MEPI Alumni of the Year Award (AOYA) 2021 is Open Now

MEPI Alumni of the Year Award (AOYA) 2021 is Open Now

Deadline to nominate is November 12, 2021, at 5 pm GMT.

Celebrating Inspiring MEPI Leaders and Changemakers in the MENA Region

About the Alumni of the Year Award

To show appreciation for alumni leaders who strive to give back to their communities across the Middle East and North Africa, the MEPI Alumni Connection is pleased to announce the Alumni of the Year Award for the second time. 

Nominate your MEPI fellows or yourself to be recognized for leadership skills and dedication to community issues. 

The MEPI Alumni Connection program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and implemented by IREX.

Nomination Forms

The nomination period is open now and will be open for the next three weeks until November 12, 2021.

Submit your nomination in English or in Arabic today!

Selection Criteria

The Alumni of the Year Award provides the winner with an opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and invaluable work across the MENA region. Nominees will be selected by a committee of IREX team members, after a competitive review against the following criteria:  

  1. Demonstrated involvement with project(s) that served the communities in which the nominee alum lived during the past year (Jan. 2021 – present) 
  2. Demonstrated leadership in their community 
  3. Sustained commitment to their community during the past year (Jan. 2021 – present) 
  4. Demonstrated ambassador of the MEPI value of building partnerships to generate shared solutions to promote stability and prosperity in the region
  5. Demonstrated commitment to building networks, team spirit, and/or collaboration with fellow MEPI alumni or other partners

Selection Process

All short-listed candidates will be vetted then contacted to submit a short video or written statement. They will have two weeks to produce and submit their brief Personal Statement, which will then be shared with all MEPI alumni for voting. MEPI alumni will have two weeks to review the personal statements and vote on their top three alumni from the 30 short-listed candidates.  

After the close of voting, the top 12 alumni with the highest number of votes will be announced as the Alumni of the Year winners!   

Awards and Recognition

Winners will be announced and honored in a special communication from MEPI Alumni Connection online. The top 12 winners will receive certificates, to be issued at in-country events in coordination with Post, as possible. The top 3 honorees will have the opportunity to apply for a special round of the Alumni of the Year Award Fund, as applicable in their country. Honoree applicants are subject to all selection criteria, terms and conditions of the Alumni of the Year Award Fund. 

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