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Posted On: 27 January 2021 12:03 pm
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British Council recognizes finalists of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-21

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British Council recognizes finalists of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-21

The British Council is delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-21 in Qatar. For the third time in Qatar, the awards are hosted at a national level to celebrate the achievements of alumni in Qatar.

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.

The shortlisting of applications went through internal and external judging process. The judging panel consisted of H.E. Mr Jon Wilks, the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ms. Sam Ayton, British Council Country Director, Mr. Khalifa Al Haroon, Founder of ILOVEQATAR.NET, Dr. Amal Al Malki, Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Dr. Noora Al Fetais, Assistant Professor at the College of Engineering, Qatar University and Qatar-UK Alumni Network Board Member, Mr. Emad Turkman, Group CEO of Rumaillah Group and Chairman of Qatar British Business Forum. This year the external moderation meeting was hosted virtually.

Award winners will be announced on 2 February 2021. All applicants for the Qatar national awards are independent to the global awards, which is run separately by the British Council centrally.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. (PHD) Marc Jones – graduate of Durham University
  • Prof. Samer Ahmed – graduate of University of Cambridge
  • Mr. Ekram Ali Syed – graduate of London South Bank University
  • Mr. Hamad Alyafei – graduate of University of Derby

To mark the occasion, British Ambassador to Qatar, Mr. Jon Wilks, said:

“I was impressed by the quality of this year’s applications and delighted to see the benefits of a UK education directly helping Qatar’s development in various sectors. I was honoured to be part of the judging process and wish the best of luck to all the finalists to be the best they can be. They all represent a valued and respected part of the strong human bridge between our two countries”

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 5000 alumni of a UK education in Qatar, there is much to celebrate!”

To read more about this year’s inspirational finalists, please click here.

This year you can vote for your favourite inspirational story by nominating online one of the finalists for the "People's Choice Award” in its second edition in Qatar!

Voting for your favourite inspiring story starts on 27 January 2021 at 4:00pm Qatar time.

Follow the British Council Qatar social media channels to be updated on the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-21 and to vote for your most inspiring story!

For more information, please contact:

Paula Jensch, Qatar, Projects Coordinator, [email protected]

Follow the global Study UK Alumni Awards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Source: Press Release