Meet your Programme Officers

The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows 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 award.

juliette-hargreaveJuliette Hargreave – 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.

Krystel Lee – Senior Programme Officer

Krystel hails from north London. She completed a BSc in Public Policy, Management and Sociology at Aston University. Following her degree, Krystel was employed as a Policy Adviser (Asia) in the International Knowledge and Innovation Team at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

In her free time, Krystel is a keen badminton player and enjoys walking her dog, Gatsby, as well as occasional baking.

Vivien Codjoe – Programme Officer

Originally from north Yorkshire, Vivien was brought up in a bilingual home, which formed her love of both languages and travelling at a young age. She completed her BA in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Health – Health Promotion. After a long period travelling abroad, she began working in international higher education with roles within pastoral student support, international student mobility, and widening participation. From these roles, she developed an interest in student mental health and wellbeing, and went on to undertake voluntary work for a youth mental health charity.

In her spare time, Vivien enjoys international film, writing, photography, and all things creative, particularly printmaking and jewellery making.

Irene Costello – Programme Officer

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.

James Goldsmith – Programme Officer

James hails from East Anglia and grew up exploring the region’s scenic countryside. He graduated from SOAS, 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.

Naivasha Mwanji – Programme Officer

Naivasha is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo; she moved to the UK from Kenya as a young child. Now a proud east Londoner, she completed a BA in International Development at Middlesex University and spent three months living in India.

In her free time, Naivasha is part of Young Professional and Congolese – a diaspora group aimed at identifying young Congolese professionals in the UK. She also enjoys baking, reading, and writing poetry.

Christine Odro – Programme Officer

Christine is from south east England. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Sussex, and has spent time living and working abroad. She previously worked with international exchange students at the University of Kent.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys exploring new cities and trying foods from around the world.

Flora McKay – Programme Officer

Flora is originally from Canterbury in Kent. She graduated with a BA in American Studies and History from the University of Portsmouth.  Following her degree Flora lived in Barcelona for two years, teaching English and working in the Admissions Department of an International Business School. She then returned to the UK to work for a group of International Sixth form colleges.

Flora now lives in South West London and in her spare time enjoys travelling and exploring new cities, reading and learning French.

Saima Lone – Programme Officer

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 Khan  – Programme Officer

Nadim is from the Midlands where he studied Biomedical Science (BSc) at Nottingham Trent University and acted as a student representative.

Aside from working as a scientist in the NHS, Nadim previously supported students on Erasmus placements (a program that helps students study abroad for a more rounded global education experience) across Europe and led a team to facilitate sustainable development in Ghana.

In his free time Nadim likes to stay active through classes at the gym and dancing. 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.

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