UK Alumni Awards

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 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.

There are five 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 and finance.

In Azerbaijan, Her Majesty's Ambassador will also present a special Ambassador's Award.

1 September 2021 Applications open for all countries
29 October 2021 Applications close at 23.59 (GMT)
January to February 2022 Announcement of finalists in national level awards
January to March 2022 National Alumni Award ceremonies
March to August  2022 Global Alumni Awards finalists announced and celebrated via social media
September 2022 Global Alumni Awards winners announced

Professional Achievement award

Gunel Mehdiyeva (Finalist)

University of Nottingham

Gunel is working with FAO in National Gender Expert capacity, having had over six years in international organizations (Oxfam, UNFPA, FAO, EU and GIZ). She is a certified coach at the Adler School of Coaching.

Jamala Aliyeva (Finalist)

University of Birmingham

Jamala Aliyeva is the PR director of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ), as well as a member and accredited PR practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK). 

Narmin Akhundova (Winner)

Essex University 

Narmin is a molecular biologist. She is working as a leading specialist at the scientific research and risk Assessment department of the Azerbaijan Food Safety Institute.

Entrepreneurial award

Fidan Javadova (Winner of Ambassador's Award)

King's College London

FIdan is the founder of BeWorks Automation, innovating in the processes of control automation, renewables and electrical vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the UK and Azerbaijan.

Javid Gara (Finalist)

University of Bristol

Javid is a founder and guide at Camping Azerbaijan LLC, an ecotourism and sightseeing company which specialises in the regions of Azerbaijan.

Zulfiyya Aliyeva (Winner)

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Zulfiyya is the founder of MESHQUE, a popular gym apparel brand which sources and makes it products locally.




Social Impact award

Farid Adilov (Finalist)

Newcastle University

Farid is an assistant to the Chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, Republic of Azerbaijan. Farid is a Chevening scholar.

Maryam Taghiyeva (Winner)

University of Warwick

Maryam is 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).

Sovgat Azimova (Finalist)

University of Bristol

Sovgat is a project specialist in the field of education, working towards increasing access to preschool education for young children living in rural villages. Her passion is to raise awareness about diversity and promote inclusion in education.

This year's judges

James Sharp

Mr James Sharp was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan in September 2019. He has previously serves as FCO's Policy Advisor, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Non-Resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.

Summer Xia

Summer Xia started his career at the British Council in 2004 when he joined the Education Marketing team in China. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in the British Council global network including its headquarters in London. He has been Director of Operations in Indonesia and Deputy Director in Thailand. Before taking up his role as Country Director of the British Council in Azerbaijan, he was based in Singapore as the Regional Change Transition Lead for East Asia, implementing global change programmes across 14 markets in the region.

Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli

Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli is BP’s Vice President for Communications & External Affairs, Strategy and Region covering Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. In addition to professional activities, Mr. Aslanbayli is also a visiting lecturer of the Baku State University, ADA and BHOS. He is the author of one book and more than 50 professional articles and commentaries. Mr. Aslanbayli was awarded with Progress Medal by the President of Azerbaijan (2017) for contribution to the development of oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan.

Tatyana Mikayilova

Tatyana Mikayilova is a leading entrepreneur and founder of Azerbaijan Business Women platform, a social enterprise which connects top women entrepreneurs and executives in Azerbaijan. She is also the founder of "SCALE UP" accelerator for women entrepreneurs and RED Communications agency.

Parviz Yusifov

Parviz is a director of the State Agency on Vocational Education (under the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan). He has previously served as the deputy director of the Ministry's International Cooperation Department and at the European Commission.

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