Who We Are

The US-UK Fulbright Commission hosts both the Fulbright scholarship programme and the EducationUSA advising network for the UK. We focus on opportunities and exchanges between the USA and the UK, as part of a global programme.

Board of Commissioners

The Commissioners, who make up the board of trustees, are appointed by our government funders. Seven US citizens or dual nationals are appointed by the US Ambassador to the Court of St James. Six UK citizens are appointed by the Secretary of State at the Department of Education and one Commissioner is appointed by the Scottish Government. Occasionally there are vacancies for new Commissioners. We welcome applications from individuals and, in particular, Fulbright alumni. Please see our Employment page (under 'About Us') for any current vacancies.

Sara Grote Cerrell

Sara Grote Cerrell

Chair

Sara Grote Cerrell is the Founder & Managing Director of Global Change Network, a consulting practice advising mission-driven organisations, socially-responsible companies and philanthropists.

Sara brings 25 years of political, private sector and non-profit experience to her clients. Her work has centred on social impact, particularly international development with an emphasis on global health and gender equality. Sara’s career began in The White House, managing First Lady Hillary Clinton’s involvement in several initiatives, ranging from health care to gender equality to children’s rights. After the White House, Sara was Vice President at DDB Issues & Advocacy, a social sector practice that worked with large foundations, government agencies and international non-profits. In addition to the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Sara serves on the boards of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Global Impact UK. She is delighted to contribute to Fulbright’s mission of fostering learning and leadership between her country of birth (the US) and her adopted country (the UK).

 

Zamila Bunglawala

Zamila Bunglawala

Zamila Bunglawala is International Director, at the UK Department for Education, where she leads on bilateral and multilateral international education partnerships, mobility programs, trade, higher education and data.

Zamila is formerly Deputy Head of Unit at the Cabinet Office, Race Disparity Unit where she was the founding architect of the world-leading Ethnicity Facts and Figures website, tackling ethnic disparities. Zamila has extensive senior international strategic policy and programmes experience – including No.10 Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and Implementation Unit, Open Society Foundation, Brookings Institution and United Nations in Sudan and Nepal, specialising in education, employment, open data and digital, gender/ethnic diversity and humanitarian conflicts. Zamila is an international public policy speaker, Fellow at the London School of Economics and board member at the Royal Society, Concern Worldwide, Heywood Foundation, UK Research & Innovation, and International Advisory Council at King’s College, London.

Kathryn Crockart

Kathryn Crockart

Kathryn Crockart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service currently serving as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London, where she leads all American strategic communications and public diplomacy in the UK. She also served as U.S. Embassy Spokesperson in London from 2014-2017. 

Prior to returning to the UK, Ms. Crockart served as the Diplomat in Residence based at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018-2020), and at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (2017-2018), as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs. Her other assignments include as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Medan, Indonesia as well as serving in Kuala Lumpur, Belize City, Frankfurt and Munich. The State Department has recognized Ms. Crockart with its individual Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards four times each. Prior to joining the State Department in 1999, she worked at The (Durham) Herald-Sun in her home state of North Carolina. Ms. Crockart received her BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She speaks German, Indonesian, and Malay, and has studied French.

Mukul Devichand

Mukul Devichand

Mukul Devichand is the Editor of Audio Programing for The New York Times, a new role at the frontier of digital audio, created in 2021 and based in New York. Previously, Mukul was at the BBC for 17 years, based in London. He became an editor after a long background in international, investigative and longform reporting for radio and TV. As Editor, he was known for innovative forms of digital publishing and launched and ran a number of journalism units for BBC News and the BBC World Service, including the 24/7 BBC Interactive News, BBC Trending (the BBC “bureau on the global internet”) and the solutions journalism unit People Fixing The World. From 2017, he was the BBC’s first Executive Editor of Voice + AI, building up a large team across production, software engineering and design, and taking the values of public broadcasting into the new space of AI Assistants. 

Mukul grew up in South Wales and his life changed after he first lived in New York City as a Fulbright Scholar studying journalism at Columbia University. He’s passionate about how both journalism and educational exchange can bring the world together and enrich both individual lives and our shared global culture and understanding.

Drake Dubin

Drake Dubin

Drake Dubin is Chief Operating Officer for Business in the Community, the Prince's Responsible Business Network. Drake was previously Chief Operating Officer for Neuberger Berman in Europe and Latin America and prior to that, was a Partner at Tideway Investment Partners where he had both operating and business development responsibilities. Earlier in his career, Drake spent fifteen years with JP Morgan Chase where he was a Managing Director and Head of Structured Capital Markets for EMEA and five years as a Managing Director in The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Financial Structuring Group.  

Drake received his BSc from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., is a Trustee of The UK Friends of Georgetown and recently concluded six years serving on the university’s Board of Regents where he was Chair of the Global Engagement Committee.

Tor Garnett

Tor Garnett

Tor Garnett is a Detective Superintendent in the Met Police. She joined as a probationer in 2008 and has since worked across London in local policing and specialist crime roles, most recently as a Senior Investigating Officer in the Counter-Terrorism Command.

Tor is passionate about improving policing and the Met through collaboration and energetic leadership. In 2012 she founded the Commissioner’s 100 – a frontline do-tank which ran for 5 years which built a bottom up change movement within the Met that harnessed the experience, innovation and spirit of frontline officers. In 2014 she co-founded Police Now –  a 2 year entry route and leadership programme based on Teach First to attract exceptional, diverse, emotionally intelligent graduates into policing. It is about to welcome its fourth cohort of 300+ participants. Tor is currently leading the cross-sector anti-violence collaboration ‘Take 90’ to challenge violence norms in London. 

Tor has a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, is a Fulbright Scholar and featured last year in Management Today’s 35 under 35.

Dame Vivian Hunt DBE

Dame Vivian Hunt DBE

Dame Vivian Hunt is a Senior Partner for McKinsey & Company, UK and Ireland, where she served as Managing Partner for the UK and Ireland for seven years from 2013-2020 and led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical products practice in EMEA prior to that.

She is a globally recognized thought leader on productivity and skills, leadership, and diversity topics, and has co-led McKinsey’s flagship work on the impact of technology on work, economic development and linking Inclusion and Diversity to financial performance. Most recently this includes, Diversity wins: How inclusion matters (2020) and Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age (2018). Dame Vivian is the Chair of Trustees for Teach First, and on the board of several important business groups in the UK. This includes the UK government-backed Industrial Strategy and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, and she is the former chair of BritishAmerican Business. She is a trustee of the British Museum, a member of the Trilateral Commission, and chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community’s “Seeing is Believing” programme. In 2018, Vivian was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Professor Reverend Keith Magee

Professor Reverend Keith Magee

Professor Reverend Keith Magee is Chair and Professor of Practice in Social Justice at Newcastle University and Senior Fellow in Culture and Politics at UCL Culture and Centre on U.S. Politics. A public intellectual, theologian, and social justice scholar, Reverend Magee served as the founding director of the National Public Housing Museum in Chicago and was senior director of the Museum of African American History in Boston. He has expertise as a bipartisan faith, race and policy advisor with U.S. presidents, governors and congressional members. His eclectic studies have taken him through the halls of Ohio University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Divinity School, and Grace International College.   

Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Endowment Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Co-Chair of Black Britain and Beyond, and Trustee of Facing History and Ourselves. In 2021 the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan appointed him to the Commission on Diversity in the Public Realm. Reverend Magee is a CNN and BBC contributor and the author of Prophetic Justice: Race, Religion and Politics (2021). 

Paul O’Neill

Paul O’Neill

Paul O’Neill is the former Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Advancement at Georgetown University. As senior advisor, Paul was the lead development officer for the University’s largest-ever gift of $100 million. As Chief Operating Officer, Paul led operations of the “For Generations to Come” campaign that raised $1.5 billion. 

Paul began his career working for Ronald Reagan in the White House Office of Presidential Advance. He then worked in the private sector at The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in Washington, DC as a member of the management team that led CEB through an IPO and years of extraordinary growth. Later, Paul was managing director on the publishing staff of The Atlantic magazine 

Paul received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy from Georgetown. He is co-author of Georgetown University (Arcadia Press), a collection of historical documents and photographs from the university’s first 200 years. 

Miriam Patterson

Miriam Patterson

Miriam Patterson is a legal professional with more than 20 years of experience in the legal and legal technology sectors.  She is a Senior International Know-How Editor at Practical Law, Thomson Reuters’ online legal know-how service.  She is responsible for legal content relating to international corporate transactions, while also participating in product development into new geographies and practice areas.  The first decade of her career was spent at two global law firms, Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins, where she advised on international equity and debt offerings and developed knowledge management systems.

Born in Hong Kong, Miriam’s family then immigrated to the US where she grew up in Texas.  She received her BA from Rice University, JD from the University of Texas, and LLM from King’s College London.  She was the recipient of a Truman Scholarship and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which enabled her to study in the UK.  Her own experience of studying abroad makes her a passionate believer in the benefits that international academic exchange brings, both to the exchange participant and the communities that they become a part of.

Robin Saunders

Robin Saunders

Robin Saunders is Managing Partner of Clearbrook Capital Partners LLP, a private investment and advisory group working with growth companies across a variety of sectors including business & financial services, real estate, energy, utilities, retail and asset management. Robin has led over $30 billion of transactions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. 

Prior to founding Clearbrook, Robin was a leading corporate banker who led intrapreneurial teams specialising in principal finance, capital markets and securitisation within banks including Citigroup, Chase, Deutsche Bank, and WestLB. She has served on numerous boards including Formula One Holdings, Pubmistress Ltd, Mid Kent Holdings, Whyte and Mackay Group Ltd, Odeon Cinemas, The Office of the Rail Regulator, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the British Film Institute and others.

Robin is an enthusiastic supporter of numerous arts organisations in the United Kingdom and the United States; a Visiting Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford; and she actively mentors young entrepreneurs in various countries.

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Professor Sir Steve Smith is the UK Government International Education Champion.  He was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter from October 2002 to August 2020.

Sir Steve holds a BSc, an MSc, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He served as President of the world academic body in his field from 2003-2004. In 2009 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2012 was awarded the University of South Florida's Global Leadership Award. Sir Steve was Chair of the UCAS Board from 2013-2019 and was President of Universities UK from 2009-2011. He is a Board member of the Russell Group; Chair of UUK's International Policy Network, Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board and Member of the UUK Board.

From June 2007 to May 2010, he led for higher education on the Prime Minister’s National Council of Excellence in Education, which provided advice to Government about strategy and measures to achieve world-class education performance for all children and young people. Sir Steve was knighted in 2011 for services to higher education locally and nationally.

Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart

Susan took up the post of Director of The Open University in Scotland in December 2015.  

Raised in Renfrew, Susan is a graduate of St Andrews University and Smith College, Massachusetts. She has previously held senior roles in higher education and government and was Scotland’s first diplomat to the United States.

She is a passionate advocate for widening access to higher education and ensuring that the Open University’s aim of promoting social justice through access to knowledge remains relevant today.

Christina Tribble

Christina Tribble

Christina has served 18 years as a US diplomat, with tours in Haiti, Cuba, and Pakistan prior to London (working with Fulbright in each of these places). She led the Department’s cultural affairs training program for three years and helped develop many of their early social media strategies as the world learned how to use Twitter, Facebook, and similar tools to engage people.

Originally from California, before joining the Foreign Service, she was a mediator in New York, a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, an English teacher in Japan, and a ski instructor in Australia. She has four kids - two young enough to be still at home and with her here in London.

Staff

Our staff are of several nationalities, have a range of international and educational experiences, and are passionate about the global exchange of culture and ideas.

Maria Balinska

Maria Balinska

Executive Director

Maria Balinska is the Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Educated in the US and in Europe, she joined the BBC in London in 1991, where she worked until 2009 as a producer and then senior editor focusing on international affairs. She returned to the US in 2009 on a Nieman fellowship at Harvard and subsequently founded Latitude News, an experiment in reporting America’s links with the rest of the world in new ways. In 2014, Maria joined the launch team of The Conversation US, a non-profit digital daily where the content is authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. For four years she was The Conversation US’s Editor-in-Chief, based in Boston.

Maria has had extensive contact with universities and individual academics on both sides of the Atlantic and is a strong supporter of the Fulbright mission of expanding international educational and cultural exchange and making it widely accessible. She is also the author of The Bagel: the surprising history of a modest bread (Yale 2008), described by the New York Times as a 'scrumptious book.' 

Chris Horry

Chris Horry

Chief Operating Officer

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Chris Horry

Chris Horry

Chief Operating Officer

Chris oversees the Commission's finance, IT and legal matters.

He is a chartered accountant and has a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Sheffield. He has worked for multinational corporations in the US and various European countries.

Chris is also a trained teacher and is passionate about international education and cultural exchange. His three daughters have all been educated internationally.

Outside work, he devotes his time to amateur music making and hill walking.

Rowena Boddington

Rowena Boddington

Director, Advising and Marketing

Rowena heads the EducationUSA advising service, oversees the delivery of the Sutton Trust US Programme, and is responsible for the Commission’s communications and marketing strategy, including promoting its programmes and US-UK exchange.

While an American studies student at a British university, Rowena had the opportunity to study abroad in California. This life-changing experience has led to a career so far focused on enabling domestic and international students to make informed decisions about their best study options. She is passionate about helping more students have as transformational experiences at US universities as her own was.

Amy Moore

Amy Moore

Director, Fulbright Awards Programme

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Amy Moore

Amy Moore

Director, Fulbright Awards Programme

Amy oversees all of the Fulbright Award programmes for both American and British grantees. As Director, Amy also manages relationships with Award sponsors and partners, and is always on the lookout for new partnership opportunities.

Prior to Fulbright, Amy ran customised, faculty-led programmes for American students in London, and managed a busy student services department. She later assisted Cornell University, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania undergraduates studying in the UK. Amy spent a memorable year at the University of Pittsburgh as part of her American studies degree at the University of Sheffield, which is perhaps why she has dedicated her career to promoting cultural exchange.

She has a very mischievous son and two lively dogs, which makes gym membership very much unnecessary.

Afua Osei

Afua Osei

Director, External Relations

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Afua Osei

Afua Osei

Director, External Relations

As Director of External Relations for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Afua Osei drives strategic communications, and partners with colleagues on external engagement.

She has worked in external relations across global higher education institutions. These include Cambridge (initiating executive education business in African markets and Brazil), Oxford (promoting an entrepreneurial culture in the Thames Valley region and Europe), Royal Holloway, (research management and intellectual property commercialisation) and Harvard (technology patenting and licensing). Most recently, as Associate Director of Alumni and Events, she led engagement with Warwick alumni through a talented team and a newly established overseas network of ambassadors, building an alumni marketing and communications agenda.

While representing the University of Oxford, Afua was quoted in The Times, The Financial Times, and New Scientist. Accordingly, she started her career working for a national newspaper, The Independent. Afua is an associate member of CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations), and she has an intellectual property law master’s degree from Queen Mary combined with a bachelor’s in biochemistry from Imperial College, London.

Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson

Sutton Trust US Programme Assistant

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Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson

Sutton Trust US Programme Assistant

Originally from Gloucestershire, Nancy has worked and volunteered within a variety of fields both in the UK and overseas. Her voluntary roles include working on a sustainable building project in Nepal, a UK based internship with a women’s non-profit in Swaziland, presenting for a hospital radio show and even alpaca farming in Germany.

Having spent the last three years working for an educational charity with high-achieving low-income students from all over the world, she developed a keen interest in social mobility, international development and education. She was also able to visit a number of US universities and is therefore very excited to join Fulbright and further develop her passion for higher education and access to opportunities within the US.

Outside of work she is an avid traveller and has now visited 32 countries! She also loves dancing (anywhere there is space), writing (mainly about travel and misadventures) and every summer works on a youth theatre project where they create an entire musical from scratch in a week.

Angelina Avricevic

Angelina Avricevic

Programme Manager

Angelina manages all aspects of the Postgraduate Awards programme for UK students, including outreach and promotion of the Awards throughout the UK, the selection process, and pre-departure orientation.

She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from Birkbeck, University of London. A keen advocate of transnational knowledge exchange and inter-cultural dialogue, Angelina has been involved in educational projects aimed to benefit young people in the UK and beyond. Having spent over four years in university administration in London she is excited to help students undergo the transformative experience of living and studying in the US.

Angelina’s interests include travelling, reading and horse riding.

Katharina Becker

Katharina Becker

Programme Manager

Katharina manages all aspects of the Summer Institutes Programmes for undergraduate students. Having participated in a Fulbright Summer Institute herself during her time at university, she is excited to share this fantastic experience.

She is a firm believer in the transformative powers of educational exchange. In positions with organizations such as the German-American Fulbright Commission, the German Historical Institute London and the German Research Foundation she has been providing networking opportunities to students and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Katharina is passionate about coffee, yoga and theatre. She enjoys spending her free time in London’s beautiful parks, chasing after her two sons.

Kirsty Callaghan

Kirsty Callaghan

Communications Manager and Educational Adviser (on maternity leave)

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Kirsty Callaghan

Kirsty Callaghan

Communications Manager and Educational Adviser (on maternity leave)

Kirsty coordinates the Commission’s communications and marketing activities and is a member of the EducationUSA advising team.

Her passion for US study developed during a year abroad at the University of Oregon as an undergraduate, followed by an MA at the University of Wyoming.

Prior to Fulbright, Kirsty worked in the UK and the US in a variety of political and non-profit roles. She is excited to be in a position that allows her to combine her communications experience with her enthusiasm for international education.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and trying to improve her German skills.

Tom Chadwick

Tom Chadwick

Programme Manager

Tom Chadwick manages all aspects of the Scholar Awards programme for US citizens. 

He grew up in the west of England and studied History at King’s College London and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths. Before working for Fulbright he spent five years living in Belgium where he worked in the English Literature department at the University of Leuven and completed a PhD on contemporary fiction.

His time in Europe demonstrated the value of international educational exchange and he is looking forward to helping to facilitate this experience for others.

Jo Downey

Jo Downey

HR and Administration Manager

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Jo Downey

Jo Downey

HR and Administration Manager

Jo joined the Fulbright Commission in 2017 as Executive Assistant and Human Resources Manager.  She also has responsibility for Board Relations, IT and Health and Safety.  

Her most recent roles have been in UK higher education but she has also worked overseas and is passionate about working for an organisation that is dedicated to providing global educational opportunities. 

In her spare time, Jo enjoys travelling, photography and cooking.

Rob Ellis

Rob Ellis

Digital Community Manager

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Rob Ellis

Rob Ellis

Digital Community Manager

Rob manages Fulbrighter, the online networking platform for the global Fulbright community. He joined the Commission in January 2019 to oversee the successful rollout of the platform across the world.

Rob holds a PhD in fourteenth-century London literature, which has proven more useful than you might initially think. Following a brief flirtation with academia, he moved into a career as a marketing and communications professional. He has worked in a range of communications roles at Queen Mary University of London, Manchester Metropolitan University and HESA – the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

He is a fan of any and all fiction, and is always looking for new recommendations. He also enjoys exploring the Peak District, Scandinavian art and classic cinema.

Hollie Haigh

Hollie Haigh

Advising and Events Manager

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Hollie Haigh

Hollie Haigh

Advising and Events Manager

Hollie manages the Commission's advising events, including seminars, webinars, PostgradUSA seminars and College Day. As part of the EducationUSA advising team, she works with those interested in US study.

Originally from Liverpool, Hollie was a participant on the Sutton Trust US Programme in 2014 which led her to study at Middlebury College, Vermont. A recent graduate, she received her degree in Luso-Hispanic Studies which Political Science which involved a year in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she taught English as a foreign language alongside her studies.

When she’s not trying to keep up her Spanish, Hollie enjoys Bollywood dancing, sunsets, and, of course, chocolate in all its forms. Hollie is over the moon to be in a role that involves both her passion for international education and helping others whose shoes she’s walked in herself.

Christian Kusi-Obodum

Christian Kusi-Obodum

Communications Manager

Christian co-ordinates the Commission’s communications and marketing activities.

His first degree in languages provided him the opportunity to study in France, Spain and Portugal. He has also taught languages in the UK, Czech Republic, Poland and Maldives. He went on to complete his doctoral research in Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham, exploring the history, politics and literature of interfaith relations during the Spanish and Portuguese Middle Ages. He is committed to breaking down cultural barriers through education and exchange.

When the weather allows he can be found in the park practising circus tricks, including diabolo and tightrope walking. He has recently started taking to the waters in his new kayak.

Elizabeth Mucha

Elizabeth Mucha

Senior Programme Manager

Elizabeth manages all aspects of the Postgraduate Awards programme for US citizens. She also co-coordinates three major events for the Commission (EndCap, Forum, and Orientation).

Originally from Chicago, she completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany and has studied at the University of Illinois and the London School of Economics.

Elizabeth enjoys social activism, exploring the countryside around London and spending time with dogs. She is passionate about international educational exchange as a means to foster cooperation and effect change.

Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy

Programme Manager

Roisin is London-Irish and was raised in Harrow, a greater London hub of multiculturalism. She is excited to bring insights from working in Early Careers, as well as her own experience as a first generation university attendee, to support young people to undertake the Sutton Trust US Programme.

She completed a BA in History at the University of Bristol, which included a dissertation on Game of Thrones and a research position covering the impact of the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

She loves reading, especially historical fiction, and is currently working to perfect her curly hair routine.

Ellis O’Connell

Ellis O’Connell

Sutton Trust US Programme Assistant

Originally from the sunny Isle of Wight, Ellis made the big move to London at 19 for university. During his time there, he was able to undertake a study abroad year to Los Angeles. This life-changing experience ignited a passion for international education and social mobility. Having spent the last 3 years working in the music industry, he decided to make a career shift into international education, hoping to truly make a difference to people's lives. Having previously intended to complete his higher education in the US – and having introduced his own high school to the Sutton Trust US Programme – it is a full-circle moment for him to join the Commission as a Programme Assistant years later!

Outside of work, he enjoys travelling (having visited 27 countries and 19 US states), seeing live music, watching reality television competition programmes, eating good food and experiencing culture.

 

Sarah Panek

Sarah Panek

Senior EducationUSA Manager

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Sarah Panek

Sarah Panek

Senior EducationUSA Manager

 

As part of the EducationUSA advising team, Sarah works with those interested in US study.

Sarah is originally from Chicago and, in addition to living in London, has also studied and volunteered abroad in Spain, China and Ecuador. She studied at DePaul University and holds an MSc in Elementary Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Prior to moving to London, she worked for five years as a primary school teacher in a high needs school just outside of Chicago.

Sarah is ecstatic to be working in a role that supports students in their pursuit of studying in the US.

 

 

Cristina Picillo

Cristina Picillo

Programme Manager

Cristina studied French and Spanish at University of Leeds, spending time abroad, studying in Granada, Spain and teaching students in Western France. She has volunteered and worked with the British and Spanish Red Cross and Refugee Council working with children, young people and refugees both in the UK and in Spain.

Having benefited greatly from her experiences, she is excited about promoting study abroad.

Outside of work, she is greatly passionate about language, travel and culture.

Lily Prendergast

Lily Prendergast

Programme Manager

Lily is a Programme Manager for the Sutton Trust US Programme, assisting low-income and first-generation British students explore and apply to US universities.

Previously a participant on the programme, Lily subsequently attained a BA in Anthropology and South Asian Studies from Smith College in Massachusetts. As part of her degree, Lily spent 6 months studying in Pune, India, as well as interning for non-profits championing social mobility through public health, and inclusion and empowerment of LGBTQ community members.

She is eager to combine her first-hand knowledge as a first-generation college student with her experiences working on campus and abroad to encourage students to access resources and get involved in higher education!

Lily enjoys reading, seeing live music, and maple syrup.

Camila Puig

Camila Puig

Awards Assistant

Camila is the Awards Assistant and is responsible for supporting all aspects of the administration of the Fulbright Award programmes.

She is originally from Mexico City but has lived and studied abroad since the age of 16. Her first experience with international education was as a student at UWC Atlantic College, an international sixth-form in a 12th century castle on the Welsh coast. She then went on to study a BA in History of Gender and Sexuality at Barnard College, Columbia University and a MA in Archival and Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam. While living in Amsterdam she worked in an archive of economic and labour history and has additional experience doing communications for non-profit organisations. Working for the Commission gives her the opportunity to use her extensive personal experience with international education and cultural exchange to support the Awards team and the wider Fulbright community.

Camila loves houseplants and dogs – at the moment she has 20 of the former and hopes to one day have a similar amount of the latter.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Programme Manager

Sam manages all aspects of the UK Scholar Awards programme for British citizens, including the selection process, pre-departure support and orientation, and the organisation of three programme-related enrichment events for UK grantees.

He started his time at the US-UK Fulbright Commission working on the Sutton Trust US Programme, a cause he felt passionate about after his own experience on a Sutton Trust UK Summer School. Before working at Fulbright, Sam studied for his BA at the University of Cambridge and his MLitt in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen. 

Outside of work Sam is interested in languages, music and game design.