Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff
Gianluca Andresani - Programme Leader for LLM International Commercial Law

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 - Programme Leader for International Business Management

Alessandro Stefano AlaDr Alessandro Stefano Ala is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for International Business Management

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 Simon Bishop - Programme Leader for Master of Public Health

Dr. Simon BishopDr. Simon Bishop is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Master of Public Health at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Manchester University School of Medicine and a PhD in Public Health from Lancaster University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, a Churchill Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Before moving to Qatar, Simon was the Director of Medical Education in the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and prior to that he led a Doctoral program in Public Health at Bangor University. Although experienced in all aspects of public health, his main interests lie in using qualitative approaches to explore global health issues, particularly where risk behaviors are a determinant of health outcomes.

Dr Feim Blakcori - Programme Leader for International Human Resource Management

Dr Feim BlakcoriDr Feim Blakcori is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for International Human Resource Management 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.

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 Wilfrid Flanda - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Wilfrid Flanda is a Senior lecturer (Associate Professor)Dr Wilfrid Flanda in Management at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Wilfrid Flanda holds a BA (Hons) in Education, an MA in International Development (Education) and also an MBA. He successfully completed his postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning, which is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and offers national and international recognition as a Fellow. He studied for his postgraduate doctoral degree at the University of Chester (UK) where he investigated the management of teacher continuing professional development in the UK further education sector. 

Dr. Flanda has fifteen (15) years of continuing and progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education. He has developed extensive experience of curriculum planning and delivery, as well as course and programme development and administration from Foundation to doctorate levels. In his leadership roles, he has been responsible for outcomes that enable and enhance the University’s education provision, from short courses through to doctoral programmes, with a strong focus on learning, teaching and the student experience. Dr. Flanda has provided direction and leadership on student experience, education policy, flexible and online learning, admissions and student complaints. He has driven the delivery of an outstanding student experience that reflects and embeds the University’s values and its diversity and inclusion commitments. Dr. Flanda has ensured the scrutiny of both programme proposals and institutional partnerships in the United Kingdom, Hungary and Sri Lanka.

Dr.  Flanda’ welcomes qualitative research projects in the following areas: Workplace learning; Diversity in the workplace; Prior experiential learning; (Teacher) Continuing professional development (in TVET); Teacher resilience; Marketisation of Higher education; Assessment and feedback in Higher education; Inclusive teaching and assessment.

Dr Rami Hamdi - Programme Leader for Computing Science

Dr Rami HamdiDr Rami Hamdi is a Lecturer and the Programme Leader for Computing Science at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen. He is the course coordinator for several Computing courses for the Computing Science, and Business Management & Information Systems Programmes, including Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Databases and Data Management, Programming, and Mathematics.
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. His thesis was nominated for “Best Thesis of the Year”.
Prior to his tenure at AFG, Dr Hamdi held positions at several international universities, including the 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.
Dr Hamdi authored numerous world-leading IEEE journal and conference papers. He has a research interest in artificial intelligence, internet of things, energy efficiency, resource management, and algorithm design for next generation wireless networks. 

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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Thomas James - Programme Leader for Politics and International Relations

Thomas James, PhD (ABD) is a lecturer and the programme leader for Politics and International Relations at AFG College Qatar with University of Aberdeen. Thomas is a specialist in West Asian Studies. His primary research areas include International Relations, Global Political Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis, and South Asian Studies. Thomas’s academic and research vocation is to explore Qatar’s foreign policy and demonstrate how non-traditional tools enabled branding Qatar’s image regionally and internationally.

Dr Georgios Kapogiannis - Programme Leader for Global Business Communication

Dr. Georgios Kapogiannis, a Greek – British, is a pre-eminent figure in digital innovation and leadership within the realms of construction engineering and project management. Presently, he holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Management and serves as the Programme Leader for the MSc in Global Business Communication at AFG in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen.

Additionally, he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and a Visiting Faculty member at the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, USA. His academic journey commenced with a PhD from the University of Salford's School of the Built Environment, laying a solid foundation for his distinguished career. Dr. Kapogiannis' global experiences, spanning Finland, China, the Middle East, and more recently, Qatar, have greatly enriched his insights into digital transformation.

Beginning his career at the Hellenic Ministry of Education in Greece, he swiftly became an instrumental figure in spearheading digital transformation initiatives in the UK, China, and beyond, while also fostering entrepreneurial spirit amongst students in these regions. His academic achievements were acknowledged early on with a scholarship from the European Project CoSpaces for his PhD studies, followed by a scholarship in the "Digital Technologies for Governments" programme at The Center for Technology in Government University at Albany, State University of New York (CTG UAlbany). 

As an innovator, Dr. Kapogiannis holds two patents in Robotics and Building Information Modelling. His extensive research as a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on projects like CoSpaces, RESSEEPE, and RoboBIM, alongside his role in guiding students, highlights his commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in the broader engineering community. His professional path includes significant contributions to esteemed institutions such as the University of Nottingham’s China Campus and Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. As a consultant, his impact on diverse global projects, particularly in sectors like railways, oil and gas, and smart campus developments, has been substantial, advancing digital transformation efforts worldwide.
In academia, Dr. Kapogiannis is highly regarded as a mentor and educator, having taught and supervising postgraduate dissertations at prestigious universities including Cambridge, Manchester, University College London (UCL) and Warwick. His recent appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University further emphasises his dedication to academic excellence. His scholarly work, featured in top-tier Q1 and Q2 Journals, and his recognition as one of the top 320 scholars in Intelligent Manufacturing by Emerald Publishing in 2021, underscore his profound expertise and contributions to his field.

In his teaching roles, Dr. Kapogiannis covers a broad array of subjects, ranging from Project Management and Business Strategy to specialised courses in BIM and Digital Transformation. His mentorship of PhD and MPhil students to completion at Coventry University and the University of Nottingham, which ranks among the top 100 globally, further demonstrates his dedication to nurturing future leaders. Dr. Kapogiannis' journey, characterised by an entrepreneurial ethos and scholarly excellence, continues to inspire future leaders in the dynamic digital technology landscape, particularly within the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation sectors.

This combination of hobbies – swimming for tranquility, walking for reflection, and traveling for exploration – forms a harmonious balance in Dr. Kapogiannis' life. It not only fuels his professional pursuits in understanding and contributing to the AECO sector but also nourishes his soul, keeping him grounded and connected to the world's diverse tapestry.

Dr Saad Kashem - Deputy Programme Leader for Business Management & Information Systems Programme

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.

Dr Razi Mahmood - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Razi MahmoodDr. Razi Mahmood is a Senior Lecturer at AFG College with the University of Aberdeen in Public Health. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from Concordia University, a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Epidemiology degree conferred by the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to joining the AFG College with the University of Aberdeen he worked at the University of Doha for Science and Technology and the University of Saskatchewan. He has 7 years of teaching experience having taught at undergraduate and graduate levels, and has successfully supervised/mentored several graduate students. He has developed courses related toepidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, health education, human ethics, and leadership. Research interests include epidemiology of chronic diseases (diabetes, COPD), infectious diseases (COVID-19, food borne illnesses, and STIs), and upstream determinants of disease (circadian disruption, mental health and well-being). In his free time he enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and spending time with his family.

Laila Mahran - Programme Leader Accountancy and Finance

Laila Mahran

Laila is the 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 is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and is currently a 4th year PhD student with her research focusing on the impact of technological advancements on the accounting profession. 

She 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 Dawn McCartie – Programme Leader for the MBA programme

Dawn McCartieDr Dawn 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 (pastoral). Dawn joined the college from Newcastle University (UK), where she was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, responsible for overseeing nine UG programmes in the School, and over 3,000 students, 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. In addition, Dawn plans, develops and runs various Executive Education sessions across Qatar in a range of areas for middle to senior managers from various sectors, including topics on self-awareness; allyship; empowerment; imposter phenomenon; power in the workplace; emotional and cultural intelligence. Dawn is passionate about teaching and enhancing student experience. Dawn was also, in the UK, 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 whilst also being responsible for extracurricular activities for students such as Digital Skills enhancement.
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’s PhD is in Marketing, from Newcastle University Business School, in the UK,  specifically looks at the Brand Communities through the lens of Power, bringing together both marketing and sociological perspectives. Her viva was commended by the external examiners with only very minor corrections to make to the thesis.
In addition to her academic qualifications, Dawn is also Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and has graduated from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Leaders in Teaching and Learning programme with other senior Learning and Teaching academics from across the UK. In addition to her Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees, Dawn also holds a PgCE in Lecturing in Higher Education (LTHE).

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 Steve Pearce - Head of School (Interim)

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 Robert Rogers - Senior Lecturer

Robert RogersRobert is an experienced Senior Lecturer that has worked around the world on a number of trans-national higher education projects.