Meet our academics

Our programmes are based on the most up-to-date research and are taught by experienced practitioners and academics working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Professor Elizabeth Maitland

Elizabeth Maitland circleAssociate Dean (MBA Programmes)

Professor Elizabeth Maitland has extensive experience designing and teaching on MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes at the University of New South Wales, New York University, Peking University and Nanjing University.

Elizabeth holds the Chair in International Business and her research has been published in leading international business and strategy journals where she sits on the Editorial Boards of two of these journals. Elizabeth has provided consulting advice on corporate strategy to the senior executives and boards of large, multinational companies and to entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as specialist policy advice to Australian and Chinese government departments and authorities, including as an Economic Governance advisor to the Australian Government international aid agency, AusAID.

Elizabeth is committed to delivering a transformative experience to ULMS’ MBA students. She sees this experience as a learning journey that develops and extends participants’ acumen and expertise to identify, dissect and solve complex problems, while grappling with competing priorities, ambiguous information and uncertain outcomes.

Dr Danai Christopoulou

Director of Liverpool MBA

Dr Babatunde Buraimo

Director of Football Industries MBA

Dr Babatunde Buraimo is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Management. He was educated at the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University, where he holds a doctoral degree in economics. Dr Buraimo specialises in sports management and economics and has published extensively on the economics of sports broadcasting, demand for sports, and economics of sports participation.

‌Neil Coster

Director of Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA

Neil joined the University in 2015 with responsibility for launching the Horseracing MBA, having previously studied the Football Industries MBA in 2009. 

He has a background in senior sales and marketing roles for IT and Communications companies including Cisco Systems.  Since completing the MBA, Neil has worked as a sports business consultant and worked on a range of projects, including for the Racing Post and Leaders in Racing and a leading Premier League football club. 



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