AJMAN: Eng Mohamed Osman Baloola, former student of the College of Engineering in Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST), and current teaching assistant at AUST Department of Biomedical Engineering, was recently selected among the world’s 500 most influential Arabs in 2012.
The annual listing covers 11 fields namely finance, economy, culture, society, art and science. A jury of experienced researchers is tasked with assessing and selecting the most influential Arab personalities across the world through a period of six months. The initial list of 1,782 nominees was shortened to 500 individuals who have been most influential during the last year.
Women achieved the best performance in this year’s list with 105 selections, with Saudi activist Reem Asaad as the most influential Arab woman and the 3rd most influential Arab in 2012. The list also included Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE minister of foreign trade and the Yemeni activist Tawakel Karman, co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
For the eighth consecutive year, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal is at the top of the list for his achievements in finance and business and his influential work in charity. Second in the 2012 list is Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group.
The list also included a number of well-known Arab scientists such as Prof Farouk Al Baz and Prof Charles Elachi, two prominent space scientists, Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, the world’s leading transplant surgeon, and the Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, Prof Ahmad Zewail.
Eng Mohamed Osman was able to be part of the 2012 Power 500 mainly thanks to his winning innovation of “Remote Monitoring and Control System for Diabetes Patients via Mobile Phones,” an artificial pancreas which helps stabilise glucose levels in diabetes patients.
Country-wise, Lebanon came first as the most influential Arab country with 85 selections, followed by Saudi Arabia with 67 selections and the UAE and Egypt with 58 each. The annual listing was published by ITP.