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Our staff

Management is about organisations and the people within them

Take a look at how we have ‘organised’ ourselves! Management at Otago employs a number of staff in teaching roles. Our research covers all aspects of Management. To help us excel in our work, we have hardworking support staff – filling front-line reception and administrative roles.

Find out about our background, research and teaching, or look up our contact details, below:

HOD, coordinators, and advisers

Head of Department

Associate Professor Fiona Edgar PhD

Course advisers and approvers

Undergraduate - by appointment only

  • Associate Professor Diane Ruwhiu
  • Dr Paula O'Kane
  • Nathalie Wierdak

Email to make an appointment. Provide your full name, Student ID and a brief outline of the purpose for your visit. Please indicate clearly if you are a Finalist. You will be allocated a time slot by return email.

International Business Course Advice and Approval

PGDipCom Adviser / Coordinator MANT480

Ethical Approval Adviser

International Student Exchanges

Postgraduate Coordinators - Continuation (PhD, MCom)

Programme Directors

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Academic / teaching staff

Our academic and teaching staff are highly regarded internationally for their world-class research.


Robin Gauld PhD, Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor

Associate Professors

Fiona Edgar PhD
Richard Greatbanks PhD
Conor O'Kane PhD
Dr Diane Ruwhiu PhD
Sara Walton PhD
Lincoln Wood PhD

Senior Lecturers

Dr Joseph Cooper
Dr Jeff Foote
Dr Maja Graso
Dr Paula O'Kane 
Dr Dana Ott
Dr Lynnaire Sheridan
Dr Jing (Annie) Zhang


Dr Virginia Cathro
Dr Azka Ghafoor

Research Fellow

Dr Maria Amoamo

Teaching Fellow

Nathalie Wierdak

Professional Practice Fellow

Tracie Leckie

Support staff

Our support staff provide reception, administrative and secretarial support to the Department.

Administrator Client Services
Deborah Kim

Administrator Client Services
Leanne Skryba

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