During the 2012 ceremony in January, Aston MBA graduate Mohammed Hasan was honoured with a special Beta Gamma Sigma award. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is a prestigious international honour society for students and staff of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Aston University is the first institution in the UK to be allied with Beta Gamma Sigma. Mohammad received the BGS Honouree Chapter Award in recognition of his career achievements and his support of Aston University.
Mohammed has built a successful career in the property industry during a difficult period for the industry and is currently engaged as an Advisor with a number of the UK's most successful companies. Until September 2011, he was Associate Director at Abstract Group of Companies (one of the UK's le ading commercial property development, investment and advisory groups). Abstract is a keynote investor in Birmingham having developed Colmore Plaza which attracted Carlyle Private Equity to the city for its first major real estate investment. Mohammad is a dedicated supporter of the University, serving on the Development Board and he also serves as a council member of the Taxpayer's Alliance in the West Midlands.
During the evening students also heard from recent graduates Michael Bandar and Akmal Saleem. Michael graduated in BSc International Business and Management in 2011 and is Founder and Director of My Health Cards, a service which allows sufferers of allergies and intolerances to create bespoke cards detailing their exact requirements, enabling waiters and chefs to understand and cater for their dietary needs.
Akmal Saleem graduated in BSc Marketing in the class of 2009, and is currently running a digital marketing agency, Brand786.co.uk. His company has secured work with companies such as Vodafone and Subway. He has also created a brand and web presence for a company that was featured on BBC’s hit show Dragons Den, CompareTheCoffin.com, amongst a number of other web development, strategic branding, email marketing, creative design and conversion rate optimisation projects.