Former England football ace Michael Owen.
Most Inspiring Brit in Philanthropy \nLucy Bruce, founder, Harmony House \nLucy Bruce first came to prominence in the UAE ten years ago with her brand marketing firm Insignia. But four years ago, on the back of her business success, she established Harmony House. This remarkable organisation is a day shelter for destitute children in India, and provides food, shelter, education and medical care for over 200 children. Her passion to help others less than fortunate has been truly inspiring.
Most Inspiring Brit in Media \nSam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group \nAnd what a job Sam Barnett does; he runs the largest entertainment group in the MENA region with eleven television channels, two radio stations and three online platforms. He has been with the company for 13 years, having taken over as CEO two years ago.
Most Inspiring Brit in Education \nMargaret Atack, group director for education, GEMS \nWhen it comes to this sector, it doesn’t take much to work out that one company, GEMS Education, has been at the absolute forefront of progress. Margaret Atack has played a huge role, bring more than 35 years of experience in the field. She joined GEMS eight years ago, and is widely credited by many for the company’s expansion and its development of low cost schooling.
Lifetime Achievement Award \nMichael Tomalin, CEO, National Bank of Abu Dhabi \nOur winner is a man who has had a remarkable career in banking, taking over as the CEO of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi fourteen years ago. By last year, he had helped the bank achieve annual profits of $1.2 billion, yes billion, dollars. Before that, in 1991, he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the British community in Japan, where he launched the first ever British school.
Most Inspiring Woman \nIsobel Abulhoul, founder, Magrudy’s \nIsobel Abulhoul started her career in the UAE as a teacher, before going on to launch her own school. Not content with that, she went on to launch Magrudy’s, one of Dubai’s most successful bookstore chains. She has also been the driving force behind the biggest literature festival in the region, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Michael Owen coolly slots a penalty past Arabian Business Editorial Director Anil Bhoyrul.
Michael Owen scores again.
Oh no! Owen fluffs his final kick.