Management Team

Firoz Babu Thairinil

Chief Executive Officer

Firoz was a career banker, with more than 15 years experience in the banking industry, having worked with multinational and local banks in Middle East and India. Prior to Westford, his last position was in the capacity of Country Head – Retail Banking Sales for a large bank in the UAE.

Firoz was driven by his vision to engage in the educational transformation process by effective deployment of technology and bringing internationally accepted best practices to the industry. His passion towards fostering talents and young minds has instigated his drive to embark on an educational venture to set up a robust network of management schools across the globe and bid adieu to his banking career. Firoz holds dual MBA’s,one from the University of Wales, UK (Marketing) and second from TIU, Missouri, US (Banking & Finance).

Hanil spearheads the operations, marketing and business development of Westford University College. Hanil directs, coordinates and administers the entire aspect of all the programs including planning, organizing, scheduling , staffing and implementation. Hanil oversees the end to end aspect of student admissions to certification stage and plays an instrumental role in business development for all our courses.

Hanil is a passionate edupreneur who is in the higher education industry for the last eight years and has more than a decade of experience in the senior managerial level in the banking industry and higher education industry in varied roles including sales, operations and administration. Hanil is a Commerce graduate, an MBA from Bangalore University and PG Dip in Strategic Management from RVIM, Bangalore.

Hanil initiated the WeCares, We Talk and We Connect programs in Westford to connect the Westfordians with industry, corporate world and Community. We Cares, the signature CSR initiative of Westford University College where we encourage our students and staff to engage themselves in philanthropic and volunteering endeavours. Forbes Middle East had acknowledged and awarded Westford University College for the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ in the Higher Education Awards 2019.

Hanil Haridas

Executive Director – Business Head

Dr. William Painter

Dean, Westford Education Group

Dr. William Painter is a veteran educationist and dean of Westford Education Group. Dr. William did extensive research in the area of Medieval History, Renaissance History, Online Education, Business Management, and Supply Chain and Logistics. For his work on 15th Century school and the transmission of Humanism through pre-university education in Northern Europe, he was awarded PhD from University of Missouri – Colombia. Dr. Painter has been active in international private and public post-secondary and higher education since 1988. He was responsible for creating and administering Europe’s first online MBA program under the High Business School Groupe Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Pau, France. Dr. Painter understands practical education for working adults and is fully versed in UK, French, and US higher education pathways.

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