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 leads the EducationUSA advising service, offering accurate, free and comprehensive information to students and families in the UK about US study, as part of the State Department's EducationUSA network. Her team also supports US HEIs interested in recruiting in the UK.

Rowena is also the programme director for the Sutton Trust US Programme, delivered by the Commission and run in partnership with social mobility charity the Sutton Trust. Working with 150 students a year, the team help low income, generally first generation students explore US universities and apply to universities to gain admission and funding. 

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.

Angelina Avricevic

Angelina Avricevic

Programme Manager, UK Postgraduate programme

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Angelina Avricevic

Angelina Avricevic

Programme Manager, UK Postgraduate programme

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, Summer Institute programme

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Katharina Becker

Katharina Becker

Programme Manager, Summer Institute programme

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.

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 and has responsibility for Human Resources, Board Relations, IT, Health and Safety and providing executive support to the Executive Director. 

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPD).

Her most recent roles have been in UK higher education but she has also worked in the private sector and 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.

Rebecca Halliday

Rebecca Halliday

Communications Manager

Rebecca joined Fulbright in January 2022 and is responsible for managing the Fulbright Commission’s online and offline communications activity.

Rebecca’s passion for international education was first ignited during her six months of work and study in Florida during her undergraduate degree. She has since pursued a Master’s in Marketing Communications and spent six months working in student experience at RMIT University in Melbourne. She’s enjoyed spending the last four years managing communications and engagement for membership organisations such as The Institute of Directors and DIAL Global, with a particular focus on using strategic communications to drive change across social mobility, equity and inclusion.

Rebecca has seen first-hand the positive impact of cultural exchange, and is eager to bring her experiences, passion and enthusiasm to the team. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys travelling, working on her French language skills and tutoring English as a Foreign Language.

Jessica McIvor

Jessica McIvor

Programme Manager, US Scholar programme

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Jessica McIvor

Jessica McIvor

Programme Manager, US Scholar programme

Jessica is the Awards Assistant, and she provides support to all aspects of the administration of the Fulbright Awards programme.

Originally from Belfast, she studied modern languages and European studies at the University of Southampton and spent time abroad studying in Barcelona, Spain and in Nanjing, China, as well as working in Germany. Alongside her role at Fulbright, she is currently finishing her PhD thesis on gender, war, and photography in Ireland and Spain. She is excited to bring together her passion for cultural exchange and experience in higher education to support the Awards team and the Fulbright Community.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys bouldering and she is looking forward to exploring London’s museums and galleries.

Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy

Sutton Trust US Programme Manager

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Roisin Murphy

Roisin Murphy

Sutton Trust US 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

Sutton Trust US 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

Sutton Trust US 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.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Programme Manager, UK Scholar programme

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Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Programme Manager, UK Scholar programme

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. 

Rebecca Jackson-Walley

Rebecca Jackson-Walley

Awards Assistant

Rebecca is an awards assistant, meaning she provides administrative and organisational support to our awards team.

Born in Aberystwyth Wales, Rebecca came to London to study Politics at Queen Mary University, where she received first class honours. As a British/American Rebecca travelled back and forth to Boston and New York from a young age, which sparked her passion for travel and transatlantic relations. After being chosen to represent Wales on an exchange program to Yosano, Japan, she grew to strongly believe that opportunities to experience different cultures and societies encourages peace and understanding. Having previously worked predominately in government administration and issue based campaigning, Rebecca is extremely excited to channel her passion for intercultural exchange into her work at Fulbright.

Outside of work, Rebecca loves traveling, ice skating, and photography. Having studied in London during the Pandemic, Rebecca is excited to explore London’s West End and art galleries further.

Lisa Sadler

Lisa Sadler

Programme Manager, US Postgraduate programme

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Lisa Sadler

Lisa Sadler

Programme Manager, US Postgraduate programme

Lisa joined the Commission in March 2022 and is responsible for all aspects of the Postgraduate Awards Programme for US students.

She has a Bachelor's degree in English from Leeds and a Master's in Social Anthropology from SOAS. Before joining the Commission, Lisa spent five years teaching English in a number of contexts including pre-sessional programmes for Durham and Cardfiff University and teaching business English in Mexico for three years. She also has over 20 years experience working in international recruitment for UK Universities. Lisa is passionate about inclusion within education at all levels, which is why she provides governance and administrative support to a number of special schools in West Sussex, where she lives.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time walking her dogs, continuing to improve her very poor Spanish and is a Trustee for a family-run charity – The Kelly Fitzgibbons Foundation.

Junaina Pirbhai

Junaina Pirbhai

Wellbeing and Welfare Manager

Junaina manages wellbeing and welfare, being a point of contact for Fulbrighters requiring wellbeing support and providing appropriate training for staff. She is also responsible for the development of the Commission’s safeguarding policies and processes in line with best practice.

Junaina completed part of her education in Ontario, Canada. She has a BSc. in Psychology from the University of Warwick and has been working in pastoral support in education for many years. Junaina is currently doing her Master's in Integrative Counselling and Coaching. She is passionate about breaking down barriers that individuals and communities may face due to mental health, and increasing awareness around positive wellbeing strategies to improve overall life satisfaction.

In her spare time, Junaina enjoys reading novels, swimming and hiking.  

Ethan Corcoran

Ethan Corcoran

Digital Platform and CRM Manager

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Ethan Corcoran

Ethan Corcoran

Digital Platform and CRM Manager

Ethan is a manager of Fulbrighter, the online networking platform for the global Fulbright community, and additionally acts as a coordinator and first-line support for the Commission’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Ethan holds a BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production from Ravensbourne University, and an MA in Digital Media Culture from Birkbeck, University of London. His academic focus has been primarily on the design of digital platforms and the social impacts of design decisions. He has also explored the governance of platforms and their use as a vehicle for transparency in institutions. He has applied this in his work as a researcher in digital media, as a community manager, and as a software developer.

He enjoys reading, watching (and discussing) films and cycling around where he lives in mid-Wales.

Basia Dudek

Basia Dudek

EducationUSA Manger

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

Her previous role was at Solent University where she worked with students at the university to develop sports clubs. Originally from Poland, she grew up in Warren, Michigan where she graduated from high school and received her Associates Degree from Macomb Community College on a basketball scholarship. She then moved back to Poland, where she taught English as a second language before eventually moving to the UK to study a BA(Hons) in Sport Coaching and Development, and a MSc in Project Management at Solent University. She’s excited to bring her experience to Fulbright and her role as an Advisor.

In her free time she enjoys travelling, escaping from escape rooms with her team, ‘Team Mediocre’, going to the gym and eating excellent food.

Bakari Ukuu

Bakari Ukuu

Programme Manager, US Postgraduates Programme

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Bakari Ukuu

Bakari Ukuu

Programme Manager, US Postgraduates Programme

Bakari is the Programme Manager for the US Postgraduate Programme and leads on all aspects of the programme.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma he relocated to London in the Autumn of 2019. Prior to joining the commission, he enjoyed a decade long career as a certified senior educator serving in a variety of roles in the USA and the UK.  In addition to being an educator, he has held multiple leadership positions for non-profit education organizations including serving as a member of the National Advisory Board for The Collective, Teach for America, a founding board member of the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation and co-founder of The BLOC-KC.

Bakari holds a steadfast belief in the transformational power of education and cultural exchange grounded by his first-hand experiences as an avid traveller, international teacher, and international student. He first studied abroad in Banjul, Gambia as part of his bachelor’s degree at Langston University and most recently he has earned a MA in Education and International Development from University College London. Through his professional and academic pursuits, he has visited over 35 US states and 18 different countries.  

In his spare time, Bakari enjoys travelling, reading, and being an amateur critic.

Harvey Hines

Harvey Hines

Awards Assistant

Harvey joined the commission in June 2022 and works as an awards assistant. He is responsible for supporting the awards team primarily from an administrative standpoint.

He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied International Politics and Conflict Studies with a particular focus on the Troubles, the rise of the far right, and politics within the Republic of Ireland. After graduating, he has worked as an administrator within the professional football, physiotherapy, construction, and higher education sectors. His most recent previous role was at the University of Southampton, where he worked as part of the team at the School of Mathematics. At Fulbright, he is especially looking forward to providing a positive experience to applicants whilst improving his own knowledge of cultural exchange.

Outside of work, Harvey is a jobbing actor who appears in short films, student productions, and advertisements across the UK & Ireland. He is also, unfortunately, an avid Sunderland supporter – for his sins!

Hannah Stevens

Hannah Stevens

Finance Officer

Hannah joined Fulbright in June 2022 as our finance officer, and is responsible for all financial transactional duties.

Prior to joining Fulbright, Hannah worked for an education charity for 5 years, and prior to that she worked for an international organisation for 4 years. She is excited about joining Fulbright so she can continue with her passion of working in the non-profit education field. 

Outside of work, Hannah is actively involved in various charity work in the UK and abroad. She volunteers with a women and girls’ education charity in Africa, and has spent time doing mission work in East Africa, as well as volunteering for other children’s charities. 

In her spare time she has a strong interest in ancient history, traveling to historical sites, and also spending time with family.