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Bett MEA Awards: Recognising Educational Excellence


The Bett MEA Awards celebrate and reward the creativity, innovation and leadership found throughout the MEA region’s education sector. These awards showcase inspiration and solutions to everyday challenges, which help students to achieve educational excellence. The awards were judged by a prestigious, independent panel of education thought leaders from across the MEA region.

We celebrated the initiatives of people who are propelling education forwards. In 2019 we had 4 categories to award; opened to individuals, projects, institutions, companies and education stakeholders from across the board.

Congratulations to the 4 winners and all shortlisted individuals and companies!​ Winners received a trophy in recognition of their contribution to the education sector at the awards ceremony during the event in Abu Dhabi last April.​

The Bett MEA 2019 Winners were:

Game Changer:

Winner: Mansoor Alrazooqi, Director of the Virtual Technology Centre at Dubai Police ​
Project: Virtual Applications

Innovation Award:

Winner: Nafham Education
Project: Social Enterprise


Winner: Fakhri Gurbanov, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Project: Digital Skills


Winner: Neal Oates, Assistant Head: Innovation & STEAM, Dubai British School, Dubai

The shortlist for the Bett MEA Awards 2019 were:

Game Changer: 

Mansoor Alrazooqi, Director of the virtual technology center, Dubai Police, UAE
Project: Virtual Applications

Oluwakemi Olurinola, Educational Technology, Exquitec Education Technology, Nigeria
Project: Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) program

Henri Muurimaa, CEO, Eduten, Finland
Project: Eduten Playground

Abdikadir Ismail, Principal, Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School, Kenya
Project: 50 shillings a day


Vanita Uppal OBE, Director, The British School, New Delhi, India

Fakhri Gurbanov, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan

Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, Awecademy

Zelalem Assefa, CEO, Ethiopian Education and Research Network, Ethiopia

Innovation Award:

Rama Kayyali, CEO, Little Thinking Minds, Jordan
Project: Little Thinking Minds

Anna Sargsyan, Projects Coordinator, Union of Information Technologies Enterprises, Armenia
Project: Armath engineering laboratories

Mustafa Farahat, CEO, Nafham Education, Egypt
Project: Social enterprise

Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, Awecademy
Project: Awecademy


Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and Chairman of the Governing Board of UNESCO Institute for Information Technology, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, UAE

Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, Awecademy

Neal Oates, Assistant Head: Innovation & STEAM, Dubai British School, UAE

​Abdulrahman Alghofaili, Director General, Riyadh Schools for Boys & Girls, KSA



The Bett MEA Collaboration Award is for individuals, teams, organisations or institutions who are delivering a transformational project through regional or global partnerships.


The Bett MEA Game Changer Award is for individuals who are spearheading change with the potential to achieve systemic or behavioural transformation.​


The Bett MEA Innovation Award is for companies, products and solutions driving excellence through innovation in education.


The Bett MEA Leadership Award is for individuals or institutions inspiring a new approach to learning through the use of technology.​

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