(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
The British Council has announced the finalists and recipients of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2018-19 in Qatar at an award ceremony at Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Saturday.
For the first time in Qatar, the awards were hosted at a national level to celebrate the achievements of alumni in Qatar across three categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial, and Social Impact.
In total, nine UK alumni in Qatar were recognised 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 finalists of the Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, were: Dr Hend Al Muftah, Dr Noha Aboueldahab and Dr Somaya Al Maadeed.
The Professional Achievement Award was presented to Dr Noha Aboueldahab, a graduate from SOAS university and Durham Law School, who is a leading expert on justice, accountability and politics in the Arab region.
The finalists of the Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, were: Dr Badiya Al Lenjawi, Rashid R Al Hajri and Tahani Al Hajri. The Social Impact Award was presented to Tahani Al Hajri, a graduate of University of Derby. Al Hajri is a writer and blogger.
The finalists of the Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in business innovation, were: Hamad Suwaid, Rupin Kumar and Tamara Hasan. The Entrepreneurial Award was presented to Tamara Hasan, a graduate of CASS Business School at City, University of London.
To mark the occasion, British Ambassador Ajay Sharma said: 'It is great to see how UK education continues to shape and inspire generations of young people. The Study UK Alumni Awards are a great example of what the partnership between our two countries in the field of education can lead to.
Sam Ayton, Country Director of the British Council in Qatar, said: 'We are delighted to announce the three winners from Qatar. Each of them has achieved something incredible and the idea behind these awards is to share their stories as widely as possible in order to inspire the next generation.
Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, CEO of HSBC Bank Qatar, said: 'HSBC is honoured to support these prestigious awards. As an organisation we underpin the importance of investing in human capital through quality education. Machaille Al Naimi, President Community Development, Qatar Foundation, said: 'As a University of Surrey graduate, I am delighted to have participated as a judge in the Study UK Alumni Awards 2018-19 organised by the British Council.
Qatar is the first country to host the awards this year and will be followed by award ceremonies in a further ten countries, including Azerbaijan, Turkey, Oman and Kuwait.