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

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.

President Sakina Zafar
    Former Deputy Director General, Academic Director and Project Director in a number of educational projects and institutions both in the UK and abroad. Managing Director of EdPeritus UK. 

    Sakina has more than 25 years of experience in managing improvement programs, as well as improving activities and management in the field of education. Her experience covers both government initiatives to reform education and the implementation of programs led by private investors.

    Sakina worked as a senior adviser in the regional public education authorities of Great Britain and was a member of the board of directors of a large private university. She also served as a member of the steering group for the improvement of university education in Central Asia.

    Sakina has a master's degree in international, commercial and European law.

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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.

Andrew Carte (MBE)
English Language, Academic Skills Development 

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

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

Simon Etherton
Head of Centre for English Language Learning (CELL)

Masters in Education, TESOL. University of Exeter, UK

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, Oman, India Solomon Islands

Faina Iasen
Lecturer | IYZ, Graphic Design

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

Other education:
a. Pre-Foundation Art & Design – British Higher School of Art and Design – Moscow, Russia
b. Foundation Art & Design – British Higher School of Art and Design – Moscow, Russia

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

Liam Gormley
EAP Module Leader

MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching – University of Nottingham
MA Language Testing – Lancaster University

Trinity DipTESOL

BA (Hons) Linguistics and English Language Teaching – University of Sussex

International Experience: China, Vietnam, United Kingdom

Mazen Diwani
Lecturer in Economics

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

Other education:
M.Sc. in Finance, Lund University, Sweden
B.Sc. in Economics, Damascus University, Syria

International Experience: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Russia

Ramilison Emilli Monica
Graphic Design Lecturer (IYZ)

BA (Hons) Product Design

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.

Tahir Islam
Senior Lecturer Marketing

Ph. D. in Marketing, University of Science and Technology
Masters in Marketing, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University
BA Hons (Marketing), Hailey College of Commerce

International Experience: Czech Republic, Germany, China, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Malaysia

Laura Budding
Business and Marketing Lecturer

Masters in Education (Leadership & Management) - Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Business & Economics) - University of Gloucestershire, UK

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Business Management - University of Plymouth, UK

International Experience: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, China, Cayman Islands

Mikhail Bondarenko
Lecturer in Finance, Accounting and Business

Masters (MBA)

All previous higher education degrees achieved:
-Full-time 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.

Sunil Mutharaju Ramapura
Lecturer I IYZ, Computer Science, Cyber Security

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

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

Uganda, India

Martin Hill
EAP Lecturer

MA in English Linguistics - Birmingham City University
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

Sara Tirone
EAP Lecturer

MA (Hons) Foreign Languages and Literature – University of Turin
DELTA Module 1 – Cambridge University
DELTA Module 3 – English for Academic Purposes – Cambridge University

International Experience: China, Italy, Thailand, UK

Okeoma John-Paul Okeke
Senior Lecturer

PhD Business Studies, University of East London

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

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.

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.  

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.

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).


Careers with DMU Kazakhstan
Find your next great role.

Whether you’re starting your career or looking to take your next step, DMU Kazakhstan offers a range of rewarding careers in the city of Almaty.

Why DMU Kazakhstan?

This is an exciting opportunity to join DMU Kazakhstan - the first international campus of a UK university in Kazakhstan, delivering programmes leading to the award of a prestigious UK degree.

DMU Kazakhstan opened its doors in September 2021 and promises to be an ambitious, globally-minded institution with a focus on delivering quality teaching and learning, and a campus-wide focus on providing a sector-leading student experience.

Our goal is to become a leading careers-focused, enterprising university in Kazakhstan, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively.

We are therefore recruiting energetic, dynamic individuals who enjoy challenges who will embrace the University’s values and together as a strong and progressive team will help shape DMU Kazakhstan’s future direction and success. 

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