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Dr James Trotter

Dr James Trotter
Dean and Academic President - Murdoch University Dubai

Dr James Trotter is the Dean and Academic President for Murdoch University Dubai. Dr Trotter has been with Murdoch University International Study Centre in Dubai since September 2017. He completed a Masters and PhD at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Dr Trotter’s academic area of specialization is religions of the ancient Near East. He has been with Murdoch University in Perth since 1994, and has held a variety of academic and leadership appointments, including: Deputy Dean of the School of Arts, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching of the School of Arts, and a term as Deputy President of the University Academic Council. In addition, he has been an elected member of the Murdoch University Senate.

Email: James.Trotter@murdochdubai.ac.ae

Wayne Muller

Wayne Muller
Program Director

Wayne joined Murdoch University in August 2010 to teach in the Information Technology programmes, (Computer Science and Business Information Systems). Wayne holds an MSc (Software Systems) degree from the University of Heriot Watt. Wayne has taught IT at tertiary level for more than 15 years, specializing in computer systems, databases, programming and system analysis and design.

Wayne has done several short courses, like EMC2’s Information Storage Management course, to stay up to date with the fast changing landscape of Information Technology. Wayne has also won numerous awards including the Zafar Siddiqi and Rakesh Wahi Award for faculty Service 2015 and DIAC Academic Excellence award.

Wayne’s current research interest includes smartphone use within the classroom. Wayne strongly holds the believe that smartphones is a huge untapped education resource that deserves further investigation. As part of his ongoing research, Wayne recently developed a web application whereby students create their own MCQs to be shared among fellow classmates.

Email: Wayne.Muller@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Dr Madhavi Ayyagari
PG Program Chair - Business

Seasoned professional with blend of academic and industry experience as well as strong research and institutional building skills. Teaching and consulting in Marketing, Strategy and Research across 5 countries – India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Qatar and UAE.

Research experience across the research value chain spanning diverse sectors with ACNielsen for industry and Public Sector research and for international organisations like World Bank, UNICEF and ILO, Governments of Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. Academic research experience with 28 publications and as Reviewer for Journal of International Marketing and McGraw-Hill.

She has shouldered senior management responsibilities in corporate organisations and business schools. Passion for contributing to the development of learners and institutions and a quest for continuous learning and transformation.

Email: Madhavi.Ayyagari@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Dr Tracie Scott

Tracie joined Murdoch University in January 2015 to teach Law on the Masters of of Business Administration. She is currently also teaching research based course on the Masters of Education. Tracie holds a PhD from University of London (Birkbeck College), and is also an inactive member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canada.

Tracie has legal expertise in a broad range of topics, including property law, trust law, contract law, constitutional law and human rights law. She published a book in 2012 detailing the nexus of property rights and governance structures in a Canadian Aboriginal comprehensive land claims and self-government agreement, amongst other academic contributions to other volumes. Her academic interests can be broadly characterised as the intersection of legal, political and economic structures within a globalised world, with a special interest in indigenous and alternative legal systems and their role in diverse global legal landscape. As an educator her main priority is providing a first class education for students with a focus on the development of knowledge and critical skills that provide the scaffolding for life-long learners in a changing world..

Email: Tracie.Scott@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Claire Macrae
Program Coordinator and Lecturer
School of Education

Claire Macrae has been teaching on and co-ordinating the Masters in Education programme at Murdoch Dubai for the last 4 years. She holds two Masters degrees in Education, most recently from London’s Middlesex University in Dubai, and another from Rhodes University in South Africa. Seeing the difference in the learning environments, experienced almost twenty years apart, provided inspiration and fuelled her passion for the complex and dynamic world of 21st century learning.

Claire has many years of educational experience in a secondary school context, as well as an educational publishing background in South Africa, where she ran her own publishing business before moving to Dubai with her family in 2007. Her interest in 21st century learning arose out of her experience with forward-thinking schools here and her Masters study, which focused on ways of enhancing the learning potential of digital games. She loves the challenge of assisting others to make teaching and learning with technology meaningful and relevant to the future generations and encouraging teachers to become change agents within their own environments. Her philosophy of teaching is grounded in the belief that students, particularly at HE level, should be critically reflective learners who are able to construct their own knowledge via social interaction and enquiry learning. She sees a learner-centred collaborative approach, partnering between teachers and students, and making the most of technology to encourage creativity and innovation, as the solution to some of the complex challenges in the world today.

Email: Claire.Macrae@murdochdubai.ac.ae

Jospeh Stevens

Joseph D Stevens
Program Coordinator and Lecturer– School of Business

He holds a Masters of Education from Murdoch University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University. While in the US he owned a small business and worked a number of professional jobs that included customer service, logistics and distribution. He discovered he had natural talent for teaching while conducting training sessions. Since that time Joseph has been working in the field of education.

Joseph has taught IT and business at the tertiary level for the last 9 years. In addition he has written and developed accredited curriculum in the field of IT and Networking. Joseph is well known amongst the student body for his ability to relate concepts and his genuine concern for them. He believes very strongly in helping people help themselves.

Since moving to the UAE, 8 years ago, he has earned an Australian TAFE certificate in training and education, a Cambridge Adult English Language Teaching Certificate and is a CISCO Certified Networking Academy Instructor.

Email: Joseph.Stevens@murdochdubai.ac.ae

Jospeh Nalloor

Joseph John Nalloor
Program Coordinator and Lecturer– School of Media

Joseph John Nalloor is the Programme Coordinator for the School of Media at Murdoch University Dubai. Joseph holds a double Masters in Literature and Communication Studies from University of Pune. He has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate media students in Dubai for the past 10 years.

He is known for fostering student-industry tie ups where students can combine academic projects with real-time assignments and training to gain industry experience.

He specializes in journalism, corporate communication and social media. Joseph tweets on media trends and issues (www.twitter.com/medianut). He is an avid instagrammer and his photos have been exhibited as part of an exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation (www.instagram.com/jjnalloor).

Email: Joseph.Nalloor@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Cristina Popa
Foundation Program Coordinator and lecturer

Cristina Popa holds a Masters of Education from Murdoch University and a Bachelors of Mathematics, with a concentration in Applied Mathematics from Al. I. Cuza University, Romania and a Master of Education from Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia.  Her expertise also encompasses the fields of psychology, pedagogy and methodology of mathematics teaching.  Cristina taught Mathematics and IT for three years in Romania and later established a career as a Certified Accountant in Perth, Western Australia, where she was also honoured with ‘The Award of Excellence’ from Career People, Perth.   In addition to her degrees Cristina also holds a Certification in ESL.

Cristina has been with Murdoch University since May 2009 as a lecturer in Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting, Quatitative methods for business and Economics, Communications, and Information Technology.

Cristina coordinates the day-to-day operations of the foundation programme.

Saba Siddiqi

Saba Siddiqi
Lecturer – Media and Screen Production
Academic Services (School of Media, Communication and Culture)

Saba Siddiqi holds Masters Degree from Goldsmiths University in London, United Kingdom, where she graduated with a Distinction in Media Communications, specialising in Film-making. She has also attended Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia where she earned her qualifications as a Murdoch Lecturer in the Tutor Training Program.

Saba is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Media Communication and Culture at Murdoch University Dubai. She is specializing in Screen and Sound Studies and Productions, and is currently engrossed in producing the next generation of Film and Television specialists to accommodate the booming media field in Dubai.

E-mail: saba.siddiqi@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Sabiha Nuzhat

Sabiha holds a certificate in Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School – Scotland, and a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from Murdoch University. During her studies at Murdoch Dubai, she received the honour of being a Valedictorian, and was awarded the ‘Academic Excellence Award by DIAC’ (Dubai Academic City) and the ‘Colonel S P Wahi Leadership Award’ for demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities. She is currently pursuing Masters in Information Technology - Software Systems from Heriot Watt University.

Sabiha has been with Murdoch University since January 2014 as a lecturer in Information Technology, Programming, and Mathematics.

Email: sabiha.nuzhat@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Malcom Ward
Adjunct Lecturer

Malcolm Ward joined Murdoch University in August 2011 after over 40 years working in the media and communications sectors. He has ten years of experience in public relations and over 30 years of experience as a senior journalist and newspaper editor. A specialist in Strategic Communications, Campaign Development and Management, Crisis and Issues Management and Media Relations, Malcolm provides independent communications counsel to a number of private sector companies, including APCO Worldwide, Dubai Holding and Noor Investment Group. He has also provided communications counsel to a number of other blue-chip clients, including the Government of Dubai; Masdar; BMW Group, and BAE Systems.

Prior to moving into Public Relations in 2001, Malcolm worked as a journalist in both the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He is a former Editor of The Peninsula newspaper in Qatar; the Worcester Evening News, in Worcester, England and the Daily News, Birmingham, England. He was a member of the launch teams of the Evening Gazette, Colchester, England; Gulf News, Dubai; Daily News and The Peninsula.

Malcolm has lived and worked in the Middle East for nearly 30 years and has been living and working in Dubai since 1998.

Email: Malcom.Ward@murdochdubai.ac.ae

CA. N.Nabeel Ahmed
Adjunct Lecturer

CA. Nabeel Ahmed is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He also holds professional qualification as Certified Management Accountant for The Institute of Management Accountants (USA) and he is an Associate Member of Cost and works accountants of India. Nabeel Ahmed holds a B.com degree from University of Madras with University Rank in the year 2007. Nabeel Ahmed graduated as a MBA from Murdoch University (Western Australia, Perth).

He had over 7 years of audit experience working with worlds renowned audit firms, KPMG in Chennai and Deloitte & Touché, Dubai where he had the opportunity to audit many of the fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Regional Director of DVS International Advisors in Singapore wherein he takes care of clients accounting, audit and taxation requirements.

His current work focuses on pursing a Ph.D. from University of Madras, where his research project includes analysis of forensic accounting in banks.

Nabeel Ahmed is well known among the student community for his excellence in imparting tough concepts in to a very easy digestible capsule in accounting subjects. His unique teaching style is always commendable by the students. Nabeel appreciates simplicity, both in his life and in his teaching approach, and he loves watching students grow in confidence as they master a variety of finance and accounting subjects.

Email: Nabeel.Ahmed@murdochdubai.ac.ae