2016 ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS
ALUMNI AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Ms Nazneen Maymoun, District Director of Nursing, Ministry of Health - Sharjah Medical District
Master of Business Administration, 2008
Nazneen's enrolment in UOWD marked a turning point in her life. She is amongst the pioneers in the UAE nursing profession with a career spanning almost 20 years with the Ministry of Health. A gold medal in Nursing Diploma, the Sheikh Rashid Award for B.Sc in Nursing and the Emirates Women Award for Exceptional Career Achievements, makes her the first Emirati nurse to win this award. Nazneen is currently pursuing a PhD in Healthcare Management.
ALUMNI AWARD FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Ms Shurooq Al Banna, Marketing & Communications specialist, Noor Dubai Foundation
Master of Strategic Marketing, 2010
Shurooq wears many hats - she is proudest of her role with the Noor Dubai Foundation which saw her travel to Africa and Asia in the pursuit of combating avoidable blindness, helping more than 25 million individuals. She assisted those in need by single-handedly raising AED14 million towards the charity. Shurooq is the first Arab woman to win a top place in the World Championship of Public Speaking Competition.
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
Mr Aiham Alakhras, Sales Director - Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Master of International Business, 2007
Showing great talent at a young age, Aiham captured the attention of Fortune Global 500 technology giant Fujitsu while completing Master of International Business at UOWD. He spent ten years driving growth and innovation at Fujitsu, with senior roles leading 500 employees across 104 countries. Aiham is an active mentor for startup and digital innovation communities in UAE.
ALUMNI AWARD FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Mr Faris Juma Ibrahim, Chief Strategic and Development Office & Vice-President, Arj Holding LLC
Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, 2008
Faris is a natural entrepreneur with an impressive record of initiating and leading turnaround growth strategies in complex and challenging environments. He has held prestigious designations including General Manager of Emaar Retail, CEO of Zone Parking Solutions in Abu Dhabi before he moved to ARJ Holding as Chief Strategy officer / Vice president in 2016.