About us

The eef team

Glen Forbes

Trustee, Programme Director

Glen has an MBA in International Business coupled with over 25 years of direct business experience in various parts of Africa but in particular Ethiopia. He has been involved in major commercial projects with The Ethiopian Ministry of Finance, The Central Bank of Ethiopia and latterly Ethiopian Airlines. He has spent significant periods of time in Addis Ababa and has travelled extensively throughout the country. Glen is based in central London but travels regularly to Ethiopia.

Achim Kram

Trustee, Managing Director

Achim has a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Over 25 years in International Marketing and Business Development in the media industry coupled with various executive positions in start-up companies as well as non-profit organisations has given him solid expertise and know how to lead eef’s Operations, Marketing and Fundraising. Achim has travelled widely throughout Ethiopia.

Philip Richardson

Finance Director

Phil is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years experience at a senior level. He has worked within several sectors including Financial Services, Housing, Property Management and Education. As eef Finance Director Phil is responsible for the general accounting activities of the foundation.

Marcio Sampaio

Project Director

Marcio has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. He has worked for more than ten years as an architect where has designed and built many buildings. Marcio has been working with EEF since 2008 when he managed and oversaw the construction and completion of our Boys Hostel in Addis Ababa. Marcio also designed the Girls Hostel in 2009 and has helped in its final construction. Marcio manages a variety of EEF projects.

Sandra Käfer

Director EEF Germany

Sandra was one of our first sponsors and after visiting our organisation in Ethiopia she developed quickly a strong bond with her student Selam, and EEF as a whole. Over the years, Sandra has visited Addis Ababa and the EEF hostel many times and in 2014 approached us with the idea to start EEF Deutschland. Sandra now heads up EEF Deutschland (a registered charity in Germany, registration number Vereinsregister Darmstadt VR 83767) where she manages all the relationships with our sponsors and donors in Germany. Sandra has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a senior manager at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.

Olga Trilla

Programme Director, Ethiopia

After achieving a degree in Physics, Olga has been working as an IT consultant for a variety of banks in Spain and in the UK. Whenever she has had the opportunity, she combined traveling with short volunteering projects in Europe, North America and India, carrying out a wide variety of tasks. Those experiences have created an interest in international development that led her to join EEF. Olga is passionate about traveling, cooking, science and learning from new people and cultures. She brings enthusiasm and positivity to life at the EEF hostel and helps the students to achieve their goals and passions.

Giulio Panella

Programme Manager Boys

Giulio holds a degree in Anthropology and has vast experience working for a variety of youth projects in Italy, Romania and Peru.  He is now focused on dedicating his energy to the social development of people in developing countries. Giulio is thrilled to be part of the EEF team and a fantastic manager and mentor for our students.

To contact any of the team, please visit the contact us section.