The Academic Team
Meet the MBA team who will be teaching you.
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Dr Ana Cristina Costa
Role: Senior Lecturer
Ana Cristina Costa (PhD) holds an MSc degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from the ISPA Institute, University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a PhD in Trust in Organizations from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is Senior Lecturer Human Resource Management - Organizational Behaviour and has CIPD Academic membership. She has taught a variety of classes including Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Knowledge Management, Research Methods, Teamwork and Conflict Management on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate including MBA and PhD courses.
Her research interests include Trust in Organizations, HRM, Social Capital and Teamwork, and Innovation and Knowledge Management in Organizations. Ana Cristina is co-founder of the Innovation Collaborative Research Network (www.icrn.org.uk) funded by The Leverhulme Trust which investigates creativity and innovation at work and their effects on job performance, HRM, and employee well-being across Europe in collaboration with Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and University of Valencia (Spain). She is currently visiting Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Personnel Psychology at University of Valencia in Spain.
Ana Cristina is a member of several editorial boards and has been guest editor of special issues for Journals such as Group and Organization Management, International Sociology and Social Science Information. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
Dr Savita Kumra
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr Savita Kumra (BA (Hons.), MSc (Econ.), PhD, CIPD) is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel Business School. Savita completed her doctorate at Cranfield School of Management where she is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Management. Savita has held academic posts at Oxford Brookes University, Keele University, University of Buckingham and University of Greenwich. Savita is a committee member of the BAM Special Interest Group on Gender in Management, and on the Editorial Board of Gender in Management: An International Journal. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Savita’s key research interests focus on diversity, the gendered nature of the career development process in the professional services and the importance of developing and deploying key career enhancement strategies, e.g. impression management, and building and leveraging social capital.
Savita teaches Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and has contributed to a number of executive programmes specialising in Women’s Leadership Development for Cranfield School of Management and clients such as the Asian Development Bank, International Power and CERN. She has also undertaken a number of consultancy projects with clients such as Standard Chartered Bank, Asian Development Bank, Clifford Chance, Northern Ireland Staff Commission and Tesco. She is also a regular contributor to women’s corporate networking events, with organisations such as PWc, Deutsche Bank, Rolls Royce and Lloyds TSB.
Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr Dimitrios N. Koufopoulos holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the Athens University of Business and Economics and an MBA and PhD degree from Cardiff University. He is Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Member of the Chartered Institute of Management, Member of the Chartered Securities and Investement Institute, Academic Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and Research Director of the Hellenic Observatory of Corporate Governance (HOCG, www.hocg.eu)
Professor Shyama Ramani
Role: Professor of Innovation and the Social Enterprise
Shyama V. Ramani is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise at Brunel Business School and the director of the Centre on International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Brunel University.
Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and development, drawing on the evolution of biotech sectors in India and Europe as illustrative case studies. Her work revolves around three core themes: the impact of the national system of innovation on the creation of industrial competence; the use of patent and publications statistics as indicators of competitive position and comparative advantage for investment; and the creation of incentives for cooperation and coordination. Her methodology is varied, ranging from contextual analysis and case studies to the use of game theory for studying strategic problems related to innovation creation and diffusion. She is currently studying the role of technology and innovation to attain the Millennium Development Goals, and the corporate social responsibility of firms with respect to innovation. Dr. Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. She is also a Professorial Fellow at the United Nations University, (UNU-MERIT) at Maastricht, The Netherlands.
After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded the non-profit organization ‘Friend in Need’, an action-research unit which aims to improve sanitation coverage and waste management in rural India. It is actively supported by European and Indian students. This has been followed in 2012 by the creation of an academic research consultancy named ‘HATCHED’, which develops and applies innovative designs and practices to improve the lives of communities at the bottom of the income pyramid in emerging countries.
Professor Rui Baptista
Role: Chair in International Entrepreneurship
Rui Baptista joined Brunel Business School on September 2013 as the Chair in International Entrepreneurship. He is a member of CEIBIEM (Centre for Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets). He has been a faculty member at: Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon; Carnegie Mellon University; and Indiana University.
Rui’s research and teaching interests are in the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation, regional economic development, industry dynamics, and labor markets. He is an associate editor and member of the Editorial Board of Small Business Economics – An Entrepreneurship Journal.
Rui holds a Ph.D. from London Business School and a Licenciatura in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon.
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Dr Satwinder Singh
Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D (Econ.) degree with specialisation in International Business. He has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow at University of Reading, Department of Economics. He has also consulted for private and public organisations and was based in Geneva as a full time consultant with UNCTAD in 2003-04. Dr. Singh has published over forty papers and chapters in edited volume on International Business.
Professor Suma Athreye
Role: Professor of International Strategy
Suma Athreye is Professor of International Strategy at Brunel Business School and Founding Director of the Centre on International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets at Brunel University. Her research focuses on internationalization and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies. Some of her well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international licensing, foreign investment into India, the growth of the Cambridge high tech cluster, the software and pharmaceutical industries in India and the internationalization of Chinese and Indian firms. She has won several grants for her research which has also been recognized by national and international media.
In her current research funded by the European Commission, she has worked closely with the Office of National Statistics to create unique firm level datasets that enable her to study the impact of international technology imports on UK firm innovation and performance. (Please click the link to read more about this research and download papers associated with it). She is also working with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in the UK to estimate the returns to patenting for UK firms located in different sectors and different size groups.
Suma’s research has had an impact on policy and she has consulted to several multilateral organisations. In 2008, she was invited to be Rapporteur for the EU expert Group in International Cooperation in Science and Technology. In 2010, she was invited to contribute to the annual report of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Her team of researchers is also working with the IPO to assist with their review of the public consultation into reform of the UK’s IP system.
Mr John Twomey
Jon is a Chartered Marketer and skilled workshop facilitator, with marketing excellence consulting experience across a multitude of FMCG and pharmaceutical clients. Jon has a direct, positive and constructively critical style of workshop delivery which many clients find demanding and very stimulating. His particular areas of expertise include: digital marketing solutions, performance measurement and marketing planning. Jon has been working as Marketing Lecturer on the Brunel MBA since 2002.
Dr Sarmad Alshawi
Dr Sarmad Alshawi has more than 20 years of academic experience and currently teaches on the MBA programme at the Brunel Business School, Brunel University (UK). Dr Alshawi is an active member of research groups at Brunel, with multi-discipline research in the areas of Business Intelligence and Data Management, CRM, E-government, E-health and Air Transport Information Systems. Dr Alshawi has written in internationally refereed journals, spoken at conferences word-wide, and has guest-edited special issue journals. He has participated in several research projects, with the latest being the EPSRC funded MATCH healthcare project.
Dr Abrahim Althonayan
Dr Abrahim Althonayan (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Lecturer of Strategic Management at Brunel Business School. He is a member of the Centre for International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets (CIBSEM). Abrahim is Director of International Business Development. He is also active in the Executive development at BBS.
Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh
Role: Senior Lecturer
Dr. Ramzi El-Haddadeh (B.Sc., MSc, PhD) is a faculty member at Brunel Business School. Prior to that; Dr El-Haddadeh was a faculty remember at The School of Information Systems Computing and Mathematics in Brunel University. He is a member of the Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Research Group (ISEing). Dr. El-Haddadeh is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, and has published in a number of leading journals and international conferences in the areas of Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Information Systems.
Professor Francesco Moscone
Role: Professor of Business Economics & Director of MBA Programmes
Professor Francesco Moscone is the Director MBA programs and the former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children's Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Rome, Italy). He is principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) first research grant entitled "Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics". Additionally he is co-investigator for the grant "Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities" awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is also a co-investigator for the grant "Development of new indicators to assess research within scientific areas" awarded by the European Social Fund. Additionally Francesco co investigates a major EU grant entitled "Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe".
He is associate editor of the journals Empirical Economics and Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.
Mr John Aston
Role: Senior Lecturer
Mr John Aston is a financial specialist within the Business School as well as being the Subject Group Head for Business. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors. He has worked as both the Financial Director and Assistant Secretary to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
Dr Aida Hajro
Dr Aida Hajro is Lecturer in International Business at Brunel University Business School. In addition, she is the Deputy Director of the Brunel MBA programme. She previously held positions at Middlesex University in London and Vienna University of Economics (WU) in Austria. She earned an MSc degree in International Business from Vienna University of Economics (WU) and the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a PhD degree from the Vienna University of Economics (WU), where she has previously worked as assistant professor at the Research Institute for European Affairs.
Her research interests include cross-border mergers and acquisitions, multinational teams, knowledge transfer and organisational learning. Dr. Hajro is member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM). For her research she has been awarded the Maria Schaumayer PhD Dissertation Award, the Stephan Koren Award for the Best PhD Dissertation of the Vienna University of Economics (WU) completed in 2007, and the European Institute of Advanced Management Studies Best Student Paper Award. She has also been the Academy of Management International Management Best Paper Finalist in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Dr. Hajro has taught a variety of classes in German and English including Foreign Direct Investment, Transnational Management, Cross-cultural Management, Economics, Research Methods, International and Comparative HRM, and International Business.
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Prof Mustafa Özbilgin
Role: Professor of Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour and Director of Doctoral Program
Mustafa Özbilgin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Brunel Business School, Brunel University (London, UK). Drawing on his research on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and relational perspectives, he has published more than 10 books and large number of journal articles. His most recent book, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Edward Elgar) brings together papers from over 30 scholars in the field and his other text, Global Diversity Management (co-authored with Ahu Tatli, Palgrave) provides evidence from international field studies. He has authored and edited ten books and published large number of papers in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Vocational Behavior, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Gender Work and Organization among others.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Management (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 to date) and he serves as an associate editor for Gender Work and Organization. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE), Journal of Managerial Psychology and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: an international journal among others.
Having worked at University of Hertfordshire, University of Surrey, Queen Mary, University of London and University of East Anglia over the last 12 years, Professor Özbilgin has held visiting posts at the Cornell University (USA), CEPS-Instead (Luxembourg), Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training (Japan). He currently holds visiting professorships at the University of Paris (Pantheon-Assass) and Dauphine University in France and St Gallen University in Switzerland.
He is the founder of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: an international conference (EDI). The fourth EDI conference will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2011: www.edi-conference.org
Professor Amir Sharif
Role: Professor of Operations Management and Acting Assistant Head of School
Professor Amir M. Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, MCMI, AffCILT) is currently Acting Assistant Head of School and Professor of Operations Management. He has previously been Director of MBA Programmes within Brunel Business School and has lead the Brunel MBA through successful AMBA accreditations. Amir has 10 years of experience working for and consulting to corporations such as JPMorgan, UBS, KPMG, Sony and the BBC in a variety of programme and project management roles. Through this industrial experience as well as academic research background, Amir is also active as a research grant reviewer for numerous national and international funding bodies such as: the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Amir was elected to the Peer Review Electoral College of the EPSRC in 2005, and continues to be a serving member. Amir is also a member of the University Senate.