The Study UK Alumni Awards recognise the outstanding achievements made by UK alumni and celebrate the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners, finalists and many of the applicants are an inspiration to future generations of students considering a UK education. The Alumni Awards honour UK university alumni within 15 years of their studies at a UK higher education institution in the UK, and who have made a significant contribution to the societies, professions and countries they now live in.

The awards are taking place this year in 14 locations: Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. This is the third year of the Study UK Alumni Awards, following a successful pilot year in India, China and the USA in 2015 and an expansion into ten countries last year. The aspiration is for this to be an annual event, organised in collaboration UK government agencies and the UK higher education sector. The Study UK Alumni Awards are now a key part of the Study UK: Discover You campaign – the new Education is GREAT campaign that promotes studying in the UK to prospective international students around the world.

Here are the winners and finalists for this year

Dr. Usman Qamar

Finalist - Professional Achievement, University of Manchester and UMIST

Dr Usman Qamar is an assistant professor at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He has also established and heads the Knowledge and Data Engineering Research Centre (KDRC), a Centre of Excellence, at NUST. The centres research focuses on data engineering, data and text mining, health sciences and counter terrorism.

Amna Zamir

Finalist - Professional Achievement, University of Leicester

Amna Zamir is working as a Senior Civil Judge for Pakistan Judiciary of Gilgit-Baltistan and has served the Pakistan Judiciary as a civil judge which she continued after her UK postgraduate qualification. Since her post-graduation from the UK, she has been associated with various civil society organisations offering free legal aid and advice to those who can’t afford to seek quality legal services.

Amna was the first ever female to serve as a Civil Judge in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Dr. Umair Saif

Winner - Professional Achievement, University of Cambridge

Dr. Umar Saif is the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and the founding Vice Chancellor of the Information Technology University. His work has had a transformative impact on improving governance in Punjab and bootstrapping the hi-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan through Plan 9. 

Dr.Saif was the first Pakistani to be named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world in 2011 by MIT Technology Review.

Dr. Nousheen Zakaria

Finalist - Entrepreneurial Award, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield

Dr. Nousheen is the Founder and CEO of Out of Box Ltd, U.K. and The Code It Company in Pakistan. She has worked with some of the most prestigious global clients and has set new and intuitive websites and apps both globally and locally. She has emerged as a leader in her field of work and is actively involved in endeavours of social welfare and community building. She also extends support to people with special needs by creating equal-employment opportunities for them to work within her firm.


Ahmed Daniyal Siddiqui

Winner - Entrepreneurial Award, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Daniyal Siddiqui is an electrical engineer by profession and an entrepreneur, corporate trainer, public speaker, writer and Radio and TV anchor by passion. As an entrepreneur, Daniyal established Premier Energy which has been rated as Pakistan’s fastest growing renewable energy company in Pakistan.

Daniyal visualised the inception of a Renewable Energy Company in Pakistan and brought the dream to reality by applying all concepts learned at his university in the UK.

Muhammad Sibtain Jiwani

Finalist - Entrepreneurial Award, Manchester Metropolitan University

Muhammad Sibtain Jiwani left his shinning and fast track career at a top fintech company in Pakistan to venture into a start-up, building Pakistan’s first personal finance ecommerce platform. With low penetration of banking and insurance, he has taken upon this mission to make financial products easy to understand and acquire them with the use of technology.

Sibtain’s venture, was selected as top 50 startups in Startup Istanbul, Turkey.

Abia Akram

Winner - Social Impact, University of Warwick

Abia Akram is the Chairperson of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities, Independent Living Centre which she established with Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP). She is also the Director Projects at STEP and has been elected as the Global Chair, Global Youth Council UNICEF-NY, Co-Coordinator, Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United and Coordinator, South Asia Disability and Development Initiative (SADDI) Project. Abia is a Chevening Scholarships alumnus.


Moneeza Burney

Finalist - Social Impact, Sheffield Hallam University

Moneeza is the Programme Director for the Lahore Students Union Community Service Initiative (LSU CSI). She launched LSU CSI in April 2014, and to date has received over 3,000 applications and placed over 600 youth volunteers at 50+ partner NGOs, social projects, and civil society organisations in Lahore. LSU CSI volunteers have worked with partners and beneficiaries across a wide range of social causes, from Gender Empowerment to Poverty Alleviation.

Kamran Siddiqui

Finalist - Social Impact, Queen Mary University of London

Kamran is a Sr. Analyst at Élan – a consultancy firm providing engineering solutions in energy and environment. Kamran is passionate about playing his part in community empowerment and growth through clean and cheap energy solutions. Electrification of 2900 houses through Solar Home Systems in rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Pakistan’s first glass - glass solar power system at Sukkur IBA are the highlights of his work in sustainable development sector.

Kamran is a Commonwealth Scholarships alumnus.

Professional Achievement Award

This award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

Entrepreneurial Award

Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects. This is the award for self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers.

Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

See our winners from the last year