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Five outstanding Westminster graduates in finals for the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards

5 March 2018

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The British Council have announced this year’s high profile British Council Study UK Alumni Awards which include five outstanding University of Westminster alumni.

Anna-Maria Kountouri, a Greek Law LLB Honours graduate from 2010, Gauhar Mukaman, a Public Relations MA alumna from Kazakhstan who graduated in 2009, Mohamed Nader Alsayad Ibrahim from Egypt, who graduated from an MBA in 2001, Dr Gopalkrishna Lakkireddy, a PhD student from India who graduated from a Molecular and Applied Biosciences PhD in 2005, and Ritnika Nayan, also from India, who graduated from a Music Business Management MA in 2007, have all been nominated for their outstanding achievements and career success since graduating from the University of Westminster.

The British Council Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the success and achievements of international alumni who have studied in the UK and showcase the positive impact that these individuals have on their chosen field and community.

There are three award categories for each country. The Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni whose work has created change in their chosen profession. The Entrepreneurial Award recognises alumni who have developed innovative solutions to problems within their industry. Finally, the Social Impact Award recognises alumni whose work has positively changed their society or community.

Gauhar, Ritnika and Anna-Maria have all been nominated for the Social Impact Award, while Mohamed has been nominated for the Entrepreneurial Award and Gopalkrishna for the Professional Achievement Award.

Anna-Maria, who is now a lawyer who represents young, unaccompanied refugees in Athens, said: “The daily interaction with high level academics, professors, tutors – but also students from a diverse background within a multicultural and multilingual environment in London – was a unique experience for me. Studying in other universities, I would not have the chance to have experienced this amazing academic journey.”

Last year, Marketing Communications MA alumnus Faisal Abbas won the Social Impact Award for Saudi Arabia for his work in addressing misconceptions of the Middle East. Media Management MA alumnus Sameer Pitalwalla won the Entrepreneurial Award for India for his pioneering approach to digital media.

Find out more about the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards.

Cover picture: British Council Study UK Alumni Awards Ceremony in Egypt with Westminster graduate and finalist Mohamed Nader Alsayad Ibrahim - second from the right hand side.

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