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UEL appoints Dr Mohammad M. Ali as head of the School of Business and Law

Dr Mohammad M. Ali brings a record of innovation and forward-thinking

The University of East London (UEL) has announced the appointment of Dr Mohammad M. Ali as head of its School of Business and Law.

UEL’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick, said “I am delighted that Dr Ali will be joining the University – contributing to our journey as pioneers of future careers and sustainable innovation for a changing world.

“We have started to implement our Vision 2028 strategic plan which will transform the way our students and staff participate in the 4.0 economy. Dr Ali brings with him a proven record of innovation and forward thinking, and his expertise will help position our School of Business and Law as a global leader of talent development.”   

Dr Ali has more than two decades of experience in higher education and the automotive industry. He joined Coventry University in 2013 and currently works as head of the School of Strategy and Leadership in the Faculty of Business and Law. At Coventry, his achievements include almost doubling his school’s revenue from 2015 to 2019 and leading on a strategic review of its product portfolio which resulted in a 50 per cent increase of postgraduate product offerings.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Dr Ali is an active researcher in the area of business forecasting in supply chains. His work has been widely published in journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Omega and International Journal of Forecasting.

Dr Ali said, “I strongly believe in the vision of the University of East London and Professor Broderick, and I am honoured and delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the institution. I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Business and Law and across the university to together create an environment of innovation and excellence.”    

Dr Ali will provide strategic academic leadership and management of the School of Business and Law, helping it achieve the highest standards in learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange. He will join the school on 12 June.

Dr Ali’s previous posts include head of the Business Management department at Buckinghamshire New University where he worked from 2005-2013. At Buckinghamshire, he improved student satisfaction, increased revenue, led a product portfolio review and helped create Busiman, role-playing simulation software which has been used at various higher education institutions. 

Prior to entering academia, Dr Ali was supply chain manager for AGTL, which manufactures Fiat-New Holland vehicles. He earned his PhD from Brunel University in business forecasting in supply chains.

The University of East London has 17,000 plus students which represent 134 nationalities. With London campuses in Stratford and the Royal Albert Docks, it is at the heart of the industrial and creative shift east, and a powerful global gateway.