A seasoned business leader and a passionate educationist with 19 years of experience in the education sector, Dr. Richa Arora is currently the Head of Institution and COO for the University of Stirling and SQA RAK Center at Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Dr. Richa holds an extensive leadership experience in propelling academic growth across UAE, Indian and African regions. Her vision of Nurturing future leaders to make them globally competent and socially committed has proved to be turning point in the arena of higher education.

She has led a major step change in how the University worked with business, from start-ups to large corporates; launching a new innovation hub and leading a city-wide team of senior city stakeholders through Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program and Technology driven Universities across Africa.

As head of Institution at the University of Stirling and SQA, she drives the strategic oversight, academic directions and the financial sustainability.

Dr Richa is a Professor of Marketing, having studied for her PhD and M-Phil in Marketing. She is a highly regarded researcher with over 30 research papers and three edited volumes published. She has been invited to deliver over 30 keynote/plenary talks at international conferences, and has been invited as a visiting professor to universities around the world, including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Ghana, Namibia and New Zealand and She is a Board member of IODSA (Institute of Directors in South Africa)

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