South East

Regional Network Coordinators

Menuka Udugama

Menuka Udugama (South East) –

Menuka is a Commonwealth Scholar from Sri Lanka, currently completing a PhD in Agricultrual and Food Economics at the University of Reading. She previously complete a BSc in Agriculture at Wayamba University, an MSc in Agricultural Economics at the University of Peradeniya and an MPhil at Wayamba Univerisity in Sri Lanka.

Menuka is the Regional Network Coordinator for the South East region outside London, and works alongside Yaruq and Simon.

Yaruq Nadeem

Yaruq Nadeem (London) –

Yaruq is the South East Network’s London representative, and is a Commonwealth Scholar from Pakistan. Yaruq is currently completing a Master’s in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management at Imperial College London. He previously completed a BSc in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Simon Baker

Simon Baker (Cambridge) –

Simon is the Regional Network Coordinator for the South East region and is based in Cambridge. Simon is a 2013 Commonwealth Scholar from New Zealand and  is undertaking an PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.

Your network

Join the South East Regional Network Facebook group to find out about upcoming events, and to get in touch with Tracy, Claudia, Vivek, and other network members.

If the name used on your Facebook account differs from that on your award documents, please contact with your CSC Scholar reference and your name as it appears on Facebook so that your request to join the group can be authorised.

Past events have included:

  • Christmas party with the CSC Secretariat
  • London Thames River boat tour to Greenwich
  • Picnic and punting in Cambridge
  • Trip to Windsor castle
  • Seaside outing on the South Coast of England
  • Several cultural events during the year including individual university events
  • Celebrating festivals of different countries together

Photos from previous South East Region Network events are available on Flickr.

University Representatives

Imperial College London

Zohaib Akhtar –


University of Reading

George Dakurah –

If you are interested in becoming a University Representative and assisting in building a strong network of Scholars and Fellows, please email Menuka, Yaruq or Simon.

Photos on flickr

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