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King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards

 

The King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are an annual celebration recognising outstanding alumni who represent the King's ethos of trying make the world a better place.

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Dina Asher-Smith recieving the Distinguished Alumna of the Year 2021 Award from President & Principal Professor Shitij Kapur.

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Notable alumni

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About the awards

Launched in 2017, the King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise distinguished alumni and students who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, civic leadership, or service to King’s and society.

Each year we celebrate outstanding individuals who have excelled in their fields – people who we are proud to count as members of our global community. Awards are given in a range of areas celebrating the breadth of endeavour across our alumni community.

 

 

2022 Winners

We are announcing this year's winners in the run up to the ceremony on 30 June. Check back to discover more about our brilliant alumni winners or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook to follow the announcements.

Helen Hudson Award

This award recognises the exemplary contribution of a member of the King's alumni community to the university or alumni body. The award honours Helen Hudson, former Dean of Students, who helped promote education for women and support students at King's for over 20 years.

Rita Kakati-Shah (Mathematics & Management, 2001)

Rita Kakati-Shah
Rita is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, and lifelong community volunteer. She is Founder and CEO of Uma, a network aiming to bring talented women back into the workforce. Rita serves on the King’s Business School Advisory Council and an active member of the King’s New York Alumni Committee. A passionate advocate for the university, she also mentors many King’s students. In January 2022, she was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden for demonstrating a lifelong commitment to voluntary service.

 

King's Future Alumna Award

A current King’s student who has demonstrated exceptional potential during their studies through extracurricular activities. Perhaps they have set up a start-up alongside their studies or run a student organisation for a cause they are passionate about. They will go on to do great things as King's alumni!

Nkasi Stoll (MSc Mental Health Studies, 2017)

Nkasi Stoll
Nkasi is a PhD Candidate at King's and the Co-Founder of Black People Talk and Director of Black Students Talk, which designs, delivers and evaluates peer support programmes for Black university students.

 

King's In Service Award

A member of the alumni community who has one above and beyond in service of society. They have made a significant impact through charitable or voluntary work, perhaps through volunteering on a charitable board or running on-the-ground projects.

Dr Colin A. Tourle MBE (Medicine, 1965)

Colin A. Tourle
Alongside his career as a GP in the NHS, Colin has travelled the world to help children with eyesight problems and to screen for HIV. He was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to medicine.

 

King's Local Communities Impact Award

King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London. This award recognises an alumnus or alumna who has made an outstanding impact within one of King’s home boroughs. They may have worked with local government or community groups, spearheaded an initiative that has made a positive impact in Lambeth, Southwark or Westminster, or embedded service to London in their work or research.

Savraj Kaur BEM (MSc Disasters Adaptions and Development, 2012)

 

Savraj Kaur
Savraj is Executive Director of H&F Giving, working with the people of Hammersmith and Fulham to give back to their community. She is also co-founder of Ready Tech Go, a nonprofit aimed at addressing the digital divide, and sits on the board of West London Welcome, which supports refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.

 

King's International Impact Award

King’s Strategic Vision 2029 also sets out our ambition to be an international community that serves the world. Similar to above, this award recognises an alumnus or alumna who has made an outstanding impact in the global community through civic leadership and working to address worldwide challenges.

Sean Marrett
As Chief Business and Commercial Officer at BioNTech, Sean was instrumental in establishing the partnership his company formed with Pfizer to develop the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

 

King's Entrepreneur Award

A King’s graduate who showcases exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. They may have founded a burgeoning business or social enterprise. Their work demonstrates ambition and drive, and a passion to find innovate solutions to key challenges within society.

Adele Aitchison (English Language and Literature, 2013; MSc Gerontology & Ageing, 2022)

Adele Aitchison
Double alumna Adele Aitchison is the Founder and Director of Grandnanny, the UK’s first intergenerational childcare service. Grandnanny launched in 2020 and was part of the King’s20 Accelerator.

 

King's Arts and Culture Alumni Award

A King’s graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the arts and culture sector. They can demonstrate creativity and ingenuity in their career, perhaps at an arts-based organisation or through a recent album, exhibition or even podcast.

Thomas Wells (MA Art and Cultural Settings, 2014)

Thomas Wells
Thomas was awarded the Turner Prize in 2021 for his work with Array Collective, a Belfast-based group of artists that work with communities to respond to social and political issues through performances, protests, exhibitions and events.

 

King's STEM Alumni Award

A member of the King’s alumni community who is excelling in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Perhaps they have been recently leading the way through their research or have been recognised for their long-term commitment to education, engagement and making a lasting impact in society.

Dr Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades (PhD Cardiovascular Research, 2012)

Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades
Marianna is a biotech innovator, entrepreneur and Clinical Associate Professor in Research Oncology. Her research focuses on personalized oncology and improving quality of life for cancer patients.

 

King's Global Health Alumni Award

Awarded to a King’s graduate who has demonstrated outstanding work in the medical or health sectors. They might be someone who has recently driven public health initiatives, contributed to cutting-edge research, or been recognised as an exceptional practitioner.

Rajiv Sethi AKC (Medicine and Surgery, 2019)
 Dr Rajiv Sethi

Rajiv Sethi is an clinician, educator, innovator and leader in medical education and digital health. In 2021 he was honoured with the NHS Parliamentary Award for his significant contribution to the NHS in England.

 

King's Emerging Leader Alumni Award

Awarded to a recent King’s graduate (within 5 years) who has exhibited exceptional success or rapid progression within their chosen profession. They demonstrate strong leadership and ambition and are recognised as a rising star by their colleagues and industry.

Josephine Phillips (Physics with Philosophy, 2020)

Josephine Phillips
Josephine is Founder and CEO of Sojo, an app that was described by Vogue as the ‘Deliveroo for clothing repairs’. Last year, Josephine won the Santander X Entrepreneurship competition.

 

Highly Commended

Awarded to a strong candidate who was nominated in multiple categories, an alumna or alumnus who showcases strong experience and dedication in their field.

Dr Azeem Alam BEM (Medicine, 2017)

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Azeem has been Highly Commended at this year's awards having been nominated over several categories. Azeem is an NHS Doctor, a serial entrepreneur and, in his spare time, an award-winning songwriter.

 

Still to be announced:

Alumna or Alumnus of the Year

This annual award recognises a member of the alumni body who has achieved exceptional success in their field or has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement.

 
 

Previous Winners

Find out more about previous winners of our Distinguished Alumni Awards.

2021

Alumna of the Year: Dina Asher-Smith FKC (History, 2017)

Helen Hudson Award: Sue Searle AKC (Chemistry, 1972)

Read more about our 2021 winners

2020

Alumnus of the Year: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LLM Law, 1992)

Helen Hudson Award Winner: David Walsh (Human Environmental Sciences, 1979)

Read more about our 2020 winners

2019

Alumna of the Year: Farah Storr (French with English, 2001)

Helen Hudson Award Winner: Daniel Peltz OBE FKC (History, 1982)

Read more about the 2019 winners

2018

Alumnus of the Year: Keir Starmer KCB (Law, 1996)

Helen Hudson Award Winner: Rola Gordon FKC (MSc Health Psychology, 2013)

Read more about the 2018 winners