Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff
Gianluca Andresani - Programme Leader for LLM

Gianluca AndresaniGianluca 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

Alessandro Stefano AlaDr Alessandro Stefano Ala is a Senior Lecturer.

Dr Mirza Baig - Senior Lecturer

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 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 DeGamaDr 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

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.

Dr Rami Hamdi - Lecturer

Dr Rami HamdiDr Rami Hamdi is a Lecturer in Computing Science at the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.

He received the PhD degree in Engineering from the ÉTS University of Quebec, Canada, in 2018, where he was a recipient of the prestigious scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Nature et Technologies for his doctoral research. Before, he received the MSs degree in Communications Systems from the ENIT University of Tunis Elmanar, Tunisia, in 2014 and the BEng degree in Communications Engineering from the SUPCOM University of Carthage, Tunisia, in 2012. 

Dr Hamdi has a ten years research experience in various academic laboratories (University of Quebec at Montreal, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and Texas A&M University at Qatar) completed with top professors in the field.  

He has a research interest in artificial intelligence, internet of things, energy efficiency, resource management, and algorithm design for next generation wireless networks. Dr Hamdi authored many relevant IEEE journal and conference papers, and he received the top reviewer award for the prestigious journal IEEE Transactions in Vehicular Technology in 2020.

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 Hossain (known as Shah) , the Programme Leader for the MSc suite of programmes, joined AFG College with the University of Aberdeen 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 & CIMA professional accountancy body. He was also a panel member for the validation of UoC’s Malaysian franchise. 

Shah is a Chartered Accountant; during the time he was qualified as an accountant and became an ACCA fellow, he earned valuable experience working in various financial management roles in large MNCs 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. Being a very classroom-focused passionate lecturer, Shah’s research interest equally flourished in recent years and is currently at the final stage of his doctorate degree. 

Shah specialises in Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Corporate Reporting, and Financial Reporting Standards (IAS and IFRS). He has taught at both, the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests are – financial reporting & disclosure, pedagogical research, and accounting education. He is a reviewer of a couple of peer-reviewed journals and manages a research group – AFRS (Accounting & Finance Research for Sustainability). 

Shah’s professional body affiliation:

  • FCCA – Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountant (UK)
  • Fellow – HEA (Higher Education Academy, UK)
  • Member – The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK)
  • Member – Chartered Management Institute (UK)
  • CMBE – Chartered Association of Business School (UK)

Shah served as a member of the ACCA Lancashire and Cumbria regional panel for a few years and is currently a member of BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association).

He loves traveling all over the world and enjoys all sorts of sports, and is a passionate musician.
 

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

Abrar HussainMohammad Abrar Hussain is a Lecturer.

Dr Saad Kashem - Senior Lecturer

Dr Saad KashemDr Saad Kashem is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. He has 11 years of experience as an Instructor, Course Coordinator, and Researcher of Robotics, Computer Science and Engineering courses in Australia, Malaysia, and Qatar. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from East West University and Ph.D. degree in Robotics and Mechatronics from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. At present, he is the Visiting Assistant Professor at Presidency University. Prior to that he worked at Qatar Armed Forces – Academic Officers Program, Qatar University, Texas A&M University, and Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Saad also worked in industry for two years as an Executive Electrical Engineer and Control System Engineer in Brisbane Australia.

Dr Saad has already published 1 patent, 1 book, 5 book chapters, 37 peer-reviewed journals (Web of Science indexed:12, Scopus indexed:19), and 22 conference articles (Total= 63). https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_Sxh6SUAAAAJ&hl=en

He is a professional member of Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK (IET), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and International Association of Engineers (IAENG). He is an editorial board member and reviewer of many international reputed Journals such as Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (USA), IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (USA), Vehicle System Dynamics, Taylor and Francis Ltd, (UK) etc. 

His research interests include vehicle dynamics, electric vehicle, renewable energy systems, intelligent and autonomous control, robotics, nonlinear control theory, and applications.
 

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.

Dawn McCartie – Programme Leader for the MBA programme

Dawn McCartieDawn McCartie joined AFG College in October 2021 to take up a Lecturer post in Business Management, and holds the position of Programme Leader for the MBA programme and Senior Tutor for UG and PG students. Dawn joined the college from Newcastle University where she was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, responsible for overseeing nine UG programmes in the School and working closely with senior colleagues across the School and Faculty to lead on Learning and Teaching.  Dawn is an experienced academic with a track record in module and programme leadership across a range of Business and Marketing subjects, as well as Dissertation supervision at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level and Personal Tutoring of students. Dawn is passionate about teaching and enhancing student experience. Dawn was also responsible for employability within the Marketing subject group focusing on how to provide additional opportunities for students to enhance their employability throughout their studies, adding value to their learning and CV’s. 

Dawn’s teaching philosophy places significant importance on her previous industry experience as Regional Marketing and Sales Managers within both Financial and Professional Service organizations along with a number of consultancy roles. Dawn is keen to ensure that students not only get the academic knowledge from University but also a real understanding of what the future of work will look like for them within their chosen careers. 

Dawn is currently in her 4th year of a Part Time PhD. Her research area is specifically looking at the Dark Side of Brand Communities, bringing together both marketing and sociological perspectives.

Dawn is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has completed the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Leaders in Teaching and Learning programme with other senior L&T academics from across the UK.

Dr Florian Meier - Senior Lecturer

Dr Florian MeierDr Florian Meier is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting. He has an undergraduate degree from Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, a Masters (distinction) from Aston University, and a PhD from the University of Bradford. He is also an ACCA Affiliate.

Prior to joining AFG College with the University of Aberdeen, Florian was Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England in the UK. He also held academic posts at the University of East London, Coventry University, and Nottingham Trent University. He has numerous years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Florian has experience as programme and course leader in various areas including financial and management accounting, finance and financial management, corporate governance, and research methods. He has developed various courses, short courses and workshops in accounting, and was responsible for leading several projects and initiatives at business school level. Florian is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

His research interests comprise corporate governance and ethics, disclosure, information and capital markets. His work has repeatedly been awarded research funding, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a reviewer for two accounting journals.

Having worked in the investment industry, Florian also has private sector experience.
 

Dr Anthony Gary Mulholland - Head of School (Interim)

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.