Emma MacLennan, Director

Emma is the founder and Director of EASST. She is also the Alumni Organiser of the Delft University/FIA Foundation Global Road Safety Programme and a member of their Board, having run the FIA Foundation Road Safety Scholarships from 2009-2014. She a founder member and Deputy Chair of FIRE AID, and President of Make Roads Safe Hellas. Emma is an Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Moldova in the UK Parliament, and a Special Advisor to the Rt Hon the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. From 1999 to January 2008 she was Director of the John Smith Memorial Trust, a good governance programme sponsored by the UK Ministry of Justice and aimed at talented young leaders from the former Soviet Union. Prior to this she was Advisor to the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP (now Lord Smith); to the late, Rt Hon Donald Dewar QC, MP; Policy Officer on Social Security and Taxation for the UK Labour Party working closely with the Rt Hon John Smith QC, MP; a member of the Commission on Social Justice; and Deputy Director of the Low Pay Unit that succeeded in its campaign in the UK for a national, legal minimum wage. She has extensive experience as an expert in donor-funded road safety projects in EASST’s countries of operation.

Dmitry Sambuk, Director of Development and Education

Dmitry’s role is taking a major part in the growth of EASST, working with an increasing number of donor partners including the EU and the EBRD, helping to build road safety capacity amongst governments, NGOs and automobile clubs in the region and across the EASST network. As Managing Director of EASST Acaddemy, Dmitry is also responsible for managing EASST’s collaboration with Cranfield University and IRU Academy in developing an online training platform based on occupational road safety management.

Dmitry holds B.A., M.A. in International Relations and Politics from the St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation). He previously worked for 5 years as International Coordinator at the FIA Foundation – a major international road safety NGO and donor – where he co-ordinated the Make Roads Safe Campaign and activities related to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. He was a key member of the diplomatic team securing the Decade of Action proposal at the Moscow Ministerial Conference on road safety in November 2009 and later at the United Nations debates in March 2010.  

Julie Utting, Director of Communications for EASST and Coordinator for FIRE AID

Julie joined the EASST team in 2012 following six years at the John Smith Memorial Trust where she worked with a network of over 300 young leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East. Her responsibilities at EASST are focused on developing EASST’s communications, events, and projects in its partner countries. She is Coordinator for FIRE AID, an association of UK charities and services with a mutual interest in providing ethical and sustainable donations of fire and rescue aid and training to those in need of such assistance. 

Julie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in History and Politics in 2005. She previously worked in the constituency office of Karen Buck MP and has volunteered for the National AIDS Trust and Barnardo's. Julie is a 2012 FIA Foundation Road Safety Scholar and 2012 Olympics gamesmaker.

Emily Carr, Donations and Project Coordinator

Emily manages a range of projects for EAAST. She has developed the EASST Education Pack and is working with our Partners to create country specific versions and encourage its use across the region.  In addition, she is developing our growing programme of donations of hi-visibility clothing and road safety equipment to our Partners and others working on road safety projects.   Emily also works on study visits and exchange programmes to share best practice in road safety.

Emily joined the EASST team in 2015 following thirteen years at the John Smith Trust where she worked with a network of over 400 young leaders from the Former Soviet Union and Middle East arranging bespoke professional visit programmes to UK organisations.  Before this Emily had a range of roles in local and national government and the voluntary sector. She is a graduate of the University of York.

Corrine Vibert, Office and Communications Manager

Corrine joined EASST in 2016. In her role as Office and Communications Manager, she is responsible for developing EASST’s communications strategy and promoting the work of EASST and its partner organisations, as well as overseeing all of the EASST grant giving, finances, and admin. She previously worked for the John Smith Trust, managing the organisation's communications and developing its networks across the former Soviet space, Middle East and Gulf. She has a Masters degree in International Relations from King’s College London, where she focused on the political and social development of the former Soviet space and its international relations with the rest of the world. Prior to this Corrine graduated from the University of York with a BA in History. She is a volunteer at ASSIST Sheffield, an organisation that supports destitute asylum seekers, and has previously volunteered with the British Red Cross, Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO), and Oxfam GB.

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