The judging panel for the Alumni Awards brings together a wealth of expertise in international education, business and national policy. Find out more about them and their work below.

Meet the judges

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A. Sarah Ilchman (Co-President)

Sarah Ilchman, Co-President, IIE, advances the strategic excellence and impact of the Institute’s programmatic work across the world, including the implementation of the global Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs at IIE. Ms. Ilchman develops relationships with U.S. and foreign governments, higher education institutions, multi-lateral organizations, and NGOs to promote access to opportunity, advance scholarship and build economies.

Prior to becoming the first woman Co-President of IIE, Ilchman was Senior Vice President; and inducted as an inaugural member of the National Academy for International Education, the first learned society dedicated to international education. Ms. Ilchman received her BA from Vassar College, has studied in the United Kingdom (at Oxford) and in France, and holds a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from the New School for Social Research.

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Samuel Heath

Samuel Heath is the Counsellor, Head of Communications and UK Spokesperson to the US for the UK government in the US. His previous diplomatic postings included the UN in New York and Islamabad, and he headed communication on Ukraine and Russia in 2014. He has previously worked in the press offices of Foreign Office, No 10 and the Cabinet Office, and led PR and marketing for Mencap, the UK’s largest disability charity. He has an BA in Philosophy and Politics, and MAs in Journalism and in Global Diplomacy. Samuel is from the West Midlands, is an Aston Villa fan and is married with two children.

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Camila Morsch

Camila Morsch is the English Language, Education and Society Director for the Americas at the British Council, where she started in 2014 as Senior Programme Manager for the Newton Fund. Before the British Council, Camila supported organizations with programmes related to social development, gender and racial justice. Organizations include the Ethos Institute in São Paulo and the African American Policy Forum at Columbia University, New York, where she held her first executive role at age 25. In 2011, Camila was nominated by UN Women to the first cohort of the agency’s Civil Society Advisory Group in Brazil.

Academically, she holds a PhD in Law from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of California Los Angeles. She is originally from Brazil, where she helped co-found the São Paulo chapter of the European Professional Women’s Network, PWN, as vice-president for institutional affairs.

The Alumni Awards recognise the achievements of international alumni of UK universities in four different categories: Science and Sustainability Award, Culture and Creativity Award, Social Action Award, Business and Innovation Award. The four national winners are chosen from the 20 national finalists by our judging panel members above.