South East

Regional Network Coordinators

Barbra Ntapara (South East) –

Barbra is a Commonwealth Scholar from Malawi, cuurently completing a PhD Livelihoods (International and Rural Development) at the University of Reading. Her research aims to contribute to the planning of climate change induced resettlement across the globe.

Babra completed an MSc in Climate Change and development at the University of Reading and a BSc in Forestry at Bunda College of Agriculture in Malawi. She has worked with non-governmental organisations in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation mainly in food security, economic empowerment, disaster risk reduction, environmental management and emergency response.

Besides her professional career, Babra is an advocate of girls’ education in Malawi and has held motivational talks in different schools in rural Malawi to empower girls to further their education.

Busayo Solomon (London) –

Busayo Solomon is a Commonwealth Scholar from Nigeria, cuurently completing an MSc Chemical Process Engineering at University College London. She previously completed a BSc Chemical Engineering at Covenant University. Before beginning her studies at UCL she worked at Mobil Producing Nigeria as a graduate intern.

Busayo’s area of interest is in the CFD Modeling of bubbling fluidized bed, which is a complex dynamic system.


Thejesh Garala (Cambridge) –

Thejesh Garala is a Commonwealth Scholar from India, currently completing a PhD Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He completed his MTech Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and BTech Engineering at SVU College of Engineering in India.

Thejesh’s research interests include soil-pile interaction during earthquakes using large-scale centrifuge experiments. He is also the Vice-Chair of Cambridge University’s Geotechnical Society.

Your network

Join the South East Regional Network Facebook group to find out about upcoming events, and to get in touch with your Regional Network Coordinator, 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

Cranfield University

Brighton Chunga –

Goldsmiths, University of London

Edward Dixon –

Imperial College London
Courtnae Bailey –

King’s College London
Tasdik Hasan –

London School of Economics and Political Science
Saadia Sabir –

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Symon Nyondo –

Queen Mary, University of London
Syeda Rida E Zanib –

Royal Veterinary College
Dr. Ugochukwu Chukwubuike Arinzechukwu –

SOAS, University of London
Abdulrasheed Isah –

University College London
Syeda Nazneen Jahan –

University of Essex

Zilpah Ombijah –

University of Surrey

Piyush Mohanty –

University of Sussex

Stephen Johnson –

If you are interested in becoming a University Representative and assisting in building a strong network of Scholars and Fellows, please email the relevant Coordinator for your region.

Photos on flickr

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