Celebrating the achievements of alumni in Pakistan

When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards pay tribute to the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions have had in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.

There are three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact.

  • The Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni whose work has created change in their chosen profession.
  • The Entrepreneurial Award recognises alumni who have developed innovative solutions to problems within their industry.
  • The Social Impact Award recognises alumni whose work has positively changed their society or community.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in March 2018

If you are an alumnus of a UK university and you want the world to know how your work is making a difference, you can apply for next year’s awards from summer 2018. We look forward to hearing your story.

Meet this year's finalists

Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, these candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.

Professional Achievement Award

Hassan Murtaza, University of Surrey

Hasan Murtaza is currently serving the Government of Pakistan in the field of Space Technology. He received his Masters in Electronic Engineering degree with specialisation in Satellite Communication Engineering from The University of Surrey in 2009, and Masters in Space Science degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He is a recipient of the Ph.D. scholarship from University of Padova, Italy, twice awardee of Prestigious International Space University (ISU) France scholarship, and an awardee of esteemed Commonwealth Professional Fellowship from the UK. He is also a consultant/trainer at several national and international companies in the field of Satellite Communication and its applications.

Hasan has represented Pakistan at numerous Space Tech platforms in the UK, Spain, Switzerland, France, Scotland, China etc.

His main interests include Satellite Communication, Space Policy, Space Radiation Environment, and Satellite Ground Station Operations.

Sundas Khan, University of London

Sundas is a human rights lawyer, a lecturer at University of London international law programmes, an actor and an anchor person for a morning show on the largest privately owned terrestrial network of Pakistan.

Sundas hails from Waziristan, an area in the north of Pakistan. Her journey from a remote village to becoming one of the most widely heard people in the Pakistani media is a source of strength and inspiration for many girls wanting to make it in this country despite the challenges they face.

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Dr Usman Qamar, The University of Manchester

In 2008/09, Dr Usman Qamar was awarded a PhD from The University of Manchester, UK. His Post PhD work at The University of Manchester, involved various research projects including hybrid mechanisms for statistical disclosure for Office of National Statistics (ONS), London, UK, churn prediction for Vodafone UK and customer profile analysis for shopping with the The University of Ghent, Belgium

Currently, he is the director of Knowledge and Data Science Research Centre, a Centre of Excellence at NUST, Pakistan.

He has authored over 100 publications and has written two books. Dr Usman has successfully supervised 4 PhD students and over 60 master students. He has received multiple research awards, including Best Researcher of Pakistan 2015/16 by the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan in the category of Sciences and Engineering as well as recognition by P@SHA ICT Awards.

He is also the recipient of the prestigious Charles Wallace Fellowship, a visiting research fellow at Centre of Decision Research, University of Leeds, UK and Scientific Director of Data and Text Mining Lab, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Dr Aroosa Kanwal, Lancaster University

Dr Aroosa Kanwal is assistant professor in English Literature at The International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), Islamabad, Pakistan.

She received her PhD from Lancaster University, UK. She is the author of "Rethinking Identities in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction: Beyond 9/11" (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015).

The book was awarded the KLF-Coca-Cola award for the best non-fiction book of the year 2015. Aroosa’s monograph is the first book of literary criticism from Pakistan in the field of literature. She is also currently editing the first "Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing", which will be published by Routledge UK.

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Entrepreneurial Award

Muhammad Uzair, The University of Northumbria

Uzair is the founder of Blimp, a Digital Marketing and PR agency based in Peshawar, Pakistan. Blimp is a full service digital marketing agency with clients in the retail, health, education, hospitality and technology sectors. Uzair founded Blimp when he moved back from the UK after gaining some experience with a digital marketing agency in Leeds.

Blimp currently employs 7 people and has worked with over 100 clients in the past two years. Blimp’s work in the education sector has recently been shortlisted as one of 24 most inspirational stories around the world by Google.

Uzair is also the co-founder of Basecamp and Peshawar 2.0. They support young entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan

Uzair is a Mass Communications and Business graduate from Northumbria University.

Saad Hafeez, Cardiff University

Saad Hafeez received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Operations and Supply Chain from Cardiff University.

He is the Managing Director at S.G. Polypropylene (Pvt.) Ltd, Ainz Packages (pvt) Ltd and Shahi Farms, where he heads the company operations. He also manages other departments including Sales and Marketing, Accounts and Finance, Production and Procurement and Supply chain.

Saad credits his vast portfolio of experience to studying in the UK, which gave him an enriching experience and insights into managing large-scale company operations.

He is currently involved in a commodity trading firm, which he started last year by the name of S.H. Corporation. The company deals in trading of cotton and edible vegetable oils and plans to extend the company's product line.

Saad’s quest for excellence always motivates him to pursue development opportunities, and personal and professional growth.

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Sohaib Saeed, The University of Salford

Sohaib Saeed received an MSc in International Business from The University of Salford, UK.

He is an entrepreneur by profession and heads Azad Group of Companies, one of the country's largest private sector entities.

Apart from his professional achievements, he is actively involved in community and volunteer work and teaches at the State University, and regularly works with non-profit organisations. His studies and encouragement from his teachers at The University of Salford have allowed him to influence young students to be active citizens and socially aware of their rights and responsibilities.

He joined the local Chamber of Commerce and became the youngest President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Muzzafarabad. He is also the Vice Chair Person of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and strongly believes in working towards the improvement of health facilities as well as disaster preparedness.

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Nousherwan Malik, The University of Sunderland

Nousherwan received his MSc in Information Technology from the University of Sunderland, UK and is currently CEO of Apex Logics in Pakistan. The company provides a wide range of IT solutions including information security, web designing and development, digital media marketing (SEO, ASO, SMM), software development, and graphic designing services.

Nousherwan’s vision for Apex Logics is to provide client-oriented reliable IT solutions and make the company the leading information technology consulting service.

He is also training university undergraduate students with new technology shifts and guiding them in choosing their final year projects through extensive internship opportunities and training.

Nousherwan is working with large IT agencies like Google Ad mob, Unity, Heyzap etc as well as publishing games and apps on Google Play Store and Huawei Store. He now aims to expand his IT ventures to a global scale gaining international recognition and working closely with IT industry giants.

Check out the amazing mobile apps made by Apex

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Social Impact Award

Sosan Aziz, The University of Sussex

Sosan is the recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship in 2007. She completed MSc in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

She is currently employed at Economic Transformation Initiative, Gilgit-Baltistan (ETI-GB) as the Manager, Gender and Poverty. This is the sixth non-profit project she has been a part of and has an overall experience of 20 years working in the social development sector.

Sosan hails from a small village Gulmit Gojal located in the beautiful landscape of Hunza, Gilgit-Balistan. Her experience of studying from the UK allowed her the opportunity to work in her hometown in diverse roles including a forester, community mobiliser and a gender advisor.

She believes that studying in the UK has given her a major advantage to her professionally, and encourages young students especially females to pursue higher education and become equal members of the workforce.

Zunehra Taj, University of London

Zunehra Taj did her Bachelors of Law from University of London International Programme in 2010, and became the first female lawyer in her family.

After her graduation, she joined Roots College International, DHA1, Islamabad to teach Contract and Land Law to University of London’s International students.

In 2014, she joined the Contract Section of Legal Department of Mobilink, a Multi-International company, as an In-House Corporate Council.

Taj has also volunteered at various organisations including International Lions Club, Islamabad, and Mobilink Foundation etc. She is also the founding member of Al- Duha Social Welfare Society based at her ancestral village in Jhelum.

She is a motivational speaker and has spoken at various national and international forums about pressing issues of Pakistan including thalassemia and cancer, women rights, street Children etc, and also heading an INGO in Pakistan, "Save An Orphan Global".

Zunehra plans to specialise in International Human Rights Law from UK and expand her knowledge and understanding of how to help the marginalised sections of the community.

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Talat Jehan, London Metropolitan University

Talat is a Communications and Training UN Volunteer Pakistan in Quetta with Unwomen Pakistan. He worked in the facilitation process of voluntary events such as Youth Volunteering and Networks Workshop and Celebration of International Volunteer Day with UNV (Pakistan), City Cleaning Campaign & Youth Building Peace Workshop with UNDP Pakistan, UN Wall Campaign and Youth for Climate Change Project with United Nations Information Centre (Pakistan) and other voluntary and scouting interventions.

Talat has also worked as a project manager for UNICEF and USAID funded projects.

He has a Chartered Post-Graduate degree in Human Resource Management (CIPD) from London Metropolitan University, UK.

Bilal Shahid, The University of Manchester 

Bilal is working with Renewable Energy Experts in Pakistan on renewable energy technologies and is managing projects on solar PV and bio-gas hybrid plants along with integrated energy and agriculture concepts.

Bilal completed his MSc in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REaCT) in 2016 from The University of Manchester as a Commonwealth Scholar. At Manchester, he was a postgraduate student blogger, the Student Ambassador for the Orientation programme and Student Representative of the Student Staff Liaison Committee of his MSc cohort.

He has been on the IDEAS exchange programme at Mälardalen University (MDH), Sweden, through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2012. Bilal has even represented Pakistan in the 41st International Chemistry Olympiad held at Cambridge, UK in 2009.

His study experiences gave Bilal a diverse cross cultural exposure and motivated him in his pursuit of developing clean energy technologies in Pakistan. He believes that the possible impact of climate change will affect us all globally and the need for renewable technologies is critical.

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