CIQ Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board comprises of distinguished individuals from the academia who provide deep insights and overall guidance for the academic strategy of CIQ . They provide constant advice and ongoing support in the development of quality standards which are at par with internationally benchmarked education standards. Their combined experience , collective knowledge and academic wisdom allows CIQ to offer qualifications at the highest levels supporting acceptance and recognition for progression to universities and professional bodies. They also advise on oversight and compliance with mandatory and regulatory requirements to ensure compliance with standard setting organizations. The Academic Advisory Board contributes actively to CIQ’s goal to be recognized as a global provider of accredited, high quality qualifications by providing a flexible, innovative and responsive approach to gain valued learning.

Dr. William E Painter, Ph.D.

Dr. Painter took his undergraduate degree from North Texas State University, his Master’s degree from the University of North Texas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation was on a 15th Century school and the transmission of Humanism through pre-university education in Northern Europe. He also has fields in American Colonial History, Medieval History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Early Modern Europe. He reads Classical and Medieval Latin, French, and German and is conversant in German and French. He was awarded a Fellowship at the Master’s level and was the Teaching Assistant for the Chancellor of the University of Missouri. He is published in the fields of Medieval History, Renaissance History, Online Education, Business Management, and Supply Chain Logistics.

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. He was also responsible for developing and launching the UK’s first online BA (Hons) degree program through NCC Education, a program that was deployed throughout NCC Education’s 350 centers in 45 countries. Following that assignment, Dr. Painter was recruited by Laureate Online Education as the International Director and late assumed the role of Chief Academic Officer for the University of Liverpool/Laureate partnership where he launched the most successful online program to date (a Master of Public Health) and mapped out program development across several disciplines. He also launched the least expensive online degree program available in the United States by working with Saylor Academy and City Vision University.

He has also served as Chair of the Social and Culture Studies Department for Stephens College, Dean of International Studies for City Vision University, and Executive Director of Bellevue University’s Center for Online Studies where he managed all product development and online courses. Dr. Painter has consulted for Merck Pharmaceuticals, the Michigan Community College Association, and several for-profit universities and venture capital funds. In his capacity as Executive Director of Online Education at Bellevue University, he provided management education consulting for Home Depot, Verizon, Keiwitt Construction, and Cramer Kreski Designs in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a registered consultant for the Business Talent Group in the United States and provides consulting work in the higher education and international education sectors.

Dr. Painter understands practical education for working adults and is fully versed in UK, French, and US higher education pathways. He is primarily dedicated to student enhancement and providing access to higher education for those who cannot take up traditional progression routes.

Dr. Andrew Hambler.

Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Employment Law

University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS)

Andrew is a former HR Consultant who worked for many years for the international financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since entering higher education as a senior lecturer in 2004, Andrew has undertaken short term lecturing assignments in several countries and currently manages the Faculty of Social Science’s transnational education programmes in India, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

Andrew’s research interests are focused on religion and law in the workplace and he completed his PhD at Durham University, under the supervision of Prof Ian Leigh, in 2013. His research has been quoted in national reports for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He has written a monograph on the subject of religious expression at work and the law and this was published by Routledge as the first title in a series on law and religion. In 2015, an article by Andrew was one of the five most highly rated by practitioners in the Chartered Management Institute’s Top Management Articles competition. Andrew has also written a number of journal articles and book chapters on religious practice and the workplace and regularly presents his work at international conferences. As well as publishing in this field, Andrew has acted as an adviser to religiorganizationsanisations.

Andrew is also interested in employment law questions more generally and has provided expert comment for the BBC on equal pay issues. As a higher education practitioner as well as researcher, Andrew was successful in his bid for EU Transversal funding in 2011/12 for a teaching and learning project in Eastern Europe. Andrew has been an Associate Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for more than a decade. He became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

Academic qualifications

PhD, Law, Durham University: “Legal responses to the individual manifestation and expression of religion in the workplace in England and Wales: a conceptual framework”

LLM (Distinction), Law and Employment Relations, University of Leicester

MSc, Human Resource Management, UMIST (Dissertation with Distinction)

PGCE, Post-compulsory Education & Training, University of Huddersfield

BA (Hons) History, University of Durham


Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources Stellenbosch University

Management Background/Career Highlights:

Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources for the University of Stellenbosch. Professor De Coning is the highest official in the University Administration in charge of the strategic planning and human resources at the University. He also serves in this capacity as advisor to the President of Stellenbosch University, Professor Russel Botman.

Professor and Senior Director, Distance Education, University of Stellenbosch

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Small Business Management, Strategic Transformation


Bmil, 1972 (STELL)

MBA, 1980 (cum laude) (STELL)

PhD, 1988 (STELL)


Recipient of prestigious Sanlam Award for outstanding research (two consecutive years) Received the Professional Management Association’s prize for the best article to appear in the South African Journal of Business Management in 2002. It deals with intrapreneurial behavior and company performance.

Diane Bell

Diane holds an MBA and a PhD in Education. She recently took a 6-month sabbatical to work as a member of the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technologies (GATE) team within the unit of Essential Medicines and Health Products at the World Health Organization in Geneva, after having served four year as the Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Stellenbosch Business School – Executive Development (USB-ED).

Her thesis was entitled “Investigating Teaching and Learning Support for Students with Hearing Impairment at a University in the Western Cape”. As the mother of a daughter born with a profound hearing impairment, Diane is also an activist and researcher in this field.

Diane founded the first Disability Unit at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is serving a third term on the Executive Committee of Higher and Further Education Disability Services Association (HEDSA), is a board member of the National Institute of the Deaf (NID) and the Carel du Toit Centre. Additionally, she was appointed to the South African Presidential Working Group on Disability and has published widely in this field.

Her research interests includes management education, action learning students with disabilities in higher education (in particular with a hearing impairment), the transition from secondary to higher education for students with disabilities, the curriculum and inclusivity as well as the world of work for persons with disabilities.