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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.

Helen Rodgers, programme lead for Business

Helen Rodgers  

Helen is the programme Lead for our distance learning Business and Management courses, across undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

With a Ph.D in Management, she has extensive experience in the development and delivery of courses across the thematic areas of organisational behaviour, leadership, governance, gender, management, human resource management and development, and organisational change. Over the years, she has worked across postgraduate and executive level, as well as international contexts, having worked in Europe, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

She enjoys taking an interactive and experiential approach to teaching and learning. Her main areas of research are in gender and management, women and entrepreneurship and more recently values and leadership.  She is also an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (Academic MCIPD), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a member of the British Academy of Management.  

 Prior to academia, she worked in industry as a Marketing Manager in the Telecommunications Industry. 

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 here. 

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 Paolo here.


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

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