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Emma Hogg
Head of Business Programmes


  Anne Macleod
Senior Lecturer

Anne has been at Otago Polytechnic for a number of years. She teaches on the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) L3 and L4 program Anne is also involved in training, work based assessment and flexible delivery. Having a sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher. Anne's speciality area is in Computer Software for Administration.

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Craig West
Senior Lecturer

  Ehtasham Ghauri
Principal Lecturer

Dr Ehtasham Ghauri joined Otago Polytechnic in April 2018. In addition to PhD in accounting from University of Otago, Ehtasham holds three postgraduate degrees, in marketing, business administration and strategic HRM. Prior to joining OP, he has taught at the University of Otago and worked in global organisations such as Bristol Myers Squibb, UCB and LEK. His current teaching activities relate to accounting courses such as taxation, auditing and management accounting.
Ehtasham has also published in various accounting as well as management journals, and his research is presented at esteemed forums such as Academy of Management and PMAA. His research interests include performance evaluation, employee attitude and behaviour, social influence, diversity and sustainability.

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  Helen Geytenbeek
Senior Lecturer

Helen has a Hotel Management and Contract Catering background and has been with Otago Polytechnic for approximately twelve years. Her main role is in training students to recognise the needs of customers in any sector of the Hospitality/Tourism/Business Industry. Her passion is to enthuse other in gaining a sense of adventure for the travel and tourism industry but also a sense of personal excellence in the business industry as a whole. Her drive is to assist in producing graduates that can influence and help to make positive changes for the future of the industry.

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  Hilary Jenkins
General Support Advisor

Student Support Advisor at Central Campus - Cromwell. We offer a broad service which includes; wellbeing, career and accessibility advice, academic learning support, Maori and Pasifika advice and general student information.

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  Lamith Caldera
Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons) Leadership & Management - Northumbria University, New Castle, UK – Completed in year 2010
Master of Professional Accounting – Auckland University of Technology – Completed in year 2013
PhD in Accounting (In Progress) - Capital Market research

Teaching areas
Intermediate and advanced financial accounting, intermediate and advanced management accounting, finance, business transformation and change, principles of leadership, Organisation Research Design and Industry Project supervision.

Research interest areas
* Research interest of Capital Market, financial reporting, Earnings management, and Earnings Quality, Corporate Governance,
* Sustainability accounting, balanced scorecard, performance management.
* Research interest of experiential learning flipped learning.

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  Lesley Gill
Associate Professor

Lesley is an Associate Professor in the School of Business, with a training emphasis on Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Organisational Behaviour, as well as providing supervision for Internship projects. Lesley also supports Otago Polytechnic staff through Resilience workshops. The focus of Lesley's research is emotional intelligence, which predominantly spans resilience, self-awareness and empathy training design, built upon a successful portfolio of national and international publications and conferences. Emotional intelligence is a key set of abilities that helps people manage change and interpersonal relationships in their life.

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  Phil Osborne
Principal Lecturer

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"I'm always on the lookout for wisdom. I collect it. My hope is that a little rubs off on me. The great thing is, there's more wisdom than I can ever find, so it's a pretty secure job. As I get older, I may be able to contribute as well as collect. Mashup a little of what I've collected into something new. Add it to the commons. Expand wealth

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  Rachel Byars
Principal Lecturer

Rachel has a background in both hotel and food and beverage management, both in New Zealand and overseas. She has qualifications in Hotel and Food and Beverage Management, a Masters of Education (Adult) and a Graduate Certificate in E-learning. She teaches on the Diploma and Degree programmes, across management subjects as well as the Tourism and Event majors.

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  Stephen Atkins
Principal Lecturer

Stephen is Research Coordinator (Business) in the College of Art, Design, & Architecture. He lectures in business research methods, societal/ethical issues in business management, and organisational behaviour. Stephen's research interests include personality-fit-in-the-workplace, cross-cultural/mixed-methods R&D for career-guidance, and cognitions for social marketing. He also undertakes teamwork optimisation and team mission analysis in regards to humanitarian projects overseas and more-generally, volunteer staffing research.

Since April, 2000, Stephen has authored or co-authored over fifty peer-reviewed research outputs, including in the international journals: Tourism Research, Human Performance, Human Resource Management, Public Personnel Management, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Motor Behavior, and in internationally-edited books published by Wiley, Routledge, CABI/Oxford, Palgrave-McMillan, and Springer. His second career as a research academic was preceded by twenty years in various supervisory or management roles, with most of these in the spacecraft ops/engineering and manned-spaceflight engineering sectors (although in most of those years, still focused on the rigorous assessment of human behaviour, human capabilities, and human-to-systems interactions). His primary research context now is in the assessment of human capabilities and the talent-requirements for providing near-real-time (NRT) technical support to humanitarian water-aid teams and surface water-quality monitors. The latter has seen his recent return to the spacecraft-based Earth Observation (EO) research arena, as regards ground-truthing samples for EO of surface water qualities.

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  Vijay Kumar

Vijay, joined Otago Polytechnic in May 2019. Vijay is finishing his PhD in Tourism Management from University of Waikato, he holds a Masters degree in Tourism Management. Prior to joining the OP, he has taught Tourism, Hospitality and Business programs at New Education Group and worked in Tourism Industry for organisations such as Cox and Kings Ltd and Make My Trip. His current teaching activities relate to Tourism and Business Management courses such as tourism Enterprises, Tourism Marketing, Tourism planning, destination management and strategic management.His research interests include tourism destination management, cruise ship tourism, visitor behaviour, sustainable tourism and socio-cultural and economic impacts of tourism.

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