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 May 2019, more than 550 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.

Alumni Talk Series

Alumni Talk Series 2019-20:

Event Description When & Where
Alumni Talk Series: Health & Wellness: Zero Cardio

An interactive series of talks in various topics delivered by speakers from Bahrain and UK.

Speaker: Abdullatif Al Maraghi, personal trainer and owner of Latif Fitness Centre

9 April 2019

7:00 - 8:30 pm

at Crowne Plaza Hotel

 Alumni Talk Series: Smart Sustainable Urbanism

 Explore ideas on Smart Sustainable Urbanism from an architecture and urban design/ planning perspective.

Speaker: Dr Fay Al Khalifa

University of Sheffield alumnae, Dr Al Khalifa is an assistant professor with a Master's degree in Conservation and Regeneration and a Ph.D. in Landscape, which is focused on the interrelationship between Culture Change and Urban Sustainability, particularly in teh Arabian Gulf Context.

18 June 2019

7:30 - 9:00 pm

at BRINC, Batelco (Manama) 

  Alumni Talk Series: Waste to Energy Panel Discussion

Waste management in Bahrain is becoming a critical issue. Learn more about turning Waste to Enegry where variety of treatment technologies that convert waste into electricity, heat, fuel, or other materials.

Panel Speakers: Iyngararasan Mylvakanam, Halel Engineer, Dr Sumaya Yusif, Rami Osman, Maram Al Sabbagh, Mohamed Farija

30 September 2019

12.30 - 2.30 pm

Location Wyndham Grand Hotel

 Alumni Talk Series: 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

3.00 - 4.30 pm





(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 Descroption When & Where
Entrepreneurship & Employability Webinar Series

We have extended your access to the recordings of our Entrepreneurship & Employability Webinar Series, featuring faculty from the UK’s top universities and business schools, bringing you the latest thinking on the themes of Entrepreneurship and Employability.

ontinue your lifelong learning journey with us and boost your CV by taking advantage of our Certification Programme. Sign up to all the lectures on the Employability AND/ OR Entrepreneurship track and you will receive a Certificate.


Webinars homepage: http://changeschool.org/gulf-uk-alumni/

Available until October 2019
Alumni Awards 2019-2020

These prestigious awards aim to highlight success stories of alumni who have achieved a UK degree in the last ten years. All UK alumni in Bahrain are invited to apply for these awards, featuring their successes in profession or society.

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

Applications open in July 2019

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

Study UK Fair 2019

Alumni Booth and Success Story Seminars

Bahrain-UK Alumni attend the annual Study UK Fair to connect, share experience with and provide advice and guidance to prospective students pursuing studies in the UK, as well as deliver a series of seminars featuring Alumni Success Stories

If you are an alumni interested in taking part and being featured as a success story, please contact us on alumni.bahrain@britishcouncil.org and fill the success story application form at the bottom of this page.

14, 16, 17 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 December 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