Abrar Faisal is a PhD candidate, his research project aims to scrutinize the post-disaster trajectories of urban hospitality industry in New Zealand. Abrar’s research examines the consequences of the abrupt and high-magnitude changes in business environment; his current research qualitatively analyses the distinctive phenomenon of the stakeholders’ perceptions of entrepreneurship, resilience, business continuity, and sustainability in disasters’ aftermath. Another avenue of Abrar’s research interest in experience study collaborates with the domains of business travel and event management research.
Abrar holds a BSc (Honours) with double majors in Business Information Systems and IT, MSc in Business Information Systems from Middlesex University, London, UK and MBA from RRU, BC, Canada. He started his professional career as a business analyst in UK, and spent 6 years working as international business development manager, project manager, corporate affairs director and regional head for multinational organisations. Abrar served UK based consulting firm ‘Research For Interaction (UK)’, Swiss origin international hotel chain ‘Swiss International Hotels and Resorts’, American hotel chain ‘Best Western Premier’ and luxury hotel developer ‘Fort Hotels Group’ in their corporate and regional headquarters.
Prior to moving in New Zealand to pursue his PhD at University of Otago, Abrar lived and worked in UK, North America and Southeast Asia and extensively travelled across North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Abrar was a co-founder of the consulting firm ‘Hospitality Republic (BD)’ and creative agency ‘Bazna Limited’, he was director for both ventures in 2014 (leading multiple consulting/contracting projects for government agencies and multinational organisations) until he returned to the academia in October’ 2015. Bangladesh edition of ‘Business Times’ Magazine, National News Paper ‘The Daily Star’ and Lifestyle Magazine ‘ICE Today’ featured and interviewed Abrar in recognition of his business leadership positions.
Abrar worked in some funded research projects at University of Otago (Research Assistant at Centre for Recreation Research in 2015 and Department of Tourism in 2016); he was responsible for data collection, coding, analysis and report writing. Along with the journey of Doctoral Research, Abrar has been involved in Teaching as Tutor (with the responsibilities of tutorial material preparations, teaching in tutorial sessions, marking and student consultation) at the University of Otago Business School Tourism papers TOUR305 Tourism Product Development (2016), TOUR101 Introduction to Tourism (2016), TOUR303 Tourist Accommodation Management (2017), TOUR304 Event and Conventions Management (2017), TOUR103 Introduction to Hospitality (2017) and Teaching Assistant (Marker) in Business Studies paper BSNS112 Interpreting Business Data (2017). He has been a guest lecturer in Masters Paper TOUR420 Special Topic (2017) and undergraduate papers TOUR219 Destination Management (2017), TOUR303 Tourist Accommodation Management (2017), TOUR103 Introduction to Hospitality (2017), TOUR101 Introduction to Tourism (2016) and TOUR218 Hospitality Enterprise Management (2016).
Scholarships and Awards
• University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship
• Royal Roads University Chancellor’s Award for Highest Academic Performance
• Middlesex University Bursary for International Students
Coetzee, W. J. L., Lee, C., Faisal, A. (2017). Predicting intentions to revisit and recommend a sporting event using the Event Experience Scale, Reviewed and Accepted in Event Management: an international journal. (ABDC Journal Quality List 2016 Rating: ‘A’)
Faisal, A., Albrecht, J., & Coetzee, W. J. L. (2017). The challenges of (re)gaining a sustainable business proposition post-disaster. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht & W. J. L. Coetzee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. (pp. 597-601). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago
Coetzee, W., Lovelock, B., Faisal, Abrar. (2015), Market demand and feasibility study: Naseby Summer Luge. Funded project at Centre for Recreation Research, University of Otago Business School, Dunedin, New Zealand.
‘The challenges of (re)gaining a sustainable business proposition post-disaster’.
Verbal presentation at the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. 7th – 10th February’ 2017. Dunedin, New Zealand
Invited reviewer for full papers and working papers. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht & W. J. L. Coetzee (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Annual Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, University of Otago.