Meet our Chevening SAJP Fellows 2021-2022

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.


Jebun Alo

Special Correspondent, The Business Standard

Jebun is the Special Correspondent at The Business Standard, a top business daily in Bangladesh. She is an investigative journalist focused on financial corruption and has achieved multiple awards for her investigative reports. She has fellowships from IMF and Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).


Arun Arokianathan

Freelance Multimedia Journalist

Arun is a seasoned journalist reporting on reconciliation, human rights, governance, accountability, social welfare and new media literacy. He is a journalism trainer and exemplary life-long learner. He is a multiple award-winning journalist, who has received several fellowships including the Asia Journalism Fellowship.

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.


Iqbal Baloch

Journalist, Balochistan Media Corporation

Iqbal has worked as a broadcast journalist for the last 14 years for a Balochi TV news channel of Balochistan. He is currently working as a freelance journalist, based in Pakistan. Baloch primarily reports on political developments in the country.

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Saher Baloch

Correspondent, BBC World Service, Islamabad

Saher is a bilingual correspondent with the BBC World Service in Islamabad, Pakistan. She largely covers human rights, minorities, migration and insurgency. She was earlier associated with Dawn Newspaper where she wrote a first-hand account of incidents of violence, misuse of blasphemy laws and disappearances from Balochistan and rest of Pakistan.


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.

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Mohua Das Menon

Senior Assistant Editor, The Times of India

Mohua is a feature writer at The Times of India. In her 16 years as a journalist she has written stories covering gender, human rights, arts and cybersecurity, to name a few. Some of her stories have led to decisive action and support to disadvantaged and marginalised communities. Previously, Mohua worked as a journalist for The Telegraph.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Narendra 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.


Samina Naz

Reporter, Suno FM Radio Network

Samina works at Suno FM Radio Network, Pakistan's largest and leading radio station. She has been with electronic media for the last seven years where she has reported on women's rights and gender equality, for example. She has previously worked with PTv, Capital TV, Radio Pakistan and Mashriq TV.


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.


Muktadir Rashid

Senior Staff Correspondent, New Age

Mukradir is an investigative journalist covering human rights, politics, security and migration, to name a few. He has by-lines in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, VICE News and Irrawaddy. Muktadir won the 22nd Human Rights Press Awards in 2018.

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.

Aman Sharma

Senior Political Editor, CNN

Aman is senior political editor at CNN-News18 in New Delhi, India and the Bureau Chief of the digital wing of the network. He has nearly 2 decades experience working in leading Indian publications like The Economic Times, The Indian Express and The India Today Group. He covers politics and the Prime Minister's office in India.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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