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Business and Management Staff Profiles

Prof Barry O’Mahony

Prof Barry O’Mahony
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Professor Barry O’Mahony is Dean of the Faculty of Business. With over ten years of experience in significant academic leadership positions and substantial expertise in academic governance, curriculum development and the scholarship of teaching and learning, Professor O’Mahony has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong and the United States.

Dr Payyazhi Jayashree
Associate Dean

Dr Payyazhi Jayashree is the Associate Dean and the Head of the Centre for Academic Staff Professional Development at UOWD. Dr Jayashree’s areas of specialisation include strategic change, organisational behavior, and organisational development.

Dr Alastair W Watson

Dr Alastair W Watson
Assistant Professor

Dr Alastair Watson is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Business Communications, Introduction to Management and Strategic Management at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a keen interest in Management, Marketing and Organisational Behaviour.

Dr Ali Bhayani
Assistant Professor

Dr Bhayani's research interests include higher education marketing, consumer behaviour and international marketing. He has more than 15 years experience in higher education with expertise in strategy, marketing, resource allocation, governance and internationalisation.

Dr Alison Thirlwall

Dr Alison Thirlwall
Assistant Professor

Dr Thirlwall’s research interests revolve around the management of workplace conflict and its implications in international settings. She has worked at managerial levels in the public transport and higher education sectors and she is a qualified adult educator and trainer.

Dr Arijit Sikdar
Associate Professor

Dr Arijit Sikdar has over 15 years teaching and research experience in leading business schools. His research interests include strategic management issues related to technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and supply chain strategies.

Dr Balan Sundarakani
Associate Professor

Dr Balan Sundarakani has 10 years of teaching and research experience in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, network optimisation, logistics modelling and simulation in several universities.

Dr Boštjan Gomišček

Dr Boštjan Gomišček
Associate Professor

Dr Gomišček's research interests include quality management; sustainability and environmental management; and maintenance management. In his previous role he headed the Laboratory for Quality Management at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. 

Dr Flevy Lasrado

Dr Flevy Lasrado
Assistant Professor

With a plethora of experience in both academia and industry, Dr Flevy Lasrado has extensive knowledge of quality assurance and institutional effectiveness. Her research interests revolve around Quality Management in a range of organisational settings.

Dr Guanghua Lian

Dr Guanghua Lian
Associate Professor

Dr Lian holds a PhD in Mathematical Science from the University of Wollongong (Australia). He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on Financial Modelling, Financial Statement Analysis, Advanced Financial Statement Analysis, Portfolio Management and Investment analysis.

Dr Jawahitha Sarabdeen
Associate Professor

Dr Sarabdeen’s research interest include legal and ethical issues of information communication technology and human resource management, adoption of e-government and comparative analysis of Islamic banking and financial products.

Dr Kathy Ning Shen
Associate Professor

Dr Shen’s primary research interests are in human-computer interaction, virtual communities, online consumer behaviour and knowledge management. Her research has been funded by the Emirates Foundation and National Research Foundation.

Dr Michael Newnham
Assistant Professor

Dr Newnham’s research interests in the field of HR include emotional labour, workplace learning and service management. He has a wealth of industrial experience, having worked as a senior HR professional in the hospitality sector.

Dr Mohan Guruswamy
Assistant Professor

Dr Guruswamy’s research interests revolve around strategic management, business performance, organisational efficiency and productivity improvement. He has presented his work in the USA, UK, China, the Netherlands, India, and across the Middle East.

Dr Mona Mustafa
Associate Professor

Dr Mustafa is a human resource management specialist with several years international experience in education and training. Her research interests include work-life boundaries, shift work, managing expatriates and teleworking.

Dr Munyaradzi Nyadzayo

Dr Munyaradzi Nyadzayo
Assistant Professor

Dr Nyadzayo’s teaching approach is student-centred and aims to avoid just ‘teaching’ students but to create an environment in which they are willing to learn. This experiential learning approach helps to create a highly engaging class that fosters two-way interaction in the classroom.

Dr Namrata Gupta

Dr Namrata Gupta
Assistant Professor

Dr Gupta’s research interests lie in the fields of Accounting Regulatory Frameworks, Corporate Accounting and Accountability, Corporate Social (and Environmental) Reporting, Corporate Social Responsibility and Islamic Banking/Finance.

Dr Nermeen Mustafa
Assistant Professor

Dr Mustafa is a specialist in luxury brand management, and marketing strategy for creative industries and has consulted and worked with organisations such as the Ritz Hotel London, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal Paris, Donna Karan, Penhaligon, Dior, Harrods in London, Guerlain, Givenchy, and the LVMH group among others. 

Dr. Norhayati Zakaria

Dr Norhayati Zakaria
Associate Professor

Dr Zakaria’s research program aims at exploring on how and why cultural values shape people differently in terms of communication styles, leadership, and management practices. Her educational training bridges interdisciplinary fields between cross-cultural management, international business, and computer-mediated communication technology. 

Dr Okey Peter Onyia

Dr Okey Peter Onyia
Associate Professor

Dr Okey Peter Onyia is Associate Professor of Marketing at UOWD’s Faculty of Business. Dr Okey Peter Onyia’s specialist teaching areas include marketing management, marketing strategy, international marketing, services marketing, marketing principles, consumer behaviour, product management, integrated marketing communications and branding, advertising theory and practice, and public relations.

Dr Panagiotis Ganotakis

Dr Panagiotis Ganotakis
Associate Professor

Dr Ganotakis’ research interests centre on the areas of open innovation, the relationship between innovation and exporting, international entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial human capital. His work has been published in a number of leading journals. 

Dr Prakash Vel Kumar Shankar
Associate Professor

Dr Prakash Vel is involved in research, consulting and training, with a focus on services marketing, applied marketing research, consumer behaviour, marketing communications, sales management, marketing management and direct marketing.

Dr Ritu Sehgal
Assistant Professor

Dr Sehgal is a specialist in organisational behaviour. Her research interests are in employee involvement and Total Quality Management. She is a PhD graduate of the Department of Commerce at the University of Delhi.

Dr Sabiha Mumtaz
Assistant Professor

Dr Mumtaz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Her research interests lie in performance management and the behavioural aspects surrounding Human Resource Management.

Dr Namrata Gupta

Dr Taghreed Abu-Salim
Assistant Professor

With a PhD from the UK’s Cranfield University, Dr Taghreed Abu-Salim is a specialist in Customer Involvement in Service Design. Dr Abu-Salim has extensive international industry experience, having worked in business consultancy, training and higher education sectors in the UAE, the UK and Algeria. 

Dr Vijay Pereira

Dr Vijay Pereira
Associate Professor

Dr Vijay Pereira is Associate Professor at UOWD has exposure in industry, consultancy and academia,  where he  has more than 10 years of successful and significant teaching experience at higher education level, including leading and managing courses and curriculum design for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes., including conducting masterclasses for MBA’s. 

Dr Yama Temouri

Dr Yama Temouri
Associate Professor

Dr Temouri has extensive consultancy experience, including projects for the OECD, European Commission and for several UK Government Departments, including the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) Department; the Department for Business, Innovation and Services (BIS) and the Innovation foundation NESTA.