Global finalists - Professional Achievement Award 2021

  • University of Strathclyde

    Arturo is a Senior Energy Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has helped generate over $3 billion in investment in sustainable energy projects in different countries of Latin America, including rural electrification projects that benefited thousands of families, a hydropower plant in Bolivia, and over 1000 MW of wind energy projects in Brazil. He credits his UK education with introducing him to innovative energy solutions, which positioned him at the forefront of his field.

    Americas: Arturo Alarcon Rodriguez (Bolivia)
  • King’s College London

    Helena is the Founder of the Brunei Ophthalmology Society and has screened more than 200 at-risk patients since relocating to Brunei. Helena led the design and creation of sustainable, face masks to support frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The design has been shared around the world, and was recognised with a Commonwealth Points of Light award by the UK government in 2020. Helena attributes her UK education and the values instilled in her while working for the NHS.

    East Asia: Dr Helena Hurairah (Brunei)
  • Durham University

    Christel is the first Director of the Ethics Office of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her work is building transparency and accountability in the workplace, helping to foster a professional organisational culture for ADB. Christel has applied the business and leadership skills she developed at Durham University to confront health crises such as Ebola and Zika, build partnerships with governments, and improve organisational effectiveness.

    Europe: Christel Adamou (France)
  • Swansea University and University of South Wales

    Since completing his MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion, Daniel has focused his work on areas of conflict and humanitarian emergencies. He acted as a Health Project Manager during the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak, and later partnered with a local NGO to provide customised 3D limbs to neglected casualties of the Yemen War. Now Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which in 2017 won the Nobel Peace Prize for its campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.

    Middle East and North Africa: Daniel Bassey (Yemen)
  • De Montfort University and University of Dundee

    Sanusi is the youngest Executive Director of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Fund, a position he was appointed to by the President. His work has helped to increase private sector participation and involvement in renewable energy, and secured more than four billion naira in government funding. In 2020 Sanusi was named Young Leader of the Year at the African Power. He attributes much of his success to the quality of research and high academic standards he experienced in the UK.

    Sub-Saharan Africa: Sanusi Ohiare (Nigeria)
  • University of Manchester

    Afgan is former Member of Board of Financial Supervisory Authority of Azerbaijan and was appointed by the President of the Republic, also was a Chairman of Appeal Committee. He led a team to draft laws, regulations, ensuring financial stability, development and harmonization with EU regulation. In 2019 was appointed by the Prime Minister a member of working group on preparation Azerbaijan for WTO membership. He is a member of Azerbaijan Bars Association. Afgan is a Chevening scholar.

    Wider Europe: Afgan Bakhishov (Azerbaijan)

See also

Global winners 2021

The global winners of the 2020-21 Study UK Alumni Awards were selected for their outstanding achievements as professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Global finalists - Entrepreneurial Award 2021

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Global finalists - Social Impact Award 2021

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National Awards - winners and finalists 2021

View the winners and finalists of the National Awards 2021.

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