Kate O'Neill

Assistant Professor / Director, Graduate Programs
  • B.A. -   Indiana University (USA), 1991
  • M.A. -   University of Alaska, Anchorage (USA), 1998
  • Ph.D.-  Antioch University (USA), 2011

Kate O’Neill has been a faculty member at Zayed University since 2001. In 2006-2007 she was honored as Faculty Member of the Year.

Her formal education is in leadership, change, organizational behaviour, adult education, and organization development. Her specializations are Leadership & Management Communication, Emirati-expatriate workplace relations, expatriate adjustment, Khaleeji Leadership, and leadership development.

She has written and consulted extensively on socio-cultural issues impacting communication and leadership in the Arabian Gulf region.

Kate has worked in Japan, Qatar, Guatemala, Argentina, the United States, Jamaica, and the Central Pacific nation of Kiribati. She has provided research and consulting services to governments and private organizations, including the Japanese Ministry of Education (MONBUSHO), the United States’ Immigration Department, the Qatar Foundation, MashreqBank, the Emirates Foundation, ADNOC, and RasGas.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-2-019

Teaching Areas

Business Communication; Leadership; Organizational Behavior; Cross-cultural Management

Research and Professional Activities

Khaleeji Leadership; Internal Communication; Leadership Communication

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