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We are thrilled to unveil the distinguished finalists for the STEM MENA Awards 2023. These individuals and institutions have showcased exceptional dedication and innovation in the realm of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education across the Middle East and North Africa.


  • Pristine Private School, Dubai
  • Raffles World Academy, Dubai
  • Gems Winchester School, Dubai
  • Al Nahda National School for Girls, Abu Dhabi

STEM Innovation Award Finalists:

  • Alsha Sheikh – Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai
  • Annie Griffith – Sunmarke School, Dubai
  • Dr Sheela Menon – Ambassador School, Dubai
  • Dr. Frithi Herbert – Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi
  • Smita Dhanke – Mayoor Private School, Abu Dhabi

STEM Teacher of the Year Award Finalists:

  • Erik White – American Community School of Abu Dhabi
  • Swati Nirupam – Gems Winchester School, Dubai
  • Layal Ali Maallawi – Maroun Abboud Official Secondary School, Aley, Lebanon
  • Mr. Ubaid Ahmed – Indian School Muscat
  • Nisha Remesh – Our Own English High School Sharjah Boys’
  • Yusra Elkalyoubi – Dubai National School Al Barsha

The winners will be announced at the STEM MENA Awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, in Dubai at the Lakeview Copthorne Hotel Green Community Dubai during the STEM MENA Conference. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists for their outstanding contributions to STEM education. Their passion and commitment are shaping the future leaders of our region.

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About STEM MENA Awards The STEM MENA Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of educators, students, and institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, emphasising their commitment to STEM Teaching and Learning, excellence and innovation.