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Dr Amani Abou-Zeid wins outstanding alumni achievement award

9 October 2017

H.E. Dr Armani Abou-Zeid, who completed her PhD at the Global Development Institute in 2000 has been presented with an Outstanding Alumni Achievement award by the University.

H.E. Dr Armani Abou-Zeid
H.E. Dr Armani Abou-Zeid

In his citation for the award, Professor Luke Luke Georghiou, vice president for research and innovation at the University said:

“Her career has been remarkable. Since the early 1990s, a series of roles at the United Nations Development Programme and African Development Bank have propelled her into the international spotlight.

Earlier this year, Amani was elected as the new African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism. She is no longer traditionally employed. Instead, she serves a whole continent. Systematically challenging the negative and unfair stereotypes Africa faces every day.

She is focused on ensuring everyone in Africa can access energy. On developing better roads, railways and air infrastructure. And in capitalising on the power of technology and ICT to drive forward the continent’s development.”

In accepting the award, Dr Abou-Zeid reminded the audience of staff and students that “hard work, knowledge and education always, always, always pay off.

During her PhD, Dr Abou-Zeid was supervised by Professor David Hulme, executive director of the Global development Institute, who said:

“Amani has made a striking contribution to development work since she completed her PhD, forging ahead in often male dominated spheres. From her work at the African Development Bank, to her recent election as African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Amani has consistently demonstrated a passion for making the world a better place. She is a shining example to all Manchester students who want to tackle global challenges and greatly deserving of the Outstanding Alumni award.”

The award was presented ahead of the Global Development institute Annual lecture, delivered by Harvard’s Professor Dani Rodrik on the economics of populism.

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