De Montfort University Kazakhstan

Our Team

Message from the DMU Kazakhstan President

I am delighted to welcome you to De Montfort University Kazakhstan (DMU Kazakhstan) – A UK university in the heart of Almaty, providing high-quality international global higher education locally, enabling our students to adapt in a changing world and to make a positive impact in their communities.

The potential of education to create change and make a positive impact is clear. Here at DMU Kazakhstan we look forward to being part of your journey.

- President Sakina Zafar

Sakina Zafar


DMU Kazakhstan is a partnership between EdPeritus UK and De Montfort University. And while DMU Kazakhstan is new, De Montfort University, the first British university to set up and deliver UK qualifications in Kazakhstan, has celebrated its 150th anniversary and has a track record of providing an international learning experience, allowing students to develop and fulfil their potential.

Kazakhstan has made significant steps in realising its ambition to lead international education development and transformation. We believe DMU Kazakhstan is well placed to provide additional support to these efforts.

Our values - teaching excellence, outstanding student experience, highest employability outcome, global mobility and making an impact are at the heart of everything that we do.

Choosing the right university is an important decision in a person’s life. The experience not only develops individuals academically and professionally, but students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to become confident global citizens able to adapt to a fast changing and developing world.

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Please meet Our Team

We take time and effort to recruit the very best people we can. At DMU Kazakhstan we want everyone who works with us to share our passion to encourage students to excel in their areas of interest both academically, professionally and personally. Our team is committed to working together whatever their role, to put the success of our students at the heart of everything we do.

Professional Services Team

Anfissa Volkova


Anuar Serzhanuly

Finance Director

Arina Nikolayeva

Business Development Director

Manju Etherton

Head of Student Services

Takhir Abdrakhmanov

Head of Admission and Students Recruitment

Yeldos Amangeldyyev

Head of Creative Team

Zarina Mussabekova

Head of HR Department

Our Academic Team

Andreas Kakouris

Academic Director

PhD in Production Technology & Management – Loughborough University, UK

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Other Education:

  • MPhil in Production Technology & Management – Loughborough University, UK
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering – University of Wales, UK

International Experience:

United Kingdom, China, India, Mexico, Greece, Serbia, Albania, etc.

Abhishek Mishra

Senior lecturer

PhD from AMBSL, University of Hamburg, Germany

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Other Education:

International Experience:

Germany, Israel, India, Singapore.

Aizhan Doskozhanova

Kazakh History Lecturer

Associate Professor, PhD in Philosophy

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Other Education:

  • Master in Philosophy, 2009, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Bachelor of Science in History, 2007, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

International Experience:

Jyvaskyla University (Finland), Minnesota (USA).

Andrew Carte (MBE)

English Language, Academic Skills Development

Master's in International Education & Development. University of Sussex, UK

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Other Education:

  • Trinity Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (Dip.TESOL) Oxford House – Barcelona
  • Cambridge English Language Teaching Adults Certificate (CELTA) International House – London

International Experience:

United Kingdom, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, North Korea, Libya, South Africa

Benedict Richard Francis Potter

EAP Lecturer

MA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Edinburgh, UK

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Other Education:

  • Cert. TEFL from the University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Currently studying a DELTA with Cambridge University, UK

International Experience:

fifteen years teaching, examining, and exam writing in Japan, China, Thailand, UK, Italy.

Faina Iasen

Lecturer | IYZ, Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Product design - University of Hertfordshire, UK

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Other Education:

  • Pre-Foundation Art & Design – British Higher School of Art and Design – Moscow, Russia
  • Foundation Art & Design – British Higher School of Art and Design – Moscow, Russia

International Experience:

UK, USA, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Ukraine, Dagestan – Freelance & contract Graphic and Industrial design.

Ian Turner

CELL Instructor and Coordinator

MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Distinction – University of Nottingham

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Other Education:

  • CELTA - Apollo Education & Training (International House), Vietnam
  • BSc (Hons) Business Studies (Finance Stream) – University of Salford, UK

International Experience:

United Kingdom, Turkey, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia.

Ibrahem Alshref Alshbili

Lecturer in Accounting

PhD in Accounting, University of Huddersfield, UK

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Other Education:

  • MSc in Accounting (Financial Services), University of Huddersfield, UK
  • PgCert in Research Methods, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Certificate in Teaching Assistance preparation Program (TAPP), University of Huddersfield, UK
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

International Experience:

UK, Libya.

Liam Gormley

EAP Module Leader

MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching – University of Nottingham

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Other Education:

  • MA Language Testing – Lancaster University
  • Trinity DipTESOL
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics and English Language Teaching – University of Sussex

International Experience:

China, Vietnam, United Kingdom

Martin Hill

EAP Lecturer

MA in English Linguistics - Birmingham City University

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Other Education:

  • MBA - Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
  • BA (Hons) Latin - Exeter University
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language - Inlingua Cheltenham

International Experience:

United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, USA, Qatar, Greece

Mazen Diwani

Lecturer in Economics

Ph.D. in Models for Economics and Finance, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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Other Education:

  • M.Sc. in Finance, Lund University, Sweden
  • B.Sc. in Economics, Damascus University, Syria

International Experience:

Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Russia

Mikhail Bondarenko

Lecturer in Finance, Accounting and Business

Masters (MBA)

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Other Education:

  • M.B.A, Cranfield School of Management, 2011
  • M.A. in English Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, Moscow State Linguistic University, 2003

International Experience:

U.K., Russia.

Okeoma John-Paul Okeke

Senior Lecturer

PhD Business Studies, University of East London

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Other Education:

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) UK
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PG Cert), University of Greenwich
  • Award in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ALTHE) University of Greenwich
  • Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Recognised Coach.
  • BSc Business Management, Imo State University

International Experience:

Nigeria, United Kingdom

Ramilison Emilli Monica

Graphic Design Lecturer (IYZ)

BA (Hons) Product Design

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Other Education:

  • Foundation Art & Design at British Higher School of Art & Design
  • BHSAD (University of Hertfordshire) - BA Product Design Student Fellow
  • BHSAD (University of Hertfordshire) - 3D Prototyping workshop Technician & Instructor
  • BHSAD (University of Hertfordshire) - Ceramic workshop Technician & Instructor
  • Make Fabrication Studio – Teens Product Design Camp – Lecturer & Instructor
  • ‘BERENDEY’ Cultural Center – Head of Product design department, Lecturer.

International Experience:

United States of America, Italy, Dagestan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates.

Sara Tirone

EAP Lecturer

MA (Hons) Foreign Languages and Literature – University of Turin

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Other Education:

  • DELTA Module 1 – Cambridge University
  • DELTA Module 3 – English for Academic Purposes – Cambridge University

International Experience:

China, Italy, Thailand, UK

Simon Etherton

Head of Centre for English Language Learning (CELL)

Masters in Education, TESOL. University of Exeter, UK.

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Other Education:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, TESL/EFL. Bangor University, UK
  • BA Hons from School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, UK

International Experience:

United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Oman, India, Solomon Islands

Sunil Mutharaju Ramapura

Lecturer I IYZ, Computer Science, Cyber Security

Ph.D (Pursuing) – Internet of Things and Machine Learning, Srinivas University, India

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Other Education:

  • M.Tech – Computer Network Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India
  • BE – Information Science and Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India
  • Diploma in Computer Science, Department of Technical Education, KA, India

International Experience:

Uganda, India.

Tahir Islam

Senior Lecturer Marketing

Ph. D. in Marketing, University of Science and Technology

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Other Education:

  • Masters in Marketing, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University
  • BA Hons (Marketing), Hailey College of Commerce

International Experience:

Czech Republic, Germany, China, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Malaysia

Zhanar Mangysheva

Kazakh Language Lecturer

Master of Arts in Humanities. (Philology).

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Other Education:

  • Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

De Montfort University Leicester - Management and Support Team

Ian Thomas

Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University Leicester

Ian is a member of the Faculty Management Board and the Faculty Executive and Chairs the Faculty International and Faculty Collaborative Provision Boards. At institutional level, Ian is a member of the International Strategy Group, International Recruitment Committee, Global Partnership Advisory Group and the China Strategy Working Group.

Teaching experience has included delivering Management Skills and Managing People modules at postgraduate and undergraduate level as well as on undergraduate programmes overseas, mainly in partner Chinese universities, as a result of which Ian was made a Visiting Professor of Beijing City University in 2011.

Ian was also a Faculty Member of the Association of MBAs international Accreditation Panel between 2001 and 2013. This work involved assessing the quality of MBA and MSc provision at business schools in the UK, Europe and internationally.

After completing his MBA degree at Aberystwyth University in 1999. Ian then directed the postgraduate programmes and international strategies in the business schools at Aberystwyth University and Swansea University before joining DMU as Associate Dean, International in 2019.

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Washad Emambocus

Associate Professor in Enterprise, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University Leicester

Dr Washad Emambocus is an Associate Professor in Enterprise and Departmental Resourcing Coordinator for Management and Entrepreneurship and Corporate and Apprenticeship.

He has more than 10 years’ experience in teaching areas in Management Science, Operations Management and Project Management. As a module leader, his teaching focus relates to Service Operations Management and Business Research and Analytics. Dr Washad Emambocus works in the development and planning of Corporate and Apprenticeship programmes at DMU. He is involved in client management and external network building.

Washad is an experienced coach and mentor and provided coaching and mentoring sessions to executives and managers at various organisations. He has around 5 years’ experience in Higher Education and executive coaching practice. He acquired his training from London South Bank University facilitated by ‘Graydin – coaching in Education’. Washad collaborated at embedding coaching in Higher Education and collaborated on a module for teaching coaching skills to undergraduate students.

The module specialised on equipping students with coaching skills relevant for their studies, career and personal growth.

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Nas Harrison

Associate Professor in Transnational Education, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University Leicester

Following a successful career in Retail Management in London, Nas Harrison joined the Business & Law Faculty in 2009 as an associate lecturer in marketing. Over the years she has been teaching and leading marketing programmes, especially in areas of Customer Relationship Management and Retail Marketing.

In her current role as an Associate Professor in Transnational Education with the Faculty, she plays a vital role in the delivery and continued development of the Faculty and the institutional TNE growth strategy.

Nas is responsible for the innovative development and management of teaching and learning activities that cater to students from diverse and international backgrounds.

Nas is accountable for overseeing DMU courses' academic quality taught at TNE partners and ensuring that they align with Faculty and University strategic plans. She has extensive knowledge of TNE at an operational, academic and strategic level, as she has led and delivered large scale TNE projects for the Faculty.

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Richard Cross

Interim Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media, De Montfort University Leicester

Dr Richard Cross’s research career has been focused on the growth of thin films for electronic devices such as thin film transistors (TFTs); mainly hydrogenated amorphous silicon and zinc oxide.

His main interests now lie in the novel growth of nanoscale materials. Of particular interest going forward will be exploring the nano-bio interface, i.e. interfacing directly nanoscale materials/devices with biological systems. Examples would be neuronal interfaces and structures for intracellular recording/biomarker detection.

He is member of Material Research Society and Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC).

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Dr Abdulaleem (Aleem) Al-Othmani

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science (TNE), Faculty of Engineering and Media, De Montfort University Leicester

Dr Abdulaleem Al-Othmani is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science (TNE) at De Montfort University. He is the programme manager for all APU/DMU dual award computing programmes.

Dr. Aleem received his BSc. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2002; and his Master in Computer Science (Information Security) and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2010 and 2016 respectively.

Before joining De Montfort University in March 2021, he was a Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Software Engineering, and the Programme Coordinator for PhD and Master of IT at University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), and he also held a Lecturer position at Asia Pacific University (APU) in Malaysia.

His research interests include steganography, digital watermarking, data leak prevention, machine learning in cyber security, and speech signal processing. His recent externally funded project aims to develop a comprehensive framework for data leak prevention in Malaysian higher educational institutions using semantic analysis. Dr Aleem has supervised over 20 PhD and Master theses, and more than 50 Bachelor dissertations.

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