Graduate celebrated at international Alumni Awards in Egypt

Friday, 31 March 2017

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An Oxford Brookes University graduate has been named the winner of the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards 2017.

Sherif Hefni who completed a Graduate Law Diploma at Oxford Brookes was selected from more than a global total of 1200 applicants across 14 countries including Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

Sherif won the Professional Achievement category of the awards which recognises those who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the impact and scale of their achievements in their profession, and beyond.

The University went further, by organising events, competitions and practical days ensuring a balance between legal academia and practice. I thoroughly benefited from the course and the University as a whole gave me the foundations to take on the BVC and succeed.

Sherif Hefni, founder of Levari LLP and Oxford Brookes University graduate

Speaking about his time at Oxford Brookes University, Sherif said: “At Oxford Brookes, we were given access to the best legal libraries, full access to legal databases and continual support from the law lecturers. 

“The University went further, by organising events, competitions and practical days ensuring a balance between legal academia and practice. I thoroughly benefited from the course and the University as a whole gave me the foundations to take on the BVC and succeed.”

In 2012, Sherif founded Levari LLP – an international law firm based in Cairo, Egypt. In 2015, Levari was ranked as a tier 2 law firm in Legal 500 internationally and in the top ten law firms in Egypt.

Today, the company has over 15 members of staff, 75+ clients and has developed two legal products for local and foreign businesses and start-ups in Egypt and are under consideration for adoption by UK law firms. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards, created by the British Council in partnership with the UK higher education institutions, are intended to recognise outstanding success in Entrepreneurship, Professional Achievement and Social Impact by people who have studied at UK higher education institutions within the last 15 years.

Another Oxford Brookes University graduate, Massimiliano Rebaudengo, who completed a Master’s degree in Development and Emergency Practice in January 2016, was also nominated in the award’s Social Impact category, for his work as the Head of Mission for Syria for the international network MSF, who aid victims of conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics.