Second Business School Graduate wins British Council Alumni Award

Business School alumna Fatima Ademoh (MSc Financial Risk Management 2013) has been announced as winner for a prestigious British Council award celebrating outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni. Fatima was a finalist for the Social Impact Award in Nigeria and was announced as winner at the ceremony on Saturday.

The British Council Alumni Awards 2017 celebrate and recognise the achievements of individuals who have studied at a UK university 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. This year, award ceremonies will take place in 14 countries globally.

Only 14 alumni were selected as finalists through an extremely competitive process. All nominees can be found on the British Council website.

The British Council in Nigeria honoured the selected 14 finalists and announced the winners of the three award categories on 4 March 2017, at a prestigious ceremony at the InterContinental Lagos, hosted by Connie Price, Country Director, British Council Nigeria.

Fatima studied at the Business School, after gaining her BSc in Finance at the American University of Nigeria. As founder of “Waste-to-Watt”, Fatima’s main objective is to provide rural farm communities with the electricity and power they need to keep their produce fresh.

She said
“I am extremely honoured to have emerged the winner of the Social Impact Awards of the British Council Alumni Awards 2017. Studying at the University of Leeds provided me with a community of practice that was diverse in professional and cultural experiences and this has enriched my life and contributed to my success today.”

“I grew up in an environment where neighbouring communities are deprived of access to energy services, most of these communities grow the food that feeds the population… the Waste-to-Watt converts agricultural waste into biogas which is used for electricity generation.”

Fatima's success follows on from fellow alumnus George Sotiropoulos (Advertising and Marketing 2005) who was announced as the winner of the British Council's Entrepreneurial Award for Greece at a ceremony on 2 March 2017.

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