@British Council Pakistan 2021

Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Egypt

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

The British Council has launched the eighth year of a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni around the world. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living anywhere outside of the UK. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, industries and countries. The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education and raise the international profile of UK alumni and their former universities.

The awards are open to alumni currently residing in any country outside the UK, who have either studied in the UK, at an officially recognised provider of UK university degree level study for a minimum of a term or semester, or who have been awarded a full UK degree level qualification (or higher), by a UK university through a local institution overseas, within the last 15 years. 

There are four award categories:

  • Science and Sustainability Award recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond. Areas of work could include: Climate action, clean energy, medicine, sustainable cities and communities, engineering, industry and construction. 
  • Culture and Creativity Award recognising alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture. We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate their artistic ingenuity, influence and creativity. Areas of work could include:  Arts, design, media, video, TV, music, bloggers, vloggers, Youtubers and the humanities. 
  • Social Action Award recognising alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. Areas of work could include: Reducing inequality, poverty and hunger. Education and upskilling.  Peace and justice.
  • Business and Innovation Award recognising alumni who are active in initiating and contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities, that have the potential for growth.  Areas of work could include: Entrepreneurship, business, technology.

Have you studied in the UK and have gone on to achieve exceptional success? If so, apply for one of the Awards. Application open from 1 September 2021! 

What makes a great application? Find out our top tips on the Study UK Alumni Awards website.  

Some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award:

  • Raise your international profile through global press and digital coverage
  • Build your professional networks and business connections
  • Win a professional networking visit to the UK


1 September 2021 Applications open
29 October 2021 Application close
October - November Shortlisting of applications
December -January 2022 Announcement of finalists
To be announced Egypt national-level winners announced
April - August 2022 Global finalist announcement & digital celebration
September 2022 Global Alumni Awards winners announced

 Applications open on 1 September 2021 and close on 29 October 2021. All eligible applicants will be put forward for the global Alumni Awards. 

The finalists and winners of the global Alumni Awards will be announced in 2022 and celebrated in a digital campaign that will raise the profile of their story and success. Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and to enhance their careers, through a professional networking visit to the UK (subject to global Covid-19 situation). 

Join our webinars

British Council will organise ‘How to apply’ webinars for those who are interested to learn more about the application process. Register here  if you would like to join the event. 

Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, the below candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.

Photos of the 2020 UK Alumni Awards ceremony . Sir Magdi Yacoub, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr Mohamed Shaker Minister of Electricity, Guest of Honor British Ambassador, Sir Geoffrey Adams, Elizabeth White, Director British Council

Professional Achievement Award 2018

Ahmed Osman Abdulrahman - University of Cambridge

Ahmed Osama Abdulrahman’s leadership of project teams was pivotal in achieving the successful start-up of flagship oil, gas & petrochemicals projects in Egypt, which contributed towards meeting domestic energy demand and achieving self-sufficiency. Ahmed is currently participating in Ministry of Petroleum’s modernisation project to unleash the sector’s full potential and fulfil Egypt’s aspirations of becoming an energy hub.

Professional Achievement Award 2020

Emad Khalil - University of Southampton

Emad Khalil is a world-renowned expert in the field of underwater archaeology. Over the past decade, his work has been a milestone in the development of maritime archaeology in Egypt. Emad’s years at the University of Southampton provided him with a unique opportunity to study under some of the foremost professionals and authorities in maritime archaeology. Moreover, it inspired him to create the Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage. At present, Emad is a UNESCO advisor for education and capacity building in underwater archaeology in the Arab Region.  

Entrepreneurial Award 2020

Mohamed Farid Saleh - City University London and University of York

Mr. Farid holds an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (ASST), an MSc in Economics, Finance & Investment from York University, UK, an MSc in Quantitative Finance from CASS Business School, City University of London, UK and a certificate in Venture Capital form UC Berkley, USA.

In 2017, Mr. Farid was appointed as the Executive Chairman of Egyptian Stock Exchange. Prior to his appointment Mr. Farid served as the Chairman and CEO of Dcode EFC, a leading economic forecasting and advisory firm in Egypt, he is currently the Chairman of the Working Committees of The Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS), The Chairman of The Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE) & Chairman of The Emerging Market Working Group (EMWG), The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). 

Social Impact Award 2020

Amina Abodoma - Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship and Goldsmiths College, University of London

Amina Abodoma is a creative producer and entrepreneur working across the industries of Music, theatre and TV on a global scale. Amina’s work in Music and Theatre production was very impactful as it facilitated the birth and creation of new works of art that was presented locally, but also exported cross reputable platforms around the world.  Amina values Goldsmiths College and the city of London, as together they provided her with very unique skills that has impacted her life and career paths. The academic knowledge coupled with the networking and exposure opportunities has influenced her on the personal and the professional levels. The experience helped her to create an impact in country and develop a career on an international scale. Amina is now professionally flourishing as a creative producer of cross cultural art projects in Music and Musical/Theatre.


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