Four outstanding achievers receive accolades at UOWD’S Annual Alumni Awards
An award-winning IT expert, a distinguished CEO, a social changemaker and the youngest member of the Million Dollar Round Table were amongst the outstanding graduates who were honoured at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)’S annual Alumni Awards recently.
The graduates were honoured for their achievements and outstanding contributions to the ield of professional development, social impact and research and innovation during a prestigious event held at the Le Royal Meridien Hotel.
Mohammed Shael Al Saadi, CEO – Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai, received the Alumni Award for Professional Excellence; Marlen Bissaliyev, CIO, SMART APP, Almaty was awarded the Research and Innovation Award; Aisha Bamashmous, Senior Network Operations Centre Engineer, MBC Group and Co-founder, Pure Heart 4 Cancer Program, received the Alumni Award for Social Impact; and Sanjay Tolani, Managing Director & CEO, Goodwill World, was presented with the Young Alumni Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Mohamed-vall M.salem Zein, President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai said: “Tonight’s award-winning alumni are all ambassadors of the UOWD and role models for our next generation of leaders and innovators.”
“They have made signiicant contributions in their respective ields and each one is a great example of what our institution represents: engagement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation.”
In her keynote speech Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor of UOW Australia said that the achievements of the winners relect the values of the University and that their success and the success of fellow alumni are the realisation of the University’s mission to create positive change on a global scale”.
The alumni awards ceremony was also attended by Pankaj Bodkhe, Consul (Education) – Consul General of India, Dubai; Ali Essa Al Nuaimi – Director General, Ajman DED; Mohammed S. Al Qutaish – Consul General of Yemen, Dubai; Jillian Broadbent AO, Chancellor, University of Wollongong Australia; Peter Robson AO, Chairman, UOWD Board, Marisa Mastroianni, CEO and Managing Director, UOW Enterprises, alongside a number of high proile dignitaries and friends of the University.