Director and Course Leader

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

Durdana combines nearly four 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 founded 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 18 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

Zafar offers a rich combination of industry experience, financial technical knowledge and a passion for teaching. He is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant from a big-4 firm in the UK, with extensive experience in senior financial leadership roles in industry.

He trains students for the ICAEW Professional and Advanced Level exams using an exam focused teaching technique that helps his students gain confidence early in the course and enjoy high pass rates, compared to the ICAEW global pass rates.

Zafar enjoys tutoring and mentoring students and continuously strives to improve his knowledge and teaching techniques.  Several of his students have achieved the highest marks in the Advanced Level papers, in the Middle East.

Zafar Rizvi received ICAEW Chartered Accountant of the year award at ICAEW Middle East Accountancy and Finance Awards 2015. Judges made a 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, ACA (ICAEW), BFP (ICAEW), BA (Brown University)

Azam is director of the ICAEW-CFAB program at DSR. He was the lead instructor for the PAQT/EFP program, a joint initiative launched in 2019 by the Human Resources Authority and ADGM Academy. To date, 29 Emirati students have earned the ACCA diploma through the program.

Azam teaches ICAEW ACA courses at DSR and to corporate clients, including EmiratesNBD. His practice areas include Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Taxation.

Azam is a graduate of Brown University (’01) in Providence, RI, USA. He attended the American Community School in Abu Dhabi.


Christopher Cain, MSc

Chris has over 30 years of experience delivering Professional programs to both public and private sector organizations as well as delivering courses for the ACCA and CIMA professional bodies. He specializes in Strategic Management Accounting and Financial Management and Corporate Governance for Board Members.  For many years, Chris has been delivering Professional Qualification training and Corporate Training in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Middle East.

Chris established his own college in 1990 which became part of FTC in 1996 (now Kaplan Financial) where he became the Midlands Region Managing Director (2000 to 2006).  Additionally, Chris wrote the ACCA’s Business Management and Strategic Planning (BMSP) syllabus for the ACCA and implemented on-line training for CIMA students studying in Asia-Pacific and Ireland.  Chris is a member of the ICAEW’s Emirati Advisory Board (EAB) in the UAE and an Educational Board Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners.

Nic Black, FCA (ICAEW)

Nic is a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW, who qualified with PwC in the UK.  She has both excellent pass rates and feedback from her students.  She brings the subjects she teaches to life from her vast wealth of experience in practice and in industry.  Nic has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, and the UAE.  Additionally, she has held a variety of roles up to and including CEO, as well as being the Financial Director of a large American publicly listed company before the age of 30.

Nic was the first tutor in the Middle East to teach ICAEW.  Over the past 15 years, she has taught ICAEW, CFAB, ACCA, CPA, CIMA and IIA.  Additionally, she has taught a number of prize winners in various papers, including the only student worldwide to ever achieve 100% in English Law.

Within the ICAEW Syllabus, Nic teaches Assurance, Law and Audit and Assurance, and in prior years she has also taught Business Technology and Finance, Business Planning and Business Strategy and Technology.

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