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Ms Leena Dattani-Demirci

Job: Head of Professional Development

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6260



Personal profile

After spending 12 years at Cass Business School teaching/leading on professional development modules across the postgrdauate portfolio,  Leena joined Leicester Castle Business School in October 2017 as Head of Leadership Education. In this role she was tasked with designing/teaching and marking  leadership development and professional modules with live project briefs. She currently teaches on business and professional development modules throughout the academic year.

In June 2020 Leena took on the role of Head of Professional Development for Leicester Castle Business School and with this a wider remit for leading the employabillity strategy for the undergradute and postgraduate portfolio in the business school. In addition to teaching responsibilities this role also involves module and assessment design, cosultations with students, external stakeholders and partnership working with colleagues across the university to embed employability into the curriculum. 

Leena draws on a wealth of experience from her talent development background gained across the private, public, not for profit sectors and within HE. Leena has designed and delivered high quality professional development modules for world leading business schools and is passionate about closing the gap between university and the workplace. She leads the flagship Executive Company Project module, chairs the faculty employability working group and teaches on a number of MBA & MSc Professional Development Programmes. Leena has a PG Cert in Coaching (Distinction) and holds a number of professional qualifications. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, a qualified executive career coach accredited by the Association of Coaching and a certified strengths based coaching and interviewing practitioner.

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Leena interests include: Early Careers Attraction and Selection methods, The hidden job market, Diversity and inclusion in recruitment, Strengths Based approach for career success.

Areas of teaching

  • Networking for Career Success
  • Advanced Presentation Skills
  • Personal Branding
  • Competency Based Interviewing
  • Strengths Based Interviewing
  • CV and Cover Letter Writing
  • Developing Business Acumen
  • Commercial Awareness 
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Managing Successful Projects
  • Practice Group Exercises
  • Strategies for successful Teamwork 
  • Succeeding at Assessment Centres


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching (PGCert) Distinction
  • BA(Hons) Education & Community Studies

Courses taught

  • LCBS5028: Knowing and Developing yourself for Professional Success
  • LCBS6064: Executive Company Projects
  • LBPG5013: Business Management & Employability

Honours and awards

  • Leicester Castle Business School: (2020-2021)  School Prize, Programme Team of the Year 
  • Cass Business School: School Prize (2012-13)  Outstanding Contribution to successful student outcomes
  • Cass Business School: School Prize (2009-10)  Outstanding Contribution to Stakeholder Satisfaction 



Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Membership Number: 282739
  • Association of Coaching (AC) Membership Number: 56267366
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Membership Number: P04575084

Professional licences and certificates

  • Accredited Strengthscope® practitioner
  • Accredited Executive Coach - Association of Coaching
  • Qualified BPS Test User ( Occupational Ability & Personality Testing) Level A & B  - Kenexa
  • Career Counselling Services - Licensed Practitioner (CCS)
  • Leadership Foundation for HE: Aurora Women in Leadership Programme
  • Harvard Business School - Careerleader Business Coaching
  • CIPD - Interview Skills

Conference attendance

  • The University of tomorrow, 05 February 2021. DeMontfort University Teaching and Learning Conference) Conference Web Page
  • Talent Tech Rising; 18-19 Nov 2020
  • Highered, EFMD; The future of Virtual Recruitment,  30th Nov 2020
  • SDG Conference, DeMontfort University  23rd October 2020
  • CABS: Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 15th Sept 2020
  • The Association of Coaching; Coaching in the Workplace Conference 24-26 June 2020
  • MBA Careers Services and Employers Alliance 29 June-01 July 2020