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.

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. 

The Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni whose work has created change in their chosen profession.

Finalists in this category are:

  • Adema Zhanassova, an alumnus of Heriot-Watt University. She specialises in training and professional education. Adema developed and implemented her own programmes on subjects such as Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources and Administration Management based on her international research and professional experience.
  • Aivar Baikenov, who graduated from the University of Essex. Anvar is the lead portfolio expert in Kazakhstan with more than $250 mln of assets under management.  He implements everything he learned in the UK about capital markets at home soil. Politics study helps him to analyse events on a political scene and their influence on local markets, exchange rate and company’s open positions in stocks/bonds. In 2016 he received the national award "Honored Financier of Kazakhstan" for significant contribution to the development of the financial sector of the Republic.  
  • Winner - Marat Raimkhanov graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science with Master degree in Public Administration. Marat is an independent marketing communications expert. His international knowledge and 15 years of experience in marketing, corporate communications and public relations help organizations build their brand reputation and find real solutions to business challenges. Marat observes that LSE provided him with multiple skills and qualities necessary to succeed professionally among them critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork as well as constant self-development and self-improvement.  

The Entrepreneurial Award recognises alumni who have developed innovative solutions to problems within their industry.

Finalists in this category are:

  • Winner - Renat Galyamov single-handedly built Kazakhstan’s largest medical information technology product MED24.KZ, which connects patients with medical organisations and doctors across the country. His innovative service has already helped over 300,000 people locate a qualified doctor. Renat is a finalist for our UK Alumni Award. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University with major in Information Systems. 
  • Bagdat Myrzakhmetov, graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. The University of Edinburgh provided Bagdat with qualities and skills vital to the artificial intelligence field in Kazakhstan. Now Bagdat works as a researcher in the field of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Nazarbayev University. Bagdat’s work was developing the Natural Language Processing Tools for Kazakh language and Artificial Intelligence applications by using the state of the art methods. 
  • Iliyas Issatayev

The Social Impact Award recognises alumni whose work has positively changed their society or community.

Finalists in this category are:

  • Gainel Ussatayeva works as a Vice-Dean on Research, Innovative Work and International Collaboration at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Gainel is one of the founders of the new faculty at the best university in the country. She works on the development of a new concept of medical education, enhancement of public health education and research in the country from the perspectives of bioethics. Gainel graduated from the University of Leeds with specialisation in Public Health and completed the Certificate Programme on Health Economics of the University of York. Studying in UK universities helped Gainel enhance her research skills. 
  • Winner - Gulzira Amanturlina is an expert with international educational base in NGO management and social entrepreneurship sector in Kazakhstan, focusing on employment of people with mental disabilities and improving legislation for their better living conditions. Gulzira has MSc in NGO Management from The London School of economics and political sciences. Gulzira is very thankful that LSE provided her with such skills and qualities to solve different problems of people with disabilities and create opportunities for people in need. Tolerance and acceptance of people’s diversity and different opinions were also one of the principles of studying at LSE.
  • Gaukhar Mukaman is the lead information assistant at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty. Gauhar’s work made a notable contribution to improving media freedom, media literacy and providing access to diverse objective sources for journalists in Kazakhstan via public diplomacy programs. Studying at the University of Westminster helped Gauhar to understand PR field better and learn new trends, develop critical thinking and think strategically. It also helped her to be competitive in the market, connect with the global audience and inspired her to launch projects.  

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 14 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.

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