Meet our Chevening SAJP Fellows

This programme explores the different ways in which the media play a part in holding democratic processes to account through eight intensive weeks of lectures, visits, and discussions that introduce fellows to key UK academics, media organisations, and political figures.

Aanya Wipulasena

Aanya Wipulasena

Freelance Journalist, Agencia EFE, New York Times

Aanya is a Sri Lankan freelance journalist working for Agencia EFE and the New York Times. Aanya began her career at the Sunday Times, a leading newspaper in Sri Lanka. She has also worked for Al-Jazeera and the Global Press Journal.

Faisul Yaseen

News Editor, Greater Kashmir

Faisul is a journalist based in Kashmir. He completed his Masters in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA on the International Ford Foundation Fellowship. Faisul is a Trainer with the Google News Initiative, India Training Network. In the past he has worked for US-based IDS and New Delhi-based Hindustan Times.


Izhar Ullah

Reporter, The Independent UK, Urdu

Izhar is a mid-career journalist with over ten years of reporting experience. He is currently working as a reporter with The Independent, Urdu. Previously, Izhar has worked for The Express Tribune and for BBC Pakistan, as a broadcast journalist reporting on women's affairs.


Kamlesh Sutar

Deputy Editor, India Today

Kamlesh is deputy editor at India Today TV (part of the TV Today Network). He has covered a wide-range of topics in the Maharashtra and Western India for over 19 years and is author of the best-selling political thriller '36 Days'. In 2019 Kamlesh was awarded the prestigious 'Red Ink Award', presented by Mumbai Press Club.

Madhur Singh

Writer and Editor

Madhur has been an editor and reporter for over 20 years, including with leading Indian publications such as IndiaSpend, The Indian Express and the Hindustan Times, as well as international publications such as Bloomberg Law and Time magazine.

Mousror Alahe

Senior Staff Correspondent, Impress Telefilm Ltd.

Mousror has worked in journalism for over a decade. Highlights of his work include a series report on the Sandwip Island at the Bay-Of-Bengal and an investigative report on a money laundering scam, which prompted the government to re-evaluate their strategy in investigating financial crime.


Muhammad Baloch

Journalist, Balochistan Media Corporation

Muhammad has been working as a journalist for the last 13 years. He currently works with the VSH News TV news channel, based in Pakistan. Muhammad primarily reports on political developments in the country.

Nanendra Mishra

Senior Editor, Navbharat Times, Times of India

Narendra is a journalist with over 17 years of experience. He is currently working as Senior Editor at the Navbharat Times, New Delhi, a leading Hindi news paper by the Times of India group, where he covers national politics.

Riazul Haq

Investigative Journalist, Dawn Group

Riazul currently works at Dawn News TV as a specialist correspondent. Prior to this, Riazul worked as a reporter for eight years. His journalism focuses on politics and government developments.


Shreya Jai

Assistant Editor, Business Standard

Shreya is assistant editor at the Business Standard, Delhi where she is India's leading writer on the energy and climate sector. Her work is regularly cited in research papers and government policies. Alongside her written journalism, Shreya also co-hosts 'The India Energy Hour' – the country’s first podcast on energy transition.

Shumaila Jaffery

Senior Journalist, BBC International Service

Shumaila is an award-winning BBC journalist. She reports on subjects spanning religion, politics and minority issues. She is an aspiring news leader and a mentor for the BBC’s Global Women in News network. Journalism “without fear or favour” is her main guiding principle.

Subhajoy Roy

Special Correspondent, The Telegraph

Subhajoy is a journalist based in Kolkata. He writes on civic issues, health, environment and the heritage of Kolkata.

Sukanya Shantha

Senior Assistant Editor, The Wire

Sukanya is senior assistant editor at The Wire, a leading independent Indian website. She writes investigative, long-form pieces on issues related to human rights, law and associated contemporary concerns. Her award-winning investigative work on prisons and judiciary has led to significant policy-level changes.

Sumeira Ashraf

Special Correspondent, Deutsche Welle Germany

Sumeira is a special correspondent at Deutsche Welle, primarily producing feature stories, as well as investigative reports. Sumeira is based in Pakistan and won the 'Journalist of the Year' 2021 award for her reporting on culture and heritage.


Syeda Batool

Senior Sub Editor, Geo News

Syeda is senior sub-editor at Geo News, one of Pakistan’s most popular media organisations. At Geo News, she covers a broad set of subjects including sports, politics, art and culture, both in written and video formats.

Usman Hanif

Business Reporter, The Express Tribune

Usman is a business and economy reporter at The Express Tribune, where he has been for the last 5 of his ten year journalism career. Usman completed his Masters in Mass Communication from University of Karachi. He loves to read and aspires to become author himself.


Vinaya Pandit

Bureau Chief, Mumbai

Vinaya, award-winning journalist and IVLP alumna, has worked on diverse issues. Her work on gender led to conversations around workplace sexual harassment, much before the #MeToo movement. She has reported on a plethora of different subjects including elections, climate change disasters and terror attacks.

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