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Amir Sharif Prolog

Amir Sharif

Director of Teaching and Learning (BBS) and Professor of Operations Management

He is Professor Amir Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, FCILT, MCMI) and he is a Professor of Operations Management at Brunel Business School. He has previously held posts such as the Interim Head of School and Director of MBA Programmes (including leading and co-ordinating major business school accreditation efforts). He has 10 years of experience working for and consulting to corporations such as JPMorgan, UBS, KPMG, Sony and the BBC in a variety of programme and project management roles. Through this industrial experience as well as academic research background, He is also active as a research grant reviewer for numerous national and international funding bodies such as: the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Additionally, He was elected to the Peer Review Electoral College of the EPSRC in 2005, and continue to be a serving member. He has also served as a member of the University Senate.

Research area(s)

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Organisational Decision-making (including information and knowledge management)
  • Digital business models, paradigms and technologies
  • Founding Director of the Operations and Supply Chain Systems research centre


Zahir Irani Prolog

Zahir Irani

Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford

Zahir Irani is a Professor of Sustainable Business Operations in the Brunel Business School and the Founding Dean of the College for Business, Arts and Social Sciences (CBASS) at Brunel University London. Prior to setting up CBASS, he was seconded to work in Whitehall, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Cabinet Office.He has held numerous senior roles at Brunel, including the Head of the Brunel Business School which he joined in 2006 and where in 2013 it was awarded Business School of Year under his leadership. He has also been the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science) at Brunel University London.

He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position in industry where he completed a Masters. He has a PhD in the area of investment evaluation and undertook his leadership development at the Harvard Business School. Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature and grounded in scientific principles, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in manufacturing information systems onto make normative contributions in the area of Transformational Government before more recent work in Food Security.

He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council, HEA and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals and has a H-index of 60 that places Zahir Irani amongst the most cited scholars. He also manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).

Under his leadership, Brunel Business School received the 2013/14 Times Higher Award Business School of the Year.

Research area(s)

  • Energy Futures: Food Security
  • Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (in Manufacturing, Agriculture and eGovernment)
  • eGovernment / Transformational Government
  • Leadership Development and HR
  • Operations Management, Strategy, Process, Content, and Context
  • Investment Evaluation


Track on Healthcare Suppply Chain and Project



Smaïl BENZIDIA, Université de Lorraine, FR

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Lorraine/IAE Metz, France.


Omar BENTAHAR, Université de Lorraine, FR

Associate Professor of Project Management and Supply Chain Management at the University of Lorraine, IAE Metz, France.