Congratulations to Linacre Old Member, Dr Hani Choudhry (2010), who is the winner of the British Council Professional Achievement Award, 2016. These awards recognise ‘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.’ Dr Choudhry’s work, as Head of the Cancer Biology Unit at King Abdulaziz University, has led to the discovery of novel breast cancer genes that play an important role in cancer research. He promotes cancer research across Saudi Arabia as co-founder of the first research-based cancer society in the country, and is also Principle Investigator of an international academic collaboration between Oxford and King Abdulaziz University.