Bett MEA Awards

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 are 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.​

We look forward to our Bett MEA Awards in September 2020 and we will be announcing more information soon.



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.​

Bett MEA Awards 2019

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.

Our Bett MEA Award winners of 2019 were:

Game Changer Award:

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

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

Innovation Award:

Winner: Mustafa Farahat, CEO, Nafham Education, Egypt
Project: Non-for-profit social enterprise

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

Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, Awecademy
Project: Awecademy

Collaboration Award:

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

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

Raya Bidshahri, Founder & CEO, Awecademy

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


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

​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

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


Our 2019 Judges were:

Majeda Al Khlaifi

Majeda Al Khlaifi
Policy Senior Specialist
Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), UAE

Mark Steed

Mark Steed

Cameron Mirza

Cameron Mirza
Head of Transformation
University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Marianne Jones

Marianne Jones
Digital Education Trainer
Ministry of Education, UAE

Phil Redhead

Phil Redhead
Director of Strategy
Future Gate, KSA

Dr May Alobaidy

Dr May Alobaidy
Senior Advisor to Minister
Centre for Strategic & International Partnerships and Initiatives, Ministry of Education, KSA

Dr Virginia Bodolica

Dr Virginia Bodolica
Professor of Strategy
Business School of the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates