University College London graduate recognised as Saudi Arabia’s Alumni Awards 2016 Ambassador
Meet Tamara Talal Tayeb, chosen as Saudi Arabia’s UK Alumni Ambassador for 2016 in recognition of her services to public health and the inspiration she has given to young women across Saudi Arabia.
After returning home from studying and working in the UK, Tamara joined Saudi Arabia’s Public Health Agency to follow her passion of tackling communicable diseases.
Just six months later, she was assigned to oversee the country’s National Tuberculosis Control Programme and the National Elimination of Leprosy Programme. Tamara now also leads both the EBOLA and MERS preparedness teams at the Ministry of Health’s Command and Control Centre.
‘My ambition to see my country improve and the high standard of my studies have helped me excel in my field and provided me with the platform to achieve what I have in such a short period of time,’ she says.
Tamara completed an MSc in Global Health Development at University College London. Studying in the UK gave her the skills and experience she needed to take forward her future career back in Saudi Arabia.
‘Being trained by excellent public health experts, who are leaders in their fields, provided me with a learning opportunity that was second to none,’ says Tamara.
‘Working alongside them has helped me learn and apply the best in high standards during my studies and my work in Saudi Arabia.’
Tamara’s success in the public health field has also been an inspiration to other women in Saudi Arabia, giving them the motivation to excel at their studies and to pursue leading roles within society.
‘Reaching a leadership position of this level as a young female in a male-dominated field has given a lot of other women the hope and belief to follow their ambitions,’ she says.
‘It has also changed the views of our community towards women as achievers and leaders in health. People should be measured on their merits, not their gender.’
Going forward, Tamara is excited about her role as Saudi Arabia’s Education UK Alumni Ambassador for 2016, seeing it as yet another opportunity to inspire her country’s future generation of budding professionals.
‘I look forward to the opportunity of sharing the power of education with young people and to encourage them to study in the UK as a means of reaching their full potential,’ she says.