The selection committee appointed Talal for his "expertise, contribution and leadership in the field of entrepreneurship".
Talal is the co-founder of the co-working space-turned-business advisory company Hubpoint. He has also co-founded other ventures including Venture Green and T3Follow.
Talal is also an entrepreneurship specialist at the USAID Project YouLead and he serves on the board of directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network for Sri Lanka.
As an industry expert at the Moratuwa University Entrepreneurship Center - part of the World Bank AHEAD Project - he supports the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems. In 2019, he was appointed as Sri Lanka's representative to the World Business Angel Investment Forum and he is also a member of the National Agenda Committee for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Professor Paul Marshall, pro vice-chancellor for careers and enterprise, said, "We were delighted to hear that Talal's contribution to Sri Lanka's business community has been recognised. Aligned with Vision 2028, our 10-year institutional strategy, the University of East London is dedicated to ensuring that students like Talal have the strongest foundation to their careers and also, crucially, use their talents to make a positive impact on their local communities."