Public service and civic society

Andreja Bogdanovski

Researcher at Analytica and Security Analyst, Macedonia

Andreja Bogdanovski is a King's College London graduate with more than seven years of work experience in the think tank world, providing research and policy solutions to challenges affecting stability and security in Macedonia and the Balkans. Security sector reforms covering police, army, and intelligence has been his focus area over the years, including control and oversight, policy planning and management, and EU/NATO integrations. Apart from the policy and academic segments, Andreja also has experience as a political and security risks consultant for Macedonia and the Balkans.


Deus Msipotwa Kibamba

Executive Director of the Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau (TCIB) and Lecturer at the Tanzania- Mozambique Centre for Foreign Relations, Tanzania

Deus Kibamba was a Chevening Scholar (2001) and graduated with an MSc in International Studies from the University of Sheffield. Deus is a trained social policy analyst with over 15 years of experience in civil society activism, advocacy, capacity building and government engagement. He was formerly Head of Governance and Capacity Building at the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), as well as Chairman of the Tanzania Constitution Forum. Deus previously served on the board of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Human Rights Fountain, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and Action Aid International. Deus also lectures and makes weekly contributions to Mwananchi and The Citizen newspapers.

Gosia Pearson

Assistant to the Director-General at the European Commission / Research Associate at Oxford University, Poland

Gosia Pearson is Assistant to the Director-General at the European Commission within the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. Besides her full-time job, Gosia works as a Research Associate at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Gosia was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to do one year of PhD research in international relations at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She was selected to the EU Diplomatic Programme and the Talent Pool Programme of the Women in Leadership Network, and was named a Young Professional Leader by the German Marshall Fund. Gosia also worked in the European Union External Action Service where she was involved in human rights policy-making. Most recently, Gosia was responsible for organising the EU’s participation in the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit where she represented the EU.

Chevening was a game-changer for me

Dr Saundarya Rajesh

Founder - President, AVTAR Group, India

Dr Saundarya Rajesh is inspirational in her approach to tackling systematic issues. Rather than accept the status quo that women have to choose between career and family, Saundarya changed the game.

Her initial company, AVTAR Career Creators, is one of the most successful recruitment and diversity consulting brands in India, and emphasises the importance of women in work. Since studying Women in Leadership at the University of Bradford through a Chevening Scholarship, Saundarya increased her focus on gender. In 2011, she set up FLEXI Careers India to focus on women transitioning into a career, and in 2017 she extended this into education with Project PUTHRI India’s first ever developmental project that seeks to create 'career intentionality' among underprivileged girl students.

She has deservedly received multiple awards: recognition as one of India’s #100Women Achievers in 2016; the Naturals Extraordinary Woman award in 2014; the FCCI FLO Women Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012; and the SCOPE Women Exemplar award in 2006.

Roger Wilkins AO

Former President of the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF), Australia

Now retired from the public sector after a long and distinguished career as a senior public official, Roger Wilkins was a recipient of a Chevening Scholarship to study Law at the University of Oxford. He was Vice-President, then President of the FATF between 2013 and 2015. Before that, he was Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department in Australia, Director-General of the Cabinet Office in New South Wales from 1992-2006 and Director-General of the Ministry of Arts in New South Wales from 2001-2006. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to public administration.