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Alumnus Dr. Salah Obayya shortlisted as a Finalist in the Study UK Alumni Awards

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Alumnus Dr. Salah Obayya shortlisted as a Finalist in the Study UK Alumni Awards

Congratulations to our Alumnus and former Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brunel, Dr. Salah Obayya for being shortlisted as one of three Finalists in the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020, Egypt for the Entrepreneurial Award.

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

The ceremony that took place on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 in Cairo was attended by Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity; Elizabeth White, Country Director of the British Council in Egypt; Sir Geoffrey Adams, British ambassador to Egypt; and a number of high-profile professionals. Salah who is currently a Professor and Director of the Research Centre at Zewail City of Science and Technology received a certificate from the British Council to recognise his achievements.

Since graduating from Brunel in 2005 with a PGCE in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Dr. Salah Obayya has established world-class photonics research centres in Egypt and the UK, collaborating with top photonics industries. He has published 500 papers, attracted £3.2 million of research funding, supervised more than 100 PhD/MSc students, and was recently awarded a UNESCO chair for sustainable development in Africa focusing on women's empowerment. Salah was educated to the highest level (DSc) in UK higher education institutions, climbed to the top of the academic ladder (chair professor), and gained world-class experience that led the late Nobel Laureate, Dr Ahmed Zewail, to select him to lead Zewail City. He has exerted the utmost efforts to significantly shape academic communities in Egypt and the UK to realise green societies.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Brunel University London are delighted for Salah and his achievements. If you are an international alumni and you are interested in the Study UK Alumni Awards, please visit the British Council website with more details: