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About us

Welcome to GBS Dubai!

GBS Dubai is an education provider offering a range of industry-focused courses. GBS Dubai is the UAE unit of Global Banking School UK that is spread across four campuses in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds with a legacy of over ten years. We work in partnership with several leading UK Universities to deliver vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs in banking & finance, business & management, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, and education & training.  

The institution aims to help students thrive in today’s competitive job market – offering excellent links to employers and a focus on one-to-one academic and career guidance in addition to our specialist courses. We take an inclusive approach to recruiting students, with an aim to widening access to education among groups currently under-represented in the sector. In fact, this very idea is at the heart of who we are.

meet our team

advisory board members

Mr Stanley Johnson
Chairman of the Advisory Board

Mr. Stanley Johnson is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for animal welfare, and he continues to travel the world to speak on these pressing issues. He is an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. He is a recipient of the Greenpeace award for Services to the Environment.

He worked with the European Commission from 1973 to 1979 as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division. Following this he served as MEP for Wight and Hampshire until 1982. He also served on the staff of the World Bank.

Mr. Johnson is an accomplished novelist and prize-winning poet.

Sir Tim Lankester
Advisory Board Member

Sir Tim Lankester studied economics at Cambridge and Yale. In 1973, he joined the British Civil Service. He held senior positions at the Treasury: Under-Secretary for Monetary and Financial Affairs, and then as Britain’s Director on the boards of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Investment Bank.

Later, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, and finally in the Department for Education. From 1978 to 1981 he was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers Callaghan and Thatcher. From 1981 to 1983 he was seconded from the Civil Service to the investment bank, S.G. Warburg. He was knighted for public service in 1994.

Sir Tim Lankester is also an accomplished author of several books on international aid and economics.

Lady Gabriella Windsor
Advisory Board Member

Ella Windsor is a seasoned advisor and a writer. She advises Latin American companies expanding into the UK, and vice versa. She draws from her experience living in the region and from her work with Latin America’s public and private sectors over the past twelve years. Ella contributes to The London Magazine (literary periodical).

She has also written for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, and Monocle Magazine amongst publications. Ella is involved with several philanthropic ventures.

She is an Advisor to AMA Foundation for marine conservation in Mexico and a Board Director of the Playing for Change Foundation, a global non-profit organization promoting music and arts education. Ella is also a Director of Toucan Ventures, which supports creative entrepreneurs.

She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford.

President GBS Dubai

Professor (Dr.) Amitabh Upadhya
President GBS Dubai

Professor Amitabh Upadhya is a higher education scholar and administrator with a PhD in Tourism Marketing from the department of Public Administration, University of Lucknow; he is associated with many institutions as visiting professor including the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau.

Widely published in journals and periodicals Amitabh sits on editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals and is a regular reviewer for many of them. He has been involved in various consultancy projects and designing, developing & conducting training programs in a career spanning three decades. His recent area of academic interest is industry-academia collaboration for destination marketing & management.

In his leadership role Professor Upadhya was recognized by the Academic Leadership Award of the Skyline University College Sharjah in 2008 & Education Leadership Award of the World Sustainability Congress Dubai in 2018. Professor Amitabh Upadhya joined Global Business Studies Dubai, in May 2021 as   President.

Executive board members

Dr. Vishwajeet Rana
Chairman of the Executive Board

Dr. Vishwajeet Rana completed an MBA from Ohio University and gained an MS and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Rana has executed a number of complex cross-border equity-/debt-structured investments and financing transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Hong Kong while working at HSBC’s New York office. He enjoys evaluating different global education models and applying them to unlock the potential of students through higher education.

Prof. Ray Lloyd
Prof. Ray Lloyd Chief Executive Officer
Professor Ray Lloyd joined GBS as CEO in September 2020. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and a Head of Department and then a Dean at Abertay University.

Professor Lloyd’s first degree was in mathematics, a subject he taught for several years both in London and then Botswana, where he held several positions with Botswana Athletics, including Director of Coaching.

He returned to the UK in 1996 to undertake a Master’s degree in Sports Science, later gaining a PhD in the same discipline. He has worked widely as a sports consultant with several sporting institutions including the English Premier League, First Class Cricket, Tennis, and Squash.

His current portfolio spans the academic life of the University including Research, Academic Partnerships, and Student Support. Professor Lloyd is a trustee of the Zimbabwe Educational Trust charity and has chaired the board of two Multi-Academy Trusts in West Yorkshire.
Prof. Don Pennington
Executive Board Member

Professor Donald Pennington has spent over thirty years working in the UK Higher Education sector. His extensive experience includes quality assurance, quality enhancement, and partnership working. He is currently a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Before joining GBS in 2017 as Director of Quality Enhancement, Professor Pennington held senior roles at Coventry University (as Pro Vice Chancellor) and the Institute of Education, University College London (as Director of Quality and Academic Standards).

Dr. Melissa Willby
Executive Board Member

Dr. Melissa Willby brings with her 30 years of experience in both the American Study Abroad and UK Higher Education sectors. She is accomplished at developing quality programmes that bring businesses and NGOs into the classroom to enhance learning.

Dr. Willby was formerly Academic Director of the Mountbatten Program in London, Dean at Hult International Business School, and former Internship Director at Syracuse University’s London campus. Before this, she was a lecturer at Richmond, the American International University in London. Her passion for education also manifested in her role as Director of the educational charity, the Rudolf Steiner Book Trust, a role which spanned two decades.

In her current capacity as Dean at GBS, Dr. Willby is responsible for the School’s academic administration and external relations. She supports and promotes the highest quality educational programs, research, and public service.

Liudmila Umarbaeva
Executive Board Member

Liudmila Umarbaeva is GBS’s Academic Registrar. Liudmila joined GBS in 2014 and has spent over six years working in the UK Higher Education sector. Her experience includes managing GBS’s quality assurance systems, Home Office and UKVI compliance, as well as governance and HR.  

Before joining GBS Liudmila was a Quality Officer and lecturer at the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University Law faculty’s UNESCO Department for Constitutional Law and Gender Policy. She also completed internships at the legal departments of the Executive Office of the President and Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.  

Liudmila holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and has undertaken postgraduate research on the constitutional and legal integration of human rights policies into the healthcare sector. She has taught classes and published numerous scholarly articles related to her research interests. Liudmila also holds an MBA from the University of Gloucestershire. 

our vision is

To Change Lives Through Education That Makes a Fundamental Difference to Living standards and access to learning.

 

We believe that education is transformational. It enables personal growth which can lead to better employment prospects. One individual achieving in education can inspire others – family, friends and colleagues. Confidence increases. A new business is started. An existing business grows. A job is secured. A promotion is earned. A family’s financial wellbeing is improved. As these things happen, so communities are transformed. This is why we do what we do.

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Our Campuses

Six Campuses Across Three of The UK’s Biggest and Most Exciting Cities!

Manchester

Explore our Manchester Campus
Universal Square,
Devonshire Street North,
Manchester, M12 6JH

Birmingham

Explore our Birmingham Campus
Fazeley Studios,
191 Fazeley Street,
Birmingham, B5 5SE

Leeds

Explore our Leeds Campus
St George House,
40 Great George Street
Leeds, LS1 3DL

Dubai

Global Business Studies, Block 5,

Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP),

Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

Email: info@gbs.ac.ae

Phone: +971 58 1698985

Manchester

Explore our Manchester Campus
Universal Square,
Devonshire Street North,
Manchester, M12 6JH

Birmingham

Explore our Birmingham Campus
Fazeley Studios,
191 Fazeley Street,
Birmingham, B5 5SE

Leeds

Explore our Leeds Campus
St George House,
40 Great George Street
Leeds, LS1 3DL

Dubai

Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP),

Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

Email: info@gbs.ac.ae

Phone: +971 58 1698985

GBS Dubai

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