Senior government

Dr Ziad Bahaa Eldin

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt

His Excellency Dr Bahaa Eldin is the Founder and Senior Adviser of Thebes Consultancy. Before starting his consultancy practice, he was a senior member of government in Egypt between July 2013 and January 2014. In 1996 Chevening helped him complete a Doctorate in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, in the discipline of business and financial law.

Laura Alonso

Member of the House of Representatives for Buenos Aires

Laura Alonso has been an MP, representing Buenos Aires, since 2009. Prior to that, she was Director of Transparency International, Argentina. Laura won a Women in Public Leadership award in 2008 and was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. With the help of a Chevening Scholarship, she studied for an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Tanzania

Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Salford, Manchester, and graduated with an MSc in International Business. He also holds a PhD in Marketing. In addition to his government duties, Elisante is also Chairman and Lead Consultant of a company offering training and mentoring solutions for organisations and young people, Edenconsult Limited. He is a member of various institutions including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and National board of Accountants and Auditors (Tanzania). He is also the author of numerous journal articles.

Phil Goff

Former Leader of the Labour Party, current Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand

Phil has had a long political career. He has served a total of 15 years as a Cabinet Minister, covering portfolios such as Trade, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Disarmament, Justice, Education, Housing, and the Environment. Phil was leader of the Labour Party from 2008 to 2011. In 2016, he was elected Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. He attended the University of Oxford for a short period of study in 1992 under the auspices of Chevening. Phil often speaks very favourably of his time and experiences in the UK.

Igor Pokaz

Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Russian Federation

After studying at the University of Oxford on the prestigious Foreign Service Programme through a Chevening Scholarship, Igor Pokaz has carved out a distinguished diplomatic career. He has held senior diplomatic positions for over 15 years including Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to NATO as well as spending four years working at a high level in the Ministry of Defence. He has also been CEO of Atlantica Grupa Plc, Zagreb, for a short period.

Drudeisha Madhub

Data Protection Commissioner for the Prime Minister’s Office Mauritius

Drudeisha Madhub studied for an LLM in International Human Rights at the University of Essex, through a Chevening Scholarship. Following her award, she joined the Prime Minister’s Office in Mauritius as Data Protection Commissioner in 2007. In March 2011, she was appointed as Data Protection and Human Rights Expert by Interpol and then became a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files. In September 2014, Drudeisha was nominated to be a member of the UN Data Privacy Advisory Group.