Our Senior Management Team

Julie Polzerova

Executive Director

Julie Polzerova took up her post as Executive Director for Africa Educational Trust following three years leading a child-focused charity in Kenya and Thailand. Her career has been rooted in the voluntary sector, most recently developing children’s homes and education centres to help children from deprived communities. Julie holds a...

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Julie Polzerova

Ed Helmer

Finance and Administration Director

Finance and Administration Director, Ed Helmer, is a senior qualified finance professional with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Ed joined AET in 2012 following many years of experience working as Fund Financial Controller for the Legal Services Commission, the government agency for the provision of legal aid,...

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Ed Helmer

Lucy Maina

Programme Director

Lucy Maina combines a detailed working knowledge of humanitarian contexts with significant experience in the international development sector, with particular expertise in health, nutrition, education and gender. She has a Masters in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. Initially a teacher and an accountant,...

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Lucy Maina

Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim

AET Manager for Somaliland

Manager for Somaliland, Hassan is a testimony to the transformative power of education. He grew up herding camels in Somalia and didn’t begin his education until he was 15 years old. Within the next 15 years, he had graduated from the Somalia Faculty of Education and earned an MBA from...

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Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim