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Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Desti Kannaiah M.Com, MBA, M.Phil, FCPA, FCA, PhD

Assistant Professor of Accounting


PhD, Nagpur University
MPhil, Nagpur University
MCom, University of Madras
BEd, University of Madras
BCom, University of Madras

Graduate Certificate in Education - Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, Australia
Fellow Member of the Certified Practising Accountant, (FCPA, Australia)
Fellow Member of the Chartered Accountant, Australia & New Zealand (CA, ANZ)
Fellow Member, Association of International Accountants (FAIA, UK)
Member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA USA)

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Desti Kannaiah has been teaching at Undergraduate and Post-graduate levels for the past 36 years. He worked in India, Malaysia, Dubai, Vietnam, Australia and Singapore. Desti worked as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Accounting at James Cook University, Singapore from 2011 to 2020, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University London, Campus in Dubai and RMIT University Hanoi, Vietnam.  Currently, Desti is working as an Assistant Professor of Accounting, C.H. Sandage School of Business. He has been an examiner for a number of UK and Indian universities since 1999. Desti is an external examiner of Ph.D. degree for the International Universities for the past 15 years. He has presented several international conference papers and published written journal articles across a range of disciplines which are indexed in Scopus and recognised by ABDC and ERA. Desti has been an invited keynote speaker, guest lecturer and a resource person at the International Conferences, Overseas Universities and Colleges since 2010.

Dr. Desti is committed to teaching in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles and experience in blended teaching, learning and instructional technologies. His focus is to see that learning opportunities are relevant, meaningful and engaging to students. Ensuring each student becomes confidently equipped with the relevant skills required in the wider community is his professional aim.

Desti firmly subscribes to Bertrand Russell’s philosophy that, ‘no one can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his/her pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he/she himself/herself believes to be of value’

Dr Desti will enjoy teaching and working in an academically challenging environment. It is also his desire to add an International and cultural dimension to his targeted position.

Desti was awarded the Best Lecturer of the Year 2013 and 2019 by James Cook University Singapore. He was awarded the title of the “Best Overall Lecturer Award” by the Thames Business School, Informatics Group Singapore for the year 2001. He is a Co-author, Advanced Cost Accounting, Vikas Publishing House.