Meet our Staff

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College of Social Sciences

Dr. UmmeSalma Husein 

Programme Director

Dr. UmmeSalma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. In her previous position at Heriot-Watt University, she led the part-time undergraduate programme, and pioneered the industry collaboration and mentoring agenda for honours year students. She led the introduction and successful implementation of personal tutoring and mentoring across the undergraduate years at the School of Social sciences as well as the alignment project with Edinburgh. She has taught International Business, Business Ethics, Management in a Global Context, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship modules. Dr. UmmeSalma has over a decade and half experience in transnational higher education. She has presented at various local and international conferences and has authored book chapters and referred journal articles on transnational higher education in the GCC region. Her other specials research area Islamic management and tourism, particularly religious tourism and pilgrimage. She has been guest editor to international tourism and hospitality journals and is a regular reviewer for International Tourism and Strategy journals. 


Dr. Sheik Selim

Programme Director

Sheikh Selim joined the University of Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer of Economics in 2018, having previously been a Senior Lecturer of Economics at Westminster Business School, and a lecturer of Economics at Cardiff Business School. Sheikh's main research areas are Macroeconomics, Economic Growth & Development and Public Finance. He has published papers on Optimal Tax Theory, Sectoral Productivity and Agricultural Productivity & Growth in renowned journals such as Economic Modelling, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Business and Policy Research, Applied Economics, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Social Sciences and Economics Bulletin. His current research includes the growth and welfare effects of optimal tax policy and banking development & productivity. Sheikh served as a consultant in the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, and wrote invited articles for the Conversation. He has served as a referee for Journal of Behavioural Finance, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Macroeconomics, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Singapore Economic Review, ESRC, Qatar Foundation, University of Wales Press, Cambridge University Press, among others. 


Dr. Mei-Na Liao

Programme Director

Mei-Na is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Prior joining Birmingham, she was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the Director of Studies for MSc programmes at the University of Bradford School of Management. She is passionate about sustainable international business education and successfully launched the International Master’s Summer School for Sustainability in Business in 2015 at Bradford.  She taught in the MBA International Week series of the EADA International Business School in Barcelona, Spain in 2005-2007 and MSc Marketing programme in the Tias International Business School in Utrecht, Holland since 2014 as a guest professor. She taught at the Nottingham University School of Management before joining Bradford. Mei-Na specialises in customer engagement management in services sector, non-profit and higher education sector.  She has a broad research interest on service marketing, social marketing and pedagogical design for sustainable business education. She published in a number of international research journals, namely, the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Journal of General Management, Corporate Communication: An International Journal and International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. She won the Emerging Scholar award at the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action Conference, 2000, in New Orleans, USA. She is also the winner of the Best Social Marketing Paper Award at the European Marketing Academy Conference 2008. 


Dr Karen Brodie

Karen is the Primary Education Lecturer for the PGCE Primary Course and has worked in the education sector in the U.A.E., as a teacher trainer, for many years. A qualified and experienced practitioner, with extensive Primary teaching practice, Karen is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the U.K

Karen has worked in higher education on an Undergraduate Programme, developing and delivering education courses to support the development of students to qualify with a B.Ed. and work as teachers in the U.A.E.   Her expertise in teacher training means she has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and implementing best practice.

Karen also worked with the Ministry of Education as a Learning Coordinator for 7 years. In this role she worked on the Curriculum Development Team responsible for planning and developing a new Literacy Curriculum for Cycle 1 Primary Schools. She managed and supported the different school teams for the delivery of new Literacy, Maths and Science programmes in Primary, Middle and High Schools in Sharjah and Dubai. She was also a teacher development specialist, mentoring and delivering CPD to teachers to enhance and improve pedagogical skills, as these new programmes were implemented within U.A.E schools.


Noshaba Anbreen

Noshaba is a lecturer in Science Education (PGCE Dubai). She has taught Science in 11-16 schools in the UK and Internationally for 9 years where she has held leadership positions on a pastoral, subject and department level. As Birmingham Alumni Noshaba completed her BSc, PGCE and MEd at the University.

Prior to commencing her career as PGCE Science lecturer, Noshaba worked in Qatar as Head of Science where she developed a keen interest in Science curriculum change and development. Her move to the University came from a passion for Science Teacher development whilst working with and developing staff as Head of Department, as well as her experiences of being a professional and subject mentor in Schools. Her other interests include Student Motivation and Engagement in Science. When she is not lecturing, Noshaba carries out Youth Mentoring projects within Birmingham.


Dr Rweyemamu Ndibalema

Dr. Rweyemamu is a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, School of management. Previously he was a teaching fellow at the University of Bath, School of management in UK. During his time there he attained one of the highest feedback scores from students for his inspiring teaching style and was nominated for the postgraduate teacher of the year award. In addition he won the best description award for the the image of research competition. Prior to this, he worked at the Open unversity of Tanzania and LearnIt Institute of Business and Technology where he won the best teacher award.

He obtained his PhD in Management at the University of Bath, in 2018. During which he won the three minute thesis competition in the School of management. He obtained his MBA (Finance) at the Open University of Tanzania in 2010 during which he was the best student in the programme. He obtained his Bachelor degree BBA (Management) from Tumaini University Dar es Salaaam College ion 2008 during which he was the best student in the programme. He is passionate about teaching and research in economics and human resource management. He has presented his quantitatively based on human resources outcomes such as employee turnover and work engagment, one of which has been published.


Prof John R. Bryson

John R. Bryson (BA (Hons) TCD, PhD Leic., FAcSS, FRGS, FHEA, MeRSA) has held research and teaching posts at the Universities of St Andrews, Cambridge, Wales and most recently at the University of Birmingham where he is Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness and also Adjunct Professor of Economic Geography. He was Director of the Service and Enterprise Research Unit (SERU) and founder of City-REDI.

John is an internationally recognised scholar who has made significant contributions to understanding and explaining the complex ways in which production is organized through space and in place and via a variety of forms of enterprise. His books include: Service Worlds: People, Organisations, Technologies (Routledge, 2004), The Handbook of Service Business (Edward Elgar, 2015), Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (Edward Elgar, 2015), Design Economies and the Changing World Economy: Innovation, Production and Competitiveness (Routledge, 2011) and A Research Agenda for Regeneration Economies: Reading City Regions (Edward Elgar, in press, 2018). He has published over 200 journal papers and book chapters and, for the period 2017-2023, currently has research income of £6.1m. He has held Fellowships in Norway, Finland, New Zealand and the USA. In 2006 he was awarded the Halcrow prize for a paper published by the Institute of Civil Engineers on urban sustainability and in 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.



Dr Shamini K Ragavan

Dr K Ragavan is a Senior Fellow of the Advance HE. Prior to joining Birmingham University Dubai, she worked in five countries in a legal career spanning more than eighteen years as a Barrister in Malaysia, a Solicitor in England, Lecturer in Law and International Student Tutor, and later, as a Consultant for Newcastle Law School. She was also a Visiting Lecturer for the School of Marine Sciences and was the Module Leader for the MSc International Business Law to Marine Engineers in Dubai and Singapore. She designed, set-up and ran very successful international student and mentoring programmes for UG and PG students, that received commendations from Newcastle University in significantly increasing student passes and quality of results achieved in their study and reducing attrition rates over more than a decade at Newcastle Law School, consequently leading to awards of exemplary practice by the UK Internal Subject Review panels and the Newcastle University Faculty of Teaching and Learning. Based on this contribution to the field of knowledge, she was appointed Reviewer for several UK academic journals including Studies in Higher Education and the Journal of Innovation in Education and Teaching International. She is appointed a Distinguished Associate of the Institute of Educational Leadership of the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She was also appointed Fellow of the National Institute of Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in US and Legal Ethics, UK. She has led workshops and given talks by invitation at many institutions in the UK, including leading workshops for new lecturers on teaching international students, Assessment and Feedback Issues for Teaching International Students in Law at the University of Warwick, UK, workshop funded by the European Network on Clinical Legal Education for developing ethically sensitive clinicians, to name a few. She also sat on University panels for implementing Internationalisation and Mentoring at Newcastle University. She has published research articles in legal education, law of evidence and ethics, and has taught on many difficult law modules including Law of Evidence, Law of Contract, Public Law, Legal Institutions and Methods, Criminal Law and Law of Tort earning her two nominations for teaching excellence.



College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sachin Dessai

Programme Director

Sachin is an experimental Physicist with over 25 years experience in teaching. He brings with him a wealth of international teaching knowledge, managing curricula as well as a commitment to attainment of the highest standards in education. Sachin has a track record of pioneering a very successful overseas Undergraduate Preparatory Course in Science and Engineering for the University College of London. He is looking forward to setting up a world-class Foundation Year Programme at the University of Birmingham Dubai campus.


Dr Kashif Rajpoot

Programme Director

Dr Kashif Rajpoot studied for his post-doc and PhD in Medical Image Analysis at the University of Oxford (UK). During this time, he worked on problems in registration, segmentation, tracking, feature extraction, and multi-view fusion of 3D echocardiography images to develop techniques for multi-view 3D echocardiography analysis.

He has been with the University of Birmingham since early 2016. Prior to that, he obtained research, academic and international experience at various reputable institutions including University of Oxford (UK), King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia), National University of Sciences & Technology (Pakistan), and GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology (Pakistan). His research has made important contributions in the application of machine learning and image analysis in solving biomedical problems. At Birmingham, he has taught a range of modules including Introduction to Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Introductory Computer Science, and Computational Tools for Modelling and Analysis, also teaching a number of other modules at previous institutions. 


Dr Farrukh Hafeez

Dr. Farrukh Hafeez is a chartered engineer and a member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE, UK). Dr. Hafeez is a passionate academic with vast and diverse work experience in academia as well as industry. He studied at the University of Manchester and University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) for his Ph.D. and MSc. studies respectively in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Hafeez has been working for several years in higher education in the United Arab Emirates. He was teaching postgraduate and undergraduate courses at the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi before joining University of Birmingham, Dubai.

Before moving to UAE he worked for a renowned global consulting firm at their Manchester office in UK. His research focus is on mechanics of solids, composites and advanced materials. His research articles have been published in world leading reputed engineering and scientific journals. Dr. Hafeez presents his work at local as well as international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals. 


Meliha Cerimovic

Meliha has over 14 years of teaching experience. She began her career as an English tutor and translator and then she completed her M.A. at the University of Technology Sydney which led to her overseas teaching career. She has worked in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and for the last 10 years has been working in the UAE.

Apart from teaching on foundation programmes within universities, she has taught various general studies on undergraduate programmes with the focus on improving student communication and writing skills needed for their studies and later in their profession. Her interest and research in digital and mobile technology in education have led her to become actively involved in improving digital literacy among students, developing content using digital and mobile technologies and implementing technology-enhanced learning.



Dr Essa Bah

Essa is an international trade economist with a focus on regional trade and economic development. He has completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Bradford and is recognised as a Fellow of the Advance Higher Education. Essa worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Bradford and, at the University of Leeds.

Essa has taught many modules including, microeconomics, international trade, economics for business, Mathematics for economics and development economics. Essa has a publication in the Journal of International Development and the Conversation, which is part of his developing research pipeline.


Dr Mohamad Zalzale

Dr Zalzale is a scientist interested in using computational methods to solve interdisciplinary engineering problems. Mohamad holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and an M.S. in Computational Physics from the University of Montpellier 2 in France.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in Dubai, Mohamad worked as a research scientist and project manager in the Oil and Gas industry in Norway and Kuwait, and as Materials Engineering research and teaching assistant in Switzerland. 


Dr Elias Tsoutsanis

Dr Elias Tsoutsanis received his MEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2003, and obtained his PhD in Gas Turbine Engineering in 2010 from Cranfield University, UK.  He received his PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Sheffield Hallam University, UK in 2018 and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK.

He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Technical University of Athens (2010-2011), Paragon SA Greece (2011-2012), and Qatar University (2012-2015). He has held faculty positions in Emirates Aviation University, UAE (2015-2017), and Sheffield Hallam University, UK (2017-2018).

He is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include performance simulation, control, optimization, diagnostics, and prognostics of gas turbines used for power and propulsion applications.  He has worked in several research projects funded by EPSRC, EU, and Qatar Foundation.


Dr Anis Zarrad

Anis Zarrad is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK. He was appointed by University of Birmingham in 2018 as lecturer at School of Computer Science. From 2010 to 2018, he was a teaching assistant and assistant professor in various universities, including University of Ottawa (Canada), Al Imam University (KSA), and Prince Sultan University (KSA).  In Prince Sultan University, he was also appointed as Associate Director of the Teaching and Learning Center.

Anis received the BS and the PhD degrees in Computer Science from University of Ottawa, and the MS degree in Computer Science from Concordia University. His research focuses on mobile Collaborative virtual environment and Wireless Communication with a particular interest in routing protocol testing and validation. His research has been published widely in many academic journals and conferences.

He worked with Prof. Azzedine Boukerche in the Computer Science Lab (PARADISE). His PhD research focused on developing a routing network protocol for mobile collaborative virtual environment, with the ultimate goal of reducing network traffic.