Business and Innovation Award 2022

Alumni who are active in initiating and contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities, that have the potential for growth.

Global Finalists

  • University of Essex

    Davide’s research is allowing patients with severe motor disabilities to better engage with the world around them. He is cofounder of Eyewink Ltd, which develops wearable devices that allow people to control modern technology such as smartphones using eye movements. His research has unlocked over £2 million in funding from the Ministry of Defence and Davide has also secured a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School. He works as a senior scientist at the biotechnology company, Neurable.

    Americas: Davide Valeriani (USA)
  • The University of Edinburgh

    Shaun leads the World Economic Forum’s regional and global cooperation between governments and businesses in Asia-Pacific. He previously worked with the United Nations on trade policy and socio-economic development in Southeast Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Passionate about social innovation, Shaun’s ideas to address inequalities have been exhibited at the Nobel Peace Centre and he is also the author of the bestselling book – Acts of Resistance, Dol Said & The Naning War.

    East Asia: Shaun Adam (Malaysia)
  • Aston University

    In 2014, Mario co-founded Bunte Burger, the first vegan organic burger outlet in Cologne. Starting with a food truck and subsequently developing his idea into a fully-fledged food business, Mario now provides a line of products to stores across Germany including REWE, Edeka, Globus and numerous organic markets. Bunte Burger has gone on to win numerous culinary prizes, including at the Men’s Health Good Food awards and by taking 1st place in Germany’s Metro Awards for Sustainable Gastronomy.

    Europe: Mario Binder (Germany)
  • City, University of London; Chevening scholar

    In 2020, Dina launched Egab, a media start-up which empowers journalists and challenges stereotypes about the region. Egab now has over 70 journalists in more than 18 countries in the Middle East and Africa - helping them publish in media across the US, Europe and the Gulf. Dina’s team has also trained more than 300 journalists in evidence-based reporting and her work has been recognised with an award from City, University of London, as well as a development grant of $100K from Google.

    Middle East and North Africa: Dina Aboughazala (Egypt)
  • University of Southampton

    Yeshwanth launched 21K School (India’s first online school) in June 2020. It now has over 4500 students in more than 35 countries and provides them with an affordable, well-rounded education. Yeshwanth has since launched further start-ups across India, transforming its educational sector, helping disadvantaged students to access opportunities and supporting communities on important social issues such as the development of sustainable economies and addressing extremism.

    South Asia: Yeshwanth Raj Parasmal (India)
  • Newcastle University; Commonwealth scholar

    Chima founded Clemac Digital Health, helping residents of suburban communities in Nigeria to access essential medicines. He has also launched Hspac, a digital platform where patients requiring emergency healthcare are matched with available beds - a situation inevitably worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chima is a Mandela Washington Fellow and serves as a Global Lead of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, helping to address the medical access needs of people around the world.

    Sub-Saharan Africa: Chima Amadi (Nigeria)
  • University of Leicester

    In 2021, Renat was appointed as CEO of the Astana International Exchange (AIX) in Kazakhstan. Previously involved in AIX’s creation and also that of the Astana International Financial Centre, he has helped Kazakh companies to raise billions of debt and equity capital, firmly establishing the country as an international business destination. Most importantly for Renat, AIX has allowed thousands of Kazakh citizens to successfully invest and plan for their financial futures.

    Wider Europe: Renat Bekturov (Kazakhstan)

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National Awards - winners and finalists 2022

23 countries participated in the national Alumni Awards 2021-22, celebrating the achievements of alumni in their country.