Faculty & Staff

Dr. Abdullah Abonamah

Dr. Abdullah Abonamah Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Ph.D. - Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, MSc – Wright State University, USA, BSc – University of Dayton, USA

Dr. Abonamah is a Professor and the President of the Abu Dhabi School of Management. From August, 2000 to October, 2007, he was a Professor and Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at Zayed University and the Assistant Dean of the College of Information Systems. Before coming to the UAE, he was a Professor of Computer Science and the Computer Science Division Head at the University of Akron. Dr. Abonamah has a PhD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois and an Executive Management Graduate Degree from Yale University School of Management. His research and teaching interests include strategy , technology management, and entrepreneurship and innovation. With over fifty publications in international journals and conferences and a US patent in reliable systems, Dr. Abdullah remains a strong advocate of strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and proper technology-business integration.

Mr. Khalifa Al Dhaheri

Mr. Khalifa Al Dhaheri

Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mr. Khalifa Al Dhaheri has extensive administrative experience in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. In his capacity as Vice President of Finance and Administration, he makes contributions to strategy development, institutional planning, and management. His responsibilities include overseeing the finance and human resources departments as well as administrative staff. Mr. Al Dhaheri is committed to promoting a work culture that emphasizes continuous improvement and commitment to quality. He employs a supportive and collaborative approach to assign responsibilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and monitor and evaluate results. Mr. Al Dhaheri collaborates with staff and stakeholders to achieve strategic results. He represents the organization externally and helps with lease negotiations, partnership relations, and  government interactions.

DR. DANIEL KRATOCHVIL Acting Dean and Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy

Ph.D, MPhil and MA from Columbia University, New York City, USA

Daniel Kratochvil is a senior higher education administrator with experience in university strategic planning, academic program development, local and international accreditation, and the promotion of international initiatives. He has served as a senior administrator at universities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as well as working for the government of the United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Arabian Gulf Region in 2003, he lived in New York City and worked for the Council on International Educational Exchange and as a researcher on projects funded by the Freedom Forum (Columbia University) and the Mellon Foundation.

He holds a PhD, MPhil and MA from Columbia University in the City of New York and a BA from the University of Texas-Austin. Research topics include the development of tertiary education markets, government regulations for strategic development and higher education, international branch campuses, university strategic planning and governance, and quality assurance in transnational education delivery. Research focus is on applications and relevancies of these topics to the United Arab Emirates.


DR. HADI MOHAMMED ELTIGANI Professor of Quality and Business Excellence

Ph.D. – University of Strathclyde, UK, MSc – University of Bath, UK

Professor Hadi has played a key role in bringing Quality Management (QM) systems and practices to the UAE and the GCC over the past 20 years and has had a profound influence on the adoption of QM in the private and public sectors as well as academia.

Academically, Professor Hadi has pursued the study and advancement of knowledge in the area of QM and holds a MsC from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. Professor Hadi has continued his engagement with academia through visiting professorships at several UK and UAE institutions and holds the “Harrington Chair” of Performance Excellence at the Sudan University of Science and Technology.

Professor Hadi’s contribution to the establishment of QM in the UAE can be seen through the many QM initiatives and organizations he established and work with over the years both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In Dubai, he worked to reshape the first Dubai Quality Award by the DED based on the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and worked closely with the Dubai Program for Government Excellence (DGEP) and the Dubai Quality Group (DQG).

In Abu Dhabi, working through the Chamber, Professor Hadi established the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA), the Abu Dhabi Award for Government Excellence ( ADAEP) and founded the Abu Dhabi Quality Forum as well as the Abu Dhabi International Centre for Organizational Excellence (ADICOE), which has trained over 50,000 people over the last five years and advised hundreds of organizations in the UAE and the region.

Dr. Tarek Nasr

Dr. Tarek Nasr Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting

Ph.D. – Paris Dauphine University, France
Dr. Tarek Nasr obtained his Ph.D. in Finance from Paris Dauphine University after having completed his Diploma in Advanced Studies, a postgraduate degree in Management from the same university. Prior to this, he obtained his Master’s degree in international business law and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cairo University, Egypt.

He is engaged in the risk management, insurance and reinsurance industry since he obtained his Ph.D. as he was heading during 11 years key operational and management areas at international insurance brokers and insurers.

Risk management in emerging financial markets is his main area of research. His teaching interests are essentially Risk Management & Insurance, Financial markets and Corporate Finance, this is in addition to being the head of different academic and non-academic committees at universities.


Dr. Wayne F. James

Dr. Wayne F. James Assistant Professor in General Management

Ph.D. – St. Johns University New York, USA

Dr. Wayne F. James is an Assistant Professor in General Management at the Abu Dhabi School of Management. Dr. James holds a Doctoral of Arts from St. Johns University in New York. Prior to this, he received a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in International Business and a Master of Science, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in New York City.

Before coming to the United Arab Emirates, Dr. James held a number of senior administrative positions in higher education including Vice President for Enrolment Management and Executive Director of International Enrolment at universities in the United States. During his administrative career, Dr. James also held Adjunct Faculty positions lecturing in General Management and World History.

In the U.A.E., he has served as the Director for Student Affairs and lectured in courses in the Masters of Public Administration program for the former Dubai School of Government now renamed The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. Dr. James has also lectured at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels at the University of Wollongong in Dubai in Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Performance Management courses.

Shalini Manghat

Shalini Manghat Academic Administration and Accreditation Manager

Master of Business Administration, Master of Quality Management – University of Wollongong

Shalini currently holds the position of Academic Administration and Accreditation Manager at ADSM. In this role, she is responsible for managing accreditation and institutional licensure activities, development of academic policies and providing support to the Academic Dean in ensuring effective administration of academic programs. Shalini has been working in the UAE higher education sector for over a decade in the area of institutional effectiveness and quality assurance and prior to joining ADSM, she served as the Head of Quality at the British University in Dubai. Shalini’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Quality Management from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from Mahatma Gandhi University. Shalini is also a trained European Framework for Quality Management (EFQM) Assessor as well as an ISO 9001:2000 internal auditor. She has also been a Senior Assessor for the Dubai Human Development Award. Shalini is currently a PhD candidate at the Lancaster University.

Dr. Sankalp Chaturvedi
 Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership (Visiting) – From Imperial College Business School, London

Professor Nelson Phillips
 Deputy Dean of Faculty & Research, Abu Dhabi Chair in Innovation and Research (Visiting) – From Imperial College Business School, London

Dr. Markus Perkmann
 Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Visiting) – From Imperial College Business School, London

Dr. Bart Clarysse Chair in Entrepreneurship(Visiting) – From Imperial College Business School, London

Dr. Wolfram Wiesemann Assistant Professor (Visiting) – From Imperial College Business School, London


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