Doctorate of Business Administration – DBA

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Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain

Certified Business Research Professional

Awarded by Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK.

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With the developing complexities in the management of businesses worldwide in the realm of Business, explore a world of opportunities and unlock the future with a Doctorate in Business Administration at Westford University College.

    About Doctorate of Business Administration

    Take your career to the next level whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance!
    Earning the coveted doctorate degree program from a reputed university is a dream for many professionals! This requires dedication and commitment to make one of the most significant decisions in life. A doctorate of Business Administration or DBA program is a complete doctoral degree but comes with few contradictions to an academic-oriented Ph.D. degree. Doctorate of Business Administration is available in online or part-time study modes. DBA degree specializes in effectively utilizing key professional experience in pursuing industry implied research.

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      Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)- Structured in Two stages.

      Stage one: Learning Stage

      The Stage One of the DBA program provides a theoretical and practical foundation in research methodology for advanced empirical research within the management field. The latter part of program focuses on the application knowledge and understanding of research methodology to an actual pilot study and overall thesis proposal and to reflect on own performance as a researcher.

      • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
      • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
      • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
      • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
      • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
      • To understand and conceptualize a ‘research problem’ in contemporary management
      • To analyses how management researchers have conducted significant research projects
      • To evaluate and critically review research at the forefront of the discipline or professional practice of interest.
      • To identify and assess potential areas of research within different management disciplines
      • To demonstrate the ability to devise, plan and conduct an extended piece of independent work (in an ethical manner)
      • To critically assess the chosen topic in the context of the current literature (including existing studies)
      • To critically analyze data to offer a sophisticated interpretation of results/findings, bringing original thinking to bear, in order to draw justified conclusions.
      • To synthesize and present research findings in the form of a structured written dissertation.
      • To identify a topic for systematic and critical review, which is at the forefront of research in practice in your professional context
      • To develop an appropriate research question that will allow for secondary material to be critically analyzed effectively, empirical research to be conducted, and for conclusions to draw
      • To demonstrate a deep critical understanding of the appropriate theoretical and empirical sources of information, which is relevant to the topic of a chosen methodology.
      • To understand and analyze the principles of reflective practice in both management and research
      • To critically reflect on own competence and development needs as a management researcher
      • To identify the further skills required to successfully grow and develop as a doctoral-level researcher in a management field
      • To identify how any required skills or competencies may be attained and to plan accordingly

      Upon completing Stage One, learners are eligible for a MPhil. in Management from UCAM. They will also recieve a certificate of ” Certified Business Research Professional” from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK.

      Stage Two: Research Stage

      Stage Two, of the DBA program, is focused on conducting full-fledged primary research under the supervision of a mentor. The two years of stage two are used to produce a detailed thesis, meeting the expectations of research required at a doctoral level.

      To research (ethically) and complete a doctoral-level thesis, which represents an original contribution to scholarly and professional thinking, and of a quality worthy of publication.

      Program Highlights

      DBA Concentration Areas

      • Operations & Supply Chain Management
      • Human Resource Management
      • Marketing Management
      • Strategic management
      • Risk Management
      • Project Management
      • Accounting & Finance
      • Healthcare Management
      • Stakeholder Management
      • Organizational Development and Change Management
      • Travel and Tourism
      • Family Business
      • International Business
      • Educational Management
      • Production Management
      • Virtual Leadership
      • Transformational Leadership
      • Succession Planning
      • Leading Innovation & Change
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Ethical Leadership
      • Equity and Inclusion
      • Upskilling and Reskilling
      • Cross-cultural leadership
      • Servant Leadership
      • Public Administration and Change
      • Judgment and Decision-Making
      • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
      • Data Analytics
      • Blockchain Technology
      • Cyber Security
      • FinTech / Decentralized Finance
      • Digital Marketing
      • SMEs – Role, impact, challenges in sustaining etc.
      • Entrepreneurship Eco Hubs
      • Start-ups – Growth, impact, financing challenges
      • Incubators & accelerators
      • Social Entrepreneurship
      • Women Entrepreneurs – Challenges and Opportunities
      • Market Research
      • Innovation Culture
      • Business Ideation
      • Incremental & Disruptive Innovation
      • Creativity and Innovation
      • Franchising and Micro-business
      • Grassroots Entrepreneurship
      • Triple Bottom Line
      • Sustainability Reporting
      • Green Finance and Sustainable Investments
      • Corporate Ethics
      • Eco – Certifications and Third-Party endorsements
      • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      • Ethical Sourcing
      • Green Marketing or Greenwashing
      • Corporate Social Responsibility
      • Waste Management
      • Fairtrade
      • Sustainable Production and Consumption
      • Circular Economy
      • Stakeholder Management
      • Future of Renewable Energy – in production and consumption
      • Risk Management – Operational and Reputational associated with ethics and compliance
      • Creating Shared Value
      • Social Entrepreneurship
      • Industry 5.0
      • Energy Finance

      DBA Testimonials

      There’s No Better Way To Learn About Our Learning Journey, Than From Those Who Are Experiencing It.

      Nicholas-Papadopoulos
      Nicholas Papadopoulos
      General Manager - Building Materials Division at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
      5/5
      “As a DBA candidate, I can explore business reality through the academic research process, with the guidance and support ….
      Nicholas Papadopoulos
      “As a DBA candidate, I can explore business reality through the academic research process, with the guidance and support of an outstanding faculty team. It provides a one-of-a-kind experience with a problem-solving approach and allows me to improve my leadership and management skills through deep critical thinking and analysis. It’s an enjoyable process of continuous learning.”
      Senaj-Advic
      Senaj Advic
      Co-Founder, TIIMBUILDINGS APS, Copenhagen, Denmark Managing Director, Sogeco Intl. The Middle East.
      5/5
      “Following my MBA, I discovered I was interested and open to new ideas, and I wanted to build on ….
      Senaj Advic
      “Following my MBA, I discovered I was interested and open to new ideas, and I wanted to build on my growth mindset. Gaining new information enabled me to effectively innovate the development of business strategy, strategic planning, organizational development, team management, and leadership. Many organizations reorganized in response to the post-pandemic environment, requiring multidisciplinary and well-balanced personnel to adapt to the unusual market circumstances. I feel that the DBA at Westford will help me reach my full potential, in a business-related position and update my skill set needed to operate in the ever-changing corporate environments.”

      About UCAM

      UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia is a private university founded in 1996 with a clear mission: to provide students with the knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion of human knowledge through research and development. It is characterized by offering students an integral education based on the combination of in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in addition to a value-based education rooted in the principles of Christian humanism. Additionally, UCAM has established more than fifty research groups in close collaboration with enterprises such as Coco-Cola, Danone, Vodafone, and Siemens providing students with the opportunity to contribute academically.

      Why UCAM?

      Eligibility Criteria

      • Candidates must have an MBA or Master’s degree or equivalent from recognized institutions.
      • Candidates must have at least three years of work experience at a managerial level.
      • Candidates must have a thorough command of written and spoken English. English level: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent.

      Fees

      1Years

      $6000

      2Years

      $4000

      3Years

      $4000

      Westford MBA Alumni students qualify for a 2000$ discount from the published fee.

      iconWhat is a DBA

      The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a blended part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Part-time DBA program enhances the capability of the learners to develop knowledge theory, their application in business. Key aspect of the program is to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

      iconWho should consider a DBA

      Doctorate of Business Administration are driven by a desire to ignite real change in their companies or fields through data-driven decision-making. The online or part-time program will be of particular benefit to experienced C’level executives, senior managers, department heads, consultants, management educators and entrepreneurs. The DBA degree experience challenges the learner to sharpen critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your skills in research to become an expert in your domain with a proven ability to think outside the box.

      iconDBA and PhDs. - Equal but Different

      The Doctorate of Business administration or DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals with extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA program has both the rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The online or part-time DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D., there is a focus on professional experience. The PhD program is targeted towards those interested in pursuing research-focused careers in academia.

      Faculty Profiles

      Rene Y. Paquibut
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      Dr Rene Y. Paquibut

      External Supervisor

      Dr Rene Y. Paquibut
      Rene Y. Paquibut, PhD is an SHRM-Certified Professional with PhDs in Business Management and Education. He has published on Strategic Management, Quality Management, Organizational Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability. His work experience includes nine years in the financial industry and around 17 years in various capacities in academia. He is presently located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Additionally, he has prior engagements in the Sultanate of Oman and the Philippines.
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      Dr June Dennis

      Guest Lecturer

      Dr June Dennis
      June is a marketer that has worked in both the corporate and higher education sectors. She was the Dean of Staffordshire Business School before establishing Mountain Top Perspectives in 2020. As a HE consultant, she specializes in collaborative academic collaborations and is passionate about keeping business and marketing curricula up to date and relevant. She also consults and coaches’ business owners and SMEs, and in non-executive roles, she assists in monitoring organizations. June is also Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She possesses an EdD, an MBA in Strategic Marketing, and a BSc in Industrial Technology and Management. June is also a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her prior work history includes B2B distribution, fashion manufacturing, retail, and industrial services.
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      Dr Genaro V Japos

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr Genaro V Japos
      Dr Genaro v Japos is a social science instructor and researcher. He founded two Philippine-based research organizations; The Philippine Association of Institutions for Research in 2007 and the International Association of Multidisciplinary Research in 2011, both of which have a strong membership of 54 and 13 academic institutions, respectively, to this day. Dr Japos is a consultant for a range of organizations around Asia, holding five doctoral degrees in educational planning, business management, instructional systems, human resource management, and organizational management. He has taught as a visiting and an external faculty at the Philippines, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates. He also supervises professional and scientific groups, is active in academic writing, and is a regular member of the National Research Council of the Philippines’ Division of Social Sciences.
      Dr Colin Rigby
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      Dr Colin Rigby

      Guest Lecturer/ Thesis Supervisor

      Dr Colin Rigby
      Dr Colin Rigby is a Reader and Director of Enterprise at the Keele Business School and has an M.Sc. and M. Phil from Manchester University and a B.Sc. from UMIST in engineering disciplines. Dr Colin has extensive experience in experiential and problem-based learning including production management, consultation, and engineering-based projects across varied sectors. His research interests include creativity as it applies to problem-solving, operations management, new enterprise planning, innovation, and enterprise. Colin has also delivered over 450 projects with students and small businesses applying the rigour of the academy to solve business problems and providing a learning experience for students that develops the skills needed by employers in an increasingly competitive market. Colin also has extensive experience with ethics, especially as it applies to research.
      Dr Andrew Hambler
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      Dr Andrew Hambler

      Chief Examination Officer – Westford UCAM DBA Programme

      Dr Andrew Hambler
      Dr Andrew Hambler is a former HR consultant who worked for many years for the financial services firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers progressing to be a manager. He is also a seasoned academic who has worked as a senior lecturer and associate professor across institutions in the UK, for the past 17 years. Dr Hamblers research interests are focused on religion and law in the workplace, and he completed his PhD in the Law Department at Durham University. Also, Dr Hambler has served as a partnership manager and link tutor at the Westford University College, Sharjah, UAE for several years and has a thorough awareness and understanding of the needs and expectations of experienced professionals pursuing higher education internationally. His expertise spans employment law, employment relations and managing and leading people and organisations and his research focus on labour laws, religion at work, religious discriminations. Additionally, He has several articles, book chapters and a monograph to his credit.
      Dr Lee Croft
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      Dr Lee Croft

      Guest Faculty and Supervisor

      Dr Lee Croft
      Lee is a very experienced academic with over 22 years of experience in the university sector as a Senior Lecturer. He studied for his doctorate at Keele University in the UK. Lee has worked with many international partners during his career in Sri Lanka, Oman, China, and Dubai including Westford University College as a partnership manager. As such, Lee holds a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of experienced professionals undertaking study internationally. His research area is in the broad area of organisational studies around Human Resource Management with a specific interest in Hermeneutics, Identity and Resistance to Change. Lee also holds several External Examiner roles in the UK where he advises partners on the quality assurance process. Before his academic career, he was a design and development engineer in the UK rail sector.
      Dr Masroor Alam
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      Dr Masroor Alam

      DBA Faculty

      Dr Masroor Alam
      Dr Alarm Masroor has over 18 years of experience, in the Field of, Higher Education, across three countries. Leading up to Westford Alam, he worked as a research and development consultant at Prim Box LLC, Dubai. In addition to his teaching skills, Alam is also an expert in the areas of leadership, development, and quality assurance. He has served at Amity College, teaching business programs as an adjunct prof. He has also collaborated with the MENA College of Management, University of Modern Sciences, Skyline University, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Business Research Methodology, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behaviour, etc. Alam has successfully handled leadership, collaboration, and policymaking in the last six years. He published 9 and delivered 5 academic papers at national and international peer-reviewed and peer-reviewed journals/conferences.
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      Dr Abhijit Ganguly

      Program Head- DBA

      Dr Abhijit Ganguly
      Dr Abhijit Ganguly is a Chartered Fellow and Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, Certified Professor of the University of Northwest Europe, Netherland, Accredited Management Consultant and International Certified Trainer in Management and Leadership, USA. He comes with a vast experience of more than 25 years of global experience in multiple Industry verticals and Academic including organisational consulting, corporate training, lecturing, guiding, supervising dissertations, providing coaching, and mentoring to Doctoral and MBA, Executive MBA, MA(Management) students at UK Universities for last 15 years. He is based in London and was working as a Dean & Director of Business Developments of British Canadian Institute of Higher Education campus in London and Toronto, Canada before joining Westford University College, UAE as Program Head-DBA. His specialization includes Strategic Management, Leadership, Strategic Marketing, Brand Management, Corporate Governance etc., Additionally, Dr Ganguly is a prolific speaker and researcher who participated and presented papers in various international conferences and published internationally 15 research articles on contemporary issues in Management and Leadership area in various International fully referred journals with high impact factor in Europe and USA.
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      Dr Abraham O.A

      External Supervisor

      Dr Abraham O.A
      Prof. Abraham is a multidisciplinary teacher, journalist, and publisher with over 23 years of experience. He holds a Cert in International Humanitarian Law from the Oxford University Collaborative Centre, an EMBA, an M.Sc (UK), a PhD in Management, a Doctorate in International Education Management, a Ph.D in Law, a Fellow CILG (USA), and a Fellow FKA (UK). He serves as an External Examiner (PhD/Doctorate dissertation) for five institutions and as a peer-reviewer for seven journals/publications, including the Journal of Media Literacy Education (SCOPUS Indexed). He has written various books and articles, including Writing Excellent Articles for Conferences and Journals and Effective Coaching for New Start-Ups. Additionally, he serves on the Athena Global Education Governing Board and is an LLM Module Presenter.
      Dr Richard Peel
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      Dr Richard Peel

      Senior Faculty and Student Success Manager

      Dr Richard Peel
      Dr. Richard Peel is the Senior Faculty and Student Success Manager at Westford University College. Before joining Westford, he taught at Middlesex University, Wollongong University, and the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, he has worked in the UK, the Basque Country, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, and Kuwait. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Exeter, an MSc in TESOL from the Aston University, and a B.A. from University of Birmingham. He also holds the RSA/UCLES DELTA and is a Cambridge and IELTS examiner. His research interests include ESL, online learning, leadership, and management.
      Dr. Renaldo De Jager
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      Dr. Renaldo De Jager

      Senior Faculty and Business Development Manager- African Region

      Dr. Renaldo De Jager
      Senior Faculty and Business Develop Dr. Renaldo de Jager earned a Doctorate in Technology and Innovation Management from The Da Vinci Institute. With a total of 2 decades of experience as an international management consultant in a variety of sectors, his knowledge is dispersed throughout many consulting businesses across the world. His main focus is on increasing effectiveness and efficiency, as well as increasing productivity and lowering operational expenses. Dr Renaldo provides students with much more than just theory, thanks to his academic credentials and experience in the field. He contributes significantly to the academic field by examining the application of theories and the benefits of doing so, as well as the outcomes. Renaldo has a life-long learning approach, and in addition to his academic pursuits, he keeps up with current events to be educated about many businesses throughout the world by interfacing with and consulting with a diverse group of clients and influencers.
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      Dr Heather Goode

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr Heather Goode
      Dr. Heather is an experienced Higher Education Educator, Research Supervisor and Manager who has worked with several Universities and private institutions with specializations in Education and Business. Heather is on faculty at business schools, where she lectures, supports teaching and learning through the professional development of faculty and supervises. Currently, Heather supports students transitioning into higher education, coaches adults who return to study or who start post-graduate studies, and supervises and develops quality assures online courses. Her Doctorate in Education explored developing critical thinking in students and the professional development of faculty and is currently being converted into a book. She acts as an external chair of an academic board and has several publications.
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      Dr. Dzingai Katsamba

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr. Dzingai Katsamba
      Dr. Dzingai Katsamba is a global entrepreneur, academic, philanthropist and astute leader. His flagship business-Global Sealing Solutions Africa Group operates in fifteen African countries. He sits on various boards across Africa. He is an academic of note specialising in Organisational Innovation. He lectures up to PhD in various institutions of higher education in Africa and beyond and supervises MBA and PhD students across the world. He has risen in academia to become the Dean of Innovation and Technology at Davinci Institute. He has published many academic articles in international journals of Innovation. He is also a member of the steering committee of the SABS ISO 5600 Innovation Standard, representing South Africa Globally. He has demonstrated the importance of the fusion of academia and practical entrepreneurship in a dynamic global business space. His philosophy is “ Touching the current generation by creating entrepreneurship and touching the future generations through academia”.
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      Dr Dewald Scholtz

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr Dewald Scholtz
      Dr Dewald Scholtz is an accomplished and dynamic senior management professional with over 20 years of working and lecturing experience. His expertise lies in successfully directing organizational planning and development through strategic initiatives and programs. Throughout his career history, he has managed talent selection practices, process improvements, staff development, and employee relations. Additionally, he has established success supervising and guiding team positions to significantly contribute to an organization or student. He holds a PhD (Industrial Psychology), MBA, MA (Psychology), and a postgraduate diploma in Information Management. He is a registered psychologist.
      Dr. Veena Grover
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      Dr. Veena Grover

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr. Veena Grover
      Dr Veena Grover comes with extensive teaching and research experience of more than 21 years. Her research expertise lies in microfinance, sustainable development, macro-economic variables and strategy-related issues. Dr Veena’s professional passion includes teaching Managerial Economics, Business Research Methods, Strategic Management, creativity and Innovation, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She also has all-embracing experience teaching Universal Human Values & ethics & especially their research application. Additionally, she has expertise in curriculum development and course design, ensuring alignment with industry trends and academic standards. Dr Veena has a PhD in Management from the Department of Business Administration, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science & Technology, Murthal (Sonepat), India. She has been the university topper and gold medalist in Economics (Hons) during her graduation. Furthermore, she is a published researcher with a solid track record of contributions to the field, including articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences. She serves as an Editor of the refereed journal, International Journal of Advanced Trends in Technology, Management & Applied Science. She has previously taught at numerous Higher Education Institutions, supervising MBA and PhD students all around the world. Her Philosophy of life is “If you want to be happy and joyful in life, devote your efforts to increase Human Dignity, Human Competence, and Human Values.”
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      Dr. Balamurugan Balusamy  

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr. Balamurugan Balusamy  
      Prof. Balamurugan Balusamy currently holds the position of Associate Dean Student at Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence in Delhi-NCR. In addition, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering at Taylor University in Malaysia. Previously, he was a Professor at the School of Computing Sciences & Engineering and served as the Director of International Relations at Galgotias University in Greater Noida, India. With a focus on Engineering Education, Blockchain, and Data Sciences, Prof. Balusamy has made significant contributions to his field. He has amassed a wealth of experience over his twelve-year tenure as a faculty member at the globally recognized VIT University in Vellore, where he reached the position of Associate Professor. His extensive academic background includes Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from esteemed institutions in India. Prof. Balusamy’s impact is evident through his impressive publication record. He has authored and edited more than 80 books on various technologies and has published over 200 papers in high-impact factor journals from respected publishers such as Springer, Elsevier, and IEEE. His collaborations span the globe, involving prominent professors from top QS-ranked universities. His teaching philosophy incorporates design thinking principles, and his passion for teaching is evident in his lectures. He has delivered technical courses in more than 15 countries and has participated in numerous top-tier conferences. His academic influence extends beyond publishing, as he has given over 195 talks at various events and symposiums. Beyond academia, Prof. Balusamy is actively involved in the industry. He serves on advisory committees for several start-ups and forums and provides consultancy services in the area of Industrial IoT. His expertise and reputation have led him to contribute significantly to his field, both in terms of research and practical application.
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      Umar Lawal Aliyu

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Umar Lawal Aliyu
      Umar Lawal Aliyu is a highly accomplished educator and academic professional with over 30 years of teaching and non-teaching experience. He holds multiple academic qualifications, including a PhD in Management, and has served in various prominent roles at educational institutions around the world. Currently, he is an Adjunct Research Supervisor and External Reviewer for the DBA program at Westford University College in the UAE. He also serves as a Professor at LIGS University in the USA and is a Research Supervisor at UNICAF University in Cyprus. Furthermore, he has held teaching positions at institutions such as SMC University in Switzerland, Selinus University in the Commonwealth of Dominica, University of the People in the USA, and more. Umar Lawal Aliyu is a prolific author with 134 books and journal publications to his name and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to education and peace initiatives. His mission is to inspire a passion for learning, believing that knowledge is the key to a successful future.
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      Dr. Ghulam Abbas Bhatti

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisors

      Dr. Ghulam Abbas Bhatti
      Dr. Ghulam Abbas Bhatti is an Assistant Professor at Bath Spa University Academic Centre, RAK, UAE, UK, where he specializes in Business and Management. With a PhD in Business Administration focusing on Organizational Behaviour, Dr. Bhatti brings a wealth of academic knowledge and practical experience to his role. His expertise spans various areas including Organizational Behaviour, International Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Business Environment. Prior to his current position, Dr. Bhatti served as a lecturer at the University of the Punjab, Pakistan, and the School of Management Sciences, NCBA&E, Lahore, Pakistan. He is recognized for his dedication to mentoring and guiding students and colleagues, creating dynamic learning environments, and advancing knowledge in his field through collaborative efforts. Dr. Bhatti’s academic outputs include publications in international and national peer-reviewed journals, covering topics such as organizational development interventions, workplace bullying, employee thriving, and job performance improvement. He actively participates in conferences, workshops, and seminars, showcasing his expertise in quantitative techniques and research methodologies. His commitment to quality education and scholarly research, along with his extensive experience and qualifications, make Dr. Bhatti a highly respected educator and contributor to the field of Business and Management.
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      Dr Asaph Moshikaro

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Dr Asaph Moshikaro
      Prof. Dr. Asaph Moshikaro, holding degrees in Social Sciences, Commerce, an MBA, and a Doctorate in Administration, is a qualified social worker and psychotherapist. With expertise in mental health counselling, coaching, and leadership facilitation, he advocates for healthy nutritional practices, including the Keto diet. His extensive consulting experience spans mining, manufacturing, and public service sectors. Prof. Dr. Moshikaro excels in research development and supervision, co-authoring peer-reviewed articles and publishing three books. His diverse background and contributions in mental health, leadership, and nutrition make him a respected figure in academia and professional circles, dedicated to holistic well-being and scholarly advancement.
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      Alex Forsythe

      Adjunct Thesis Supervisor

      Alex Forsythe
      Alex Forsythe is an Organisational Psychologist and Managing Director of the educational and organisational psychology consulting firm, Chirality Consulting. She is renowned for her pioneering contributions to online education, interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership, team dynamics, and empowerment. Her expertise is sought after worldwide for strategic program development and quality enhancement, underscored by her leadership in transformative educational initiatives and internationally recognised research on embodiment and well-being. As Professor of Applied Psychology and trusted advisor, Alex has led several online educational programmes with several leading UK universities. She has also held the position of Chair of the Association for Business Psychology and the Girls Learning Foundation, Uganda.
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      Early Exit Award or Dual Certification - MPhil. (Master of Philosophy)

      Students who complete stage 1 will receive an MPhil. (Master of Philosophy) in Management from Universidad Catolica de Murcia in Spain. If the student decides to leave before finishing the final research thesis, he will be eligible for the Early Exit Award with the MPhil from UCAM. Along with the MPhil. the learners will also receive a certificate of “Certified Business Research Professional” from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK. If the learner completes both the learning stages of the program, he will be eligible for two certifications from UCAM, which include the MPhil in Management and the Doctorate Degree, along with a certificate of “Certified Business Research Professional,” from CMI, UK.

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        Annual Research & Leadership Boot Camp

        Westford University College looks forward to conducting a ‘Research Leadership Boot Camp’-A 2 days’ workshop Program. The Research Leadership Forum is a dynamic think tank that identifies and discusses trends as well as generate ideas in improving universities and research organizations.

        The institution hopes to gain a better understanding of how global education and research institutions contribute to the innovation and competitiveness. We also look forward to facilitating new collaborations and providing global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field, through this initiative.

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        Issah Quarmson

        Head of Department - Utahloy International School

        Issah Quarmson
        As a highly experienced international educator with 15 years of service across various countries such as Ghana, Cameroon, Bangladesh, and China, he has developed a profound expertise in both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge curricula. His educational journey commenced with a degree from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, followed by a master’s degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to lifelong learning, he has amassed over 100 certifications from some of the world’s top universities, including Harvard and Yale. Currently, he is the esteemed Head of Department at Utahloy International School in Guangzhou, China. There, he teaches Business Management and Economics at the Diploma level, proudly maintaining an exemplary 100% pass rate for over nine years. His passion for reading and travelling not only broadens his horizons but also enriches his teaching, allowing him to bring a wealth of diverse perspectives and insights to his students.
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        Zoya Muhammad Iqbal

        Clinical Pathway Solutions Sales – Cardiovascular and Stroke

        Zoya Muhammad Iqbal
        Zoya is a value-driven professional with a decade of experience in the medical and healthcare industry. Furthermore, she has extensive leadership skills, communication skills, persuasiveness, patience, and time management, and is a quick learner and influencer. She is further an expert in marketing and communicating new products while also coming up with new sales strategies. Zoya has also generated end–user relationships for retaining existing clients and generating new customers. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the Chengde Medical University in China.
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        Tlangelani Phasha

        Founder and Managing Director

        Tlangelani Phasha
        Tlangelani is a highly accomplished and results-driven business owner with over two decades of experience in professional development. In 2003, she established Phetlakgo Construction, a construction company known for its impressive track record in revenue growth, market positioning, and shareholder value. Tlangelani excels in managing complex contracts and large-scale municipal construction projects, while also focusing on areas such as project management, budgeting, contract negotiation, and quality assurance. She is skilled in regulatory compliance, team building, business development, and client acquisition and retention. Additionally, Tlangelani holds a Master of Commerce degree in Program Management, which further enhances her expertise in overseeing the operational and financial aspects of a business.
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        Taher Abbas Rampurawala

        Vice President

        Taher Abbas Rampurawala
        Taher is a highly skilled professional with over fourteen years of experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, impact analysis, stakeholder management, client reporting, and process migration. He has worked across multiple cross-functional teams and on various applications & software for analysis and reporting. He has further led and implemented initiatives relating to digitization, automation, and transformation. He is proficient across various systems like Oracle, Essbase, Salesforce, Business Objects, Ruby, CHAT, Power BI, MS Access, Power Pivots, and Micro Strategy. He is a proactive team player and is skilled in complex problem-solving, organizational and communication skills, innovation, attention to detail, presentation, and public speaking skills. Taher holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI).
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        Simphiwe Mamvura

        Managing Director

        Simphiwe Mamvura
        Simphiwe is a high-energy, results-orientated, and ambitious Managing Director with fifteen years of experience in cross-functional expertise and a strong understanding of all areas of business, including operations, business planning and strategy, financial management, legal, marketing, communications, human resource activities, and new business development. Her key skills include General Management Business Operations and Analysis Strategy and Implementation Business Process Improvement Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills Business development Stakeholder Relations Management Financial Management and Governance (Audit, Risk, Legal, and Compliance) Leadership and People development Human Resources and Change Management Corporate and Organizational Sustainability. She is further currently serving as a Non-Executive Director at Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Services – City of Johannesburg Entity. Simphiwe holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Innovation from Hult International Business School, USA.
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        Sherry Ann Joseph

        Senior Consulting Partner

        Sherry Ann Joseph
        Sherry is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Certified Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) of the United Kingdom. Her major competencies include the ability to positively motivate employees, effective interpersonal skills, strong analytical skills, leadership skills, problem-solving skills, and strong strategic development skills. She has participated in various professional development programs like Leadership and Supervisory Skills Workshop, Emotional Intelligence Workshop, Industrial Relations Management Workshop, SME Conference 2010 and 2011, Making the Transition – A Strategic Discourse Seminar, Credit Union Leadership Conference, Risk Management Workshop, International Accounting Standards Workshop, International Credit Union Development program, Delivering Business Growth –Kellogg University, Organizational Change and Transformation- ALJGS, and Enterprise Risk Management – CGITT. Sherry has a degree of Master of Science in Strategic Management and a Master of Business Administration from, Heriot-Watt University.
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        Sean Anthony Troy Fouche

        Information and Communication Technology Director

        Sean Anthony Troy Fouche
        Sean is a seasoned professional with over thirty years of experience in senior management teams across private, public, and regional organizations. His core areas of expertise include Leadership and Management, Business Case Development, Strategic Planning, Quality Report Writing, Project Management, Training and Development, Operations Management, Negotiation, ICT Strategy Development, Moderator and Facilitator, Business Process, Re-engineering Relationship, Team Building Policy, Procedure Development, Coordination and Collaboration, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Presentation Development, Financial Analysis, Regional Integration, and Public Procurement including E-Tendering. Sean is a certified Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University.
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        Ruta Charlotte Kepadisa

        Head of Big Data & AI

        Ruta Charlotte Kepadisa
        Charlotte is a highly experienced business leader with more than 20 years of expertise in various areas including data analytics, Big Data, AI, business intelligence, risk management, and customer value management. Her extensive experience spans industries such as Financial Services, Insurance, and Telecoms. She has a strong track record in driving revenue growth, implementing credit risk management strategies, and reducing customer churn while increasing customer spending. Charlotte is skilled in CVM strategy formulation, customer lifecycle management, machine learning, campaign management, call center operations, team development, credit and risk management, agile product management, change management, channel integration, and business process improvement. She has completed a Data Science certificate program at the University of Cape Town and holds a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Furthermore, Charlotte has obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
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        Neil Swinyard

        Senior Director Global Accounts

        Neil Swinyard
        Neil is a highly skilled professional with an experience of three decades in the field of sales and people management. His core expertise lies in international retail and food services, establishing, implementing, and communicating new business strategies, long-range strategic planning, B2B skills, entrepreneurial approach, people management, distribution agreements, supplier management, and concept development. He has completed his education at The King’s School in Tynemouth, United Kingdom. Neil further specializes in distinct languages like English, Thai, Tagalog, and Japanese.
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        Mohiddin Gayas Gaffoor

        Sales Manager

        Mohiddin Gayas Gaffoor
        Mohiddin is a seasoned Sales & Project Management Professional with a combined experience of more than 14 years in the dynamic healthcare industry. His planning and designing expertise lies in medical imaging and equipment planning, and healthcare infrastructure planning. Furthermore, his expertise in the technology segment includes medical imaging and healthcare construction management. He also specializes in, sales and strategy management, project management & consultancy, and process optimization. Mohiddin is a B.Tech graduate with a specialization in Mechanical from Cochin University of Science & Technology in India, and a post-graduate in Engineering Management with a focus on operations management from the University of Wollongong in Dubai. His professional certifications and training include Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, Risk Management Professional from Cambridge Educational Institute, and Siemens Project Management from Siemens AG in Germany among others.
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        Kenneth Habson

        Chief Revenue Officer

        Kenneth Habson
        Kenneth has about three decades years of management, sales, and technology experience focused on enterprise and SMB solutions emphasizing a “startup” method for managing and growing businesses. His business expertise includes Global Sales Leadership, Team Leader and Mentor, Scaling Business Growth, Software Sales, Entrepreneurship, Business Operations, Strategy Development, and Tactical Execution, further, his domain expertise includes Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Advance Analytics, Web3 and Blockchain, DevOps, Data Warehouse & BI, Business Process Management, and Cross-Industry Experience. Kenneth has played the role of an advisor and board member across different organizations like Enlightened Minds, Web3Line, and Shout AI. He holds a degree in Master of Business Administration focused on Entrepreneurship from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a certification in Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. His professional certification and language skills include CEO Leadership, Coaching Habits , Board Certification – NACD, Blockchain Essentials, Executive Leadership, Cloud & Cognitive Patterns, Cryptocurrency and DeFi Foundations, Certified Manager & Global Challenger, Leading with Growth Mindset, Analytics Platform Foundations, DevOps Essentials: Microservices, Cognitive Platform Foundations, Strategic Thinking for Leaders, Analytics Advocate, Communication within Teams, Business and Industry Insights, and Azure Cloud Fundamentals.
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        Janara Grehl Habson

        Founder and Managing Director

        Janara Grehl Habson
        Janara is a highly skilled professional and certified psychologist with about two decades of experience in various areas. She has worked within multiple departments like sales, accounts, and management consultants. She later began her own practice in the fields of personal growth, parenting coaching, relationship coaching, career coaching, and business coaching, which later led to her becoming the founder and managing director of My Conscious Mind Mental Health Centre. Janara’s professional certifications include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and a Bachelor’s in Insurance and Actuarial Science from the Technical University of Cologne in Germany. She further holds a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from Middlesex University in Dubai.
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        Isaac Korsah

        Maintenance Manager

        Isaac Korsah
        Isaac is a highly experienced professional with over twenty years of expertise in mine processing, asset integrity, and maintenance management. He has played a pivotal role in supporting the company’s strategic planning, mission, visions, and goals. Isaac excels in building diverse and inclusive teams to achieve company objectives. His key skills include a strong focus on safety, maintenance management, meeting production goals, maximizing efficiency, conducting machinery inspections, ensuring quality control, implementing process improvements, developing staff, and providing team leadership. He is a member of the Radiation Protection Institute, Society of Maintenance Reliability Professionals, and Association of Professional Engineers of Ghana. Isaac holds several professional certifications, including Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, Certified NEBOSH safety Professional, Certified Engineering Manager’s Ticket, and Certified Engineering Superintendent Ticket. Moreover, he has a Master of Science in Engineering & Management from Coventry University.
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        Hsieh-Heng Tsai

        Tzai Wu College Mentor/ Assistant professor

        Hsieh-Heng Tsai
        Hsieh has accumulated valuable professional experience in management, with over ten years at the Hsinchu Science Park, and eight years in the field of education at universities. Currently serving as a College Mentor, he specializes in teaching Innovation and e-learning education to young individuals. Hsieh’s notable achievements include transforming Delta MOOCs into Taiwan’s most successful e-learning platform. He has also made significant contributions to the field of education through his publications, such as the “Education Research Report: Discovering the Impact of Mobile Phones on Student Learning and Social Behaviors” and the “Literature Review on Challenges Faced by International Students and their Spouses in Higher Education in the United States of America,” both published in the Taiwan Educational Review Monthly. Hsieh holds a Master of Arts in Education degree from California State University in San Bernardino.
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        Gilbert Suh Neba

        Customer Solution Lead

        Gilbert Suh Neba
        Gilbert is a result-oriented professional with over a decade of experience in customer service at Nestle Inc. He began his career in logistics as a warehouse keeper and joined the customer service department due to his excellent skills in customer relationship management. His expertise includes building customer trust, management of customer grievances, inventory optimization, strategic and operational planning, and logistics management. Gilbert’s achievements consist of the Customer Centricity ICON Award for the Central and West African Region (CWAR) in the O2C process, a Certificate of Recognition from the CWAR (GHANA) in a project GLOBE Landscape Simplification (GLS), and an Award from the CWAR Customer Service & Distribution Hall of Fame Best Practices by Nestle. He further obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Logistics and Transport from Institut Supérieur de Management (ISMA) in Douala.
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        Ayanda Archiebold Goba

        Resource Auditor

        Ayanda Archiebold Goba
        Ayanda is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in leading and managing projects within community agriculture, food security, agronomic and conservation operations, commercial agriculture, water resources, forestry development, and mining developments within national, provincial, and local government boundaries. His areas of focus include program and project design, project compliance, processing permits, Natural Resources compliance advice and monitoring, Natural Resource Assessments, project and operations management, Environmental Social Governance (ESG), general ecology, GIS, Co-regulation, Programme sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and community development. Ayanda’s professional certifications include a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch, a Certificate in Environmental Weed Control, from Invader Plant Specialists, a Certificate in Implementing Environmental Management System (SAATCA REG) from North-West University, and a Certificate in Implementing Natural Resource Management Plan (Rangeland Ecology) from Africa Land Use Training among others. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Edinburgh Napier University and an Executive Master of Business Administration in Business Sustainability from Guglielmo Marconi University (Italy).
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        Almahi Suliman Adam Saeed

        Procurement Consultant

        Almahi Suliman Adam Saeed
        Almahi is a highly dedicated professional in the fields of procurement and supply chain. With almost two decades of experience, he has acquired extensive knowledge and skills in areas such as teaching, consulting, and writing. Throughout his career, Almahi has held various positions in major international companies, authored textbooks on procurement, conducted research, provided consultancy services, and mentored professionals in the field. His expertise spans across lecturing, facilitation, procurement and supply chain management, contracting and negotiation, research and analysis, consulting and advisory services, stakeholder engagement, and project management. Almahi is a graduate of the Chartered Institute for Procurement & Supply (CIPS) in the United Kingdom and holds a Master’s degree in Public Procurement Management from the University of Turin in Italy.
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        Suresh Babu Dommaraju

        Functional and Process Architect

        Suresh Babu Dommaraju
        Suresh is a certified Project Management Professional and ServiceNow Functional and Process Architect with core expertise in areas such as re-engineering and implementing processes, incident, problem-solving, asset management, service delivery management, information security, IT audits develop user stories, test scripts, conduct testing, participate in migrations, and provide hyper care support for various ServiceNow modules. He has worked for various reputed IT and Data Management entities while in his current endeavour, he is leading Service Management Office and process architecture, and delivering ServiceNow modules through Agile Methodologies. Suresh has further acquired a Master’s in Business Management from Bharathiar University in India and is widely qualified through multilevel ISO certifications, Six Sigma, ServiceNow and Scrum Alliance.
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        Sohail Ahmad

        Sales and Clinical Team Leader

        Sohail Ahmad
        Sohail is an experienced professional with contributions to sectors such as general trading, marketing, and pharmaceuticals. He is currently involved in exceptional growth strategies for his organization engaged in medical and chemical supplies. Along with his sales expertise, he is experienced with clinical training, and building business relationships through consultive selling. He has further been a star team player responsible for business turnaround through astute team selection and conducting professional skill training programs. Sohail further holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Lancashire Business School in the United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Virtual University of Pakistan.
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        Rashika Panday

        Managing Director - Fintech Payments and Collections

        Rashika Panday
        Rashika is an experienced financial service professional with a high level of expertise across transactional products and services, emerging payments, technology, human interactions design, experience strategy, product, channel, commercialization, and change within the bank initiative. Starting early with consumer products she was quick to adjust herself to the Banking industry looking after Enterprise and Supplier Development, building Digital Channels for e-Commerce solutions, and Agile development of mobile applications. Building on her experience in her current organisation she is currently leading design delivery for a set of standardised products scalable across franchises, delivery of the Corporate mobile banking app for all client franchises. Rashika has acquired a Master’s in Business Administration from Management College of Southern Africa and a Postgraduate Degree in Innovation and Design Thinking from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan Executive Education in the United States of America.
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        Pierre Tibokbe Vouna

        Head of Digital Interim, Growth, and Data Analytics

        Pierre Tibokbe Vouna
        Pierre is a qualified project manager with cultivated expertise in data analytics and digital frameworks. Working with Nestlé throughout his career, he has grown his profile from Sales support to his current role in providing data strategy, and digital marketing solutions while inspiring, developing, and challenging digital executions in the Central and West African region. Beyond his data mining expertise, he has been actively involved in building digital capacity for social media presence and has also worked with agencies for comprehensive corporate communication management. Pierre holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Universidad Catolica San Antonia de Murcia (UCAM) in Spain and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Ngaoundéré in Cameroon. He is qualified in major data programming languages and holds certifications from Google, BrightEdge, and in Agile Methodology.
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        Mohammad Mehtab Khan

        Relationship Manager

        Mohammad Mehtab Khan
        Mehtab is a seasoned professional with experience in the sectors of banking, asset management, and finance for client management and business development. His expertise includes trading and working capital products, mortgage, and secured lending products, factoring and supply chain finance, relationship and portfolio management, and customer service and retention. Mehtab has further acquired a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Jagan Institute of Management Studies and Guru Jambheshwar University in India. He has also attended numerous other certification programs in the areas of banking, insurance, marketing, credit appraisal, blockchain and cryptocurrency.
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