Faculty and Academic Staff

Management and Support Staff

Dr Karen Foster - Provost

Dr Karen Foster



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 (Ph.D 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 .

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.

Mrs Lorna Hunter - Lecturer

Mrs Lorna Hunter

Honorary Lecturer, Business School Administration

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. 

Laila Mahran - Lecturer

Laila Mahran is a Lecturer.

Anthony Gary Mulholland - Senior Lecturer

Anthony Gary Mulholland is a Senior Lecturer.

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 Rogers is a Senior Lecturer.

Emre Usenmez - Senior Lecturer

Emre Usenmez is a Senior Lecturer.