Alumnus Sameer Hakim Pitalwalla has won a coveted British Council Alumni Award – the second win for the University of Westminster this year. Sameer received the Entrepreneurial Award from Sir Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India, at a prestigious ceremony on Friday 24 March 2017.

Sameer graduated from the University of Westminster in 2006 with a Media Management MA. He is now CEO and Co-Founder of Culture Machine, a digital media company. During his innovative career in the digital space, Sameer has been Director of The Walt Disney India Company at Disney Interactive Media Group, Business Head at Times Internet Limited and Web Analyst at Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai’s second largest daily newspaper.

The Entrepreneurial Award recognises Sameer’s pioneering approach to digital media. He founded Culture Machine in 2013, a platform that hosts a network of India’s most watched media brands. It regularly showcases programming that gives a voice to youth culture or to those often ignored in mainstream media. This content has gone on to be featured in the international press, from the BBC to The Daily Post. It is the fastest growing digital media business in India, employing over 240 people in four countries. Culture Machine has rapidly become the most watched digital entertainment network in India, with over 34.51 million subscribers and 941.3 million views.

Sameer said about his prize: “I am honoured to receive this award from The British Council. On behalf of the entire Culture Machine team, this is a testament to their hard work and my good fortune of leading them. Our mission is to use technology and storytelling to build great media brands that people love, and this recognition is a good testament to our work till date. I would also like to congratulate everyone else who was nominated in this category." 

The British Council Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of international alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. They recognise and reward alumni who have used their UK education to make a positive contribution to their communities.

For each eligible country there are three awards available – the Entrepreneurial Award, the Professional Achievement Award and the Social Impact Award – with finalists being judged on their impact, the influence of a UK education on their success, media traction, and their potential to influence and aspire.

Earlier in March, Faisal Abbas won the Social Impact Award for Saudi Arabia at the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards.

Find out more about the Media Management MA course at the University of Westminster.

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