Working with the Vice-Chancellor, members of the Vice Chancellor’s Group (VCG), the University Management Team and the Schools of the University, Nora leads on academic matters with a particular focus on the education strategy, teaching and learning, student support and experience, employability, partnerships, academic development, student recruitment and marketing, international activities, external and strategic planning and the strategic development of Schools. The University of East London has 21,000 students on three different sites. She also is the Chair and a Director of Knowledge Dock Ltd., an incubator facility at UEL. She drives the University's educational, international and student recruitment strategies and plans. She also leads on the review and development of the academic portfolio. She is a non-executive Board member for Newham College. Previously she was Dean of the Royal Docks Business School where she was responsible for the strategic management of the School. She has published and lectured on issues in higher education as well as Middle East Economics. Her area of expertise is in International Political Economy and Middle East Studies. Much of her current research is focused on Yemen and the Arabian Gulf states. She is fluent in Arabic. She has spoken at higher education institutions in Malaysia, Nigeria, Brazil, China and India. Before coming to the University of East London, she was a Professor and Chair of the Economics and Business Department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, USA. She has also taught at the American University in Beirut. She received her D.Phil. from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Specialties: Higher Education Management, Middle East Expert and Economist, Arabic speaker, Research in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.