Natalie Al-Samarrai

Natalie Al-Samarrai

Dubai Campus
Assistant Professor
Programme Director BSc Accounting and Finance

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
Block 2, PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Natalie is an Assistant Professor in Accounting and Finance and based at the Dubai campus. Natalie teaches on both the BSc and MSc degrees and is also one of the Programme Directors for BSc Accounting and Finance in Dubai. 

She is a Chartered Accountant, originally from the UK and after leaving private practice she has enjoyed a lecturing career that has spanned almost two decades both in the UK and the UAE.

Her research interests are Management Accounting and Business Strategy.


  • Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ACA) (2022)
  • MSc Professional Accountancy (2016)
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) (2014)
  • Qualified A1 Assessor (2009)
  • Fellow of The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (FCCA) (2008)
  • BSc (Econ) Accounting and Management (2004)


Natalie joined The University of Birmingham in March 2021 and is based in Dubai. She is a Chartered Accountant with both the ACCA and ICAEW and has been teaching chartered accountancy for over 16 years in both the UK and UAE. 

Natalie is originally from the UK where she gained a BSc and MSc in Accountancy and prior to a career in professional lecturing she was a Chartered Accountant in private practice in the UK. 

Natalie has worked for one of the largest accountancy training providers in the world both in the UK and UAE where she most recently held a senior leadership position as the ACCA Product Head in Dubai. She therefore brings a wealth of both academic and real-life experiences to facilitate learning in the classroom. She has also been the External Quality Assessor for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) VAT qualification in the Gulf region and has sat on a university strategic advisory board in the region prior to her role at UoBD.

Natalie has a passion for teaching and believes that with a little hard work, anything is possible which many of her students would agree with by winning global, regional and national prizes in their unseen chartered exams. 

Her research areas of interest are Management Accounting and Business Strategy.

Natalie is also one of the Programme Directors for BSc Accounting and Finance at The University of Birmingham, Dubai.


  • MSc Accounting and Finance - Management Accounting module
  • MSc Construction Management – Marketing and financial Management module
  • BSc Accounting and Finance – Business Analytics 3rd year module
  • BSc Accounting and Finance – Business communications 1st year module


Research interests 

Management Accounting and Business Strategy.