Westford Awards: Honoring Excellence in Business and Beyond

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Westford Awards, the first ever business school award ceremony honoring businesses and leaders in their respective fields was held last 19th march 2023 at the Mina Al Salam- Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
It is for the first time in the UAE, that a business school has held an awards ceremony to honour business excellence, individuals and beyond. Westford Awards 2023 is an initiative of Westford University College that gathered 50-plus business leaders to celebrate their achievements and success at the event.
Hosted by Virgin Radio’s Maz Hakim, the gathering was opened by the welcome remarks of x Mr Hanil Haridas, Co-founder and CEO of Westford University College and was followed by the distribution of Awards from various categories such as :

Business Excellence

Rewarded significant businesses from various industries in the UAE demonstrating notable contributions towards innovation and growth. Several companies across various industries were awarded in this category. Companies such as


Supply Chain and Logistics




HR Solutions


Digital Sector

F and B

Creatives and Entertainment

Diversified conglomerate

Business Impact

The second category awarded and celebrated the additional effort put forth by organizations and people to create an engaging trip for their stakeholders.It also awarded the varied initiatives an organization takes to deliver an effective impact in the industry and society. Dubai Airports and Bounce Inc. were awarded for their Business Impact in creating a dynamic customer experience,

Innovative Start-up

Impact On Sustainability

Impact through innovative products

Impact through sustainable products

Social Impact

Honored organizations for their effect on people and communities as a result of their actions, activities and initiatives. Under this category companies such as

Service Excellency

The fourth category presented, honouring individuals who are moulding the UAE’s future and inspiring future generations. People recognized under this category

Humanitarian Efforts

People of Determination


Excellence as an Entrepreneur

The Leadership Impact

This category celebrated the Leaders of Impact who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the organizations by building agile and responsive teams to embrace change, culture, and innovation. The awards were given to.
Ashik Hasim
Ashik HasimPrecise Communications
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Saeed Sharaf
Saeed SharafCEO of Esports Middle East
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Rema Menon Vellat
Rema Menon VellatDirector and Managing Director, of Counselling Point
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Mayank Patel
Mayank PatelCountry Head of ADECCO Middle East
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Hussein Wehbe
Hussein WehbeCEO of Plug Mena
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Westford Awards also had a special category – Best Brands, which was finalized by survey results of over 1000 individuals from the student community at Westford University College. The Brands recognized under this category are

All the awardees received their trophies and certificate of recognition for their remarkable contributions and success as business and business leaders in their respective fields and were awarded by the partners of the Westford Education Group and external academic dignitaries of the Cardiff Metropolitan University and UCAM, Murcia, Spain. The event ended with the closing speech by Westford University’s Dean Mr Zawahir Siddique congratulating everyone on their momentous achievements and success.

Westford Awards is an initiative by Westford University College. The awards are based on pure merit and decided by an internal jury of industry experts and academicians along with student surveys.

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