Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Aadil Merali Juma thrives where business and experiential learning intersect. He has spent the past three years as a lecturer in the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program, leading classes in everything from financial systems to entrepreneurship and innovation. He joins DeGroote as a member of the School’s teaching faculty – a role he takes a great deal of pride in. “I connect with students by actively participating in many social and volunteer activities, and have always taken an interest in student networking events and case competitions,” he says. “My open-door policy with students further strengthens a bond that extends well beyond the classroom.” A familiar face around McMaster, Merali holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a DeGroote MBA, as well as CPA and CMA designations. He’s eager to join DeGroote due to its “commitment to purposeful education,” including the School’s unique blend of academia and experiential learning. Merali is proficient in several languages, including: Katchi, Gujarati, Hindi, and Swahili. He has been a member of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Honour Roll since the Winter 2015 term, and was awarded the McMaster Student Union (MSU) Excellence in Teaching Certificate in 2014.