Meet our Knowledge Hub Coordinators

Charles Domician

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Achieving sustainable agriculture and rural developmentCharles Domician, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for agriculture and rural development

Charles was formerly an assistant lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business at the University of Dar es Salaam College of Agricultural Science and Fisheries Technology, Tanzania. His current research is on the race between the poor performing fisheries sector in Sub-Saharan Africa against the lost export opportunities with the world’s largest importer of fisheries products, the EU.

As Coordinator of the sustainable agriculture and rural development Knowledge Hub, Charles looks forward to sharing his research and learning about research conducted by fellow Commonwealth Scholars working in this area.

Charles is a 2018 Scholar from Tanzania, studying for a PhD in Agricultural Environmental and Food Economics at the University of Reading.

Charity Lankono

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Attaining sustainable economic growthCharity Lankono, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for sustainable economic growth

Charity completed her BA (Hons) in Geography and Rural Development at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, with a minor in economics. Her research interest is in local economic development, focusing on policy and governance.

She seeks to engage all Scholars and Fellows within the economic growth Knowledge Hub through discussions and other activities to enhance knowledge sharing on sustainable economic growth, while contributing to existing research.

Charity is a 2018 Shared Scholar from Ghana, studying for an MPhil Development Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Patrick Okeng

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Achieving inclusive education

Patrick completed his BSc (Hons) in Science with Education at Kayambogo University, and an MA in Education Management and Administration at the Uganda Management Institute. His interests centre on the role of management and administration to support quality education and he has a strong interest in learning about different statistical and methodological approaches to analysing relationships between variables.

Patrick is a 2018 Shared Scholar from Uganda, studying for an MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development at the University of Cambridge.

Sneha Pillai

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Peace, justice, and fair representation for all

After completing a BA in Mass Media with a specialisation in journalism from Wilson College, University of Mumbai, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Print Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, India, Sneha briefly worked as a journalist before moving into the development sector where she has worked in communication and coordination roles for UNDP-GEF projects in India.

Sneha’s research interest lies in understanding the role of media and communication in international development, including its power in shaping discourses in development aid and international policies, the use of information and communications technology for development, and the promotion of digital justice by enhancing digital access, inclusion and participation.

Sneha is a 2018 Scholar from India, studying for an MSc Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Onuorah Joshua Nwani

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Strengthening climate change resilience and mitigation

Onuorah Joshua completed a BEng in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin Nigeria, where he acquired a wealth of challenging experiences working, researching and teaching course modules on petroleum engineering- a major non-renewable energy resource. He now works on integrating a larger part of the global energy resources, mainly renewables, to contribute to curbing global energy security, climate change and environmental sustainability challenges.

His interests include low carbon technologies, energy generation and network integration, and energy conversion and delivery systems. He intends to combine his research in petroleum engineering with these interests, bringing process modelling, petroleum engineering concepts, financial management, and policy considerations to bear on the challenges of sustainable energy systems. This will support the design of systems to help integrate cost-effective and sustainable energy development as part of a balanced, secure and low-carbon energy mix.

Onuorah Joshua is a 2018 Scholar from Nigeria, studying for an MSc New and Renewable Energy at Durham University.

Olaoluwa Abagun

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Ensuring gender equality and equal opportunityOlaoluwa Abagun, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for gender equality and equal representation

Olaoluwa is a lawyer and vocal advocate for gender equality. She has advocated for women and girls’ rights across several global platforms, including the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the 72nd UN General Assembly, the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and the 2018 European Development Days. She has also been named an emerging policy leader by the British Council and listed by Apolitical as one of the world’s 100 most influential individuals in gender policy (advocacy category) in 2018.

As Coordinator of the gender equality Knowledge Hub, Olaoluwa hopes to facilitate a highly collaborative gender research community among Commonwealth Scholars.

Olaoluwa is a 2018 Shared Scholar from Nigeria, studying for an MA Gender and Development at the University of Sussex.

Lawrence Alongu

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Enhancing science, technology, and innovationLawrence Alongu, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for science, technology, and innovation

Lawrence previously completed a BEng in Civil and Building Engineering from Kyambogo University, Uganda. Lawrence has worked in the fields of building construction, road construction, and road design. This has professionally honed his interest in the role of technology and social demographics in influencing travel behaviour on transportation systems. Additionally, he is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and supports young people in these areas through mentoring. He also loves listening to music, hiking, active sports (biking, walking, running) and tavelling.

Lawrence is a 2018 Shared Scholar from Uganda, studying for an MSc Transport Planning and Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Mahesh de Silva

Knowledge Hub Coordinator (external)- Enhancing science, technology, and innovation

Mahesh is an experienced and qualified engineering manager with a BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering form the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and PRINCE 2 Practitioner. He has published over 20 technical papers and is an inventor on 10 patents.

He is currently working as a technical programme manager at Jaguar Land Rover leading the development of electric cars. Prior to that, he led major engineering programmes at Teledyne e2v to develop state of the art industrial processing systems and space imaging products.

Outside of work he is the Vice President- Professional Development at the Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK (APSL). He was an advisory mentor of the Queens Young Leaders programme in 2016.

Mahesh joined the science and technology hub as a coordinator in 2013. He believes that the CSC Knowledge Hubs are a great opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and alumni to build strong professional networks. As a scholar himself, he enjoys the opportunity to support the development of the CSC community and also share his knowledge and experience.

Dhamika Deepani Siriwardhana

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Increasing global health coverageDeepani Siriwardhana, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for global health coverage

Deepani holds a BSc (Hons) in Health Promotion and MPH in Epidemiology from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Kelaniya, currently on study leave.

She developed an interest in studying issues related to population ageing and chose to study the epidemiology of frailty in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with particular emphasis on Sri Lanka. Deepani’s main research interests include gerontology, ageing and life course, health inequalities, health literacy and occupational health.

As Coordinator of the global health Knowledge Hub Deepani is expecting to share new global health developments, research, and upcoming events and talks with fellow Scholars and alumni and initiate fruitful discussions.

Deepani is a 2015 Scholar from Sri Lanka, studying for a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.

Moses Mathias Ochengo

Knowledge Hub Coordinator- Strengthening global governanceMoses Mathias Ochengo, Knowledge Hub Coordinator for global governance

Moses Mathias graduated with a Bachelors degree in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya. He worked as a part-time teaching assistant at his former university from January 2017 until August 2018. He also worked as a communications/public relations intern at Kenya Rural Roads Authority until taking up his Commonwealth Scholarship.

His research interests are in media and conflict, as well as the utilisation of the media as a mobilising tool for humanitarian action. In his spare time he likes volunteering, cooking, travelling, athletics, and watching football (he is an ardent Manchester United fan).

Moses Mathias is a 2018 Scholar from Kenya, studying for an MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action at the University of Bath.


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