The British Council held its ninth annual Study UK Alumni Awards ceremony in Lahore, celebrating the outstanding achievements of UK alumni across Pakistan.

The ceremony was organized by the British Council in Lahore and attended by senior representatives including the Governor of Punjab Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, the Deputy Director British Council Maarya Rehman and UK alumni in Pakistan. The award judging panel selected recipients for the four award categories: the Science and Sustainability Award, the Culture and Creativity Award, the Social Action Award and the Business and Innovation Award.

The awards winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities and industries in Pakistan.
The winners for this year were:
Science and sustainability award: Dr Sarah Qureshi who is a graduate of Cranfield University. She is the CEO and co-founder of Aero Engine Craft and develops eco-friendly jet engines for the reduction of global warming.
Business and Innovation award: Yaruq Nadeem who is a graduate of Imperial College London. He generated revenue and start-up funding of PKR 10+ billion with the conceptualization of 150+ start-ups, has created 4,500+ jobs.
Culture and creativity award: Dawood Shah from the University of Westminster. Dawood is an Advisor and Director for the Culture Department, Government of Balochistan and devoted to enhancing the role of culture & arts, using media & film.
Social action award: Munir Siwani who is a graduate of The Open University. A teacher and human rights advocate, currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Education, he has disseminated education to underprivileged communities.
Amir Ramzan, Country Director, British Council Pakistan said: “I am very proud of the achievements of our alumni who have used the transformative power of a UK education to bring positive change to their fields in Pakistan. Their success serves as an inspiration to current and future students who wish to study in the UK.”
15 finalists were selected for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2022-23 in Pakistan. Pakistan has over 25,000 UK alumni.

The Study UK Alumni Awards are an annual international event. The call for applications for these awards opened on 1 September 2022 and closed on 06 November 2022.
Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks, and to enhance their careers. In Pakistan the finalists for the awards included:
Science and Sustainability Award: Dr Mohsin Wahid from Newcastle University, Abdul Matin from Birkbeck University, Dr Muhammad Imran Khan from University of Reading and Dr Sarah Qureshi from Cranfield University.
Culture and Creativity Award: Zeneb Abid from University of London, Dr Aroosa Kanwal from Lancaster University, Dawood Shah from University of Westminster
Social Action Award: Muhammad Quraish Khan from King’s College London, Beenish Zia from University College London, Munir Sewani from The Open University and Mariyam Ahmed Toor from University of Sussex.
Business and Innovation Award: Zehra Muhammad Shallwani from King’s College London, Nudrat Khan from the University of Warwick, Dr Najeeb Ullah from the University of Cambridge and Yaruq Nadeem from Imperial College London.

Abid Saeed is a senior broadcast journalist with an extensive experience of print and electronic media with key focus on law & Justice, SDGs and youth development.