(Clockwise from top left) Nicole Wharfe, Hanbin Zheng, Leighton Ernsberger 

The Study UK Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK. The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. 

Meet our eminent panel of judges for the 2021-22 Study UK Alumni Awards Singapore: 

Nicole Wharfe, Sirva

Nicole Wharfe
Regional Sales Director

Nicole recently joined Sirva as their Regional Sales Director for the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, she was the Business Services Director at the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore. Nicole worked with the Chamber’s Trade and Membership teams in providing support and consultancy for incoming or expanding organisations looking to export to Singapore, and for established businesses in Singapore. In this role, Nicole specialised in supporting trade activity for the Education, Food & Beverage, Technology, Finance and Sport Sectors.

Hanbin Zheng, British High Commission Singapore

Hanbin Zheng, PhD
Senior Science & Innovation Adviser, Head of S&I Singapore
UK Science and Innovation Network
British High Commission Singapore 

Hanbin joined the UK Science and Innovation Network in 2017, and heads the Singapore S&I team at the British High Commission in Singapore. He is responsible for brokering collaborative partnerships across Science, Research, and Innovation, and works with stakeholders across government, industry, and academia. His team co-ordinates the UK Universities Network in Singapore, and spearheaded the launch of the UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI) in 2021.

Leighton Ernsberger, British Council

Leighton Ernsberger
Director for Education and English
British Council East Asia

Based in Singapore, Leighton is Portfolio Lead, Cultural Engagement (Education) for East Asia, and oversees British Council’s work in Higher Education and English for Education Systems across South East Asia, North East Asia, Australasia and China. This includes facilitating academic collaborations between the UK Higher Education sector and partners in the region. Leighton has worked closely with the Asian Development Bank, the European Union and with Government and UK partners to implement Skills reform programmes in India and Nepal, and Higher Education programmes in South East Asia.