Director and Course Leader

Durdana Saiyid Rizvi, MBA (Schulich School of Business, York University)

Durdana combines nearly three decades of professional and teaching experience with a passion for sharing her knowledge and dedication with her students that is unparalleled. After seven years working with accounting firm KPMG and a decade spent in the corporate world, Durdana made the transition into the education sector. In addition to her position as a business faculty member at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Men’s campus, for nearly ten years, she is also responsible for founding the Financial Training Centre at Dubai Men’s College (FTC@DMC) at HCT. Durdana has called the UAE home for over three decades and has taught and worked with Emiratis for the last 11 years. Her extensive experience, both personal and professional, have made her acutely aware of the challenges faced by the public and private sectors in the UAE in their Emiratization initiatives and programs and also cognizant of the issues faced by young Emiratis in finding appropriate jobs. By developing close mentoring relationships with each of her students and taking the time to learn how to guide them to success, Durdana has been able to consistently and effectively help her students to learn challenging concepts and to take the necessary steps to be personally and professionally successful in achieving their goals. She founded DSR, known affectionately as the Learning Majlis, with the intention of providing her students with a nurturing environment where teaching and learning takes place in a social and collaborative way and where relationships are cultivated to foster a life-long love of learning.

Director - ICAEW ACA Program
Zafar Rizvi, FCA (ICAEW), CA (ICAO)

Zafar brings with him a rich portfolio of experience and knowledge from the accounting profession and the oil, maritime transport and real estate industries where he has worked in financial leadership roles. Zafar trained as a chartered accountant with a big-4 firm in the UK and travelled extensively in the Middle East, USA and Africa. He has extensive knowledge and experience of implementing financial reporting systems and IFRS in the organizations where he has worked, and more recently as CFO for a major investment holding group in Abu Dhabi, he was instrumental in setting up financial systems and a corporate governance regime in line with best practices in the region. He trains students for the ICAEW Application and Advanced stage examinations and frequently advises and trains clients in financial planning, budgeting and project evaluation.

Zafar Rizvi received ICAEW Chartered Accountant of the year award at ICAEW Middle East Accountancy and Finance Awards 2015. Judges made an unanimous decision to reward Zafar Rizvi with this prestigious award for his remarkable contribution towards mentoring and training of students.

Director - ICAEW CFAB Program
Azam Shibli

Azam has a degree in Economics from Brown University and a wealth of regional experience. He spent over a decade at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) as a researcher and analyst. He has organized a number of conferences on regional education issues. Prior to that, Azam was a substitute teacher and private tutor with a focus on economics and mathematics. Azam's interest in teaching has never waned. He is an enthusiastic proponent of professional education and is promoting the benefits of CFAB to students, employers and educators throughout the UAE.

Navzar Taraporvala – FCA (ICAEW), BA (Hons) Bsc (Econ)

Navzar is an ICAEW qualified FCA and a graduate of the London School of Economics in International relations. He has been teaching ICAEW courses since 1976 with top line training institutes like Emile Woolf & Associates, Financial Training, Accountancy Tutors and others including PWC Academy.

In addition, Navzar has frequently conducted undergraduate courses for universities in the UK and China and graduate induction courses for major international banks in the UK. Navzar has a passion for teaching and accountancy. He regularly contributes to journals and has authored a book about financial reporting. He has over 38 years of UK and international experience in teaching and training students for ICAEW and other exams.

Natalie Al-Samarrai, ​Bsc Econ, FCCA

Natalie has a BSc (Econ) in Accountancy and Management and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). She has an MSc with distinction in Professional Accountancy from the University of London.

Since 2008, she has been teaching students for the ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, and AAT at top training institutes like Kaplan Financial in the UK and other institutes in the UAE. Prior to teaching, Natalie had a successful career at a public accounting practice in the UK. She teaches most subjects and specializes in management, accounting and business strategy.

Natalie is also a qualified Further Education Teacher. She strongly believes that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Many of her students have discovered this and gone on win prizes in their professional exams.

Marryam Yasir, ACCA, MBA (Edinburgh Business School)

Marryam has been teaching ICAEW and ACCA courses in the UAE for over five years and has a strong track record of high student pass rates in all her classes. Teaching is a passion with Marryam and her participative and interactive classroom sessions are a treat for all her students.

Prior to joining the education industry, Marryam worked with Ernst & Young for four years where she managed clients in the FMCG and construction industries.  She brings with her extensive business and commercial knowledge from these industries as well as an intensive knowledge of international accounting and auditing standards.

Nic Bambury, ACA (ICAEW)

Nic is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant with a variety of commercial experience in roles up to and including Financial Director. Nic has worked in the UK, Australia and UAE, for companies such as PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Kellogg’s, Interpublic Group, Orbit Showtime Network and Emirates NBD. Over the past 5 years Nic has been involved in delivering professional accountancy qualifications, including ACCA, ICAEW, CIA and CPA.

Nic’s commercial experience, coupled with the audit experience gained at PwC, makes Nic a very engaging tutor who can bring textbook learning to life through real practical experiences and dynamic teaching. Nic teaches Audit, Assurance and Law at DSR, and she has a very successful pass rates in all subjects, including a number of prize winners.

Ross MacMillian
, CFA, MBA (EDHEC Business School) 

Ross strongly believes that the best kind of classroom learning environment is an engaging and interactive one. Ross has had roles in operations, equity and work analysis and worked in traditional long-only and alternative investment strategies across a comprehensive range of working asset classes. His professionalism, competence and teaching skills have proved unequaled. Ross has over seven years of investment management experience at State Street Bank and with two of the largest independent asset management firms in Canada. He brings a wealth of experience in finance and valuation having worked as an analyst in the asset management and hedge fund industries.He teaches Financial Management at PwC Academy and DSR Professional Training.

Ayesha Hussain, FCA (ICAEW), BSc (Hons)

Ayesha qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers after graduating from the London School of Economics. She has worked in various audit roles at Ernst & Young, Hasbro, Guoman Hotels and most recently at Heathrow Airport in the UK. She has a passion for learning and development and was involved in delivering training at EY to new and experienced recruits.

Currently, Ayesha is enjoying teaching Principles of Tax at DSR and prides herself in forming excellent individual rapport with her class to encourage them to perform to the best of their ability. She strives to develop tools and memory aids to assist the students above and beyond the standard course material. This has been met with great feedback and appreciation from the students. 

DSR is looking for experienced educators to join us! If you are interested, please email your CV and cover-letter to