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we are proud to announce this year’s Bett MEA Awards Shortlist. The Bett MEA Awards celebrate and reward the creativity, innovation and leadership found throughout the Middle East and Africa’s education sector. They showcase the best solutions to everyday challenges, which help students to achieve educational excellence.

For 2018 the Bett MEA Award categories were revamped to feature five key areas for teaching best practice and products to shine: Leadership K12, Leadership HE, GCC Teacher, Innovation Individual and Innovation Company. UAE leads the Shortlist with 8 finalists while Saudi Arabia has two, the only other country to have multiple finalists.

The award entries were judged by a prestigious, independent panel of education thought leaders from across the Middle East & Africa region:

The panel reviewed and scored all award entries, with those receiving the highest scores making it to the shortlist. Celebrating the boldest solutions, the bravest institutions and the best projects shaping the region’s education landscape, the shortlist is comprised of:

Leadership K12 Shortlist:

  • Mr. Iain Colledge, Principal, Raha International School – UAE
  • Dr. Yousef Alohali, CEO, Tatweer Educational Technologies – Saudi Arabia
  • GEMS: Innovation Research and Development Department – UAE

Leadership HE Shortlist:

  • Mr. Arpan Stephen, eLearning Specialist, Arabian Gulf University – Bahrain
  • Ms. Heba El Hadary, Skills Coordinator – English Foundation Unit, Gulf University for Science and Technology – Kuwait

GCC Teacher Shortlist:

  • Leena Maniyath, Sunrise English Private School – UAE
  • Dororthy Davis, ADEK – UAE
  • Nouf Arar, Malham Elementary School – Saudi Arabia

Innovation Individual Shortlist:

  • Mansoor Alrazooqi, Director, VTC – UAE
  • Matt Harris, Deputy Head for Learning Technology, British School Jakarta – Indonesia
  • Steve Bambury, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, JESS Dubai – UAE

Innovation Company Shortlist:

  • Etihad Innovation – UAE
  • Kortext – UK
  • Claned Group Ltd – Finland
  • Nexquare – UAE

The winners will be announced at the Bett MEA Gala Dinner & Awards which will take place on the evening of 23 April, 2018.

The Awards are part of the Bett MEA two-day event under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and will behosted in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Microsoft, Bett’s worldwide partner. Taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on April 23 and 24, 2018, it brings together more than 50 nations under one roof at a Leadership Summit to discuss the future of education and its transformation. An adjoining Expo will showcase over 50 of the most exciting transformative tools and technologies that are set to revolutionise the learning environment, including industry giants such as Lenovo, Alef Education and Microsoft.

The event expects to host nearly 2,500 visitors, including ministerial officials, curriculum, and educational policy makers, alongside other regional operators in the EdTech sector.  Tickets to the event are still available at:

Bett is part of a broader world-leading education event series and is proud to be part of a global meeting place for the EdTech community. Through a series of world-class events, including its flagship event in London UK and in Abu Dhabi, Bett’s international footprint has expanded overseas into Latin America and Asia.  For further information, including the full agenda of the event, please visit: