The 2020 Imperial Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our alumni community and the variety of ways you are making a real impact across the globe.
About the awards
Our inaugural Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate alumni who are remarkable leaders in their field and have demonstrated outstanding achievements. The 2020 Alumni Awards winners include an alumna whose research in the field of Planetary Science was influential in NASA's decision to send a new mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, and an alumnus whose charity has helped over 40,000 young people from underrepresented communities actively participate in democracy and wider civil society. Find out more about this year's amazing winners below.
Distinguished Alumni Award: 2020 winners
This award recognises and celebrates outstanding alumni who have demonstrated sustained personal and professional achievements or contributions in their field over a number of years.
Distinguished Alumni 2020
Professor Angela Vincent
Angela (Westminster Hospital Medical School 1966) has made an outstanding contribution to the field of neuroimmunology through her research. Her work on autoimmune diseases, and the identification of specific auto-antibodies that cause several previously unexplained neurological diseases, is world leading.
Emerging Alumni Leaders Award: 2020 winners
This award recognises and celebrates alumni under the age of 40, who are remarkable leaders in their field, have demonstrated outstanding achievements or are making a substantial impact on society.
Emerging Alumni Leaders 2020
Arjun (MEng Computing 2006) is the Founding CEO and Head of AI at Diabetes Digital Media, an organisation which provides evidence-based health interventions for people with diabetes and other long-term health conditions. With over 1.4 million active members, the organisation is redefining the understanding of chronic disease and wellness.
Dr Aula Abbara
Aula (MBBS Medicine 2005, MD(Res) 2017) has gained an international reputation in the fields of refugee and humanitarian health. She led a project which provided primary healthcare for refugees in Greece for the Syrian American Medical Society, led and completed a consultation for WHO EMRO on healthcare access for refugees and is on the advisory group for the Code of Practice on Healthworker Migration for WHO.
Driven by her ambition to “democratise property investment” and make the UK property market more accessible to underrepresented groups, Ayesha (MSci Physics 2007) launched an investment business for property investors, which is also focused on helping to deliver more affordable housing in the UK. She is also the founder and CEO of PropElle Network, a property investment community for women.
Emerging Alumni Leaders 2020
Dr Mohammedabbas Khaki
Recognised as one of Pulse’s Top 50 most influential UK GP's, Mohammedabbas (MBBS Medicine 2010) is an award-winning doctor and TED speaker. He is dedicated to inspiring change on a global level through his roles in media, humanitarian aid work and as the founding chair of the international charity Who is Hussain, a global NGO spanning 30 countries that tackles social injustice through positive action.
Dr Veronica Bray Durfey
Veronica's (PhD Earth Science & Engineering 2009) research in the field of planetary science has led to significant advances in the analysis of surface features on planets, moons, asteroids and comets. An emerging leader in both science and spacecraft mission design, planning and operations, her work has been integral to the development of future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Dr Veeru Kasivisvanathan
A world expert in the field of prostate cancer diagnosis, Veeru (MBBS Medicine 2009) was awarded the British Medical Journal best research paper of the year in 2019. His work in prostate cancer research has led to changes in the NICE guidelines and paved the way for a new standard of care across the UK and internationally.