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The University of Otago provides an outstanding student experience with a strong commitment to pastoral care and support networks.

International students enjoy additional support services.

We aim to help you settle in to life at Otago and make the very best of your time with us.

Associate Professor Leah Watkins

Leah Watkins imageAssociate Dean – International

Associate Professor Leah Watkins is responsible for developing the internationalisation strategy for the Otago Business School. In liaison with DVC External Engagement and the International Office, this role includes oversight of the student exchange programme, as well as other international initiatives that build the international focus of students and staff at Otago Business School. An important part of the role is academic leadership of international initiatives, ensuring the best use is made of both existing networks and establishment of new international collaborations.

Leah is based in the Marketing Department, where she teaches Consumer Behaviour, Market Research and Marketing Communications. Her research area focuses on two main areas: Culture and Consumer Behaviour – specifically the influence of culture on consumption and cross cultural research methodologies; and Marketing and Society - specifically consumer values and lifestyles, sustainable consumption, and children's consumer socialisation.

Feel free to contact her directly on issues related to international collaboration, research and teaching.

Tel +64 3 479 8168

Sally Henderson

Teaching Fellow

Sally is responsible for coordinating and overseeing international activities within the Otago Business School from an operational point of view. She assists with the development of strategy and policies, and their implementation, and also provides a liaison function between the Otago Business School and the International Office, as well as within the Otago Business School.

Tel +64 3 479 8429

Dr Mariela Carvajal

Mariela Carvajal 2020 ImageAcademic Leader International (part-time)

Dr Mariela Carvajal is an Academic Leader International at Otago Business School and is responsible for providing academic support to international students. Working as a complement to the International Office, she assists students regarding study programmes, course planning and academic information. Her role also includes to seek professional existing support and services within the University to help international students.

Mariela works in the Department of Accountancy and Finance. She teaches Financial Accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and her research interests are in the areas of financial reporting, accounting disclosure, environmental accounting and corporate governance.

Feel free to contact her directly on issues related to international students, teaching and research.

Tel +64 3 479 9047

Dr Raymond Xia

Raymond Xia imageAcademic Leader International (part-time)

The academic leader international carries responsibilities for international student support and liaison with existing activities from International Office and elsewhere on behalf of the Otago Business School. The primary focus for this role is academic support for international students at OBS, to be available for international students seeking advice regarding their programme of studies.

Raymond Xia received his education in China, UK and NZ so he is familiar with international study experience. After spending ten years in global companies in China as a head of marketing, Raymond moved to academia. He now is based in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme. He teaches and supervises the DBA students, and his research investigates consumer behaviour through cultural lens. Raymond is also the committee of Dunedin Shanghai Association.

Tel +64 3 479 8407

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