Meet our Chevening SAJP Fellows 2024-2025

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.


Pallavi Pundir

Editorial Lead, Asian Dispatch, DataLEADS

Pallavi Pundir is a journalist and the Editorial Head of Asian Dispatch, a pan-Asian network and investigative platform started by Indian media and tech company, DataLEADS. She specialises in cross-border and long-form reporting and has previously worked with Vice News, The Indian Express, The Open and Conde Nast.


Muhammad Daud Khan

Producer/Reporter, Pakhtunkhwa Radio Kurram

A multimedia journalist based in Peshawar. Alumnus of Oxford Climate Journalism Network. Since 2009, he has reported on climate change and women's issues. He is currently working with Pakhtunkhwa Radio Kurram and is a regular contributor for The News on Sunday.


Farzana Siddique

Crime Reporter, 24 News Channel Islamabad

As a law graduate, I have chosen to dedicate myself to the field of journalism, specialising in crime reporting for many years. I have also held the prestigious position of being the first female Vice President of the Faislabad Press Club.


Shahid Wafa

News Editor, Pakistan Television News

Shahid Wafa is a reporter turned editor at PTV News. Specialising in judicial, political, and environmental reporting, he also provides editorial oversight for the newsroom. He writes for national and international publications and is an ICFJ fellow and member of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network.


Saadullah Akhter

Freelance Journalist, Arab News

Saadullah has been performing his journalistic responsibilities from Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan. He became part of the Pakistani media industry in 2008 but started his professional career in journalism in 2013. He contributes to Arab News, Al Jazeera English, BBC Hindi/Urdu, DW English.


Tridip K Mandal

Creative Head, The Quint

Tridip is Creative Head at The Quint, one of India’s first pure-play digital news publications. His reportage focuses on identity, migration, citizenship and human rights in Northeast India. He prefers to tell these stories in the form of short and long-form videos and documentaries.

Zoya Anwer

Freelance Journalist

An independent journalist from Karachi, Zoya has been published both locally and internationally. She was associated with The News International and Zoya reports on culture, gender, and minorities and their spatial relationships with their surroundings. She is an IVLP, RAF, BETD, Sangat, and WDC Media Fellow.


Md Mahfuzur Rahman

Special Correspondent, Jamuna Television

Md Mahfuzur Rahman works for Jamuna TV, a 24x7 News Channel based in Dhaka. He is responsible for covering foreign affairs, power-energy and climate change issues for Jamuna TV. He is the host of Daily Political Show named 24 Ghanta and has an exclusive interview program "Cholte Cholte".


Shumaila Khan

Freelance Multimedia Journalist

Shumaila Khan is an experienced multimedia journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the news media industry for over a decade. She currently works as a freelancer. Her work has involved collaborations with organisations, including BBC Urdu, BBC Indian languages, Dainik Bhaskar, DW-English & Internews.


Sadaf Sikandar Modak

Principal Correspondent, The Indian Express

Sadaf Modak is a Mumbai-based reporter with The Indian Express. She writes primarily on courts and prisons. Her research on two women prisons was published in 2022 as part of an anthology. She is a recipient of the South Asia Speaks literary mentorship in 2023. She hopes to experience how UK newsrooms work.



Staff Writer, The Caravan

Sagar is a Bihar-based longform journalist working with the Caravan. He writes on politics, media, society and caste. Mumbai Press Club awarded Sagar twice with RedInk for best reporting. He was an Asia Journalism fellow. Sagar has been researching on Dalits' political history in pre and post constitution period.


Saurabh Sharma

Independent Investigative Journalist

Saurabh Sharma, an acclaimed investigative journalist, has been reporting from South Asia for 8 years. As a freelancer, he has covered diverse topics like climate change & toxic cough syrup. His meticulous research & compelling storytelling have earned him international recognition.


Rupsa Chakraborty

Special Correspondent, The Indian Express

Rupsa Chakraborty is an award-winning journalist specialising in health, science, gender, and social issues. She has received the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award, Statesman Rural Reporting Award & Laadli Award. She holds fellowships from the Dart Center for Journalism & National Press Foundation.


Faisal Karim

Senior Reporter, Ekhon TV

Faisal Karim is a broadcast journalist, public relations expert, and researcher based in Chattogram, Bangladesh. He is a senior reporter at EKHON TV, which is the pioneering news channel in Bangladesh that focuses on business, feature, and economy-related news.


Rathindra Kuruwita

News Editor, The Island

Rathindra Kuruwita is a journalist and a researcher from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds an MSc in Strategic Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore.


Arunabh Saikia

Correspondent, Agence France-Presse

Arunabh Saikia has been a journalist for over a decade and has reported from across India on politics and conflict. He was an Asian Journalism Fellow in 2022 at the National University of Singapore. Currently, he is a South Asia correspondent at the global French news wire AFP.

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