Westford Awards 2nd Edition Honors Excellence in Business and Beyond. 

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Dubai, UAE – April 21, 2024: The illustrious Mina Al Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, became the epicentre of recognition and celebration as the Westford Awards Ceremony, 2nd Edition unfolded in grandeur. Honoring outstanding achievements across diverse sectors, the event was a testimony to the spirit of excellence and innovation driving businesses and leaders forward.

Hosted by Virgin Radio’s Maz Hakim, the ceremony was inaugurated by the welcoming words of Mr. Hanil Haridas, Co-founder and CEO of Westford University College, and was followed by the distribution of Awards in 5 distinct categories as below: 

In the realm of Business Excellence, leaders emerged triumphant, each carving their path to success in their respective domains. Recognizing leaders in various sectors, from fintech to aviation, the winners included industry titans such as Al Ansari Exchange, Alshaya Group, Aramex, AstraTech, Expo City, Ezra Couture, flydubai, Hapag-Loyd, Huda Beauty, Insurancemarket.ae, Khansaheb, Kitopi, LA Perle by Dragone, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Me Dubai by Melia, Medcare, Motivate Media Group, National Transportation Solutions Company, Prime Group, Radisson Hotels, Rakbank, Royal Jet, and Zulekha Hospitals.

The winners of the second category, Business Impact, which transformed communities and industries, had a lasting impression in the fields of social responsibility, innovation, and sustainability. BEEAH Group, CAFU, Choithrams, Delhi Private School, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority, Gems Legacy School, MASDAR, Meritto, Saudi Amad for Airport Services and Transport Support, Thaely, and the Kanoo Group stood tall as champions of change.

In the arena of Social Impact, champions emerged, embodying compassion, advocacy, and cultural enrichment. The British Council’s commitment to English language education, Friends of Cancer Patients’ advocacy for health and lifestyle, and IACAD, Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture’s promotion of cultural heritage stood as testaments to the power of social consciousness. The humanitarian efforts of the Emirates Red Crescent resonated deeply, reflecting a commitment to global welfare.

Service Excellence shone brightly, with individuals making profound impacts through their dedication and commitment. Individuals who went above and beyond, embodying the essence of service and dedication are:

  • Alok Kumar – CO- founder and CEO of Zywa
  • Jennifer Sault – Founder and Managing Director of Thrift for Good
  • Josie Conlu – Co-Lead, Tatak Pinoy
  • Leisa Grace Wilson – Editorial Director Teach Middle East Magazine
  • Mania El Baba – Founder and CEO – Spec Brite Group
  • Nayla Al Khaja – Executive Producer/ Director, Nayla Al Khaja Films
  • Sujith Koshy Varghese – TEDx speaker, Personal trainer and Emerging Rapper
  • Syed Moosa Raza – Global Partnership Advisor – Private Office of HH. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al Qassimi

Ultimately, in the realm of Leadership Impact, visionaries stood tall, guiding industries and communities towards a brighter tomorrow. The contributions of the below leaders illuminated the path forward in business,

  • Abdallah Abu-Sheikh, Founder of Astra Tech, CEO of Botim
  • Ahlam Bolooki, CEO, the Emirates Literature Foundation
  • Asha Alexander, Principal, Gems Legacy School
  • Ezzeddine Jradi, Chief Transformation Officer, Emicool LLC
  • Naveen Goyal, Founder and CEO, Meritto
  • Ishwar Chugani, CEO and Managing Director, Giordano Middle East
  • Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, Founder, Chapter 3 LLC
  • Khadija Al Bastaki, Senior Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3), part of TECOM Group, PJSC
  • Mishal Kanoo, Chairman, The Kanoo Group
  • Saeed Al Mansouri, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre
  • Zeina Khoury, CEO, Zed Capital Real Estate
  • Roberto Croci, Director, Public Investment Fund (PIF)

Additionally, the event unveiled the Best Brand Awards, reflecting the survey responses of over a thousand students from Westford University College. The recognized brands, including Almarai, Centrepoint, Etisalat, Lulu Group, ADNOC, Noon, Emirates, Talabat, Mai Dubai and Majid Al Futtaim, were celebrated for their resonance and impact among the student community.

The ceremony culminated with the awarding of trophies and certificates of appreciation to all recipients, symbolising their outstanding efforts and achievements. The event was attended by Westford Education Group partners as well as distinguished academic dignitaries from Cardiff Metropolitan University and UCAM, Murcia, Spain, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Gloucestershire, Abertay University, Liverpool John Moores University, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority, emphasising the importance of academic-industry collaboration in fostering excellence.

In his final remarks, Mr. Zawahir Siddique, Dean of Westford University, acknowledged the recipients and emphasised their critical role in defining the future of their respective sectors.

The Westford Awards, an initiative by Westford University College, stands as a beacon of meritocracy, guided by an internal jury of industry experts, academicians, and student feedback. As it continues to recognize excellence and inspire future leaders, the ceremony serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of innovation and impact driving the global business landscape.

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