DR ALASTAIR WATSON
Dr. Alastair Watson is a Scottish academic with a decade of experience in developing and delivering higher education programs worldwide. His professional journey began in the hospitality industry, where he cultivated a deep interest in the hotels, restaurants, and leisure sectors, as well as a fascination with the resilience of SMEs and the entrepreneurs who establish them. In his academic career, Alastair has had the privilege of working at renowned Scottish and Australian universities, both in Scotland and the vibrant city of Dubai.
From his early years in high school, Alastair has consistently been employed, starting with a weekend job crafting picture frames, followed by working in the family newsagent and fancy goods shop. As a country boy at heart, he also gained experience working in small country hotels in a picturesque region of Scotland, eventually becoming a hotel manager himself. His diverse work experiences have instilled in him a deep appreciation for the value of practical work experience and a nuanced understanding of the diverse individuals encountered in life. Alastair’s journey began with the Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) system, leading him to recognize that every individual is unique and learns in their own distinct way.
It is this understanding of individuality and diverse learning styles that has motivated Alastair to join the AEE team. He is driven by the desire to businesses in comprehending, visualizing, and applying their newfound knowledge in a practical manner that will enable them to recognize its genuine value in the workplace.
Dundee University: Associate Dean Quality and Academic Standards, Senior Lecturer in Management
University of Wollongong in Dubai: Assistant Professor in Management
Heriot-Watt University (Dubai): Assistant Professor in Management & Marketing
Heriot-Watt University: Graduate Teaching Assistant (Management & Marketing)
2021 – 2023
2016 – 2021
2015 – 2016
2012 – 2015