Dr. Umar Kayani

Assistant Professor

Program Coordinator - BScBA in Accounting


Dr. Umar Nawaz Kayani is working as Assistant Professor at Al Falah University, Dubai. He graduated from Lincoln University, New Zealand with a Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance. Recently, he completed his post-Doctoral fellowship from the Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey. He was awarded Lincoln University Doctoral Scholarship and Lincoln University Summer Research Scholarship. During his stay at Lincoln University, New Zealand he worked as a teaching and research fellow as well.

He was actively involved in community engagement as a member of the Post-Graduate Committee and as a member of the Student’s Voice Committee of Lincoln University Student’s Association. Dr. Umar has published in various renowned and reputed journals of Accounting and Finance and is a reviewer for many renowned international journals and served as conference chair for various international conferences. He has presented his research work at various international conferences; he won the outstanding paper award at 17th Global Business Research Conference, Tokyo, Japan. He has supervised a number of MBA and MPhil students.

Besides academia, he also worked as Quality Assurance and Accreditation Expert for more than 10 years at the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). HEC is a regulatory body for the higher educational institutions of Pakistan. The main functions of HEC are to fund, oversee, regulate, and accredit the higher educational institutions of Pakistan.


Post-Doctorate, 2019-2020, Istanbul Sehir University, Istanbul, Turkey. \

PhD (Accounting & Finance), 2016-2019, Lincoln University Christchurch, New Zealand.

M.Phil. (Government & Public Policy), 2012-2014, National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

MBA (Accounting & Finance), 2007-2009, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan.

B.Sc. (Mathematics & Physics), 2005-2007, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.



      • Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration, Al Falah University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (September 2020 – Till).
      • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management Sciences Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan (September 2018-February 2020). 
      • Teaching and Research Fellow, Lincoln University, New Zealand (March 2017- July 2018). 
      • Assistant Director, Quality Assurance Division/ Accreditation and Foreign Collaboration Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan. May 2010- July 2020.  



      • Principles of Accounting 1
      • Principles of Accounting 2
      • Intermediate Accounting 1 
      • Intermediate Accounting 2
      • Accounting Information Systems 
      • International Financial Reporting Standards 
      • Cost Accounting 
      • Accounting Internship 
      • Managerial Finance 
      • Investment Management 
      • Financial Markets and Institutions 
      • Principles of Macroeconomics 
      • Project Management 



      • Certified Chartered Public Accountant (CPA), Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Pakistan
      • Fellowship, Commercial Education Society of Australia (FCES)



      • Working Capital Management
      • Corporate Social Responsibility 
      • Corporate Governance 
      • Islamic Finance



      • Kayani, U. N., Arif, M., & Hoang, K. (2021). Chairman Age and Corporate Diversification: The Cases of Old and Powerful Captains in Chinese firms. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 100534.
      •  Kayani, U. N., De Silva, T. A., & Gan, C. (2021). Corporate Governance and Working Capital Management - Inclusive Approach for Measuring the Firm Performance Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies.
      • Haider, S. A., & Kayani, U. N. (2020). The Impact of Customer Knowledge Management Capability on Project Performance-Mediating Role of Strategic Agility. Journal of Knowledge Management.
      • Kayani, U. N., De Silva, T. A., & Gan, C. (2019). Working Capital Management and Corporate Governance: A New Pathway for Assessing Firm Performance. Applied Economics Letters, 26(11), 938-942.



      • CEO Compensation and Say On Pay: Does CEO-To-Employee Pay Ratio Matters? Presented at 4th International Virtual Conference TASK 4, 2021, Al Falah University, Dubai, UAE.
      • Does Working Capital Management Matter? An Empirical Investigation of Australasian Firms in the Context of the Global Financial Crisis 2008. Presented at 17th Global Business Research Conference, 2018, Tokyo, Japan.
      • Does working capital management affect firm performance in New Zealand? A Dynamic Panel Estimation. Presented at 9th NZ Management and Accounting Conference, 2017 at Canterbury University, Christchurch.


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