Doctoral student, Abdelwahab Alatiqi, delivered TEDx Talk in Kuwait

Abdelwahab Alatiqi was invited to speak at a TEDx event that took place in Kuwait City.

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In his talk, entitled “Profiting from Data at the cost of privacy”, Abdelwahab explored the range of personal data that organisations have access to, and how much insight is provided by those data. For instance, analysis of phone calls can reveal the size and strength of the caller’s social network.


Abelwahab is a PhD student, who is investigating the acceptance and use of Business Intelligence systems, under the supervision of Dr Ana Canhoto and Dr Kevin Lu. His research is multi-disciplinary incorporating research in Information Systems, Business and Psychology. Prior to joining the doctoral programme in the Business School, Abelwahab worked in the telecommunications industry, and throughout his career he has been dealing with consumer data from different perspectives.


Brunel Business School has an established and engaged PhD Community. We consider PhD students as junior members of staff, and give them the same opportunities to attend seminars, technical courses and conferences. You can learn more about our doctoral programme, here.

Meet our new colleagues: Dr. Zoi Pittaki

Dr. Zoi Pittaki Joined us as a Lecturer in Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

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Dr Pittaki obtained her PhD in 2017, from the University of Glasgow, Economic and Social History. Her thesis explored the impact of the tax system on business in post-Second World War Greece and proposed an extension to William Baumol’s theory on the interaction between institutions and entrepreneurship.


Her current research involves an examination of entrepreneurship’s contribution to the revamping of war-torn and crisis economies.


Prior to joining Brunel, she was a Visiting Lecturer in the University of Glasgow, Economic and Social History and a Teaching Assistant in the University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School.


Her hobbies include woodland walks, dancing and playing / listening to music.


Meet our new colleagues: Dr. Behzad Hezarkhani

Dr. Behzad Hezarkhani joined us as a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management.

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Before joining Brunel, he was an Assistant Professor at Nottingham University Business School. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct lecturer at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He received his PhD at Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where his doctoral dissertation won the 2010 Canadian Purchasing Research Foundation (CPRF) scholarship.


The primary area of his research addresses decentralized operations management and employs operations research and mathematical modelling. Behzad studies problems pertaining to cooperation and competition in a wide range of areas, e.g. inventory management, scheduling and production, transportation and logistics, and sales and marketing.