Winners for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021-22

The British Council announced on Sunday 30 January 2022, the recipients of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021-22 in Jordan at Landmark Amman Hotel.

The announcement was made in the presence of the Regional Director of MENA Chris Rawlings, the Deputy British Ambassador to Jordan Richard Moon, His Excellency Dr Dia Arafeh, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, His Excellency Professor Thafer Assaraira, President of Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions (AQACHEI), and other guests.  

 In total, 11 UK alumni were recognised for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contribution to strengthening ties between the UK and Jordan.

Following rigorous evaluation by the judging panel, recipients were selected for the four award categories: Science and Sustainability Award, Culture and Creativity Award, Social Action Award, and Business and Innovation Award.

The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its eighth year, the award received more than 1,500 applications from international UK alumni in more than 100 countries, representing more than 140 UK higher education institutions across the UK. 

The Science and Sustainability Award, which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career and achievements in the world of science and sustainability was presented to Almoayied Assayed, graduate of University of Surrey- PhD in Environmental Sustainability. 

Culture and Creativity Award which recognises alumni who have carved a career for themselves in arts and culture was presented to Edelina Joyce Issa, graduate of University for the Creative Arts- Bachelor of Arts in Fashion.

Social Action award which recognises alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others was presented to Laith Alfalah, graduate of King's College London- MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Business and Innovation award which recognises alumni who are active in initiating and contributing to innovative or creative new ideas, solutions or business opportunities, that have the potential for growth was presented to Noor Abu Jbara, graduate of University of Warwick- MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Summer Xia, Country Director of the British Council in Jordan, commented on the award ceremony: “We are thrilled to bring the British Council’s Global Study UK Alumni Awards to Jordan this year, recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements by Jordanians who have studied at a UK university. The winners tonight represent a diverse range of sectors across the society, showcasing the very positive contribution they have made to the development of their profession, community and the whole Kingdom. We hope they will inspire many more to follow in their footsteps and benefit from the UK’s world-renowned education.” 

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists on their achievements!


Science and Sustainability award

Derar Abdel-Qader, University of Manchester/ University of Huddersfield
Derar is an Associate Clinical Professor and Consultant Pharmacotherapist (Infectious Diseases). He is an Education Entrepreneur and enthusiastic researcher and speaker in patient safety and infectious diseases. Derar has been a leading COVID-19 pandemic champion nationally and regionally for the last two years. Derar’s work has been instrumental in combating COVID-19 pandemic misinformation, saving thousands of patient lives.

Bushra Zalloom, Birmingham City University
Bushara Zalloom is the first Jordanian architect holding a PhD in the social sustainability of urban landscape, from BCU since 2015. Bushra is the head of Architecture Department and the first female holding this position at Zarqa University. She is using all her capabilities to inspire students and benefit humanity.

Mohanad Odeh, Queen's University Belfast
After earning his Clinical Pharmacy PhD degree from the United Kingdom, Mohanad Odeh established the Pharmacy Management & Pharmaceutical Care Innovation Centre at Hashemite University. As Assistant Professor, he helped also to lunch new pharmacy branches in Jordan. He is the Strategic Consultant for Queen’s University Belfast, and the International Ambassador of the British Pharmacological Society. 

Almoayied Assayed, University of Surrey
Dr. Almoayied Assayed is the Director of Water and Environment Centre at Royal Scientific Society (RSS) of Jordan. He received his PhD from University of Surrey in 2014. As part of his PhD, he had developed innovative model for onsite water reuse and urban food production, which was later commercialized and is now benefiting more than 20,000 people in Jordan.

Culture and Creativity award

Edelina Joyce Issa, University for the Creative Arts
Edelina is the founder and fashion designer behind 'Edelina Joyce', a Jordanian womenswear brand. Drawing on her British education and experience with renowned brands, including Victoria Beckham Ltd., she devised the Fashion curriculum for Design Institute Amman, where she has lectured and mentored over 200 aspiring local designers since 2017.

Tariq Alrimawi, University of South Wales/ Loughborough University
Tariq Alrimawi is an award-winning director and academic. In 2010, he graduated with a MA in Animation from University of South Wales. In 2014, he completed his PhD from Loughborough University. Tariq established the Animation & Multimedia Department at the University of Petra in 2016.

Safaa Jahameh, University of Bolton
Dr Safaa Jahameh, Assistant Professor at Applied Science Private University, earned a PhD from university of Bolton – UK., 2019, her research are related to visual Islamic design, such as Arabic Calligraphy, Illustrations, Ornamentations, She teaches Islamic art, graphic design, she is a reviewer in Scopus journals.

Social Action award

Laith Alfalah, King's College London
Laith Alfalah is a psychiatrist dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of mental health services in the Middle East. He holds a MSc degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from King’s College London. Laith focuses on enriching the Arabic mental health content and his work reaches thousands of people.

Leen Al-Jabary, University of Liverpool
Inspired by values from the National health Service and evidence-based knowledge of best dental practices, Dr leen works with non-profit organisation in Jordan to reduce inequality in dental healthcare services for the underserved communities. She focuses on promoting awareness by targeting school children and replicating experiences of successful oral health campaigns run by the NHS.

Business and Innovation award

Analle Abuammar, University of Southampton/Cardiff Metropolitan University
Analle is a Data Science team lead, who has an experience working with international companies in integrating Artificial Intelligence(AI) in education and Arabic language technologies. With a record of three papers and three patents.Analle holds a Masters degree in AI from University of Southampton as a Said Foundation scholar.

Noor Abu Jbara, University of Warwick
Industrial Engineer, holds MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Warwick and got Said Foundation scholarship. Noor is the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Supervisor at TheTank by Umniah and the Founder of SHEE. She is Trainer/Mentor for startups and worked as Consultant/Researcher in the Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment and Management Consultation fields.