Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Azerbaijan

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards pay tribute to the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions have had in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

There are three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact.

  • Professional Achievement Award recognising UK alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurial Award recognising UK alumni who are active in initiating or contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities that have the potential for strong growth.
  • Social Impact Award recognising UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

In addition, alumni applying from Azerbaijan will get an exclusive chance to win the special Her Majesty Ambassador's Award.

For more information about shortlisting process and judging criteria visit Study UK website.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 11 December 2018.

If you are an alumnus of a UK university and you want the world to know how your work is making a difference, Alumni Awards applications are open now. We look forward to hearing your story.

Meet this year's winners and finalists

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

Professional Achievement Award

Afgan Bakhishov, University of Manchester - Winner

As member of Executive Board of FIMSA, Afghan Bakhishov is actively involved in FSMP 2 project of World Bank and contributes to the preparation of laws regulating financial markets. Apart from his daily job, Afghan Bakhishov also takes pro bono cases as member of Bar Association. He was guest speaker and trainer at various types of educational events. Afghan Bakhishov aims to bring international best practices to the legal framework of financial market regulation in Azerbaijan.

Nazim Aliyev, University of Manchester - Finalist

Nazim Aliyev is an independent international microfinance management and capacity building expert. Nazim’s Collaborative Debt Collection techniques was aimed to support the mind shift of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and the banks providing microfinance to transform their approach towards the delinquency management in Azerbaijan. 

Rashad Gulmammadov, University of Manchester - Finalist

Rashad is the Lead Geomechanics Specialist at Umid Babek Operating Company. Rashad’s everyday work serves to optimize the drilling and ensures increased life time of the oil wells as well as saving money during hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. Rashad is now directly impacting and taking part in ensuring the energy balance of the country by contributing to efficient drilling strategies.


Entrepreneurial Award

Ayan Aliyeva, Bangor University - Winner

Ayan is a CEO at A-Level Education Group. As an entrepreneur in international education Ayan’s  main focus is the implementation of alternative interactive approaches to the educational process.  Ayan’s contribution to innovative methodology of language and subjects learning has led to the successful development of critical thinking and analytical skills that students had been lacking in other learning environments.

Turkhan Alizada, University of Chester - Finalist

Turkhan is the co-founder of the foodstuffscompany named Xirtaxirt ("Crispy-Crispy" in Azerbaijani). The company specialises in production and sale of different types of snacks across popular snack-bars in Baku and beyond. Their most popular product is the potato spiral chip.

Social Impact Award

Tural Maharramov, University of Nottingham - Winner

Tural is a senior environmental engineer at SOCAR (State Oil Company), a lecturer at Khazar University and an adviser to CEO at AZGREEN LLC. To contribute to the development of the society he implements social projects as a chairman of the Azerbaijan-UK Alumni Association. Tural is also doing his PhD in Remote Aerospace Studies.

Zumrud Jalilova, University of Bristol - Finalist

Zumrud teaches Gender Studies at Baku State University in three languages, engaging with more than 400 students per year. Through her efforts, she doubled the number of students selecting the Gender Studies courses. Being active in campaigns, discussions and walkouts made her feel empowered to fight for gender equality in Azerbaijan. Today, Zumrud continues to mainstream gender equality at different levels and is a co-founder of Equals, which sparks discussions on feminism and gender inequalities in Azerbaijan.

Zafar Hasanov, University of Cambridge - Finalist

Zafar contributes to ongoing education initiatives and reforms in Azerbaijan focusing on inclusive education, poverty reduction, education innovation, curricular reforms, capacity building and international cooperation. He has  served as the National Contact Point for Horizon2020 Research & Innovation Development and is anindependent project consultant at the International Organization for Migration, ASAN Innovation Centre, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Higher Technologies Park, and Baku Engineering University.

Meet this year's judges:

 Dr. Carole Crofts, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Mr. Summer Xia, British Council Country Director

Mrs. Sevinj Hasanova, Deputy Minister of Economy, Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, Vice-President BP Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey

Mr. John Patterson OBE, Chairman British Business Group (BBG) Azerbaijan

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