Our team

Message from the DMU Kazakhstan Rector

I am delighted to welcome you to De Montfort University Kazakhstan (DMU Kazakhstan) – A UK university in the heart of Almaty, providing high-quality intrernational global higher education locall, 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.

Rector Professor James Pounder

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.

Rector Professor James Pounder
A senior education leader with significant international experience. Professor Pounder has a track record of helping students achieve a transformative education and has a large body of research work including published journals and papers.

Professor Pounder is excited to be leading the DMU Kazakhstan team and is looking forward to welcoming you on your education journey.

He has studied at The London School of Economics and Political Science and Henley Business School and was most recently the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University which has a student body of around 26,000 students and 2,000 staff. He is also a Principal Fellow of the prestigious UK Higher Education Academy, a distinction awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching.

Education Summary

  • Doctorate in Education
  • PhD in Management
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics

Career highlights

  • Pro-Vice Chancellor
  • Director of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Management
  • Provost (Chief Academic Officer) and Professor of Management
  • Associate Provost (Graduate Studies and Research)
  • Associate Provost (Academic)
  • Dean of Business
  • Director of Business Programmes
  • Head of the Management Department

Scholarship highlights

  • 40+ Journal articles published
  • Published author – Managing the Business Environment
  • 20 Refereed Conference Papers/Presentations
  • 6 working papers

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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

Marek Pionka
Business Landscape, Entrepreneurship,
Innovation, Leadership

University Of Technology Sydney, Australia: Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship (MBAE)

International Experience: Australia

Katherine Wilson
English Language, Academic Skills Development 

MA TESOL (in progress) Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

PG Cert. Training & Development Managing performance through People

Cambridge DELTA

YL Extension to CELTA

Advanced Diploma TEFL (ESP)

BSc Business

Trinity TESOL

International Experience: United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Cyprus, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Kuwait

Mariya Pionka, PhD
Corporate and International Finance, Modelling and Analysis, Investment Management  

Charles Sturt University, School of Business, Australia: PhD in Finance 

Harvard University (Graduate School of Education), Boston, USA

Management Development Program 

International Experience: Australia, USA

Philippa Burrows
English Language, Academic Skills Development

 MA Hons (French and German) Cambridge University, UK

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (French and German) Nottingham University, UK

Cambridge DELTA

YL Extension to CELTA 

NILE Course in Teaching English for Academic Purposes

International Experience: UK, Myanmar, Turkey, Ethiopia, Thailand, Egypt, Italy

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

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. 

Please contact us to discuss any open roles.