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About Sufian Fannoun

I joined the University of Chester in 2016. Before that, I worked as a university lecturer and project manager for fourteen years in different academic and intellectual places in the world. I also worked as university vice chancellor assistant for planning and projects.

I am a Ph.D. candidate and currently preparing for my final examination. My thesis title is “Modelling project knowledge acquired in a small software development business and proposing a lightweight system to support knowledge transfer and effective practice of software project management”. I hold an MSc degree in Digital Enterprise Management from London’s University of Westminster, and a BSc first class honours in Computer Engineering. I have received a number of awards and scholarships such as the British Council PhD Scholarship, the University of Westminster MSc Scholarship, BSc honours graduate award, and the excellence award for best dedicated staff. In 2009, I was invited as part of a small group to meet the mayor of London representing the international scholars in London.

I have both practical and academic experience in Programme and Project management including PRINCE2, Agile, Lean, Scrum, XP and other similar PM methodologies. I have solid leadership skills and demonstrated experience in planning, designing and building sophisticated digital solutions and projects. I have developed digital solutions in a variety of operating environments, including energy, IT, engineering and e-commerce.

I succeeded in fundraising and managing large complex projects with a total budget of $500,000. These projects were in the fields of construction, capacity building, renewable energy, internationalisation, and students’ mobility. Funding bodies were the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Commission TEMPUS and ERASMUS programmes, and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

I am an expert in Bologna process as well as internationalisation of academic programmes and published a book chapter on internationalisation and management of international projects. The book was funded by the European Commission Tempus Programme, and was part of a joint project between higher education institutions from the EU and Middle East.

I have held positions in a number of higher education committees such as strategic planning, quality assurance, and academic programme development committees. I succeeded in designing and implementing number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of IT, Engineering, and Project Management. I have taught various modules to different levels of undergraduate and postgraduate students, with various backgrounds and culture. I have also supervised and assessed numerous undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

I have attended various professional training courses and participated in a number of international conferences at high reputation universities e.g. The University of Oxford. Similar participations were in Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Middle East, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Turkey, and Cyprus.


Modules taught

  • SE7003 Project Management in the Process Industries

  • SE7222 PPM Software Skills

  • SE7225 Project Knowledge, Management and Security

  • SE7218 Intro to Project Management

  • SE7215 Research Methods

  • SE7200 Research Dissertation

  • SE6040 Project Management

Other teaching areas

  • Knowledge Management

  • Software Development

  • Software Engineering

  • Programming Languages

  • Information Management

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

  • Business Intelligence


Conference papers

  • 2018, The 4th International Conference on Information Management. The University of Oxford, UK.

  • 2018, Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities International conference. the University of Liverpool, UK,

  • 2018, The University of Chester PhD symposium

  • 2017, 18th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations. The University of Konstanz, Germany.

  • 2017, Oral presentation and poster paper at the Centre for Invention and Social Process. Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • 2016 Oral presentation and poster paper at PhD symposium. University of Central Lancashire, UK.

  • 2014, Conference paper on Agile project management, Lund University, Sweden.

Other workshops, training and presentations

  • 2013, UK higher education teaching and research system workshop, the University of Brighton, UK.

  • 2012, Training on Internationalisation and managing international Projects, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

  • 2010, Training and workshops on ECTS and Bologna system implementation at the European universities, University Collage Cork, Ireland.

  • 2009, PRINCE2 Project management, the University of Westminster, UK.

Other research activities

  • 2014, Learning from project management failure.

  • 2010, Enterprise wide systems implementation.

  • 2009, Business process Intelligence

  • 2008, Web Development process using user-centered design methodology.

  • 2008, Strategic and operational role of information technology in organisations

  • 2008, Role of search engine optimization in E-commerce.

  • 2006, Characters recognition using Neural Network.

Published Work

Journal articles

  • Fannoun, S. and Kerins, J. (2019), "Towards organisational learning enhancement: assessing software engineering practice", Emerald the Learning Organization, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 44-59

  • Fannoun, S. and Kerins, J. (2018) Evaluating current practice and proposing a system to enhance knowledge assets within a small software development unit, IEEE Xplore, pp. 236-240.

Under review

  • Kerins, J, and Fannoun, S. (2020), a Lexical frequency visualising tool supporting data analysis, Qualitative Research Journal, Emerald.

Book chapters

  • Beelen, J (Ed.). Fannoun, S. Boddington, A. Bruns, B. Golgar, M. and Machado, C. (Ed.) (2013) Internationalisation at home, Guide of Good Practices Tempus Corinthiam, Vol 3, Brussels: Tempus Corinthiam


BSc Eng. (1st class honours), MSc, PhD Candidate, PRINCE2