Our senior staff
Meet the senior team of Sense International.
Richard Kramer – Chief Executive
Alison Marshall – Director
Akhil Paul – Director, Sense International (India)
Chris Iga – Director, Sense International (Uganda)
Edwin Osundwa – Country Representative, Sense International (Kenya)
Etelka Czondi – Director, Sense International (Romania)
Ricardo Zevallos – Director, Sense International (Peru)
Naomi Lugoe – Country Representative, Sense International (Tanzania)
Richard was appointed Sense and Sense International Chief Executive in July 2018, having joined as Deputy Chief Executive in 2013.
Prior to joining Sense, Richard worked at Turning Point, the social enterprise organisation, for ten years. He held a number of director-level posts, including leading the business function, Connected Care, which involved service users in the design and delivery of services across England.
A qualified solicitor, Richard has worked for public affairs consultancy NCVO, and was Mencap's Head of Campaigns for four years. Richard was also a trustee of Respond for ten years. He is currently a director of Whitefield Academy, which supports children with specialist educational needs, and a board member of the Campaign to End Loneliness and vice-chair of the Disabled Children's Partnership.
Alison joined Sense International in March 2017 and is responsible for all of its operations and strategic growth and direction. Previously Alison worked as the Director of Advocacy, Accountability and Campaigns at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the leading global network on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality. Prior to this she has also worked for UNICEF UK, Bond, CAFOD and other international development organisations. Alison has Masters degrees in NGO Management, Human Rights, Rural development and Geography.
Akhil 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.
Chris is from Uganda and he joined Sense International in September 2018.
Passionate about empowering the most marginalized, Chris has spent a better part of the last 20 years leading teams working on social economic empowerment of the most marginalized. He worked with economic empowerment programs for poor women and youth with disabilities, non-formal education programs targeting children living in pastoral, fishing communities and camps for internally displaced persons.
Chris has also had an opportunity to serve in inclusive education and vocational programs targeting young people with special needs, HIV/AIDs prevention programs and programs for elimination of neglected tropical diseases including trachoma and river blindness targeting people in poorest regions of Uganda. Chris has previous worked with Sightsavers, Plan International, ActionAid and USAID funded programs.
Edwin 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.
Etelka joined Sense International Romania team in 2007, as Programmes and Communication Coordinator. In April 2017, she took over the position of Director, supporting the development of early intervention, education and vocational projects, as well as promoting the rights of people with deafblindness in Romania.
With an NGO experience of more than 20 years in Romania, Etelka has worked along the years with the European Children’s Trust and the Romanian Prader Willi Associations, as well as the Romanian Alliance for Rare Genetic Diseases.
She is licensed in Communication Sciences, currently enrolled in a Master programme on international development and ethics of international relations.
Ricardo has worked for SI Peru since 2007.
He 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 and the Peruvian Psychology Academy.
Naomi Lugoe – Director, Sense International (Tanzania)
Naomi Lugoe, the Country Director of Sense International Tanzania, has over five years’ experience serving marginalised communities, especially people with disabilities and adolescent girls by empowering them to access health, education and other social services in Tanzania. Her expertise includes; project management advocacy and policy influencing. Naomi believes in the power of information and knowledge in transforming communities.
Naomi joined Sense International Tanzania in 2016 as the Programme Manager overseeing inclusive education, community based education and livelihood projects for children and youth with deafblindness and multisensory impairments. She took over the role of Country Director in June 2019, leading the team in advocacy, education, health and livelihood interventions for people with deafblindness and their families.
Naomi is also working on research component as a part of her interest in community work. She participated in several studies and co-authored a topic in a book called Methodological Reflection on Researching Communication and Social Change published by the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change.
Naomi has previously worked with RTI International (USAID Tusome Pamoja project in Tanzania), Femina Hip and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT).
First published: Monday 19 August 2013
Last updated: Friday 21 August 2020