Long-lasting connections and development opportunities

Our programmes for UK alumni help build long-lasting connections so people are able to build on their international experience. When you sign up to our Gulf-UK Alumni Network you will join a distinguished group of UK alumni from across the region including senior figures in government, business and civil society. As well as the opportunity to attend prestigious gala dinners and awards ceremonies you can also take advantage of professional development courses, leadership training and many other events.

You are eligible to apply if: 

  • you are Bahraini or resident in Bahrain 
  • studied a UK qualification through a UK institutions

If you would like to apply, please complete our network registration form .

If you have any questions please contact alumni.bahrain@britishcouncil.org 

All events and activities are free of charge for UK alumni. 

By becoming a member, alumni also help shape the future by inspiring the next generation. Alumni are invited to share their stories and experiences with students at study fairs and other education events organised by the British Council and partners. You can watch some of their stories at #MyUniqueFuture. https://www.britishcouncil.sa/en/study-uk/myfutureisunique

As of March 2020, more than 600 UK alumni are now connected across Bahrain, sharing their experiences and expanding their professional expertise. Join today to take advantage of these opportunities.

If you want to connect with peers across the Gulf region, you can join the British Council’s Gulf-UK alumni LinkedIn group. Our Gulf–UK Alumni LinkedIn group encourages UK alumni to exchange opportunities and  ideas and will allow you to make new connections and keep in touch with your peers.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, our Alumni Talk Series are now offered virtually. Please check the Alumni Talk Series section for updates on our upcoming online talks, panel discussions and workshops from Bahrain, UK and the GCC. 

Alumni Talk Series

Alumni Talk Series 2020:

Event Description When & Where

COVID-19 eLearning Response Webinar

Join us for a lively discussion on online learning response to COVID-19, sharing experiences from University College London and University of Bharain.

12 May 2020


Alumni Talk Series: Okay not to be Okay

 A discussion on how the recent pandemic has had an impact on our lives, the challenges it has posed on us to "make the best of our time" in this crisis and what that means for our mental health.

Speakers: Abdullah Al Khulifah (Kuwait), Emma Sue Prince (UK) and Dr Nikolas Dimitriadis (Greese).

 14 June 2020


Alumni Talk Series: Social Entrepreneurship 

Whether you are a seasoned or an aspiring social entrepreneur or just interested in the topic, join us to hear our expert speakers from around the world share their experiences and stories, motivations and ambitions, opportunities and challenges. 

Moderator: Dr Taghreed Alsaraj (KSA)

Speakers: Fouz Al-Sabah (Kuwait), Uday Thakkar (UK) and Zumrud Jalilova (Azerbaijan)

20 July 2020


Alumni Talk Series: Digital Transformation

Covid-19 led governments and organisation to swiftly transfer to the digital world. In this talk, we hear from the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) about digital transformation in the government sector that the iGA led in Bahrain in response to Covid-19 and how this can help organisations and SMEs.

Speaker: Dr Zakareya Al-Khaja Deputy CE, Electronic Transformation at iGA.

17 August 2020

Alumni Talk Series: Graduating in Recession 

Graduates of 2020 are entering the workforce at one of the most challenging economic times as the world, and economy, tries to recover from the impact of Covid-19. 

In this talk we hear from two graduates of a previous recession, the class of 2008, about their experience of graduating and entering the workforce amid an economic crisis as they share their top tips with the class of 2020.


Nada Darwish, Co-Chair of the Alumni Council of the Global Shapers Community

Wafa Al Obaidat, CEO of Obai & Hill and Women Power Summit 

14 September 2020

4:30 - 5:40 PM


Alumni Talk Series: How to be more employable

A digital panel, featuring careers development consultants from the UK and the Gulf. The panel consists of Dr Kate Daubney, Director, The Careers Group, UK, Dr Taghreed Al Sarraj, CEO, Upskillable, KSA, moderated by educational consultant and researcher; Dr Fawziya Al Zaidjali, Oman. The webinar recording is available on the Gulf-UK Alumni Network LinkedIn page

29 September 2020

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Microsoft Teams

Alumni Talk Series: How to get the job you want

Hear from experienced professionals some practical tips and valuable strategies to help you stand out from competition and increase your chances of employment. 

Speakers: Dr Terry O’Sullivan (UK), Ms Nouf Al Sowaidi (Bahrain), Mr Mohammed Shehada (Qatar)

Moderator: Mr Sharif Al Farsi, (Oman)

Registeration open until 11 am on 8 December. Register here now!

8 December 2020

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Microsoft Teams

(Be the first to know about any upcoming opportunity or event- sign up to the Network now!)

Do you have a proposal for a talk or a workshop? See the Alumni Events Proposal document at the bottom of this page.

Professional Development and Awards

Event Description When & Where
UK Alumni Awards 2020-2021

These prestigious awards aim to highlight success stories of alumni who have achieved a UK degree in the last ten years.

All UK alumni from around the world are invited to apply for these awards, featuring their successes in profession or society.

More details on the UK Alumni Awards can be found here.

Applications now open 
Deadline is 30 October 2020

Networking & Social Events

Event Description When & Where
Alumni & Study UK Fair Reception A special networking event with representatives from UK universities and key contacts from the education sector in Bahrain 13 November 2019

Alumni New Year Tea Party

A great networking event with an art therapy exercise to start your year with self reflection and positive energy. 

8 January 2020



Board Members of the Bahrain-UK Alumni Network

Following a nomination and selection process, the current Board was formed in September 2017. We are delighted to introduce our dynamic and diverse board, helping us run and deliver our Alumni programme in Bahrain. 

  • Prof./Dr Faisal Alnasser (Chairperson): Ph.D. University of Glasgow. Chair; Home Health Care Centre, American Foot & Ankle Centre, Honorary Faculty, Imperial College London. General Secretary, International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine. 
  • Dr Abdulhasan Al Dairi (Deputy Chairperson): Ph.D. Edinburgh Napier University. Chairperson of Bahrain SMEs Society and Arab Youth Ambassador.
  • Bassim Al Alawi (Alumni Relations/ Sponsorship Team): B.Eng in Engineering Science, Reading University. Managing Director, Gulf Equipment & Technology (GET).
  • Dr Fay Al Khalifa (Alumni Relations/ Sponsorship Team): Ph.D. Sheffield University. Director of eLearning and Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Bahrain.
  • Suhair Ajjawi (Alumni Relations/ Sponsorship Team): MA Marketing, Portsmouth University. Consultant and Media Expert.
  • Zainab Ali (Marketing & Communications Team): BA Human Resources Management, De Montfort University. Case team assistant, Oliver Wyman.
  • Ali Yaqoob (Events/ Volunteer Team):  Msc Project Management, University of Salford and BSc Civil Engineering. Engineer - Airfield Compliance, Bahrain Airport Company.
  • Lulwa Sami (Events/ Volunteer Team): MBA, University of Strathclyde. Acting Director of Communications and Marketing, Information and e-Government Authority.



The next board election round will open for nominations in June 2019 and a new board will be announced in September 2019. More information coming soon.

Studying in the UK without a doubt is an experience of a lifetime, it taught me a lot about myself and gave me a world view I wouldn’t have had without this experience…


Her Excellency Dr Faeqa Al Saleh, Minister of Health for the Kingdom of Bahrain and UK alumni