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Finance and Accounting Staff Profiles

Dr Asima Shirazi

Assistant Professor

Dr Shirazi's research interests include child poverty, development economics, and macroeconomic issues including economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment. She has presented papers at various international and local conferences and colloquia.


Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Brunel University, MLitt, University of Aberdeen, PhD SZABIST, Pakistan

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-14

Telephone:  +971 4 2781945

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):AsimaShirazi

Dr Asima Shirazi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr Shirazi’s doctoral research relates to child poverty in urban communities in Pakistan. She read Economics at Brunel University (BSc Hons) in 1977 and undertook postgraduate work in the field of Economics of Natural Resources at Aberdeen University where she was the recipient of the Shell Scholarship (MLitt 1984).

She has been teaching at UOWD since 1995 and was the first recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award.

Her research interests include child poverty, development economics, and macroeconomic issues including economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment. She has presented papers at various international and local conferences and colloquia.

Dr Kashif Saleem

Associate Professor

Dr Kashif Saleem is a finance specialist with a keen research interest in asset pricing, energy economics, risk management, econometric modelling, asset management, valuation, corporate governance, derivatives, and emerging financial markets.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD, Economics and Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland; MSc Economics, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland; MSc Business Economics, University of the Punjab Pakistan; BCom Auditing and Accounting,  University of the Punjab, Pakistan

LOCATION: Block 15, Office 1-05

TELEPHONE : +971 4 278 1947

EMAIL: kashifsaleem@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Kashif Saleem is an Associate Professor and the Program Leader for the Master of Applied Finance program. He is a finance specialist with a keen research interest in asset pricing, energy economics, risk management, econometric modelling, asset management, valuation, corporate governance, derivatives, and emerging financial markets.

Currently teaching on UOWD’s advanced managerial finance, quantitative economic analysis and corporate finance subjects, Dr Saleem brings with him significant international academic experience having previously been employed by LUT School of Business, Lappeenrata University of Technology, Finland as an Associate Professor in Finance and by St Petersburg State University’s Graduate School of Management as a Visiting Professor.

He is a member of the Multinational Finance Society, the Graduate School of Finance, Finland, the Eurasia Business and Economics Society, the American Finance Association, the European Finance Association and the European Financial Management Association. He is also an Editorial Board Member of the Eurasian Journal of Business and Management. 

With 171 citations, Dr Saleem also has an impressive research profile and has had a number of articles published in peer reviewed international journals, alongside numerous conference presentations.

His recent publications include:

 “Over investment, growth opportunities and firm performance: Evidence from Singapore stock market”. Corporate Ownership and Control, Volume 12, Issue 3, Pages 454-467, 2015.

“Oil Risk and Asset Returns: Evidence from Emerging Markets in the Middle East”. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Volume 50, Issue 3, Pages 169-189, 2014

“Modeling Long Memory in the Russian Stock Market: Evidence from Major Sectoral Indices”. Journal of Applied Business Research, Volume 30, Issue 2, Pages 567-574, 2014.

 “Transfer of Risk in Emerging Eastern European Stock Markets: A Sectoral Perspective”. International Business Research, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 134-145, 2014.

“Market Integration, Return and Volatility Dynamics: Empirical Evidence from African Stock Markets”. International Business Research, Volume 7, Issue 9, Pages 30-44, 2014.

“Transmission of the Subprime Crisis: Evidence from Industrial and Financial Sectors of BRIC Countries”. Journal of Applied Business Research, Volume 29, Issue 5, Pages 1469-1478, 2013.

“Inflation risk, exchange rate risk and asset returns: evidence from Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan”. Journal of Applied Business Research, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 1209-1222, 2013.

 “Regional integration: Evidence from Africa, African Journal of Business Management, Volume 7, Issue 22, Pages 2086-2096, 2013.

 

Dr Lamia Abdelaziz Obay

Associate Professor

Dr Obay’s research interests lie in the areas of financial innovation, corporate finance, bank efficiency, financial stability, and Islamic finance and banking. She has consulted for international organisations and developed and delivered training programs for finance executives.

Qualifications: BSc, IHEC Tunisia, MBA, PhD, George Washington University

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-24

Telephone: +971 4 2781954

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):LamiaObay

 

Dr Obay is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to this she was chair of the Finance Department and held the directorship of the Master of Sciences in Finance program at Abu Dhabi University.

She obtained her BSc in Finance from IHEC, Tunisia, followed by an MBA in International Finance and a PhD in International Finance and Banking from the George Washington University, USA. She has consulting experience with local and international organisations and has developed and delivered training programs for finance executives from across Europe and the GCC states.
 
Her research interests lie in the areas of financial innovation, corporate finance, bank efficiency, financial stability, and Islamic finance and banking. Her work has been published in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management, the International Research Journal of Finance & Economics, the Academy of Banking Studies Journal, and the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues. She authored ‘Financial Innovation in the Banking Industry: The Case of Asset Securitization’ with Routledge Publishing, considered to be one of the key reference books in Financial Innovation.
 
Dr Obay is a member of the European Finance Association and is the recipient of several research and industrial grants.

Dr Leonie Jooste

Associate Professor

Dr Jooste is a financial accounting specialist that started her career in South Africa. She joined the UOWD in January 2009 and teaches accounting to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr Leonie presents papers at international conferences where she chaires sessions, and review and discuss papers. She is a reviewer and editor of accademic journals and publishes in accredited journals. She is also a consulting professional, having acted as an expert witness on cash flows in the South African High Court.

Qualifications: Dip, BCom Hons, PhD Pretoria University

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-10


Telephone: +971 4 2781955

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):LeoniJooste

Dr Leonie Jooste is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She started her career as a schoolteacher in South Africa and left the teaching profession to join the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Dr Jooste joined UOWD in January 2009 and teaches accounting to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Jooste obtained her PhD in Financial Management Sciences in 2004 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She presents workshops in accounting and publishes articles in international accredited journals.

She has presented papers at international conferences where she chaired sessions, and reviewed and discussed papers delivered. She is a reviewer for an academic journal and published a chapter in an academic textbook. Dr Jooste consults with professionals in her field and acts as an expert witness on cash flows in High Courts. She completed a qualification in Property Valuation and is a member of the Property Valuators Association in South Africa.

Dr Munir Lutfi

Assistant Professor

Dr Lutfi’s research interests include market based accounting research, financial fraud, accounting disclosure, auditing practices and management accounting practices. He has performed numerous professional training programs and business consultancy services.

Qualifications: BAcct. University of Jordan, MSc, George Washington University, PhD, Glasgow University

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-03

Telephone: +971 4 2781962

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):MunirLutfi

Dr Lutfi is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong. Prior to this, he was the Chairman of the Department of Accounting at the University of Jordan.

He has conducted many accounting, auditing, financial and investment training programs and has provided consultancy services to various businesses.

Dr Lutfi obtained his Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Jordan and then completed his Masters in Accounting at George Washington University. He received his PhD in Accounting from the University of Glasgow.

Dr Lutfi’s research interests include market based accounting research, financial fraud, accounting disclosure, auditing practices and management accounting practices. Dr Lutfi is also a PhD student supervisor.

Dr Lutfi has reviewed submissions to journals and has published in many reputed journals with his most recent publications being the following:

  • Enhancing Internal Control Systems to Prevent and Detect Financial Fraud;
  • Applying Accrual Basis of Accounting in Public Sector: Lessons and Challenges.
  • Detecting Unusual Stock Market Patterns

 

Dr Naeem Muhammad

Associate Professor

Dr Muhammad’s research interests include Islamic banking & finance, stock market integration, stock market volatility and international finance. He has presented papers at global conferences and published in reputed international journals.

Qualifications: MSc, University of Karachi, MA, PhD, Simon Fraser University

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-07

Telephone:  +971 4 2781963

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):NaeemMuhammad

Dr Naeem Muhammad is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He received his PhD in 1998 from the Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, with specialisation in International Finance. He also completed his Masters at SFU, specialising in Financial Economics.

Dr Muhammad has more than 15 years of teaching experience. Before he assumed his responsibilities at UOWD, he taught in Pakistan at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, the Institute of Business Management, Karachi, and the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has also taught at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University College, Canada.

He has successfully conducted several training workshops for executives in the areas of Finance and Economics.

Dr Muhammad’s research interests include Islamic banking & finance, stock market integration, stock market volatility and international finance. He has presented papers in many international conferences and has published in reputed international journals.

He has received several research grants and has reviewed submissions for journals and conferences. He has supervised one MPhil student and has co-supervised one doctoral student.

Dr Muhammad is a professional member of the American Finance Association.

Dr Nandini Kaul

Assistant Professor

Dr Kaul’s research interests are in the areas of statistics, microeconomic theory, and mathematical economics.

Qualifications: PhD, SunRise University, Alwar, India; BA, BEd, MA, University of Delhi

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-13

Telephone:  +971 4 2781964

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):NandiniKaul

Dr Nandini Kaul is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr Kaul completed her Bachelors (with honours) and Masters in Economics from the University of Delhi. She also has a Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Delhi. She obtained her PhD in Economics at the SunRise University in Alwar, India. Her thesis revolves around Macroeconomics, focusing on intra-trade between GCC countries.

She has been teaching at UOWD since 1998, prior to which she taught in Delhi for almost 15 years.

Dr Kaul’s research interests are in the areas of statistics, microeconomic theory, and mathematical economics. She has been a recipient of the CEO’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr Osama Al-Hares

Associate Professor

Dr Osama Al Hares research interests lie in financial performance, corporate valuation and value relevance, corporate governance, earnings management, accounting for goodwill and asset impairments, emerging financial markets, and accounting disclosure practices and analysis. He has extensive consultancy and training experience in banking, investment, services, and small businesses sectors.

 Qualifications: PhD in Accounting and Finance, Manchester Business School, UK

 Location: Knowledge Park, Block 15, Office 1-06
 Telephone: +971 4 278 1972
 Email: osamaalhares@uowdubai.ac.ae
 
 
Dr Osama Al Hares is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Osama served at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait (2004 - 2015). He obtained his PhD from Manchester University, UK.
 
Dr Osama has a broad range of experience in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of managerial and cost accounting, financial accounting and reporting analysis, auditing, accounting for decision making.
 
Dr Osama has established a reputation as a renowned financial consultant for several prestigious International and GCC corporations in Banking, Investment and Service sectors. His professional memberships include the British, American and European Accounting Associations.
 
His research interests lie in financial performance, valuation, corporate governance, earnings management, and emerging financial markets. He has had several articles published in peer reviewed international journals, as well as numerous conference presentations. Selected publications are:
 
  • “Islamic Banks Financial Performance and Implications of Basel III Standards in the GCC: An Empirical Analysis”. Review of Economics & Finance, Vol. 1, 2017.
  • “Financial Integration and Portfolio Diversification: Evidence from CIVETS Stock Markets”. Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 6, 2016. Pp. 1304-1314.
  • “The Effect of Audit Quality and Audit Committees on Goodwill Impairment Losses”. International Journal of Accounting and Financial Reporting, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2015.
  • “The Implied Cost of Equity Capital in the Jordanian Industrial and Service Companies”. International Journal of Accounting and Finance (IJAF), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2014. Pp. 240-260.
  • “Financial Performance and Compliance with Basel III Capital Standards: Conventional Vs. Islamic GCC Banks”. Journal of Applied Business Research (JABR). Vol. 29, No. 4, 2013. Pp. 1031-1048.
  • “Value Relevance of Book Value, Earnings and Dividends: Kuwait Evidence”. Global Finance Journal. Vol. 23, No. 3, 2012. Pp. 221-234.
  •  “The Value Relevance of goodwill impairments: UK Evidence”. International Journal of Economics and Finance (IJEF). Vol. 4, No. 4, April 2012. Pp. 206-216.
  • “The Effect of ‘Other Information’ on Equity Valuation: Kuwait Evidence”. Journal of Applied Business Research (JABR), Vol. 27, No. 6, Nov. /Dec. 2011. Pp. 57-69.
  • “Accounting Discretion in Goodwill Impairments: UK Evidence”. Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (JIFMA)[ISSN1 0954-1314], Vol. 22, No. 3, Autumn 2011. Pp. 165-204.
  • “The Extent of the Voluntary Disclosure Level: The Case of Jordan”. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing (JMAA) (ISSN1 548-6583), USA. Vol. 6, No.10 (Serial No.65), October 2010. Pp. 39-51.

 

 

Dr Vikash Ramiah

Associate Professor

Dr Vikash Ramiah is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and currently teaches International Financial management on undergraduate level and Portfolio Simulation and Financial Strategy on postgraduate level.

Qualifications: PhD, RMIT University; Master of Finance, RMIT University; Diploma of Management, RMIT University; BSc (Hons) UOM

Location: Block 14 Room 308

Telephone:  +97142781914

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):VikashRamiah

Dr Vikash Ramiah is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and currently teaches International Financial management on undergraduate level and Portfolio Simulation and Financial Strategy on postgraduate level. In addition, he supervises PhD students and has a keen interest in Applied Finance.

Vikash uses a variety of teaching techniques which includes play based pedagogy (tactile/kinaesthetic style, digital network learning and connectivism theory), andragogy (cognitive theories and constructivism), research based approach and inquiry-based learning.

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Ramiah has been teaching economics and finance courses at UNISA, RMIT, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Australian Catholic University. He has received numerous awards for outstanding performance in teaching, research and supervision.

Previously he was a junior auditor at H&A Consulting, manager at Integrate PTY Limited, quantitative analyst at ANZ, Investment Banking Division, worked as a consultant for the Australian Stock Exchange and worked in collaboration with the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. He was an elected board member of the RMIT University Business Board, program Director of Open Universities Australia and acting Board member at the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.

He has published in academic journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, International Review of Finance, Journal of Behavioural Finance, European Journal of Finance, Applied Economics, International Review of Financial Analysis, Pacific Basin Finance Journal and Journal of International Financial Market, Institution and Money), industry reports, books, book chapters, and conference papers. His paper on Brexit is one of the top ten most read paper in Applied Economics. He is an expert reviewer for several finance journals and for the Mauritius Research Council and also serves on the editorial board of finance journals.

Dr Ramiah obtained his PhD from RMIT University specialising in Behavioural Finance. He has supervised numerous PhD students and regularly attracts research funding.

He is the founder of Researchers Sans Frontiere Network, Environmental Finance Cluster at RMIT and his research areas are financial markets, behavioural finance and environmental finance. He introduced the first educational trading room in the state of South Australia.

Books

  1. Imad Moosa and Vikash Ramiah, 2014, The Costs and Benefits of Environmental Regulation, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  2. Ramiah Vikash and Greg Gregoriou, 2016, The Handbook of Environmental and Sustainable Finance, Elsevier, Edited handbook.
  3. Imad Moosa and Vikash Ramiah, 2017, The Financial Consequences of Behavioural Biases, Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Publications

  1. Vikash Ramiah, Huy Nguyen Anh Pham and Imad Moosa, 2017, The Sectoral Effects of Brexit on the British Economy: Early Evidence from the Reaction of the Stock Market, Applied Economics, vol. 49 (26), pp. 2508-2514.
  2. Pham, H., Ramiah, V., Moosa, N., Huynh, T., & Pham, N. (2018). The financial effects of Trumpism. Economic Modelling, 74, 264-274.

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