Meet our Knowledge Hub Coordinators

Achieving sustainable agriculture and rural development

Ghazala Rauf Butt

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Ghazala Rauf ButtGhazala Rauf completed her bachelor’s in Agriculture Sciences at the University of Punjab, Pakistan with a specialisation in plant pathology. She has worked as an intern in the National Agriculture Research Center of Pakistan and in the Mobile Agriculture Department of the multinational telecom giant, Telenor.

For over a year she has been part of the Knowles Educational and Charitable trust for International Leadership as an international colleague. Ghazala Rauf feels it is a true privilege to be in the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar and looks forward to being part of the team of Knowledge Hub Coordinators, working to promote global sustainability and improved research.

Ghazala is a 2019 Shared Scholar from Pakistan, studying for an MSc Food Security at the University of Glasgow.

Diana Lynette Adhiambo Onyango

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Diana Lynette Adhiambo OnyangoDiana is a veterinary doctor and projects/programs, management specialist. She has worked in animal health, agriculture, and food security sectors with both private organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the horn of Africa.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nairobi. Diana’s interest is in rural development, particularly with pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Africa. She is currently working as a Regional Project Manager with international NGO, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Alumni) of the sustainable agriculture and rural development hub, Diana looks forward to sharing and learning more on how research can feed into the development of rural areas in Africa.

Diana is a 2011 Distance Learning Scholar from Kenya. She completed an MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health at the Royal Veterinary College.

Attaining sustainable economic growth

Sakshi Bathla

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Sakshi BathlaAfter completing a B.Comm (Hons) from Hansraj College and a post-graduate degree in Commerce from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Sakshi briefly worked as an audit analyst with Deloitte & Touché before making her move into the world of research and enrolling with the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India. She has interned with Teach for India and National Human Rights Commission, Government of India.

Sakshi’s research interests lie in sustainable financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) / International Accounting Standards (IAS) and its implementation in the emerging economies.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Scholar) of the attaining sustainable economic growth hub, she looks forward to sharing and learning more about this area through research.

Sakshi is a 2019 Commonwealth Scholar from India, studying for a PhD in Accounting and Finance at Sheffield Hallam University.

Achieving inclusive education

Deepa Kyaslam Iyer

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Deepa Kylasam IyerDeepa was awarded the Indian President’s gold medal for the highest CGPA in Master of Public Policy course from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has worked extensively across projects in international development. She worked with the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) as a research officer where she co-edited the triennial poverty report. She was the founding research director of the Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) at the University of Cambridge, which supports education, health, entrepreneurship, and WASH projects in Tanzania. Her current academic research examines the issues of equity and access to rights and resources by marginalised communities through the framework of citizenship.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Alumni) of the inclusive education group, Deepa aims to facilitate engagement between alumni and Scholars through discussions and debates on issues of equity and access to education, and highlight opportunities amongst members.

Deepa is a 2017 Shared Scholar from India. She completed an MPhil in International Development at the University of Cambridge.

Peace, justice, and fair representation for all

Raushan Tara Jaswal

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Raushan Tara JaswalRaushan completed her integrated bachelors in arts and law from Amity Law School, Delhi, IP University, with a focus in international and corporate law. After graduation, she worked with a Senior Advocate for 2 years in the area of human rights and corporate litigation. She was instrumental in espousing very important national and international human rights causes, including asylum for Rohingyas in India, dignity of the elderly, and the cause of custodial torture.

Raushan is a 2019 Shared Scholar from India, studying for an LLM Law at the University of Cambridge.

Strengthening climate change resilience and mitigation

Joan Lydia Mbeyu

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Joan Lydia MbeyuAfter completing her BSc in Economics and Statistics from Kenyatta University, Kenya, Joan briefly worked for Kenya Airways before branching to Research and Development and ended up working as a researcher for World Agroforestry Center-ICRAF in Nairobi. It is at ICRAF where her interest in sustainable development developed. She now works towards combining business cases, environmental rationale and social logic to address the selfishness and apathy of the ones responsible of managing different ecosystems.

Joan’s research interests lie in climate change adaptation and mitigation, which includes the development of mechanisms and formulation of legislative which will back up the integration of development goals and environmental imperatives. Her objective is to acquire science-based knowledge on environmental systems which will assist her to contribute adjustments to variability in climate and long-term changes through various mitigation and adaptation solutions at local, national and international levels.

Joan Lydia is a 2019 Shared Scholar from Kenya, studying for an MSc Environmental Management (Conservation), University of Stirling.

Nutifafa Geh

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Nutifafa GehNutifafa completed his BSc (Hons) in Building Technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Central University of Technology, Free State. His research is in campus sustainability, specifically the use of solar photovoltaic in promoting green buildings at universities.

Nutifafa believes that action speaks louder than words, and that what wings are to a bird is what education is to those who receive it. For this reason, he founded T-Action Global, an organisation which awards scholarships, promotes third party scholarship opportunities, and provides support and guidance to scholarship applicants, as a means of giving back to his community.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Alumni) of the climate change resilience and mitigation hub, Nutifafa hopes to facilitate discussions and exchange ideas among Commonwealth Scholars to advance action towards addressing the causes and impacts of climate change.

Nutifafa is a 2011 Shared Scholar from Ghana. He completed an MSc Environmental Management at Liverpool Hope University.

Ensuring gender equality and equal opportunity

Monika Gupta

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Monika GuptaMonika’s main areas of specialisation are gender studies, diaspora studies, and South Asian and European regions. She completed a master’s in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India, and later completed an MPhil at the Centre for European Studies.

She has actively worked for women empowerment in her country and written various articles on gender issues. She completed training at the “Mission Sahasi- the making of the fearless” in India, a nationwide program designed to physically empower young girls and women. She also completed an internship on women centric issues through the NGO, Asha Akanshka Foundation in India.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Scholar) for the ensuring gender equality and equal opportunity group, she intends to connect the Commonwealth Scholars and alumni to promote a gender balanced society. She hopes that every Scholar in their respective country aims to empower their women and promote gender equality across all dimensions.

Monika is a 2019 Split-site Scholar from India, studying for a PhD in Negotiating Identity and Empowerment: A Study of South Asian Women in the United Kingdom at SOAS, University of London and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Enhancing science, technology, and innovation

Prachi Gautam

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Prachi GautamPrachi is a software engineer and has work experience with multinational companies, in parallel to working with non-governmental organisations for societal causes in India.

Prachi is a 2019 Shared Scholar from Bangladesh, studying for an MSc IT Security at Nottingham Trent University.



Humaira Jabeen

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Humaira JabeenHumairah is an energy expert, with over 6 years of experience in the energy and FMCG sector in the technical capacity. She is currently working as an energy consultant in Pakistan.

Her more recent interests lie in assembling scalable and sustainable renewable energy solutions, distributed generation models, rural electrification, community driven development, capacity enhancement, women empowerment, and in developing an inclusive entrepreneurial eco-system in Pakistan.

Humairah is a 2014 Shared Scholar from Pakistan. She completed an MSc Renewable Energy at the University of Hull.

Increasing global health coverage

Dreck Ayebare

Headshot of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Dreck AyebareDreck is a Veterinarian and project management professional from Uganda. He holds a Bachelor’s of Veterinary Medicine from Makerere University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute.

He currently works with the Department of Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Resources and Fisheries (MAAIF). He has also worked with various organisations on animal and public health projects.

Dreck’s research interest is in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and he is currently working on rabies and snakebite envenoming in Uganda.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Scholar) for the global health coverage group, he looks forward to sharing, engaging, and promoting interactive discussions for all members.

Dreck is a 2019 Distance Learning Scholar from Uganda, studying for an MSc International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh.

Enowntai Nkongho Ayukotang

Photo of Knowledge Hub Coordinator Enowntai Nkongho Ayukotang standing outside the London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineEnowntai is a successful practitioner and leader in Universal Eye Health (especially in Optometry) and holds a Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi-Ghana. He is currently undertaking a PhD with the Epi-K Research Team at the Department of Optometry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Durban-South Africa. His research is on a national survey, ‘Keratoconus in Cameroon: An Assessment and Intervention Study’.

He is currently the President of the Cameroon Association of Optometrists (CAO), the Secretary General and a Board of Director, of African Council of Optometry (AFCO), a Board Director on the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Board, Representing Africa. Chairman of Public Health Committee of AFCO and member WCO Public Health Committee. Enowntai is a proactive Commonwealth Alumnus- he is a CSC Alumni Advisory Panel Member (2019-2021) and 2019 CSC Mentor.

As the Knowledge Hub Coordinator (Alumni) for the global health coverage group, Enowntai looks forward to sharing current issues on Universal Health Coverage in relation to the SDGs, research, and technology and innovation in health, as well as upcoming events and activities in global health, leading to meaningful and productive deliberations.

Enowntai is a 2016 Scholar from Cameroon. He completed an MSc Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.