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)
Geoffrey Atieli – Country Representative, Sense International (Tanzania)

Richard Kramer – Chief Executive

Richard Kramer

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 Marshall – Director

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 work 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 – 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.

Chris IngaChris Iga – Director, Sense International (Uganda) 

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 – 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.

Etelka Czondi

Etelka Czondi

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 Zevallos

Ricardo Zevallos – Director, Sense International (Peru)

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.

Geoffrey Atieli

Geoffrey Atieli – Director, Sense International (Tanzania)

Geoffrey is originally from Kenya but works for Sense International in Tanzania.

Geoffrey first joined Sense International in 2003, to establish the East Africa programme, 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 many 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 8 October 2018