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The Centre for Professional Studies, created in 2013 under the Faculty of Science, offers real-world master’s programmes to equip graduates with the tools and qualifications you need to succeed in the global business environment.

In today’s world, industries, organisations and governments demand exceptional candidates who have the knowledge base and professional skills to deal with the emerging challenges of the global business environment.

With this in mind, our programmes have a strong focus on employability, helping you to develop your skills to succeed your chosen career.

Steven Kendrick, Head of Centre for Professional Studies

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Claire Porter, Administrative Officer

The Centre for Professional Studies Office is at IB246, International Building.

Lakis Kaounides

Programme Director, MSc Project Management

Lakis Kaounides studied Mechanical Engineering, Commerce and Economics at the Universities of Birmingham, Essex and Balliol College Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Manufacturers, London.

He has over 40 years’ experience in teaching prize-winning, world class courses on and in introducing and running pioneering Masters and MBA programmes in several universities. He was the Director of the MBA in Strategic Management of Technology at Cass Business School in the City of London, 1997-2003. He was the Director of Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and, the Director of the Unit for Strategic Studies in Nanotechnology, at Queen Mary, University of London 2003-9. He was a Visiting Lecturer on the Masters Programmes of the London School of Economics 1998-200, a Visiting Professor at ESCP, Paris 1994-2000, and a Visiting Scholar at NUS and NTU Universities in Singapore 2007/8.

He served on the Materials Panel, Foresight Programme of the UK Office of Science and Technology, with special responsibility for nanotechnology. He was the Senior International Expert and Advisor to UNIDO, Vienna, on science, technology and industrial strategies, 1988-2008, where he developed strategies and represented UNIDO in several international conferences, missions and related projects. He has also developed high level UNIDO strategy on nanotechnology and climate change. He has written and published over 100 papers, UN reports, monographs and books.

Selected Publications

Advanced Materials in High Technology and World Class Manufacturing, Author, UNIDO Publications, Vienna, 1992

Advanced Materials and Simultaneous Engineering in World Class Automotive Manufacturing: The next Source of Competitive Advantage Paper Presented at Autotech 1995, Aaachen Germany. Voted in the top 10% contributions to the car industry.

Advanced Materials: Corporate Strategies for Competitive Advantage.

Author, Management Report, The Financial Times, 1995

DEBT and DEFICITS, Co-Editor with Professor G E Wood, 3 VOLUMES, Edward Elgar, London, 1992. International Library of Macroeconomic and Financial History, 9.

Omera Khan

Programme Director, MSc International Supply Chain Management

Omera is a Full Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aalborg University Copenhagen and has a key role in advancing the group’s strength in logistics and supply chain research, education and business provision.  She is currently a Visiting Professor and Programme Director of the MSc International Supply Chain Management at Royal Holloway University of London and has held visiting positions at MIT (USA) MBS (UK) SP Jain (Dubai & Singapore). During her career she has supervised several Masters, MBA and PhD theses to successful completion.

Omera has gained international recognition for her research in supply chain risk management. She has led and conducted research projects, commissioned by government agencies, research councils and companies in supply chain resilience, responsiveness, sustainability and the impact of product design on the supply chain. Her latest area of research focuses on cyber risk and resilience in the supply chain and the rise of emerging technologies to impact supply chains of the future. In addition to leading a number of on-going research projects, she works with leading organisations on a range of supply chain and logistics issues and is advisor to many Universities developing courses in logistics, supply chain and operations management.

Omera is a highly acclaimed presenter and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at global conferences and corporate events. She has published her research in leading journals, contributed to several book chapters and is lead-author of the successful book “Handbook for Supply Chain Risk Management: Case Studies, Effective Practices and Emerging Trends”. She founded and was Chair of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research Club and the Product Design and Supply Chain Special Interest Group. Omera is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport ("CILT") and a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Management.

Omera began her academic career in the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield School of Management. She joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and then Hull University Business School where she held the positions of Senior Lecturer, Director of the Logistics Institute and Deputy Head of the Management Systems Group. Omera was awarded her PhD from Manchester Business School, MPhil from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Textile Design from the University of Huddersfield where she specialised in woven fabric design and exhibited her designs at the Textile Centre for Excellence and the Business Design Centre. Omera was awarded first prize for the Cloth Workers Foundation award and commended for the National Wool Textile Export Corporation award.

Omera has recently been made a member of the executive committee of the CILT “Leaders in Supply Chain” Forum a group limited to the top 120 Logistics and Supply Chain Directors from Europe.

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