TII Christchurch Branch, adjacent to the Avon River which runs through the city, is right in the CBD area. It is within walking distance to the Christchurch Library, Bus Interchange, a large shopping complex and supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants, cafes and other conveniences. Students are encouraged to explore their new environment in every way.
Chief Executive Officer
Qaiser Rashid is an expert and senior level tertiary education executive in New Zealand and is well known and respected for his contributions in the tertiary education sector.
Qaiser has successfully owned and managed a number of Private Training Establishments in New Zealand for the past twenty years. His education career pathway commenced from Tertiary Lecturer to Head of the Department, Dean, Director of Studies, Principal, and Shareholder and Director of medium to large-size private training establishments in New Zealand. Previously, he has a senior level management experience in Quick Service Restaurant, Textiles, and Cigarette industries.
Qaiser has been an Honorary Investment Counsellor for Pakistan in New Zealand from 2013 to 2018. He has played a key role in establishing strategic ties between New Zealand and Pakistan.
His recent role includes leading a large education delivery project of Huadu International in New Zealand. As a CEO, he is responsible for strategy formulation and its implementation to achieve high quality education outcomes at a business level.
Aaron has many years’ experience working in the Tertiary education industry.
Aaron joined TII in 2018 as the Principal’s Assistant at the TII Christchurch campus. His main responsibility in this role is to assist the Principal in financial, marketing and recruiting policies.
Aaron has a strong interest in sports, such as swimming. No one has ever beaten him at badminton. Would you like to try your luck?
Kiran joined TII as a business lecturer having extensive experience in academics overseas and in New Zealand. She holds a Bachelors in Computer Science (Hons) while graduating with high merit honors and a Masters in Business Administration, with majors in Finance. She has a passion for teaching and also holds a Bachelors in Education. She has worked in academics for over 8 years, while teaching at University level and also had an opportunity to head a leading school in Pakistan. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and enjoys baking.
Administration and Student Services Manager
Michelle Li oversees all the administrative functions as an Office Manager of Talent International Institute, Christchurch Branch. Michelle gained a Master’s degree from Auckland University of Technology with a major in Marketing. She likes to watch movies and play golf during her spare time. She has been in education industry and has been involved in international student management since 2015.
Margaret Fowler is the head teacher at TII. She has been involved in the ESOL industry for 29 years in both teaching and management roles.
She teaches General English at TII and also runs the academic programme at the Christchurch branch. She enjoys the interaction with students of various nationalities and she especially likes teaching at Beginner Level. She spends much of her free time with her family and also enjoys going to cafes and the cinema.
Warner Grenfell is the full-time General English teacher. He has been teaching ESOL for 25 years and he loves learning about students and their countries. He is very experienced at teaching all levels but his particular interest is in Cambridge exam courses. During his free time, he will often be seen on his motor bike or riding a wave at the beach. His second home is Indonesia and he speaks Indonesian at an Intermediate level.
I have been teaching international students for 23 years both at high schools for 17 years and at language schools. My specialties are Intermediate and Upper Intermediate classes and IELTS exam preparation. I enjoy promoting interesting discussions.
In my spare time I love biking, using an E-bike on long trails, watching movies, travelling and being with my large family.
I have been teaching in the field of ESOL for 18 years. I have tutored students of all ages and levels from over 50 countries in a wide range of learning institutions and contexts including English for Academic Purposes (EAP), IELTS preparation classes, specialised programmes and private tutoring. I have also been a tutor in the Adult and Community Education programme since 2005. I enjoy a wide range of both academic and leisure interests from philosophy to economics, playing the guitar to traveling, and motor racing to collecting books. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cycling and participating in amateur theatre productions.
Marketing Manager (Indian Subcontinent)
Dev has 10 years of Marketing & Administration experience in international education sector. He joined TII as a Marketing and Sales Coordinator of the Indian Subcontinent Market in June 2018. He holds a Bachelors in Maths, Physics & Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration, with Marketing & Human Resource Management. His other activities include playing field Hockey and has learned Mountain Biking and Snowboarding here in Canterbury.
Dr. Abdullah Niyaz
Programme Leader - Business Department
Abdulla Niyaz has 10 years of HR, training and hospitality industry experience in tourism and trade sectors in the Maldives Islands and has 9+ years experience in teaching and administrative roles in New Zealand's education sector. He joined TII as a Programme Leader - Business Department in June 2019. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Hospitality from Birmingham University, UK and a PhD from Lincoln University, New Zealand in Tourism and Disaster Management. His hobbies include swimming, hiking and more recently he is passionate about writing, meditation and learning vegetarianism.
Nazanin Mansouri is a PhD candidate at Lincoln University since 2017. She has completed a Bachelor in Business Computing with first class honours from Staffordshire University, UK. Also, she has earned a Master in Business Administration from HELP University, Malaysia. Mansouri's research theses examined business analysis, development, and project management in different areas. In addition to her industry experiences, Nazanin has been contributing to academia at university and college levels for three years in New Zealand. She has been active in conducting research and has participated in a book chapter plus various published journal articles. She enjoys charitable activities and travelling with her partner.