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

Alumni Awards 2019 Winners

Tural Gulu

University of Sheffield - Professional Achievement

Tural is a Head of Division at the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance. He is working on designing and implementing healthcare reforms, which will start in 2020 on the national level after successful pilot project. He is also involved in projects on education and professional development through AUKAA - Azerbaijan-UK Alumni Association. Tural Gulu is a recipient of Presidential Scholarship by the President of Azerbaijan Republic, Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Full Scholarship by the Ministry of Education to study in the UK.

Zumrud Jalilova

University of Bristol - Social Impact

Zumrud is a program specialist in Women’s Participation Program at Counterpart International. Her work on women’s economic empowerment supports business entrepreneurship for young women by organizing training workshops in 12 regions of the country, that provide marketable skills for employment, such as digital marketing, business and leadership.

Jafar Najafov

Coventry University - Entrepreneurial

Jafar is the Founder and CEO of JOOPZY, a multinational eCommerce company. Before his successful venture, he developed over 50 mobile apps and games, winning several startup awards such as the MilliNet and Netty awards. He also contributes to eCommerce Academy Community to enable people to make life-changing incomes through online sales.

Alumni Awards 2018 Winners

Afgan Bakhishov

University of Manchester - Professional Achievement

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.

Ayan Aliyeva

Bangor University - Entrepreneurial

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.

Tural Maharramov

University of Nottingham - Social Impact

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.

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