International alumni recognised at awards

Jahanzeb Awan receives Education UK Alumni AwardThree international Sheffield alumni have been recognised for their achievements at the Education UK Alumni Awards.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of alumni from UK universities who are now living abroad and have gone on to achieve success in their professional careers. They aim to demonstrate the impact that a UK education can have upon individuals and countries around the world, as well as to inspire others to reach their potential by studying in the UK. The awards will be held in 10 countries including Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA.

At a ceremony held at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi, Pakistan, on 30 January, the Professional Achievement Award – recognising alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry – was presented to Jahanzeb Awan who studied Law at the University of Sheffield.

After being called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Jahanzeb became a Partner at one of Pakistan’s leading law firms. He provides litigation and advisory services to high profile clients including the State Bank of Pakistan and has achieved major litigation success in a short period of time.

Jahanzeb also serves as the convener of a civil rights and engagement project. The project aims to strengthen Pakistani citizen rights and democratic processes, empowering citizens to know and exercise their rights.

He received his award from former Pakistan national women’s cricket team captain Dr Urooj Mumtaz, who studied Restorative Dentistry at the University.

The equivalent award for Brazil was awarded to alumnus Jaime Oliveira, who studied for an MA in Biotechnological Law and Ethics at the University, at a ceremony held on 7 March in Sao Paolo. Jaime's career has taken him from high-level positions at Brazil’s federal government, all the way to the top of the Brazilian National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA).

Governed by a board of directors appointed by Brazil’s president, ANVISA regulates the country’s drugs, medical devices, pesticides, food and cosmetics sectors, accounting for more than 20 per cent of Brazil’s GDP. Jaime’s work has positively impacted on ANVISA’s image by improving its transparency and participation with society.

Dr Hani Choudhry was awarded the Professional Achievement Award for Saudi Arabia at a ceremony on 8 March at the British Embassy in Riyadh, by Simon Collis, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was nominated by Oxford University where he did his PhD, but he also graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with an MSc in Molecular Medicine. He is currently the head of the Cancer Biology Unit at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at the University of Sheffield, said:

"On behalf of all of us here at the University I would like to express our warm congratulations to all of our finalists and awardees.

"We are a global university and these awards are a fine example of the impact our alumni have in their home countries. Our awardees’ stories will no doubt serve as an inspiration to our other international alumni in more than 120 different countries."

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