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Our staff

Our Business Masters programmes are taught by a team of experienced business professors, lecturers and professional teaching fellows. Many of them have qualifications from universities around the world

Jolyon Allen

Worked as a clinical psychologist and training supervisor before completing an MBA from the University of Auckland and spent ten years as Associate Director with KPMG Consulting. Consults to New Zealand and Australian companies in improvement practices and staff development.

Dr Brent Burmester


A lecturer in international business whose main research interest is the political economy of foreign direct investment and the multinational enterprise. Current research centres on the causes and implications of the international relocation of production by multinational enterprises.

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Ailsa Deverick

Ailsa is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Business Communication Team. Her background is in language teacher education, second language acquisition and applied linguistics. She has extensive teaching experience and her specialist areas include academic literacies and communication skills.

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Ruth Dimes

Ruth is a Professional Teaching Fellow in Accounting, specialising in financial reporting and equity valuation. Ruth’s career as a Chartered Accountant began in the UK, where she worked in commercial finance in the FMCG industry. More recently, she has specialised in financial education, working as a consultant in the commercial and investment banking sector in the UK, before moving to Australia and then New Zealand.

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Andrew Eberhard

Andrew is the Director of the Graduate School of Management Business Masters programmes. He is a multiple award winning teacher who specialises in Business Systems, Business Analytics and Data Visualisation. He has a special interest in how technology can empower educators to support student learning.

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Dr Julia Fehrer

Julia’s research focus is on digital transformation, actor engagement, innovation, business models and marketing strategy. Julia has eleven years of professional experience, working in multiple countries, holding senior roles in marketing in the insurance industry.

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Dr Antje Fiedler

Research interests include business engagement with Asia, innovation and entrepreneurship, and diversity of capitalism. Received her Master of Commerce (Diplom-Kauffrau) from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen and PhD in Management from the University of Auckland Business School.

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Kevin Kempin

Kevin, a Professional Teaching Fellow, joined the GSM just under a year ago and has been teaching on Professional Development, Business Communications and Marketing courses.

He came to the GSM after having worked for 35 years in various teaching and leadership roles spanning national and international tertiary institutions, business schools and B2B industries. Among others, highlights include rising to National Sales Manager (UK) within the publishing B2B sector, becoming ‘Academic Communications’ tutor for INSEAD (France) and receiving awards for innovation in teaching and curriculum development.

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Professor Darl Kolb

A pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity. Now studying the links between connectivity and performance in distributed work teams in global firms. Received his PhD in organisational behaviour from Cornell University.

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Mr Tae Lee

Tae is a member of the Business Communication Team, with expertise in developing academic literacies for adult learners. His doctoral research explores the concept of social literacies and how it can influence the teaching of academic writing.

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Una Lightfoot

Una Lightfoot’s research and experience focuses on Learning Design, FIELD Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, educational assessment including Assessment for Learning, feedback, peer review, learning technologies and the use of exemplars in Higher Education; organisational communication and organisational change.

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Dr Grigorij Ljubownikow

Greg is a lecturer in strategy whose main research interest is in understanding how competition influences and is influenced by various aspects of firm strategy. His current research revolves around the effect of multimarket interdependencies on competitive behaviour and how competitive pressures influence diversification and alliance strategies.

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Dr Diandian Ma

Lecturer in Accounting who is currently researching the non-linear use of accounting information to value companies. Received her PhD in accounting from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Professor Sholeh Maani

Professor of Economics and specialist in applied microeconomics, in particular the labour market and education. Engaged in international research collaborations and advises on labour market research and policy in New Zealand and overseas.

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Dr Milind Mandlik

Milind Mandlik has been heavily influenced by his training as a pharmacist always taking a trans-disciplinary approach to his research. He is also someone who understands and explores human behaviour through physiological, sociological and psychological processes fascinated by the ever-changing intricacies of human behaviour and its influence on consumption behaviours.

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Professor David Robb

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management with extensive background in top New Zealand companies, teaching at undergraduate, graduate and executive level. Received his MBA and PhD from the University of Calgary.

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Dr Carlos Diaz Ruiz

Lecturing in marketing, Carlos is a specialist in market-shaping strategy, business models, and consumer culture theory. He received a PhD from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland and served as Assistant Professor of Marketing at KEDGE in France. His professional experience includes working as marketing manager at Mexicana Airlines and consumer insights specialist at a market research agency in Latin America.

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Nick Shackleford

A Professional Teaching Fellow in the Business Communication Team, recently returned to NZ after teaching at a university in Japan. Prior to Japan, Nick managed language programmes in the NZ polytechnic sector. Research interests include language acquisition and international education.

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Dr Bridgette Emma Sullivan-Taylor

Bridgette’s research focuses on managing uncertainty and developing organizational resilience. She worked for Fletcher Building continuing this relationship whilst in the UK supported by funding from Fletcher’s to do both a secondment and then a PhD at Warwick Business School in the area of strategic management.

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Graeme Treasure

Professional Teaching Fellow in Accounting and Finance, with extensive banking experience in London and New Zealand. Specialist areas include finance, management accounting, adult education, competency-based education and general management.

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Professor Charl de Villiers

Charl is Professor of Accounting where his research and teaching interests include Management Accounting, Sustainability Accounting, and Integrated Reporting. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.

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Dr Xingang Wang

Xingang’s research interests include migration and spatial econometrics. His teaching experience covers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Economics. He received his MCom and PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland.

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Kirsty Williamson

Kirsty is a member of the Business Communication team and her expertise includes teaching and assessing written and oral communication skills. Her doctoral research focuses on improving the writing skills of masters students for whom English as a second-language.

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Professor Jilnaught Wong

Former Director of the Graduate School of Management and Professor of Financial Accounting, with a background in chartered accounting and investment banking.

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Chris Young

Lecturer in International Trade and Finance, with expertise in finance and strategic planning, and 25 years of international business experience in aviation, investment banking, education, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. Received his MBA from Yale University.

Dr Ramona Zharfpeykan

Lecturer in Accounting with the main research interest in sustainability and performance measurement. Ramona received her PhD in accounting from the University of Auckland. She has several years of experience in both academia and industry.