Your Programme Officers
The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows both before and while on award.
The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows before and while on award. Your Programme Officer is named in your Notification of Award. You should contact them if you have any queries or difficulties during your Scholarship.
Senior Programme Officer
Juliette is a south Londoner by birth and studied a BA in French and Spanish at the University of Leeds, which included a semester studying in France and a year teaching English in Mexico. She then returned to London to study an MSc in Scientific, Medical and Technical Translation at Imperial College London. Before joining the CSC, Juliette was part of the International Team at the English and Welsh Bar Council. She also previously worked at the British Council coordinating Spanish-speaking language assistants in UK schools.
Juliette enjoys doing yoga, learning new languages (currently Brazilian Portuguese), and all things Latin American.
Senior Programme Officer
James hails from East Anglia and grew up exploring the region’s scenic countryside. He graduated from SOAS, the University of London as a mature student in 2013, with a BA in Arabic and Persian. He has lived in a number of countries – including Jordan, Syria, and Australia – and has over four years of student support experience, including two years working with scholarship students.
In his spare time, James likes wandering around the British Museum, trying out new recipes, and collecting vinyl records.
Senior Welfare and Immigration Officer
Jim is from East London and is one of the ACU’s Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) level 1 accredited immigration advisers.
He studied history at the University of Salford, which included a one-year Erasmus exchange to Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. After graduating he was twice elected as Vice President of his students’ union and since then has worked in various student support roles for over 10 years, including roles with Chevening scholarships.
Jim is an enthusiastic but limited cricketer having played for the same club since 1995. He is also a keen football fan and season ticket holder at Leyton Orient along with his wife, daughter, and parents. He also loves quizzes, crosswords, and learning Welsh.
Alex is from London and enjoys going on long runs to explore the parks and canals in his local area.
Alex’s enthusiasm for all things international development began after studying Sports Development at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he focused on the role of sport in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the CSC, Alex has also worked for a UK-based Muslim women-led international development charity.
In his spare time Alex enjoys going to music festivals and attending England cricket games, when the British weather permits. Alex also enjoys reading and has an affinity for classic American literature of the Jazz Age.
Irene currently lives in Kent and is a Kent Greeter – a voluntary guide for visitors to Kent. She holds a degree in History, specialising in the interwar period. She has also studied Spanish and Computing at postgraduate level.
In her spare time, Irene enjoys doing MOOCs (massive open online courses) and spending time on her allotment.
Jasmin is originally from Finland; she moved to the UK to study for a BA in Development Studies and South Asian Studies at SOAS, University of London. After this, she completed a Master’s degree in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University of London. Jasmin previously spent an exchange year in the USA, living and studying in Michigan, and has also worked in Norway. She has previously worked for another UK government scholarship programme.
During her free time, Jasmin enjoys travelling, visiting museums, and exploring the countryside.
Saima is originally from Greater London and grew up in a bilingual family. She graduated in Law (LLB) from the University of Leicester.
After graduating, she gained extensive experience with a range of organisations in commercial, third sector and higher education environments. She has coordinated teaching programmes for multiple institutions and international students. Saima is also passionate about widening participation in education.
Saima enjoys spending time with loved ones, travelling, tasting different cuisines, public speaking and meeting new people.
Nadim is from the Midlands where he studied BSc(H) Biomedical Science at Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying for a Master’s in International Politics at City, University of London.
Aside from working as a scientist in the NHS, Nadim previously supported students on Erasmus work placements across Europe and led a student team to facilitate sustainable development in Ghana.
In his free time Nadim likes to stay active at the gym and keeping up to date with international events. His love for travelling began after living in Pakistan for a year, and he endeavours to experience a new country and culture whenever he can.
Nighat is from Pakistan where she worked with several international organisations including the UN. She led on projects addressing diverse issues such as HIV/AIDS, GBV, right to education, and democracy and civic rights.
Having received the USAID Advocate of the Year 2016 award for her outstanding work in human rights, she moved to the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in International Law. Nighat is passionate about studying international legal frameworks and their relationship with national laws and policy, particularly those addressing environmental issues. She frequently volunteers with London-based grass-roots organisations aiming to build awareness about various development issues including plastics pollution in the oceans.
In her free time, Nighat enjoys nature photography as well as taking care of her ever-increasing collection of epiphytic plants.
Selcan is from London and grew up in a bilingual family – her family originates from Turkey. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Airline and Airport Management at Buckinghamshire New University.
Selcan is fascinated by the aviation sector and after graduating spent time working in the field, where she gained a wide knowledge of different cultures. She is a passionate and keen believer in supporting individuals to achieve their dreams and make a difference through higher education.
When she’s not at work, Selcan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and exploring TV series and movies.
Ugbad has recently joined the CSC as their Programme Assistant.