Late Zafar Siddiqi with Rakesh Wahi, Co-Founders of Transnational Academic Group

Curtin University Dubai is proud to announce the establishment of the Zafar Siddiqi Innovation and Enterprise Scholarship, a fully funded merit-based scholarship disbursed annually to a deserving student at the Dubai campus. This prestigious award is dedicated to honouring the memory and legacy of the late Zafar Siddiqi, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Education Management Services Provider of Curtin University's campus in Dubai - Transnational Academic Group.

Siddiqi's remarkable career spanned over 18 years with KPMG, where he served first as a partner and later as Managing Director of one of its consultancies. Beyond his contributions to the field of accounting, Siddiqi made indelible marks as an entrepreneur in media and education across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. His visionary leadership extended to his roles as Chairman and Co-Founder of CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, Curtin Dubai and Lancaster University Ghana, as well as the Founder of CNBC Arabia, and Chairman and Founder of Samaa TV Pakistan.

A chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales), Siddiqi's commitment to excellence and innovation also earned him a place on the Board of the International Emmy's.

“In honour of his extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements in accounting, finance, media, and education, Curtin University Dubai has established this award to recognise and support outstanding students from economically disadvantaged families who are pursuing their education. The Zafar Siddiqi Innovation and Enterprise Scholarship represents our commitment to honouring Mr Zafar Siddiqi’s legacy and providing deserving students with the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations at Curtin University in Dubai,” expressed Rakesh Wahi, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Transnational Academic Group.

For more information about the Zafar Siddiqi Innovation and Enterprise Scholarship and how to apply, please email