The British Council is delighted to announce the four winners for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-2021 in Azerbaijan.
These four winners were selected from more than 1,300 applicants from around the world, for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Azerbaijan.
The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its seventh year, international UK alumni applied from more than 114 countries, representing more than 148 UK higher education institutions across the UK. Following in-depth interviews with a judging panel, recipients were selected for the three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial, and Social Impact. A special Her Majesty’s Ambassador’s Award was also presented.
- The Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, was presented to Narmin Akhundova. Narmin is a graduate of the University of Essex and a molecular biologist. She is working as a leading specialist at the Scientific Research and Risk Assessment department of the Azerbaijan Food Safety Institute.
- The Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation or creative solutions, was presented to Zulfiyya Aliyeva. Zulfiyya is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the University of Warwick. She is the founder of MESHQUE, a popular gym apparel brand which sources and makes it products locally in Azerbaijan.
- The Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, was presented to Maryam Taghiyeva. Maryam is a graduate of the University of Warwick and a a blockchain specialist and speaker with an international profile. She works for IDRAK Technology Transfer, one of the largest software and hardware providers in Azerbaijan. She leads various initiatives independently and through the NGO called Integration of Azerbaijani Youth to Europe Organisation (AGAT).
- Her Majesty’s Ambassador’s Award, a special award category, was awarded to Fidan Javadova. Fidan is a graduate of King’s College London and the founder of BeWorks Automation, innovating in the processes of control automation, renewables and electrical vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the UK and Azerbaijan.
Mr Summer Xia, Director in Azerbaijan, British Council, comments:
“...This year’s finalists represent the life-changing impact, diversity and relevance of UK education in the modern world.”