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Meet Your Business and Management MSc Academic Team

Meet some of the experienced and knowledgeable team of academic staff behind our Business and Management MSc.

Liz Blower

Elizabeth Blower

Liz Blower began her career in retail - initially training as a store manager for big brands including New Look and Trespass, before going on to become an area manager, where her responsibilities included driving sales and profitability and ensuring the performance for up to sixteen sores. During this period, Liz also studied part time to gain a BA (Hons) in Business and Management and then an MBA.

Initially joining Northumbria University as a programme leader in 2017, Liz has taught on a wide range of modules run both online and on campus.  She is passionate about leadership, coaching, management in practice, practice knowledge and psychometric assessments, and often links her research output to her years of experience as a business and management practitioner. 

Discover more about Liz’s career, links with industry and what she likes about teaching on our distance learning courses


Riad Shams

Dr Riad Shams 

Dr Riad Shams is a lecturer at Newcastle Business School. A marketing specialist, he has worked in academia and industry across the globe – including in Australia, Bangladesh and Russia. 

With a strong research interest in international marketing, brand management, relationship marketing, sustainable development and social business, his research has been published in a wide range of journals. He has also guest edited for various reputed journals, including the Journal of International Management, International Marketing Review and the Journal of Business Research.  Find out more about his academic biography. 



Paolo Gerli

Paolo Gerli 

As a Doctoral Researcher and a Member of the Digital Economy and Innovation Research Group, Paolo Gerli specialises in regulation and competition in the digital market. He has previously worked for public and private entities in the Italian broadband market.  

With a firm research interest in the digital economy and ultrabroadband investment in urbanised contexts internationalisation, he is perfectly placed to lead our Digital Entrepreneurship module.  Learn more about him.


Lead on with a Business and Management Masters degree from Northumbria University.

Discover more about our Business and Management MSc course.

Please note, information correct at the time of publication but academic tutors may be subject to change.

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