Career & Alumni Services

Careers and Alumni support at the University of Manchester Middle East Centre

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.

Elena Agaragimova

Elena Agaragimova
Career Consultant and Alumni Relations

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 Abbassi

Hiba 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, Leb anon and Dubai.


Upcoming Career and Alumni Events (2019) – stay tuned for exact dates and location details. Below events are mostly face to face in different cities around the MENA region.

Title Date Location
Digital Talk with Emaar January 2019 Dubai, UAE
UAEpreneurs Investor Day January 2019 Dubai, UAE
Building Resilience Talk January 2019 Dubai, UAE
Career Development Boot camp February 2, 2019 (full day event) Dubai, UAE
Career Development Talks February 9, 2019 (full day event) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Students and Alumni Networking Gathering February 2019 Dubai, UAE
Students and Alumni Networking Gathering February 2019 Mumbai, India
Career Talks GCC February 2019 Qatar and Kuwait
Networking Skills –Talk March 2019 Dubai, UAE
Annual Career Networking Event Prep Workshop March 2019 Dubai, UAE
Annual Career Networking Event 2019 March 25, 2019 Dubai, UAE
Remaining Relevant in Your Career - Workshop April 2019 Dubai, UAE
Finding your career path – Workshop April 2019 Dubai, UAE
Students and Alumni Networking Gathering April 2019 Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Suhoor Gathering May 15, 2019 Dubai, UAE

Previous Career and Alumni Events (2017)

Title Date Location
Employment Trends Workshop February 2018 Dubai, UAE
Webinar on Networking Skills February 2018 online
Series of Career Workshops February 2018 Oman, Kuwait, Qatar
Annual Career Fair 2018 March 2018 Dubai, UAE
Block-chain Event March 2018 Dubai, UAE
Global Accelerated Students Event April 2018 Dubai, UAE
Economic Outlook Session in Riyadh April 22, 2018 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Webinar on Career Progression May 2, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Suhoor Gathering 2018 June 2, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Manchester Day Celebration June 30, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Value Proposition Workshop July 21, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Career Planning Workshop August 11, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Salary Negotiations Talk September 22, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Annual Students and Alumni Gala Dinner September 27, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Annual Women in Business Forum 2018 October 2, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Emotional Intelligence Workshop – Guest Speaker November 6, 2018 Dubai, UAE
One on One Career Sessions in Saudi Arabia November 18-22 Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh
Students and Alumni Gathering December 1, 2018 Doha, Qatar
Students and Alumni Gathering December 2, 2018 Dubai, UAE
Holiday Networking Gathering December 18, 2018 Dubai, UAE