Meet the Faculty

Dr. Adel Zadeh

Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Project Management


Adel is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Northeastern University and is the director of academia with the PMI Toronto chapter. He is a Professional Program/Project Manager with over 10 years of industrial and academic experience managing and consulting many complex public/private projects including planning, estimating, engineering, procurement, and implementation.

As a professor and program director, he has developed, taught, and run a number of PM programs in GTA. Adel's professional work, research interest, and teaching focus on organizational transformation change leadership, AI in Project Management, disciplined agile as well as sustainability initiatives in green building construction, and how sustainability trends impact the building and construction industry.

Adel holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Cambridge University, U.K, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and accredited LEED BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Building Design and Construction).

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Dr. Ammar Aamer

Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Ammar Aamer has over 22 years’ industry experience in project management, operations management, supply chain management, and strategic business consulting with various companies such as Volvo, TRW Automotive, Gap Inc., and Industrial and Business Services.

As an educator, he has served in various roles, including Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Dean of Engineering at Sana’a and Sampoerna Universities – in Yemen and Indonesia. His research is currently focused on the areas of Data Analytics and Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma, Organizational Change, and IoT or the Internet of things.

Ammar holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Information Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has also achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Chris Bolick

Assistant Academic Specialist - College of Professional Studies

Christopher Bolick is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program. He has extensive experience in project management and business process improvement, and has previously worked with a Fortune 40 company in engineering and construction, real estate operations, strategic sourcing, facilities maintenance, and design and continuous improvement. He brings his extensive expertise in managing strategic initiatives and cross-functional teams to Northeastern where, since 2013, he has served as a graduate faculty member and academic consultant.

Mr. Bolick is the master teacher for the “Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals,” Communication Skills for Project Managers,” and “Project Scheduling and Cost Planning” courses, while overseeing the implementation of the Project Management Competency-Based Experiential Learning program. He has taught a range of courses at the graduate level, including "Project Foundations" and "Project Capstone," in addition to those listed previously. He has presented at the Project Management Institute's (PMI) 2018 Technology and Talent Symposium and has a chapter forthcoming in a new textbook on project management in his areas of research including the intersection of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and digital transformation as its related to project management practices.

He holds a Master of Project Management from Western Carolina University, and the following certifications; Project Management Professional PMP ©, Business Process Management, and Lean Six Sigma. Mr. Bolick is pursuing an EdD in Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern.

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Dr. Douglas C. Bower

Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Douglas Bower is based at Northeastern's Toronto Campus, where he teaches a range of graduate courses in both project management and construction management. Previously, he was a lecturer at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

With the Ontario Government until 2015, Doug led a team that actively promoted the adoption of e-business techniques and strategies by small and medium enterprises and the availability of broadband Internet services in rural and remote areas of Ontario. Before joining the government, Doug managed complex multi-million-dollar projects at CIBC and also provided management consulting services to large IT and telecom firms, including IBM, CGI, Telus Mobility and Bell Canada. Previously, he was Director of Construction & Facilities for Famous Players Theatres (now Cineplex) and a project manager with a consulting firm now part of IBI Group.

Douglas Bower is a member of the Project Management Institute and gained its PMP designation in 1998. He is also a member of the College of Performance Management.

Douglas is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Risk and Contingency Management (IJRCM).

Dr. Bower has a B.Arch. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from York University, a MSc in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University, and a Doctor of Project Management (DPM) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Doug has been an invited speaker at many project management conferences in Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia. His research on project planning, phases and earned value has been published in professional journals.

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Dr. Farhad Eizakshiri, PMP

Associate Teaching Professor, Master of Science in Project Management

Dr. Farhad Eizakshiri is a teaching professor in the Project Management program at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in Project Management from University of Manchester, and has nearly 10 years of experience in teaching, mentoring, consultancy, and working in public and private sectors. As a certified Project Management Professional, he taught many project management courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students such as Project Management, Business Operation, Supply Chain and Procurement Management, People and Organization, Project Planning and Control, Risk Management, International Marketing, Quality Management and Change Management, Communication and Leadership. Dr Eizakshiri’s recent research interest and focus is on managing IT projects and software development. He is a co-founder of a startup company in freight industry

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Jean-Francois Cecile, PhD, MBA, PMP

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Jean-Francois (JF) Cecile is an Adjunct Lecturer in the MS in Project Management program.
He is a seasoned Project, Program and Portfolio Management professional with over 20 years of experience as a delivery practitioner, as well as in software development, risk management, and technology consulting. As a delivery executive for leading consulting firms, he has delivered complex enterprise solutions for large organizations in Canada, the US and the UK.
JF holds a number of professional certifications including PMP, CSM, PRINCE2 and MSP. He has extensive experience establishing, running and improving PMO functions for diverse organizations, both from a delivery and portfolio management perspective.
He is an experienced lecturer and continuing education instructor, and he has also worked as a lead delivery instructor for a Tier 1 consulting firm.
JF holds a PhD in Physics and an MBA in Finance.

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Dr. Jeffrey Thompson DBA, PMP, CSM

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Jeffrey is an accomplished and dynamic Scrum Master, Certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt, MS Project Trainer, SAP, and ITIL professional. He has over 30 years of experience and proven effectiveness with successful implementations in the financial, pharmaceutical, brewing, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, and government (Ontario Lottery and Gaming). He currently works at TD Bank in the role of Agile Scrum Master in Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS). He also has been a volunteer with PMI Toronto Chapter since 2000 and president between 2020 to 2022.

Jeffrey was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica (West Indies). Jeffrey graduated with a BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, in Trinidad. After graduating with his engineering degree, he went to work at Desnoes and Geddes Ltd, Kingston (a brewery), where he held several project management, engineering and logistics. He delivered several engineering projects, including installing a water treatment plant and was involved in an SAP implementation before immigrating to Canada.

In Canada, he worked at Apotex, in Toronto, in a variety of Information Technology (IT) project management and support roles. He worked at Maple Leaf Foods, Mississauga in Six Sigma (process improvement), project management and scheduling roles. He also worked on a few contracts with companies like Canada Bread and Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) before working at TD Bank.

Jeffrey achieved his MSc. in Computer Information System from the University of Phoenix and has a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in General Business from Northcentral University (NCU), Arizona.

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Nasim Bahari, PhD., PMP.

Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management


Dr. Nasim Bahari received her Ph.D. in management from Telecom Paris in France. She has a diverse skill set that she has developed through several years of professional and academic experience in different countries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her academic background is enriched with several years of professional experience as a management consultant and project manager in the industry. She has worked as a project manager in several multi-national projects in the automotive and transportation industries. She is the founder of a management consulting company that empowers businesses and entrepreneurs by helping them with the business plan and business model development, project management, and operations management. She is also a lecturer at Northeastern University and teaches various project management courses.

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Dr. Nemanja Davidovic

Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management


Dr. Nemanja Davidovic is a project management professional with over ten years of experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating international development projects. He has a successful track record of writing winning project proposals and driving new business development with the European Commission, Council of Europe, United Nations Development Program, German Development Agency, national and provincial governments and corporate sector. He has developed and implemented socio-economic development projects in many European countries and worked with government organizations, educational institutions, civil society, non-profits, the private sector, and international development organizations.

Nemanja is a skilled trainer, researcher, and evaluator with expertise in the theory of change, results-based management and performance measurement. As an active member of the PMI Toronto Chapter, Nemanja continues to devote time and energy to the advancement of Project Management as a profession and lifelong career.

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Rhea Kolanko, MBA, MMIE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Rhea is accomplished in project management and IT service management with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare, financial, and retail industries. Her passions lie in entrepreneurship and innovation, and she currently leads the Operations group for Smile CDR, a Toronto-based health technology company. She has led several large-scale projects in healthcare data exchange, software development, voice, and network infrastructure, providing solid practical experience in business analysis, risk management and strategy execution.

Rhea holds a Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MMIE) from Queen's University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed two undergraduate degrees from Ryerson University along with the following certifications: Project Management Professional PMP ©, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, ITIL Foundations and Lean Six Sigma.

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Dr. Rosario Feghali, PMP, CISM

Part-Time Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Rosario Feghali has extensive experience in Information Technology, Business Intelligence (BI), and Cybersecurity since 1998 with hands-on project delivery and program leadership for large and complex projects/organizations in both the private and public sectors.

He defined, led, and directed large-scale teams and projects implementing leading-edge BI and Information Technology strategies, techniques, and solutions in large national and multi-national organizations in various sectors including Financial Services (SAS Institute, Bank of Canada), Transportation (CN Railway), Federal Government (Canada Border Services Agency, Correctional Services, Industry Canada, Shared Services Canada) and Healthcare Services (Canadian Medical Protection Association).

Rosario is also an avid educator. He is currently teaching various courses at the University of Calgary and Northeastern University. Previously he led the delivery of over 30 different courses in Information Technology and Project Management at Walden University.

Rosario Feghali holds both the PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP) and ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

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Stephen Amato

Faculty Director of Graduate Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences, Teaching Professor

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy from Boston College (1997)
Master of Business Administration from Boston College
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College

Bio:

Dr. Stephen F. Amato has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to his position as Faculty Director of Graduate Regulatory Affairs and Life Sciences at Northeastern University, Steve was the Founder and Managing Director of Life Sciences Advisors, LLC, and also a Managing Director for Cardinal Health Regulatory Sciences.  Additionally, as an Executive with GfK Health, Dr. Amato managed and worked on client global regulatory affairs and reimbursement projects in the areas of market access, pricing, and payer coverage, coding and payment strategy.  Prior to GfK Health, as an Executive Director at Anika Therapeutics, Steve managed all aspects of the company's product portfolio including regulatory, reimbursement, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, pricing and promotional strategies.  From 2000 to 2007, he was the Group Director of Knee Repair at Smith & Nephew Endoscopy where he managed a $140M orthopedic product portfolio. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for Visible Genetics, where he was responsible for developing and launching genomic molecular diagnostics products used for subtyping Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and other infectious disease agents.  \He has also worked with Critical Therapeutics on the development and commercialization of treatments for gram-negative sepsis.

Steve holds an AB in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Boston College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from the Carroll School of Graduate Management at Boston College.  He has also received the U.S. and EU Regulatory Affairs Certification designations and is a Consultant for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

Professional Experience:

Established global regulatory affairs/market access/HEOR professional whose mission is to lead the development of an efficient and globally competitive U.S. healthcare system based on 20+ years’ of life sciences industry and public service experience; Have consistently demonstrated expert-level proficiency in leading teams in diverse global markets to solve complex regulatory affairs/market access/reimbursement/coding/pricing associated challenges in the medical device/specialty pharmaceutical/combination product/companion dx/rare diseases space; Teams managed have consistent success in direct FDA/CMS/Medicaid/private payer/global regulatory body/payer interactions and negotiations, in securing state Medicaid coverage and in leveraging Type A/B/C FDA meetings; Life sciences industry experience includes leading productive team interactions with EU notified bodies, EMA, and direct collaboration with the Brazilian ANVISA, Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) and Chinese FDA, as well as geographically specific payer assessment bodies (NICE, G-BA, IQWiG, HAS, CEPS) resulting in maximal penetration of healthcare products and services into Ex-US markets; am skilled in building alliances with diverse healthcare market stakeholders, including NGO’s, VC's and angel investors to raise capital, and in leading the evaluation, development & execution of global biomedical product regulatory and market access strategies; Healthcare product and associated services launches I have managed or supported in orthopedics/rare diseases/biologics/women’s health/oncology/infectious disease/molecular dx/biomarker spaces have generated over $7.75B in global revenue in inpatient/outpatient/home healthcare environments.

Member of RAPS, ISPOR, UPCEA, ACHE, DIA, MassMedic, MassBio, Boston Chamber of Commerce, Airplane Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA)

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Syed Farhan Mazhar PMP, OCP

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Project Management

Syed Farhan Mazhar is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Project Management program at
Northeastern University.
He has been associated with the service provision industry and academia for over
12 years and have held leadership positions in both IT and academia. His expertise
are in the areas of team building, requirement analysis, teaching, mentoring,
consultancy, monitoring, coordination, motivation and relationship building, which
have resulted in increased revenues for several ventures.
He has a passion for teaching and have been a permanent and visiting faculty
member of several reputed higher education institutes locally and internationally,
where he taught a wide variety of subjects encompassing Project Management and
numerous Computer Science related courses.
He has Master’s in Software Engineering and Intelligent System from University
of Alberta, M.Sc. in Electronics from Karachi University, and currently a PhD
candidate in the field of Computer Science at McMaster University. He has done
several international certification and training’s, including PMP from PMI, Oracle
Certified Professional, ITIL Foundations, A + certified, Mini MBA Courses,
Teaching and Learning Certificates.
His recent research interest and focus is on managing IT projects, business process
design, effective data analytics, data cleaning, discrete event system, and database
systems.

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Thomas M. Koperniak

Lecturer, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs

Thomas M. Koperniak, PhD, RAC, is an Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Concert Pharmaceuticals, with over 10 years of pharmaceutical industry experience spanning early and late stage development across multiple therapeutic areas. He has led preparation of a broad portfolio of global regulatory submissions and designed effective regulatory strategies taking current and emerging global regulatory requirements into account. In addition to his experience supporting start-up and execution of global clinical trials through establishment and maintenance of INDs and CTAs, he has leveraged his knowledge of clinical, manufacturing, labeling, and advertising regulation to deliver new product filings and lifecycle registrations to health authorities in the United States, Canada, and European Union.

Before joining Concert Pharmaceuticals, Tom was a Global Regulatory Lead at GE Healthcare, where he supported clinical development and lifecycle management for investigational and marketed pharmaceutical diagnostics. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, he worked at FORUM Pharmaceuticals for 6 years in various Research and Regulatory Affairs roles to advance the development of compounds under investigation for treating CNS diseases.

Tom is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs program, where he has developed and instructed courses in pharmaceutical regulation, regulatory writing, and product manufacturing for 7 years. He is the Founder of the ALERT Program (Advancing Lifelong Excellence in Regulatory Trades- an educational platform offering lectures on key issues facing healthcare and other regulated industries, as well as career development support services) and created the ATTRACT Initiative (Advocating for Transitions To a Regulatory Affairs Career Track- an outreach project raising awareness of the Regulatory Affairs profession primarily among undergraduate students). In 2018 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies.

In addition to his experience teaching at Northeastern University, Tom has developed and instructed online courses in drug development, pharmaceutical regulation, and regulatory strategy for the University of California San Diego and George Washington University.

Tom completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Williams College, and received a Doctorate in Pharmacology from Northeastern University. He has maintained RAC certification since 2011.

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