Emerald brand
ambassadors

Our brand ambassador programme aims to boost support to research communities around the world

We currently have brand ambassadors based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), East Asia, India and Latin America & The Caribbean.

Through their hard work, they are helping us foster collaboration, support authors ready to publish and get research to the right people. We believe, with all the challenges the world is facing into globally, our ambassador role has never been more important.

What is the Emerald brand ambassador programme?


In short, it’s a programme that helps us support our research communities around the world. Through our brand ambassadors we learn more about what’s important to our customers and how best to serve them.

On that basis, we provide tailored support to authors planning to publish, users looking for information, policy makers needing to make informed decisions, and librarians helping students and researchers access the best research..

Who are our brand ambassadors?


They work within the research community and share our passion to make a difference in the real world. Like us, they believe that academic research can impact lives, livelihoods and communities and they want to do more to make that happen.

Most of them have longstanding relationships with us, and having experienced our products and services for themselves and want others in their community to also enjoy the benefits..

How do we support our brand ambassadors?


We support our brand ambassadors through dedicated mentors, social media training and guidance, and access to the Emerald Insight platform and content as well as invites to events and webinars. 

Our global brand ambassador team


Middle East & North Africa

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani

Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, a UAE national, holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. He's notably the first Emirati to attain Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng-MICE) status from the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. With Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.

Ghanim has a rich professional history, having worked with major companies like ADNOC as a Team Leader, while also serving in academic roles at international universities such as NYU and RIT in the UAE. His expertise spans construction materials, safety engineering, and fire engineering.

Additionally, he has held managerial positions in academic research at institutions like the Higher Colleges of Technology. Recognized for his achievements, he's received accolades such as induction into AUS's Wall of Fame and an Honorary Professorship in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

Savita Bhooabul

Savita Bhooabul, Head, Library Services at the Open University of Mauritius, boasts a distinguished career in librarianship spanning over two decades. With a Master's in Information Studies (Information Architecture) and a Bachelor's in Library and Information Science from Charles Sturt University, she holds extensive qualifications.

Savita began her career in the public service in 1996, serving in various library roles, including Law Library Officer at the Supreme Court Library. She spent 13 years as a Librarian at the University of Technology, Mauritius, before joining the Open University of Mauritius in July 2021. Notably, Savita is the first female Brand Ambassador in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region and the first Ambassador in the SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa) region.

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Dr Muhammad Kashif. Assistant Professor at GIFT University and Co-Editor-in-chief, of the South Asian Journal of Marketing, he has been the first ever appointed Emerald’s Brand Ambassador since 2016, since then he conducted almost 40 workshops on behalf of Emerald, online and on-site, his workshops have been in collaboration with more than 15 different institutions across the globe.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Services Marketing from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and masters of Management Science from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology

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Mr Qaiser Iqbal. He was recently promoted to Chief Librarian at Superior Information Resource Centre in the Superior University Lahore in Pakistan.

Previously, he was working as Director of Libraries at GIFT University Gujranwala Pakistan, and was also associated with LUMS as head of the Electronic Resources, Serials, and Multimedia section. Also served Riphah International University, SMDC, Punjab Group of Colleges, Civil Services Academy, and UMT.

He introduced the "FLIPPED CLASSROOM HYBRID LEARNING MODEL" for the first time in Pakistan, as well as the "Community Engagement Program" "Human Library". Upgraded library management system and launched library website, Certified Advisor/ Trainer, and a member of the Mendeley community of the UK.

"I'm glad to be associated with the world’s leading and well-reputed publisher, EMERALD, as a brand ambassador for the Middle East & North Africa region. As a researcher, trainer, and library professional, I used to refer to researchers to publish their research work with highly credible and impactful full journal articles, case studies, and book chapters with Emerald. I found and met with many dynamic professionals and got a significant identity through this platform. Thank you, Emerald Family"

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Mr Zafar Khan. Manager Library at The American University in the Emirates, UAE. He has diverse experience of working as Librarian for different types of Libraries at both national and international level. Worked for Engineering libraries, Fashion and media library, Business Colleges, and Universities. Great aptitude for teaching and have been teaching Information literacy programs and research skills in various Universities. Worked for National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT Delhi, India). More than 17 years working experience and have been working in UAE for last 15 years in various libraries at senior positions.

Previously, was working at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai as Senior Librarian, Librarian for Central Prison Library, Abu Dhabi for Global Solutions limited, UK, Al Ghurair University (Dubai Academic City, Dubai) and Skyline University College Sharjah. Key competencies and skills include IT, Data Analytics, Library Management, Knowledge Management, and teaching.

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Dr Sudhir Rana. Associate Professor of marketing and strategy at College of Healthcare Management & Economics, Gulf Medical University (GMU) in the UAE.

He holds Ph.D. degree with the Ministry of Human Resource Development Scholarship from Government of India and Post – Doctorate from Putra Business School (AACSB Accredited), Universiti of Putra, Malaysia. He has set in high standards in academics and research. Dr. Rana has been associated with Fortune Institute of International Business, India and Maastricht School of Management, Kuwait. He has delivered 10+ workshop sessions, keynote speeches and webinars. His research area is Consumer Behaviour and Emerging Markets. His research is published in the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Emerging Markets, and Journal of Promotion Management among others.

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Dr Gürdal Ertek. Associate Professor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, UAE. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2001. Dr. Ertek served in educational and research organizations in Turkey, USA, Singapore, Kuwait and UAE, as well as an on-site reviewer for 50+ industrial R&D projects. His research and teaching areas include business analytics, blockchain, supply chain management, project management, and R&D management.

"Before publishing with Emerald, I always admired the high quality of Emerald journals and research papers, especially in the Management and Business fields. Publishing our research in one of the high impact Emerald journals was a challenging yet rewarding experience. I am looking forward next to exploring the Emerald case studies collection."

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Dr Tonmoy Choudhury. Assistant Professor, Associate Editor, Research Coordinator, Fintech Researcher and Director at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals – KFUPM in Saudi Arabia.

He received Doctor of Philosophy in 2018 in Accounting and Finance from the Western Sydney University in Australia, (AACSB).

Holds Master of Philosophy in 2015 in Accounting and Finance from Aberystwyth University in the UK
(AMBA).

Along with a Master of Business in 2011 from the Australian National University, Australia

(QS WORLD RANK 24) and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2010 in Professional Accounting (CPA/CA Accredited) from Macquarie University, Australia (AACSB).

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Dr Mohamed Amine Issami. Professor in the finance and accounting department at Groupe ISCAE in Morocco and as of April 2019, he became the Director in charge of Development, International Relations, and Communication.

He holds a habitation to conduct research in Management Sciences and a PhD in Economic Sciences, Money-Finance-Banking. He is a former senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and has taught at IMD Lausanne in the MBA program and ESC PAU.

In 2018, Professor Issami won the Best Paper Award at the ICTO Conference in Paris Nanterre, and his course Portfolio Management is listed as an accredited syllabus by Bloomberg for Education, New York.

 

East Asia

Dr Hiram Ting is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, UCSI University, Sarawak Campus, Malaysia. He is the Academy Leader of Southeast Asia Research Academy (SEARA) and Chairman of Sarawak Research Society. He has guest-edited more than 15 special issues and published more than 100 papers, many of which are journals published by Emerald, such as European Journal of Marketing, Internet Research and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. He won an Emerald Literati Award (Outstanding Paper) in 2018.

'I like everything about the programme so far, as it is essentially what I am passionate about…I see publishing, and guiding people to publish, as a means to help academics and students know Emerald more and use the resources better.'

Grisna Anggadwita

Grisna Anggadwita is an Assistant Professor at School of Economics and Business, Telkom University, Indonesia. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship, small business management, e-commerce and business process. Her research interests include entrepreneurial intention, technology management, women entrepreneurship, business incubator and innovation management. She is an active researcher who has published more than 100 articles in leading international and national journals, book chapter,  as well as international proceedings. Since joining Telkom University in 2014, she has published more than 50 papers indexed in SCOPUS and/or SSCI/SCI.

She received an award from the Telkom Education Foundation as the Top 10 Lecturers in Scientific Publications consecutively in 2018 - 2020, and the Award for Excellence 2019 – High Commended Paper by Emerald Group Publishing (Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management).

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Dr. Garry Wei-Han Tan is a Professor at the UCSI Graduate Business School, UCSI University. He has been acknowledged as the "World 10 Most Productive and Influential Authors" in Mobile Commerce and Applications in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. He has published over 60 WOS papers and has guest-edited 2 special issues in Internet Research (ABDC-A) and the International Journal of Bank Marketing (ABDC-A). He was also the recipient of the Emerald Literati Award in 2015, 2016 and 2019. He is currently one of the World's Top 2 % Scientists according to a report published by Stanford University in 2021.

Emerald is one of the world's leading publishers, and I am happy to be associated as their Brand Ambassador for the East Asia region. I hope to use this platform to engage the research communities meaningfully and assist them in publishing in Emerald. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

 

South Asia (excluding Pakistan)

Jayantha N Dewasiri PhD in Finance, MSc. in Applied Finance, PGD in Marketing, BA (1st Class), CMgr FCMI, MCIM, MSLIM, MIMSL, CPM, CMA

Dr. Dewasiri N Jayantha is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Accountancy and Finance at the Faculty of Management Studies of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. He is a well-known researcher who has published in high-ranked journals such as Managerial Finance (Emerald), Qualitative Research in Financial Markets (Emerald), Journal of Public Affairs (Wiley), International Journal of Qualitative Methods (Sage), etc.

He is a practitioner with 17 years of industry experience and more than seven years of academic experience. He has been awarded several times for his outstanding research performance, including best paper awards and best reviewer awards by reputed journals. He is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of the South Asian Journal of Marketing published by Emerald Publishing and the Chairman of the Research and Education at the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. He is a co-founder of the 'Writing Impactful Research Programme'. Recently, he was accredited as a Chartered Manager (Fellow) by the Chartered Management Institute, UK.

Sumit Narula

Dr. Sumit Narula, Deputy Dean Research (Publications and Citations), Director, Amity School of Communication & Public Relations, Deputy Head, AMITY TV, Editor in Chief: Journal of Content Community and Communication (Scopus, UGC CARE & ICI Indexed), Chairman, Centre of Excellence for Detection of Fake News and Disinformation.

"While working on identifying cloned and predatory journals over last few years, I came across cases where some of these journals were listed with reputed publishers. I was happy to note that Emerald has no such journals in that list. I am glad to be associated with Emerald Publishing as their Brand Ambassador and to support valid research publication practices across countries."

Dr Payal Kumar

Dr Payal Kumar is Dean of Research and Management Studies, Indian School of Hospitality, India. Dr Kumar is on the editorial board member of several prestigious, international journals and is a senior reviewer in A-category journals such as Journal of Organizational Behavior and also Personnel Review. She has published extensively, including 12 books with Palgrave Macmillan, Springer and Emerald Publishing. She has conducted workshops on academic writing for over 4,000 scholars and 1,000 professors at premier higher education institutions in India such as IITs. Dr Payal Kumar was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Andre Delbecq & Lee Robbins MSR Retreat Scholarship, 2019 (Academy of Management, USA). In a previous role Dr Payal Kumar was Vice President Editorial and Production, SAGE Publications Ltd.
 
"As an academic and a researcher Emerald has over the years become my publisher of choice, both for my own book publications and while guiding academics to publish too. As Emerald Brand Ambassador in the South Asia region, I aspire to reach out to global research communities and make a difference. Thank you for this incredible opportunity Emerald."

 

Latin America & The Caribbean

Marcos Ferasso

Marcos Ferasso, Assistant Professor, Unochapecó; Associate Researcher, Universidad de Lima; Visiting Professor, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business.

"I believe that my efforts in research and my personal and professional goals in becoming a researcher at international level are the main motivations to become a brand ambassador."

Kit Fai Pun

Kit Fai Pun, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management, The University of the West Indies.

"Being an academic and researcher, I love connecting with people, and promoting scholarly work and publishing. I value becoming a brand ambassador of Emerald as this can enhance my personal brand and build relationships with a wide network of people."

Juan Carlos Sosa Varela

Juan Carlos Sosa Varela, Dean and Professor of International Business at the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Universidad Ana G. Méndez; Associate Editor of the European Business Review, Emerald Publishing.

"It’s a program that helps to support our research communities, especially in Latin America. The need for more research on emerging markets has reached almost vox populi status in many business disciplines. The brand ambassadors provide support to authors who plan their research process and publish. I enjoy interacting with the research community and share my passion for making a difference in academia and the business ecosystem"

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Professor of Management, Universidad EAFIT

"I have had very positive experiences as an Emerald author and books and journals' area editor, so becoming an ambassador was a natural step for me."

Anndreas Rosenkranz

Andreas Rosenkranz, Professor of Engineering, Universidad de Chile; Associate Editor of Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Emerald Publishing.

"I have been working for many years as an Associate Editor for Industrial Lubrication and Tribology. In this sense, I feel very well connected with Emerald and I am, therefore, very comfortable to represent Emerald. I like to share interesting scientific content with my network since this always kick-starts new discussions, which potentially end up in new ideas for experiments and research projects. It gives me the possibility to broaden my scientific spectrum and horizon by going though and checking the last "hot-topics" of Emerald"

Testimonials


'I see Emerald as a great avenue to learn, work with scholars and those in publishing, as well as disseminate information and research that will be practically useful to the populations.'

Dr Hiram Ting


'Becoming a Brand Ambassador for a well-known company can have many benefits beyond any financial incentives associated with the position. The opportunity to grow one’s personal brand is significant.'

Kit Fai Pun