Our senior staff

Meet the senior team of Sense International.

Gillian Morbey OBE - Chief Executive
Carolyn Merry – Director
Stevie Kent – Senior Programme Manager
Akhil Paul – Director, Sense International (India)
Cristiana Salomie – Director, Sense International (Romania)
Josephine Akiru – Country Representative, Sense International (Uganda)
Edwin Osundwa – Country Representative, Sense International (Kenya)
Ricardo Zevallos – Director, Sense International (Peru)
Geoffrey Atieli – Country Representative, Sense International (Tanzania)

Gillian Morbey OBE - Chief Executive

Gillian MorbeyGillian is Chief Executive of both Sense and Sense International. She has been involved in international work with deafblind people for many years, through connections with Sense International and also through Deafblind International (DBI), an organisation bringing together more than 40 organisations from around the world to increase knowledge and share best practice. In 2011 she was elected President of DBI.

Gillian was involved in the voluntary sector in Scotland for 30 years. Prior to becoming chief executive of Sense and Sense International in 2010 she was chief executive officer of Sense Scotland, which she was instrumental in setting up, from 1985-2010.

Gillian was awarded the OBE in 1995 in recognition of her work, and an Ernst & Young award, Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2005. She was awarded Glasgow City Council's Lord Provost's Community Award for services to the community in 2008.

Carolyn Merry – Director

Carolyn MerryCarolyn Merry joined Sense International in 2015 and is responsible for all of its operations and future strategic growth and direction. Carolyn has worked for over 20 years in the humanitarian and international development sectors, and is passionate about creating a more inclusive and peaceful world in which all can flourish.
Carolyn brings extensive operational, management and leadership experience from her previous roles around the world with Cord, CBM Australia and Médecins Sans Frontières.

At CBM, Carolyn managed a strategic Partnership with the University of Melbourne, which provided technical assistance, capacity development and an evidence base for disability inclusive development to the Australian Government Aid programme, International Non-Government agencies, Disabled Persons Organisations, overseas Governments and multi-lateral agencies.

Carolyn has Bachelor degrees in Science and Nursing (specialised in critical care), a postgraduate qualification in Education, a Masters’ degree in International Development and an MA in Human Rights Law & Advocacy.

Stevie Kent – Senior Programme Manager

Stevie KentStevie Kent joined Sense International in 2011 and is responsible for managing our programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as well as helping to develop our capacity in project management and monitoring and evaluation.

Stevie has ten years experience in the public and international development sectors having worked in an HR capacity at Transport for London before joining the social enterprise Riders for Health as a Programme Management Office Manager - developing the organisation’s programme management methodology and managing programmes in the logistics of public health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.

He also worked as a Strategy Analyst at Riders for Health developing new operational models before taking on the exciting role at Sense International. Stevie holds a BA in Philosophy from The University of Liverpool. 

Akhil Paul – Director, Sense International (India)

Akhil PaulAkhil Paul is the Founder Director of Sense International (India). An authority on community-based rehabilitation of people with multiple disabilities, his expertise has been sought in various countries including Malaysia, Central Africa, Colombia, Bolivia and East Africa.

He is former Vice President of Deafblind International (DBI), a world association promoting services for deafblind people. He is also the founder member of the board of the National Trust for the Welfare of People with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities and serves on various committees including: Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI); Ministry of Human Resource Development; National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD); and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).

Akhil has over 24 years of experience in the disability sector and is on the Drafting Committee of the government of India, which is developing a new law for people with disabilities in India. He is also the recipient of HSBC-Indo British Award- 2003; The Karmaveer Puraskar-2010; The Indian Association of Rehab Professionals Award - 2011; and the IIM Lucknow-Laxmipat Singhania Leadership Award-2011 for outstanding services to deafblind people in India.

Cristiana Salomie – Director, Sense International (Romania)

Cristiana SalomieCristiana has been the Director of Sense International (Romania) since the beginning of the organisation, 12 years ago. She has a BA Degree in Philology, specialised in Romanian and English Language and Literature.

She worked as an English teacher in various schools in Bucharest until 1990, when her career moved towards the world of charities and non-governmental organisations. She coordinated various programmes for the British Red Cross and the East European Partnership (a branch of VSO UK) until 2001, when she started the challenging work of promoting the rights of deafblind people, ensuring that they access appropriate education, health and social services.

Josephine Akiru – Country Representative, Sense International (Uganda)

Josephine AkiruJosephine has 14 years’ experience implementing development projects in the areas of health, human rights, advocacy and community empowerment. She previously worked for Plan International-Uganda, Actionaid Uganda, and Population Services International and as a human rights activist with the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of torture victims.

Josephine is a development professional, with a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management and is currently writing her thesis for a Master’s in Business Administration. She has practical skills in strategic management, project planning and management.

She has engaged with projects at a grassroot level that combine both service delivery and development work. Josephine took up the role of Country Representative of Sense International Uganda in 2012.

Edwin Osundwa – Country Representative, Sense International (Kenya)

Edwin OsundwaEdwin Osundwa the Country Representative for Sense International (Kenya), has worked for SI-K since 2008. Edwin has seven years experience of working in the development sector, with a bias towards disability. He worked for Kenya Society for the Blind for three years before joining SI-K.

Edwin holds a special education degree, a diploma in management of Non Governmental Organizations, and he is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Development Studies – specialising in community development.

Ricardo Zevallos – Director, Sense International (Peru)

Ricardo ZevallosRicardo has a law degree with specialisation in human rights, international humanitarian law and has a MA in Social Management. He has been an UN consultant in a project located in Rome, Italy; Coordinator on Disability in the Ombudsman and Chairman of the National Council of People with Disability – CONADIS both in Perú.

In November 2007 he joined Sense International as Regional Programme Director for Latin America and then, since 2009, as General Director for Peru. He is a national speaker on issues related to disability; author of articles and papers on public policies, advocacy and regulations on disability; consultant on social issues for government entities and member of a special committee on disability in the Lima Bar Association.

Geoffrey Atieli – Director, Sense International (Tanzania)

Geoffrey Atieli - Sense Internationl TanzaniaGeoffrey Atieli joined Sense International on the 1st of February 2003, to establish the East Africa program for the first time, with offices in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. As Regional Director, Geoffrey led the East Africa team in designing appropriate programs for delivery of education and health services for children with deafblindness in the region, to demonstrate to the governments the different interventions that are appropriate for inclusion of children with deafblindness, and their integration into their families and communities. He strengthened the respective parents’ associations as vehicles for self advocacy.

Geoffrey has 38 years experience in international development, having been the Deputy Country Director for ActionAid Uganda, Country Representative for ActionAid Tanzania, and led the teams that initiated the Nigeria and Rwanda programs of ActionAid International.  He has trained many staff of various countries such as (Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya) in participatory development and institutional capacity building.

First published: Monday 19 August 2013
Last updated: Monday 15 February 2016