Six UK university alumni from Qatar were recognised recently by the British Council as recipients of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021-22 for their outstanding achievements as a business professional, entrepreneur and community leader, and for their contribution to strengthening ties between the UK and Qatar.
Following in-depth interviews with a judging panel, recipients were selected for the three award categories: Science and Sustainability Award, Culture and Creativity Award, and Business and Innovation Award.
The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its eighth year, the award received over 1,500 applications from international UK alumni in more than 100 countries, representing over 140 UK higher education institutions across the UK.
Science and Sustainability Award
The Science and Sustainability Award was presented to Jennifer Stables, a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Jennifer Stables is the Country Representative for the Institution of Civil Engineers in Qatar, President of the University of Cambridge Alumni Society and a Senior Project Manager for AECOM Qatar where she leads multi-disciplinary design teams. Jennifer is now working on the National Vision Infrastructure in Qatar and compliments her UK degree to be the foundation for a global career in making a difference to both people and the planet.
Culture and Creativity Award
The Culture and Creativity Award was presented to Dana al-Abduljabbar, a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds. Dana is a professional Qatari Graphic Communication Designer, artist, photographer and short film producer. Her aim is to enhance the country’s culture and heritage through art and design. Upon graduation from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2016, Dana was selected to design a memorial shield to be given to HH The Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, during the National Service Academy graduation, 8th batch in 2017.
Business and Innovation Award
The Business and Innovation Award was presented to Aisha Al Jaidah, a graduate of Kingston University London. An illustrator and animator, Aisha began her career in 2010 as a motion graphics artist at Al Jazeera Children’s Channel. Then, as a senior animation producer, she created the first animated children’s series created by a Qatari local in Doha. She pursued her dream and received a scholarship to study animation and graduated from Kingston University London, an achievement that motivated her to launch her own animation production company, Blue Penguin Animation.
According to British Council Qatar Country Director, Sam Ayton, the Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for recognising and celebrating the success of Qatar alumni of UK universities. Their achievements are wide-ranging and inspirational and are directly contributing to the realisation of the goals and aspirations of Qatar National Vision 2030.
To read more about this year’s winners, visit britishcouncil.qa.
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