LLM

Gianluca is a Programme Leader for LLM, an Editor of Academia.edu and the Editor of the Constitutional Law category on Philpapers.org. He is also a former Director of the Professional and Institutional Ethics Programme at the Institute of Applied Ethics as well as a former member of the Advisory Group, Ethics and Social Justice Interdisciplinary Research Theme at Hull University, Kingston upon Hull.

He held academic posts at several English universities and obtained substantial funding from several prestigious research institutions from both inside the UK (e.g. ESRC) and outside (e.g. ESF/PRIME).

Dr Alessandro Stefano Ala - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Alessandro Stefano Ala is a Senior Lecturer.

Dr Mirza Baig - Senior lecturer

Dr Mirza BaigDr 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 - Programme Leader for MBA Programmes

Dr Declan P BannonDr Declan P Bannon is Programme Leader for MBA Programmes 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.

Dr Lyn Batchelor - Director of Studies

Dr Lyn Batchelor is Director of Studies at the Qatar Campus.

She began her academic career in the Business School at the University of Aberdeen and recently returned to the University to take up the role in Qatar. Lyn has a range of experience in the UK Higher Education setting, having previously worked at the University of Chichester, and most recently as Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation group in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University. 

Lyn has set up and run several new academic programmes, including the Graduate Apprenticeship at ENU, as well as piloting innovative delivery of venture creation modules online. She has served on a range of committees, including Learning and Teaching, Academic Quality, and Athena Swann. Externally she has been on panels that have advised on programme approvals in England and Scotland, as well as the evaluation of EU Knowledge Alliance projects in Brussels, and a member of the Scottish Parliaments Cross-Party Working Group on Women and Enterprise.

Venture creation, business start-up and innovation are her teaching interests, particularly from the perspective of equipping students with theories and tools for a world of work that is yet to be invented.
 

Dr. Feim Blakcori - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Feim BlakcoriDr. Feim Blakcori  is a Senior Lecturer at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Business and Management discipline. He has an undergraduate degree in Management & Informatics from the University of Prishtina, a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield and a PhD degree from the University of Hull.

Prior to joining the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, he had academic posts at the University of Leicester and University of Hull teaching at all academic levels and publishing on organizational change, dynamic routines, small and medium enterprises and feedback and sensemaking in organization. He has also presented his academic work in various conferences, such as Academy of Management Proceedings, British Academy of Management and European Group for Organizational Studies.

Feim has over five years of teaching experience and has developed a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in the subject of HRM. He is also a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

His research interest comprises organizational change, organisational routines, sensemaking in organisations, identity and cognitive neuroscience.

Dr. Nadia DeGama - Programme Leader for Undergraduate Business Management Programmes

Dr. Nadia DeGama is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader for Undergraduate Business Management Programmes at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.

She completed her PhD at York University, Toronto in the field of Human Resource Management. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Nadia’s research primarily draws on critical and interpretive approaches to understanding work and working in organisations. Key strands to her research include: global careers; alternative approaches to understanding HRM; and examining contemporary and alternative forms of work. She has recently conducted studies within the context of self-initiated expatriation, Uber drivers, and social media bloggers. Her work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals such as Organisation, Organisational Research Methods, Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology and Journal of Business Ethics.

Nadia also serves as an Associate Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. Her areas of teaching include human resource management, business management, and organisational studies. Nadia has taught and supervised dissertations at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in universities in Canada, the UK and Qatar.  

When not working Nadia enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, exploring and discovering Qatar’s many gems.
 

Mr Stephen Fettes - Lecturer

Mr Stephen FettesStephen 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 - Registry Officer

Tamara HaimourTamara works as a Registry Officer 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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Shahadat Hossain - Programme Leader for MSc Programmes

Shahadat HossainShahadat (known as Shah) is a Chartered Accountant; during the time he was qualified as an accountant and becoming an ACCA member, he earned valuable experience working in various financial management roles in large MNC's in the UK. Shah obtained a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Professional Accountancy from the University of London.

Shah joined AFG College with the University of Aberdeen as a Lecturer in September 2020 having taught in higher education in the UK since 2015; he worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and was responsible for running a new Accounting degree at the University of Cumbria, which gained full accreditation with the ACCA professional accountancy body. He was also a panel member for the validation of UoC’s Malaysian franchise. 

Shah specialises in Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Corporate Reporting and Financial Reporting Standards (IAS and IFRS). He has taught in both, undergraduate and post-graduate level. 

Shah served as a member of the ACCA Lancashire and Cumbria regional panel and currently a member of BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association). He loves travelling, sports and music.
 

Abrar Hussain - Head of Discipline (Interim) for Accountancy, Finance & Economics

Abrar Hussain is the Head of Discipline (Interim) for Accountancy, Finance & Economics.

Laila Mahran - Programme Leader for Undergraduate Accountancy & Finance Programme

Laila MahranLaila is Programme Leader for the Undergraduate Accountancy & Finance Programme at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. 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.

Dr Florian Meier - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Florian MeierDr. Florian Meier is a Senior Lecturer at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Accounting. He has a Masters degree from Aston University and a PhD from the University of Bradford.

Prior to joining the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, he held academic posts at several universities in the UK and has numerous years of teaching experience at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research interests comprise corporate governance and ethics, disclosure, information and capital markets. He repeatedly obtained funding and his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
 

Dr Anthony Gary Mulholland - Head of School (Interim)

Anthony Gary MulhollandGary 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 as the Head of Discipline for Accountancy and Finance 

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

Dr. Steve Pearce - Senior Lecturer

Dr Steve PearceAfter obtaining his BSc (Hons) at the University of Salford in Manchester, Steve’s career in Business and Management started with engineering roles in Natural Gas transmission and distribution. Steve then moved to Senior Management positions in the gas industry after completing his Executive MBA at the University of Bath.

Steve was responsible for developing Strategy, Board leadership development and change implementation plans for the businesses. Steve’s business and management skills, developed in the gas industry, enabled Steve to change industries. Steve led the development and monitoring of performance metrics for a Strategic partnership between Siemens and a large public sector investment bank run by UK Treasury. This involved the change and transformation of the large organisation into a private sector business. Steve’s career then took him to a global insurance broker where Steve was Operations and Group Risk Director responsible for global risk management. After a period changing and restructuring the business Steve become the Chief Operating Office of a large UK central government organisation. Steve is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (MIGEM), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD).

Moving into academia Steve started to research Service Design and Digital interaction as a PhD student at the University of Exeter and the University of Surrey. This provided a career change from Management and Business to research and teaching. Steve presented his research at global conferences and was awarded his PhD in 2016. Steve has taught many management topics including Marketing, Strategy, Digital Business, Management, Operations, Project Management, Change Management, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, including Executive Education. Whilst teaching at University of Bristol, Steve visited many schools in the Middle East to provide advice to school students on university choices. Steve has supervised dissertations at masters and undergrad level. Steve’s current research explores service design methodologies, service process design for digital and face to face interactions and how designs achieve effectiveness and efficiency outcomes for service providers.

Steve enjoys running, cycling, and swimming and is looking forward to learning new skills and experiencing the cultural diversity of Qatar.

Dr. Fiona Robson - Head of Discipline for Business Management & Joint Programmes

Dr. Fiona RobsonDr. Fiona Robson joined AFG College in March 2021 to take up the post of - Head of Discipline for Business Management & Joint Programmes. Fiona joined AFG College from Newcastle University where she was a Reader in Human Resource Management with responsibility for leading on education and employability. Fiona is an experienced HE Leader having previously been Deputy Director at Roehampton University Business School and Principal Lecturer/International Champion at Northumbria University. Fiona also has a long track record of managing trans-national education, leading partnerships across Europe, USA and South East Asia.

Fiona is passionate about teaching and providing students with an excellent learning experience and has experience of teaching in many countries. She has also published a number of papers on innovative pedagogy as well as her discipline-focused work which has been disseminated in journals including Public Money and Management, Human Resource Development International, Journal of Health, Organization and Management, European Journal of Training and Development. Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Certified Management and Business Educator and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Externally at international level, Fiona represents the British Standards Institute (BSI) ISO Technical Committee for Human Resource Management (ISO TC260). In 2019 Fiona was elected as Convenor for the Employee Engagement WG9 where she leads a team of international experts in designing this exciting new international standard. Fiona is also Executive Secretary for the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD).

Fiona has a long history of working with the prestigious Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. She has been involved in the successful validation of new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and has been External Examiner for four UK Universities. In recognition of her work with the Institute, she was awarded a CIPD National Award of Merit in 2013 (one of only five awarded in the UK). In acknowledgement of her professional and academic expertise, Fiona was commissioned to write three CIPD toolkits (Absence Management, Effective Inductions and Learning Needs Analysis) and was the National Series Editor for CIPD Case Studies Extra from 2010-2017. In 2019 Fiona co-authored the 4th edition of ‘Research Methods in Human Resource Management’ with Professor Valerie Anderson and Dr. Rita Fontinha which was published by Kogan Page.

Fiona has successfully supervised 6 Doctoral students to completion.
 

Dr Robert Rogers - Senior Lecturer and the Senior Personal Tutor

Robert RogersRobert Rogers is a Senior Lecturer and the Senior Personal Tutor.