Mr. Firas M. AlOda , City University of London
Mr. Firas M. AlOda in his capacity as the Director of Finance and Investment at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), has developed a strategy that contributed to accomplishing the KFAS objective to advance research and science on a larger scale.
Through this strategy, today, KFAS manages around 1.7 billion pounds in diversified assets around the globe, while achieving the required returns to fund the expansion strategy to support science and research in Kuwait.
Firas observes that City University of London provided him with the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections to drive his career forward.
Dr. Hamad M. Ali Yaseen Ali , Newcastle University
Dr. Hamad M. Ali Yaseen Ali is a research associate at the Dasman Diabetes Institute and an assistant professor of medical genetics at Kuwait University. His research, funded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), has led to the discovery of a set of genetic mutations causing polycystic kidney disease and has improved disease diagnosis.
Dr. Hamad was also nominated as a member of Board of Directors at the Scientific Center of Kuwait, becoming the youngest to hold this position.
He observes that Newcastle University not only provided him with an excellent environment for career development but also contributed to his personal growth.
Mr. Talal Al-Muhanna , Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University)
Mr. Talal Al-Muhanna is a Senior Producer for Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre and an independent filmmaker. Talal is applying the knowledge and skills gained from creative producing towards establishment of a fellowship program for Kuwait-based emerging artists and cultural operators.
His work in film, TV, festivals and distribution raised the profile of Kuwaiti filmmaking internationally while his contributions to theatrical production has set new standards for performing arts regionally.
Talal credits his Northern Film School tutors with providing him the confidence to pursue a filmmaking career and for having encouraged him to develop ambitious thesis projects shot in several international locations.