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British Council announces 9 finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-20

British Council announces 9 finalists
for Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-20

Tribune News Network
THE British Council has announced the nine finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019-20 in Qatar. For the second time in Qatar, the awards are being hosted at a national level to celebrate the achievements of alumni in Qatar across three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact.
The finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Qatar.
Three award winners will be announced on December 7, 2019, during the annual Qatar-UK Alumni Networking Event, part of Qatar British Festival 2019. The ceremony will be hosted at Marsa Malaz Kempinski and sponsored by HSBC Bank Qatar and AFG College with the University of Aberdeen.
The finalists of the Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, are:
Dr Alla El-Awaisi, graduate of University of Strathclyde and Robert Gordon University; Dr Dena Ahmed al Thani, graduate of Queen Mary, University of London; and Dr Samar Aboulsoud, graduate of Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd).
The finalists of the Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation, are: Khalifa al Haroon, graduate of Anglia Ruskin University; Nawar Almutlaq, graduate of Royal College of Art; and Vijay Sivasankaran, graduate of London Business School.
The finalists of the Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are: Dr Rania Sawalhi, graduate of the University of Warwick; Reema al Merekhi, graduate of Newcastle University and Cardiff University; and Dr Sharifa Noaman al Emadi, graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University.
To mark the occasion, Sam Ayton, country director of the British Council in Qatar, said: “The remarkable individuals selected as finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards in Qatar have all taken their UK education as a starting point to excel in their chosen careers and shape the world around them. This year’s finalists are testimony not only to the diversity of UK alumni and their endeavours, but also to the transformative impact of a UK education. With more than 5,000 alumni of a UK education in Qatar, there is much to celebrate!”
The shortlisting of applications went through internal and external judging process. The internal judging panel consisted of Toff Wahab, head of Politics at the British Embassy Doha and Rawan Khir, deputy head of Programmes and Partnerships at the British Council Qatar.
The external judging panel consisted of the British Ambassador to Qatar HE Ajay Sharma, British Council Country Director Sam Ayton, HSBC Bank Qatar CEO Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, Founder and Chairperson of Al-Faleh Education Holding Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh al Thani, Qatar Finance and Business Academy CEO Dr Khalid Mohamed al Horr, Managing Director of Business Development at Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad al Thani, President of Community Development at Qatar Foundation Machaille al Nuaimi, Qatar Career Development Centre Director Abdulla al Mansoori and Dr Noha Aboueldahab, Global winner of Study UK Alumni Awards 2018-19 - Professional Achievement category. The external moderation meeting was hosted by HSBC Qatar.
This year, members of the public can vote for their favourite inspirational story by nominating online one of the finalists for the ‘People’s Choice Award’, launched for the first time in Qatar.
Voting starts on November 28 at 12pm Qatar time.