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Dr. Desti Kannaiah

Senior Lecturer, Business


  • PhD (Commerce) Nagpur University, India
  • M.Phil (Cost Accounting) Nagpur University, India
  • M.Com (Costing & Taxation) University of Madras, India
  • B.Com (Commerce & Accounting) University of Madras, India
  • B.Ed (Commerce & Accounting) University of Madras, India
  • Graduate Certificate in Education - Tertiary Teaching, JCU Australia
  • Chartered Accountant, Australia & New Zealand (CA, ANZ)
  • Fellow of Certified Practising Accountant, (FCPA, Australia)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA, UK)

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Dr Desti worked in India, Malaysia, Dubai, Vietnam and Singapore. Prior to joining JCU Singapore 2011, Dr Desti worked as a Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University London, Campus in Dubai and RMIT University Hanoi, Vietnam. He has been teaching at Undergraduate and Post-graduate levels for the past 35 years. Until recently, he was the Head of Accounting Department of a leading business school in Singapore. He has been an examiner for a number of UK and Indian universities since 1999. Currently, Dr Desti is an external examiner of PhD degree, University of Madras, Sathyabama University, Mother Teresa University, Annamalai University, Bharathiyar University, Bharathidasan University, Thiruvalluvar University and Nagarjuna University India. He has presented several International conference papers and written journal articles across a range of disciplines. Dr Desti has been an invited key note speaker, guest lecturer and a resource person at the International Conferences, Overseas Universities and Colleges since 2015.

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.  The ideal career that he envisioned for himself combines teaching and research at a major university, and consultative which is one of the attractions of joining JCU Singapore.

Dr Desti was awarded the Best Lecturer of the Year 2013 by JCU Singapore. He was awarded the title of “Best Overall Lecturer Award” by the Thames Business School, Informatics Group Singapore.  He has compiled a lecture materials on Financial Accounting, Cost & Management Accounting at Diploma, Higher Diploma and Degree levels in Singapore. He was also a Course Development Chair SIM University, Singapore in 2005 and 2006.  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.