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EMBA Faculty

The UOWD Executive MBA will be delivered by a team of highly qualified, fulltime academic Professors supported by international academic and industry experts selected to enhance the real world dimensions of the program. Each has considerable expertise in areas such as governance, strategy, innovation and financial management as well as the learning development of participants.

Prof Barry O' Mahony
Professor Barry O’Mahony is Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Professor O’Mahony holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, the United States and the Middle East. His expertise includes consumer behaviour, consumer culture and the management and marketing of high involvement services including luxury hotels, restaurants and major events. 
Dr Mohan Guruswamy

Dr Mohan Guruswamy is Director Executive MBA at UOWD and Fellow of Cambridge University, Judge Business School.
Dr Guruswamy has over two decades of experience in the areas of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development. He has the distinction of being associated with Industry as well as Academics on a continuous basis.
He was formerly Advisor, Strategy and Business Performance for Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. He has also been Director of the LEAD Program (a Leadership Development Program across Abu Dhabi) which is delivered by Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

His academic specialization is in the areas of Strategic Planning, Operations & Supply Chain Management and Corporate Governance.

Dr Payyazhi Jayashree

Dr Jayashree is Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Professor (HR) and is a multiple Award-winning scholar and practitioner, with extensive external engagement, including with top-ranked Business Schools, such as Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.  Dr Jayashree maintains strong industry-research collaborations with institutions such as the Dubai Business Women’s Council, Dubai Chamber of Commerce; and the United Nations, with a specific focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal # 5, Gender Inclusive Leadership for Innovation, and Strategic Change. She is a US certified, Balanced Scorecard Practitioner and her research has been published in top-ranked journals including the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Dr Panagiotis Ganotakis

Dr. Panagiotis Ganotakis is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Management at UOWD.

His areas of specialisation include international business, entrepreneurship, innovation and econometrics. Dr Ganotakis engages students to enhance their critical thinking and understanding through the provision of detailed, contemporary notes and their knowledge and understanding is further enhanced by reviewing and discussing recently published, , academic work and industry insights that are linked either to the work that Dr Ganotakis is carrying out, or to the work of other well established leaders in the field. During the lectures technology is used extensively, which includes multimedia software that records lectures in great detail, something that enables students to review the material in their own time.

Dr Osama Al Hares

Dr Al-Hares obtained his PhD from Manchester University and is currently serving as Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, and Director of Master of Business Program at University of Wollongong in Dubai. His research interests lie in financial performance, valuation, corporate governance, earnings management, and emerging financial markets. He has had a number of articles published in peer reviewed international journals, as well as numerous conference presentations. He has established a reputation as a renowned financial consultant for a number of prestigious International and GCC corporations in Banking, Investment and Service sectors. His professional memberships include the British, American and European Accounting Associations.

Dr Kashif Saleem

Dr Kashif Saleem is a finance specialist with a keen research interest in asset pricing, risk management, econometric modelling, asset management, valuation, corporate governance, derivatives, and emerging financial markets. 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. With 213 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.
Dr Ioannis Manikas

Dr Ioannis Manikas is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Manikas was a Principal Lecturer in Supply Chain Management and Logistics and Program Director at the University of Greenwich, UK. Dr Manikas was responsible for managing 9 Programs of studies and International collaborations, with approximately 1,000 students enrolled.  Dr Manikas has also extensive working experience as a consultant for Regional and National Authorities in Greece. His work was mostly focused on the design and development of regional and national development strategies, analysis of regional needs and respective development policies.

Dr Yama Temouri

Dr Yama Temouri is an Associate Professor at UOWD’s Faculty of Business, who recently joined from Aston Business School in the UK.

Dr Temouri has extensive consultancy experience, including projects for the OECD, European Commission and several UK Government Departments, including the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Department and the Department for Business, Innovation and Services. He is also an Associate Editor for the journal “Business Research Quarterly”. His current research work looks at the link between institutional quality, foreign direct investment and firm performance as well as analysing the locational choices of multinationals investing in tax havens.