Our faculty and academics

Murdoch University Dubai faculty

Our university faculties in Dubai consist of a range of experts in their fields who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with students. The academic staff is dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for all students. They have a wealth of knowledge in their fields and are always happy to share their expertise with students who want to learn more about their chosen subject area.

Our faculty members come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: they're dedicated to providing our students with an education that will prepare them for their careers by offering them the most current research available. Our faculty members have extensive experience working at universities around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, and more—and they're all ready to help you achieve your goals at Murdoch University Dubai!

They are committed to the success of our students, and they know that in order for them to succeed, it is essential to provide them with a high-quality education that is accessible around the world.

That’s exactly why we are offering the following programs for your career growth:

  • Business
  • Creative Arts & Communication
  • Engineering
  • Law & Criminology
  • Science
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Technology
  • Health

We all know that feeling of looking around and seeing an exciting world of possibilities, but not knowing where to start. If you’re unsure of what direction to take with your studies or career, this is your starting point. Our courses are grouped into study areas to help you find the path that’s right for you. Within each study area in Murdoch Academics, you’ll see our undergraduate, honors, and postgraduate courses.

Be a part of our community of leaders

At Murdoch, we value the contributions of our diverse and passionate employees. We are committed to helping them grow in their careers and thrive professionally as part of a supportive community.

Murdoch University has an ambitious agenda for growth both locally and internationally. With campuses in Perth, Singapore, and Dubai and more than 25,000 students on its rosters—it is one of the fastest-growing universities in Australia.

Faculty profiles – Business

Name: Leena Wanganoo 

Role: Discipline Head – Business 

Email: leena.wanganoo@murdoch.edu.au

BIOGRAPHY

Leena holds a PhD degree from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun in Supply Chain Management. She holds PG Diploma in International Business from Symbiosis University, Pune, and an MBA in Marketing from University of Ajmer. She has over 10 years of teaching, research, training, and program management experience across the UAE. She is actively involved in developing case studies for UK case study centre and publishing research work internationally. 

She also has 17 years of corporate experience working with multinationals like John Deere Inc, DHL Danzas, Garware Technical Fibres and Cipla Health Limited in Supply Chain Management and International Marketing. 

She teaches across areas spanning Global Management, International Business, Sustainability, Business and Society and Strategic management for UG and PG Programs. Her other learning and teaching interests includes Supply Chain Management and Operations Management. Her research interests are in the areas of Reverse Supply chain, Green and Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Consumer Behavioural aspects in Supply chain Management, International Business, Emerging Technologies in Supply chain and Strategic Management. 

Education: 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. Supply Chain Management, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. India 
  • PG Diploma in International Business, Symbiosis University, Pune. India  
  • MBA (Marketing) University of Ajmer. India 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • Asst. Professor & Program Coordinator - Amity University Dubai
  • Asst. Professor & Program Coordinator – Manipal University Dubai
  • Business Manager – DHL FZCO, Dubai 
  • Head - Supply Chain – John Deere India. 
  • Dy. Manager – International Business – Garware Technical Fibres 
  • Asst. Manager – International Business – Atul Limited 
  • Product Executive – Cipla Health Limited. 

Research 

  • L. Wanganoo, "Streamlining Reverse Logistics through IoT driven Warehouse Management System," 2020 8th International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technologies and Optimization (Trends and Future Directions) (ICRITO), Noida, India, 2020, pp. 854-858, DOI: 10.1109/ICRITO48877.2020.9197929. 
  • L. Wanganoo and V. K. Shukla, "Real-Time Data Monitoring in Cold Supply Chain Through NB- IoT," 2020 11th International Conference on Computing, Communication and Networking Technologies (ICCCNT), Kharagpur, India, 2020, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1109/ICCCNT49239.2020.9225360. 
  • L. Wanganoo and A. Patil, "Preparing for the smart cities: IoT enabled last-mile delivery," 2020 Advances in Science and Engineering Technology International Conferences (ASET), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2020, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1109/ASET48392.2020.9118197. 
  • Wanganoo L., Shukla V.K., Panda B.P. (2021) NB-IoT Powered Last-Mile Delivery Framework for Cold Supply Chain. In: Singh T.P., Tomar R., Choudhury T., Perumal T., Mahdi H.F. (eds) Data-Driven Approach Towards Disruptive Technologies. Studies in Autonomic, Data-driven and Industrial Computing. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-9873-9_22 
  • S. R. Chatterjee, V. K. Shukla, L. Wanganoo and S. Dubey, "Transforming Supply chain Management through Industry 4.0," 2021 9th International Conference on Reliability, Infocom Technologies and Optimization (Trends and Future Directions) (ICRITO), 2021, pp. 1-6, DOI: 10.1109/ICRITO51393.2021.9596392. 
  • L. Wanganoo, B. Prasad Panda, R. Tripathi and V. Kumar Shukla, "Harnessing Smart Integration: Blockchain-Enabled B2C Reverse Supply Chain," 2021 International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Knowledge Economy (ICCIKE), 2021, pp. 261-266, DOI: 10.1109/ICCIKE51210.2021.9410677.

Chapter Publication: 

  • Supply Chain," 2021 International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Knowledge Economy (ICCIKE), 2021, pp. 261-266, DOI: 10.1109/ICCIKE51210.2021.9410677. 
  • Leveraging IIot in Reverse Logistics: A WSN Approach by Vinod Kumar Shukla, Leena Wanganoo, Mohammed Yousuf, and Rajesh Tripathi Source Title: Internet of Things: Technological Advances and New Applications. Hard ISBN: 9781774911280; https://www.appleacademicpress.com/internet-of-things-technological-advances-and-new-applications/9781774911280 
  • Shukla, V.K., Wanganoo, L., Tiwari, N. (2022). Real-Time Alert System for Delivery Operators Through Artificial Intelligence in Last-Mile Delivery. In Healthcare Informatics for Fighting COVID-19 and Future Epidemics. EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-72752-9_20 
  • Revamping Reverse Logistics to Enhance Customer Satisfaction. Leena Wanganoo (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India), Rajesh Tripathi (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India) and Ramakrishna Yanamandra (Skyline University College, UAE); Source Title: Handbook of research on Supply Chain Resiliency, Efficiency, and Visibility in the Post-Pandemic Era Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 20 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9506-0.ch010

Case – Study Publication: 

  • Landmark Group: Using Blockchain to Unlock Value in Logistics 

Reference no. 620-0012-1 

Subject category: Production and Operations Management 

https://www.thecasecentre.org/main/products/view?id=169574 

  • Cargotecture: A Sustainability Initiative in the UAE; Reference no. 720-0018-1 

Subject category: Ethics and Social Responsibility https://www.thecasecentre.org/main/products/view?id=169104 

Conference Participation & Paper Presentation 

  • Manipal Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC), 2017 "Women Entrepreneurship in Logistics in UAE. 
  • 5th Agro Supply Chain Conference 2018- ASCC – paper - Logistics Service Quality for Cold Chains: A Study from UAE Fruit and Vegetable Market By Wangnoo & Panda (2018 ) 
  • MERC - 2019. School of Business, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai 
  • ASET 2020 - 3rd Advances in Science and Engineering Technology multi-conferences (ASET'20) 
  • 11th International Conference on computing, communication and networking technologies (ICCCNT), IIT Kharagpur 
  • IEEE 8TH International conference on Reliability, Infocom Technologies and Optimization (ICRITO'2020) 
  • International conference on machine intelligence & Data Science application MIDAS 2020)

Ms. Vidhi Agarwal holds a Masters in Commerce; Masters in Law, a Diploma in Business Management from India, PGCertHE Middlesex University, Dubai and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration from S.P.Jain School of Global Management, Dubai. She is a member of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK).

Ms. Agarwal teaches undergraduate Units at various Universities in Dubai, and covers mainly subjects related to Law, Economics and Business Management. This includes – Ethics; Business/ Corporate/ Commercial and Company Law; Trade Secrets and Technology Transfer; and CSR and Sustainability.

Ayesha holds a Bachelor’s and B.ED degree from the University of Karachi. She completed her Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Karachi securing first position in her class. She also secured CELTA qualifications from University of Cambridge.

She holds over ten years of teaching experience in Banking and Finance. Ayesha’s teaching and learning interest cover economic theory, international economics, Islamic banking, and Islamic economics.

Qualifications:

CELTA from  University of Cambridge

B.ED from University of Karachi

Masters in Economics from University of Karachi

Bachelor’s of Art from University of Karachi.

Research output:

Ayesha Imran, & E, Badran.(2016). Cloud computing in the banking sector. A study on the future of cloud computing in the Banking sector. International Journal of Research in Banking and Finance.

Research Interests:

Behavioral economics, monetary theory, and industrial economics, consumer behaviour and environmental economics.

Dr. Heena Sunil Bulchandani holds a Masters of Social Work and a Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work) from Faculty of Social Work, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India).  She is a certified EFQM Assessor, Senior Certified Professional (SCP - SHRM) and Certified Coach from EMCC. 

With over 22 years of experience, Dr. Heena is a confident, passionate and result oriented HR Practitioner, trainer, educator and assessor with proven leadership skills and business acumen.

Qualifications:

PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Social Work, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Masters of Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development, Faculty of Education & Psychology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.

Certified Lecturer, University Grant Commissions of India

Book Written:

Organizational Effectiveness & Job Satisfaction (ISBN 93-84901-58-X)

Speaker in Conferences / Summit:

  • Advisory Council Member with World HRD Congress.
  • Advisory & speaker Panel member in 7th Edition, MENA HR Summit, organized by Fleming Gulf.
  • Speaker in 5th GCC Smart Government-Corporate Media Communication and Human Resources Development Conference, Dubai.
  • Presented a paper in HR Summit and Expo, Dubai.
  • Presented a paper in 5th Annual People Challenge Middle East Summit.
  • Presented a paper in International Human Resources & Conferences; organized by United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Participation in Awards Assessments:

Participated as a Team leader / Assessor in various prestigious awards such as The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award, Dubai Human Development Award, Dubai Quality Award, UAE Innovation Award and Taqdeer Award. speaker in various International HR Conferences.

Awards & Recognition

  • Global Training and Development Award, World HRD Congress, Mumbai.
  • HR Professional of the Year – Public Sector, 6th MENA HR Excellence Awards.
  • HR Leadership Award from Asian Confederation of Businesses.

Young HR Professional of the Year, World HRD Congress.

With close to 40 years of experience in the Finance & Accounting sector in highly reputed companies across India, Oman and UAE, Mr. Amit Kapoor is a seasoned professional in the Finance & Management field. His last job was with a leading multinational IT company where he held the position of a CFO covering the MEA region.

Mr. Kapoor is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India and have spent the past 30 years here in Dubai – his growth is linked to the extraordinary growth that UAE and especially the city of Dubai has witnessed.

Mr. Kapoor is currently on the panel of all the reputed Universities in UAE and is taking classes both at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate level.

In addition to his interest in academia, he dabbles in Radio and has been a News reader on the popular Channel 4 Radio network that is based in Ajman. On a regular basis, he does voice overs for advertisements.

His knowledge coupled with practical work experience and strong inter -personal and communication skills make him a professional to reckon with.

Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University Dubai

Education and Membership of  Professional Association

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, U.K.​
  • PhD​
  • MBA - Finance​
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management​

Professional & Industry Experience

  •  Overall teaching experience over 20 years​
  • Mahima has been with Murdoch for the last 12 years teaching Finance and Strategy based subjects and has taught at Murdoch Singapore and Dubai campus.​
  • Has multisector, multi-country, cross functional and cross-cultural experience. She worked in both the corporate (Banking) and academic sectors in the fields of finance and HR for over 20 years.  With international experience spanning Singapore, UAE and Indonesia, she brings in knowledge of regional imperatives to global strategy. ​
  • Mahima’s Investment banking experience saw her conclude several deals in the Telecom and Steel Industry. Work Included:​
  • Sector research​
  • Financial Valuations and Presentations to key stakeholders​

 

Her research is in the area of cross-cultural dimensions of financial planning. She has been teaching at both Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels and is passionate about maximizing student outcomes.  ​

Delivered a talk at WiKi FX on “The evolution of teaching finance in the global classroom”​

Involved in Corporate Trainings. Regularly delivered the Finance module – ‘Effective financial decision making – corporate & personal’ to multi-national and regional companies. During 2019-21, have delivered 4 such sessions with very high satisfaction scores.​

Master class Series on a continuous basis, Murdoch University, Dubai, 2013-2019. Topics include “Retaining Talent in a Booming Economy”, “Finance for Non-Finance Managers” and “Skills Reboot”​

Dr Chirag Buch holds an MBA in Marketing from Gujarat University, a PhD in Marketing from University of Pune and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Business Analytics from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), India

Dr Chirag teaches Consumer Behaviour, Strategic Research for International Markets, Marketing Research & Analysis and Mixed Methods Research for Business at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

He is also an insights and consulting professional with 20+ years of expertise in brand and communication management, holistic brand guidance and positioning along with advanced analytics to drive business insights for clients.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD (Marketing), University of Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • MBA (Marketing), Gujarat University, India
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Advanced Business Analytics), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Brand Strategy & Performance
  • Innovation & New Product Development

PUBLICATIONS

  • Role of emotion in new product development, Campaign ME Sep’2022
  • How can brands drive differentiation in a heavily cluttered food market, Campaign ME Nov’2021.
  • Brand messaging needs an overhaul, Gulf News Sep’2020.
  • The role of banking industry during tough times, Campaign ME Sep’2020.
  • Today’s CEOs need a course correction, Gulf News Oct’2020.
  • Convenience, discounts and family fun are no longer enough for Saudi shoppers, Gulf Marketing Review, Dec’14
  • Car service delivery in Saudi Arabia is a highly emotive issue, Gulf Marketing Review, Nov’14
  • Saudi Arabia’s Connected Consumers, Gulf Marketing Review, Aug’14.
  • Role of emotions in the laundry cleaning category, Gulf Marketing Review, Jul’14.
  • Building an Irresistible foods brand, Gulf Marketing Review, Jun’14.
  • Debunking myths of Saudi Women on beauty products depends on life stages, Gulf Marketing Review, Apr’14.
  • Insights into the eating habits of GCC residents at Quick Service Restaurants, Gulf Marketing Review, Dec’13.
  • Luxury buying behavior in UAE, Gulf Marketing Review, Nov’13.
  • Driving differentiation in the Energy Drinks category, Gulf Marketing Review, Sep’13.
  • Consumer trends in the laundry cleaning category in KSA, Gulf Marketing Review, Aug’13.
  • Driving growth in the heavily saturated beverages sector in KSA, Gulf Marketing Review, Sep’12

With over 30 years’ experience in the advertising & communication industry in both India and UAE, Amit has been involved in strategic planning on a range of multinational clients including Unilever, Kraft, PepsiCo and Clorox.

He has worked in major global agencies including, DDB, JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi and Lowe and has been in Dubai for over 20 years. In his last corporate stint, Amit lead strategic & communication planning at DDB across the MENA region for several key clients, helping develop Effie-winning work for Lipton, Quaker & Clorox

Since Jan 2020, Amit has been working as an Adjunct Lecturer with Murdoch, teaching units in Marketing to undergraduate students.

Amit holds a Masters in Business Administration with specialisation in Marketing. 

Ashok Mitra is a postgraduate in Business Administration, with specialisation in Marketing Management. He was the batch topper from the Institute of Business Management of Jadavpur University (JU), Calcutta. Ashok has done his graduation in Engineering with Honours, also from JU.

Ashok is a member of IRSSM MEA and works closely with Dr Jay Kandampully, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Service Management

With over 3 decades of intimate involvement in Marketing Research, Marketing and General Management of Consultancy Business Organisations and also being the founder of a Marketing Research Agency since Jan 2011, Ashok has a plethora of Industry Experience coupled with Management & Entrepreneurial Skills to leverage that makes the academic learnings for the students interesting and business relevant.

Apart from Murdoch University, Ashok also teaches in some other Business Schools at both undergraduate and postgraduate level as Adjunct Lecturer. The topics that Ashok covers are Market Research and Analysis, Business Analytics, Strategic Marketing & Brand Management, Consumer Behaviour & Marketing Channels, International Marketing Management, Strategic Human Resource Management & Leadership, Business & Sustainability etc.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MBA, IBM, JU, Calcutta, India
  • B CH E, JU, Calcutta, India

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Research Club
  • Strategic Marketing Group for Marketing Research and Insights Professionals

AWARD OF MERIT / SCHOLARSHIP

  • UAE: Recipient of Global Awards for Excellence in a multinational company in:
  • Driving Consumer Research business (as Sector Head) in the Middle East
  • Coaching & Mentoring marketing research practitioners for higher employee engagement in the Middle East
  • India: Selected for National Scholarship for achieving a rank of 39 among all examinees in Secondary Board Exam

Sulaksha Nayak holds a Masters's in Business Administration with dual specialization in Human Resource Management and Marketing and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She is an experienced lecturer with more than 20 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in UAE and India. She has been teaching, as Full time and Part time faculty in private international universities in Dubai and Sharjah since 2010. 

She has worked as the Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Business Administration program in India for 8 years and has hands-on experience in curriculum development and handling teaching and administration responsibilities.

During her career, she has published research papers in the areas of organizational behavior and human resource management in journals and conferences. Her research areas lie in the interests of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and higher education. She has taught courses such as organizational behavior, organizational development, change management, human resource development, consumer behavior, services marketing, international business, research methods, and general management.

She joined Murdoch University Dubai in 2015 and has been teaching undergraduate students in the Business program and the Foundation program

Faculty profiles – IT

Joseph Stevens holds an MEd in Contemporary Education from Murdoch University, an MSc in Computer Systems Management from Heriot-Watt University, and a Doctoral candidate at Murdoch University. He is a Certified Cisco Academy instructor and AWS instructor.

Joseph has been lecturing at Murdoch University Dubai since 2013. He teaches units covering various subjects, from networking to systems analysis and design. His research interests are the Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, data privacy, and security.

Noor Jamal Alkhateeb Ph.D. student at United Arab Emirates University received her M.Sc. Degree in Software Engineering from Damascus University in 2018 and a B.Sc in Information System Engineering from Syrian Virtual University in 2014. She is currently working as a full-time lecturer in Computer Science at Murdoch University. She was an instructor in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University. She worked as a full-time teaching and Research Assistant at Damascus University and Syrian Virtual University. She worked as an IT Manager at Syrian Telecom. She also worked as an IT Manager in different educational companies in UAE. Her research interests are in Deep Learning, Bio-informatics, and Reverse Engineering.

Ayesha Anzer is a lecturer at Murdoch University in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. She received her M.Sc. degree in Information Technology from Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, UAE. Among her research interests are security, machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, ad hoc networks, and healthcare.

Ayesha teaches the following courses: 

  • Databases
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Business Intelligence Application Development

Certification:

  • ITIL® 4 Foundation Certified, AXELOS
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (200-301 CCNA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

External Activities

  • Member of the Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS)
  • Member of OpenUAE Community

Current Research:

  • Multimodal Data Fusion for Human Behaviour Analysis With Application to Mental Health

Publications:

  • Anzer, Ayesha & Elhadef, Mourad. (2019). Deep Learning-Based Intrusion Detection Systems for Intelligent Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks: MUE/FutureTech 2018. 10.1007/978-981-13-1328-8_14.
  • Anzer and M. Elhadef, "A Multilayer Perceptron-Based Distributed Intrusion Detection System for Internet of Vehicles," 2018 IEEE 4th International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC), 2018, pp. 438-445, doi: 10.1109/CIC.2018.00066.
  • H. Hajjdiab, A. Anzer, H. A. Tabaza and W. Ahmed, "A Food Wastage Reduction Mobile Application," 2018 6th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud Workshops (FiCloudW), 2018, pp. 152-157, doi: 10.1109/W-FiCloud.2018.00030.
  • Anzer, H. A. Tabaza and J. Ali, "Predicting Academic Performance of Students in UAE Using Data Mining Techniques," 2018 International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communication Engineering (ICACCE), 2018, pp. 179-183, doi: 10.1109/ICACCE.2018.8458053.

Ranjit holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Lovely Professional University, India and Graduate Certificate in Education (International Education) from Murdoch University. She teaches at both Foundation and Undergraduate Levels and her teaching and learning interests cover Information Systems, Programming Languages, Web Development, Discrete Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. Ranjit’s research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Expert Systems and Fuzzy Inference Systems.

Ms Saima Tariq Khan holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Systems Engineering and an MSc Informatics degree in Computational Linguistics. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing and Robotics.

Having been a Google Scholarship Winner to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (organised by the Anita Borg Institute) she subsequently served as a member of the screening committee for applicants to the Conference.

Ms. Khan has extensive tertiary level teaching experience within the UAE where she has also grown up.

She is an active supporter and member of the Courtyard Playhouse theatre, sings regularly with Dubai City Sound and has freelanced with the print media in the UAE over several decades.

Ahmad Essayed - Computer Science, Cyber Security, and Digital Forensics Lecturer

Ahmad is our Computer Science lecturer specialized in Cyber Security and Digital forensics. He has over 17 years of experience teaching and consulting in the field. 

Ahmad has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Laws, an MBA from the University of London with a dissertation in Cyber Risk Management and currently doing a concurrent master’s and PhD degrees in Cyber Security and Cyber Crime at Harvard University.

He is an Associate Fellow to the Higher Education Academy in the UK and a Certified Harvard CS50 (Computer Science) Educator among many other certifications in Cyber Security and teaching from Microsoft, CompTIA, ISACA, ISC2, SANS, EC-Council, and OffSec.

In addition to teaching and research, Ahmad is running his own Cyber Security consulting company which he founded 10 years ago at Dubai Silicon Oasis. He and his team are providing corporate training, technology consulting, cyber security analysis, penetration testing and ethical hacking, cyber governance, risk, and compliance management, and cyber-crime legal counseling.

In his spare time, Ahmad is also a Private Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Skydiver.

Faculty profiles – Psychology

Maja Vurnek Zivkovic holds a PhD in Biomedicine and Health form University of Zagreb (Croatia), a MSc in Health Psychology from King’s College London (UK) and a MA in Psychology from University of Zagreb. She is Discipline Lead for Psychology and Criminology, as well as Student Counsellor at Murdoch University Dubai.

Maja’s teaching interests include Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behaviour, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Mental Health.  Her primary research interests include psychoneuroimmunology, illness and treatment perceptions and pro-environmental behaviours.

Maja has also finished several therapeutic trainings, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and introductory training in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

Dr Hale Babadogan Kaya was born in Eskisehir, Turkey. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, M.S. in Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments, and B.S. in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey).

Dr. Kaya teaches at the undergraduate level, currently covering Crime Prevention and Policing. Her research interests mainly include the sociology of fine arts, philosophy of art, social, cultural, and everyday life of the Ottoman society, Turkey’s modernization process, performing arts – shadow theatre, urbanization, sociology of crime, deviance, opportunity theories of crime, crime reduction strategies, and policing models.

Dr. Kaya also pursues her interest in intersections of myths and folktales on the creation of different cultures in Turkish Literature and Language at the University of Anatolia online.

Magdalena Mosanya holds MSc in Applied Psychology, MA in Cultural Anthropology, and BSc in International Relations with Business. She is a Doctorate Candidate at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the Polish Association of EMDR Psychotherapists. Magdalena achieved an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Magdalena has been working in the multicultural environment of the United Arab Emirates for 14 years. She teaches at various higher education institutions across the United Arab Emirates, covering areas of Introduction to Psychological Science, Cultural Psychology, Counselling and Psychological Therapies, Business Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences. Her research interests include women empowerment, exercise psychology, cross-cultural communication and the well-being of multicultural individuals, where she applies her combined expertise in psychology and cultural anthropology.

Olga Khokhlova holds a MSc in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical and Education Psychology from Bielefeld University (Germany) and a five-year Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Currently, she is working on her PhD project at the University of Suffolk (UK), researching perceptions of marital rape across different cultures.

She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology at Murdoch University Dubai and Middlesex University Dubai. She is actively involved in research being a Research Associate at Social Psychology Research Lab at Middlesex University Dubai.

Her teaching interests include Research Methods, Intimate Relationships, Counselling, Domestic Violence, Biases and Mental Health.  Olga's primary research interests include the victimization of vulnerable populations and what are the factors contributing to greater victim-blaming and justification of the perpetrator.

Apart from that, Olga has finished several therapeutic trainings, such as training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Object Relations Theory and Practice Training for Couples and Families, and Transference Focused Psychotherapy.

Tonya Bonfa holds a BSc Honors Degree in Forensic Science from Wolverhampton University (UK). She is an experienced Intelligence Analyst with over 10 years of experience supporting Law Enforcement Investigations and Criminal Proceedings at court.

Tonya led a team of Analysts, Researchers and Intelligence staff who were engaged in the receipt, evaluation and dissemination of intelligence and information. She also provided orientation, mentorship and support to junior staff, developing their knowledge of policing strategies. Identifying their learning needs and preferences and tailoring the delivery of such development. Prior to leading her team, she was identifying patterns and trends; in criminal behaviour/movement/organisational structure, vulnerability and triggers for re offending. Generating intelligence and inferences to predict crime locations and hotspots, directing police officers and operations, including converting intelligence lead operations into evidential exhibits for court.

Tonya applies this experience in her role as an adjunct lecturer at Murdoch University, teaching undergraduate students Introduction to Criminology, Criminal Behaviour and International & Transnational Crime.

Faculty profiles – Communication

Joseph John Nalloor, leads the Media and Communications programme at Murdoch University Dubai. He has over 17 years’ experience in teaching media in Dubai and has headed three media schools. He is also an Associate Fellowship holder from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

He is a Strategy Board Member of MEPRA (Middle East Public Relations Association) and a Board Member of PRCA-MENA (Public Relations and Communications Association). Joseph also serves on several university academic boards.

He believes in strong student-industry collaborations and has been responsible for several tie-ups with the Dubai Press Club, Emirates Literature Festival, Sharjah International Book Fair, Dubai International Film Festival among others. His students, over the years, have been working in media houses and PR firms in the UAE and the region.

Joseph has mentored several successful student teams participating in competitions and creative hackathons with several notable awards.

Joseph has been published in peer reviewed journals, presented at international conferences and features as a speaker on media issues on radio and industry panels.

Sudha Chandran is an adjunct faculty for Strategic Communications in the undergraduate program at Murdoch University Dubai. A versatile and skilled communications professional, Sudha has almost two decades of experience in the media and communications sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), spanning desktop publishing, journalism, public relations and corporate communications.

During this time, she has worked with several public and private sector organizations to develop and implement creative and effective communication strategies for them.

With her vast experience, Sudha also serves as a mentor to industry award winning student teams. Her students have been recruited by leading regional and global PR firms.

Sudha holds an MPhil degree from the University of Hyderabad, India, in addition to an MA (English) and a Bachelors in Journalism from Punjab University, India.

Teneille Saayman (AFHEA) is a Senior Lecturer and an Associate Fellowship holder from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK and holds a MA in Marketing Communications and BA in Media, Advertising and PR from Middlesex University. She is also a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid provider (MFAiders).

With 10+ years of Teaching Experience in Higher Education Institutions across the United Arab Emirates, Teneille specializes in Film, Advanced Media Production, Strategic Marketing, Digital Design, Social Media, Critical Web Literacy, Media Laws and Ethics.

She has also worked as a Producer for the UAE's first ever science-fiction feature-length film and is subsequently considered one of the few pioneering Genre Filmmakers in the MENA Region. She is a Marketeer and Filmmaker with a passion for technology and research, with over 12+ years of cumulative experience in Branding, Marketing, Social Media, Content Production, and PR Management in the UAE.

Dimo Valev holds an MA in Graphic Design from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, and qualifications as an art and design teacher. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, section Graphic Design.

Dimo has taught at the undergraduate level in several international universities in Dubai for over a decade, including Murdoch University Dubai, Middlesex University, Amity University and Manipal University. He teaching portfolio covers a variety of subjects related to Graphic Design and Advertising, but also the industry-standard Adobe CC software applications. His research interests include Graphic Design, Branding, Environmental Graphics and Wayfinding.

His design students are working in various reputed agencies and branding departments across brands worldwide.

Faculty profiles – Criminology

Tonya Bonfa holds a BSc Honors Degree in Forensic Science from Wolverhampton University (UK). She is an experienced Intelligence Analyst with over 10 years of experience supporting Law Enforcement Investigations and Criminal Proceedings at court.

Tonya led a team of Analysts, Researchers and Intelligence staff who were engaged in the receipt, evaluation and dissemination of intelligence and information. She also provided orientation, mentorship and support to junior staff, developing their knowledge of policing strategies. Identifying their learning needs and preferences and tailoring the delivery of such development. Prior to leading her team, she was identifying patterns and trends; in criminal behaviour/movement/organisational structure, vulnerability and triggers for re offending. Generating intelligence and inferences to predict crime locations and hotspots, directing police officers and operations, including converting intelligence lead operations into evidential exhibits for court.

Tonya applies this experience in her role as an adjunct lecturer at Murdoch University, teaching undergraduate students Introduction to Criminology, Criminal Behaviour and International & Transnational Crime.

Faculty profiles – Foundation

Faiza Qureshi is the Discipline Lead for the Master of Education and Foundation Programs at Murdoch University, Dubai. She is the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and a full-time lecturer for MEd and Graduate Certificates in Education courses. She is pursuing a PhD from Murdoch University (Australia), holds a Master of Education degree from Murdoch University (Dubai), a Dip. in English (University of London, UK), an ICELT (Cambridge, UK) and is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (UK).

She is currently engaged in research projects in quality of assessment in transnational higher education, hybrid teaching and learning, cultural identity, student support in HE, academic integrity in HE and academic writing challenges in international universities. She has published several articles on ELT and teacher motivation and job satisfaction in academic journals and has been on an ELT Journal editorial board for several years. She has also co-authored an ESL book and few works of fiction.

Rachel has a BA in Secondary Education - French & English Language - from Michigan State University in the United States. She is also a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification holder. She has been teaching professionally since 2014 with experience from primary education to higher education in subjects of French language, English as a Foreign Language, IELTS training, English for Academic skills, and curriculum development. She is pursuing her Master of Education in Global Education in January of 2023. 

At Murdoch, Rachel is a lecturer for the Foundation's program. She works with incoming students by helping them build a foundation of writing skills for their furthered academic journey. 

Other than a TEFL certification, Rachel is also a trained OET (Occupational English Test) practitioner, and she holds a TESOL for online English teaching. She also has experience helping language institutions with accreditation with her curriculum management background.

Ranjit holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Lovely Professional University, India and Graduate Certificate in Education (International Education) from Murdoch University. She teaches at both Foundation and Undergraduate Levels and her teaching and learning interests cover Information Systems, Programming Languages, Web Development, Discrete Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence. Ranjit’s research interests are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Expert Systems and Fuzzy Inference Systems.

Sulaksha Nayak holds a Masters's in Business Administration with dual specialization in Human Resource Management and Marketing and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She is an experienced lecturer with more than 20 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in UAE and India. She has been teaching, as Full time and Part time faculty in private international universities in Dubai and Sharjah since 2010. She has worked as the Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Business Administration program in India for 8 years and has hands-on experience in curriculum development and handling teaching and administration responsibilities.

During her career, she has published research papers in the areas of organizational behavior and human resource management in journals and conferences. Her research areas lie in the interests of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and higher education. She has taught courses such as organizational behavior, organizational development, change management, human resource development, consumer behavior, services marketing, international business, research methods, and general management.

She joined Murdoch University Dubai in 2015 and has been teaching the Foundation program and undergraduate students in the Business program. 

Faculty profiles – M.ED

Faiza Qureshi is the Discipline Lead for the Master of Education and Foundation Programs at Murdoch University, Dubai. She is the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and a full-time lecturer for MEd and Graduate Certificates in Education courses. She is pursuing a PhD from Murdoch University (Australia), holds a Master of Education degree from Murdoch University (Dubai), a Dip. in English (University of London, UK), an ICELT (Cambridge, UK) and is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (UK).

She is currently engaged in research projects in quality of assessment in transnational higher education, hybrid teaching and learning, cultural identity, student support in HE, academic integrity in HE and academic writing challenges in international universities. She has published several articles on ELT and teacher motivation and job satisfaction in academic journals and has been on an ELT Journal editorial board for several years. She has also co-authored an ESL book and few works of fiction.

Ataullah is the Executive Principal at the International School of Creative Science in Dubai, and has recently joined Murdoch University as an Adjunct Lecturer. Ataullah has been a Senior Leader in schools for 9 years, including being a Head Teacher in the United Kingdom. Ataullah has led ISCS through multiple inspections, including the most recent 2019 KHDA inspection where the school was rated Good with Very Good and Outstanding features. In the same year, the school achieved Good with Outstanding ratings from the British Schools Overseas, registering the school as an International British school with the Department for Education, UK.

Prior to working as a Head Teacher, Mr. Ataullah has worked within the strategic education departments of multiple local authorities in the UK, as a board member of the Association of Muslim Schools UK, and as a Policy Manager for Ofqual; advising the UK government on vocational and GCSE qualification reforms.

Mr. Ataullah completed his National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers in 2017, and his National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders in 2021. He has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Leadership and Management. Ataullah teaches the social sciences and is passionate about liberal arts education.