Zairi established 19 awards and medals in excellence and quality management, most notably the “Egypt Award for Governmental Excellence,” which aims to “form an efficient and effective administrative apparatus that applies the concepts of governance.”
In 2002 Zairi designed an initiative for excellence in schools in the U.A.E. The programme targeted more than 600 schools and helped them adopt principles of quality and excellence through self-evaluation.
Chippewa Valley Technical College, in the United States, is one of many institutions that have worked with Zairi.
Julie Furst-Bowe, the American college’s provost, said: “Zairi has developed many models of excellence that have been implemented around the world. … His work has helped countless organisations advance on their journeys of excellence, and he will continue to live through the programmes he has created.”
She added that he “was an inspiration in his ability to develop and implement his ideas, so that they could be adopted by scholars and practitioners. He was loved and respected all over the world and will be greatly missed.”
Zairi’s top role in the Arab world was as Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office in the Government of the United Arab Emirates, where he developed many government excellence programmes.
In his career, Zairi produced dozens of books and more than 400 scientific papers.
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His quality programmes won him awards in many parts of the world, among them the Lancaster Medal from the American Society for Quality, the Harrington-Ishikawa Award from the Asia-Pacific Quality Organization, the Yoshio Kondo Medal from the International Academy of Quality, and the Australian Organisation for Quality’s Lifetime Achievement Medal.