Our dedicated careers and alumni team will help you to develop your personal and professional skills, increase your visibility with potential employers and provide the tools to improve your overall employability and to develop and execute your career plans.


Meet the team


Elena AgaragimovaElena Agaragimova
Manager Careers & Alumni

An engaging skilled trainer, certified coach, and talent development specialist, credited with combining operations, education, and international expertise to design and deliver programs for diverse audiences. Elena is an experienced career consultant/coach, currently working with mid-level to senior level managers in various industries, supporting them in achieving their professional and personal goals. Prior to joining the university’s Middle East centre in 2015, Elena has worked in various institutions in the US and the UAE, and delivered trainings in over eight countries around the world to diverse audiences.

Areas of Expertise: coaching, training content design and execution, recruitment, stakeholder relationship management, corporate engagement, business development, and individual development.

Hiba AbbassiHiba Abbassi
Career Coach and Alumni Relations

Hiba Abbassi is an advisor, career coach and alumni relations professional with more than 18 years of experience, mostly in the healthcare and higher education sectors. She joined the university’s Middle East Centre in 2010, where she focuses on student, alumni and corporate engagement to help build, develop and sustain positive relationships among its more than 2,500 members. Hiba is a skilled talent development professional focusing on maximizing performance within individuals, groups, and organizations. She has also designed, developed and delivered training programmes on Career Planning & Communication, Personal Brand, Team Building, NLP Coaching and Emotional Intelligence. Hiba is an alumnus of the American University of Beirut and is certified in coaching/mentoring, Emotional Intelligence and Neuro Linguistic Programming. She has lived and worked in the US, Lebanon and Dubai.