Zainab joined Ahlia University as a part-time Lecturer in June 2015 and then became a full-time Lecturer in Accounting and Economics in September 2015. Zainab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a focus on Business Law from The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA and also holds a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree from The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA.

Zainab is also a recognized scholar at the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in Washington DC, USA. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and is certified for passing the Islamic Sharia test for Lawyers by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs in Bahrain.

During the time she spent at the Pennsylvania State University, Zainab worked as a Tutor for undergraduate students, teaching Intermediate Financial and Managerial Accounting (Accounting 211) and Accounting (Accounting 404). Zainab also served as a student mentor, responsible for giving academic and social advice to new students.

She has also interned for some major firms and institutions in Bahrain, including the Economic Development Board (EDB), KPMG, and GPIC. These experiences have added value to her knowledge in accounting which has reflected positively on her teaching style.

Zainab has won many international awards, including The President’s Freshman Award at The Pennsylvania State University for academic and leadership excellence. She has also won three international awards in Dubai, one award for the best scientific innovation and two awards for the best creative writing.

Zainab enjoys social work and she is a member of many social groups that add value to the community.


I am a member of many important committees, including the Research Committee for the Accounting and Economics Department. I am also a member of the ICAEW Accreditation Team.


I teach International Accounting (Accounting 404) to 4th year students who take this course as an alternative to the internship included in their study plan. This course gives exposure to students about the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). I also teach Accounting Principles (Accounting 1) to 1st year students.

I prefer to have a dynamic style of teaching; I always invite guest speakers to help students get a practical knowledge of the material being taught. I am a public speaker as well, so I focus on anything that would keep students motivated during the class time. I like to engage students in discussions that would enhance my communication with them, and that would also enhance their academic journey as a whole.

  • International Accounting (Accounting 404)
  • Accounting principles (Accounting 001)