Our Director & President

Emma MacLennan

Emma MacLennanEmma 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 Steering Group, having run the FIA Foundation Road Safety Scholarships from 2009-2014. She is a founder member and Deputy Chair of FIRE AID, President of Make Roads Safe Hellas and a member of the Global Fleet Champions Standards Committee. Emma is an Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Moldova and Belarus 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.

 Our Team

Emily Carr, Deputy Director for Programmes and Sustainability

Emily Carr

Emily leads EASST’s work on safe school zones, children and young people’s road safety education, and community and stakeholder engagement. She manages our FIA Foundation funded Safe School Zone project advocating for 30km/h school zones in nine countries.

She developed the EASST Road Safety Education Pack which is now available in a number of languages and has reached tens of thousands of children. It has been used in projects by EASST partners across the region and adopted into the National Curriculum in Moldova.

Emily joined the EASST team in 2015 following thirteen years at the John Smith Trust where she worked with a network of young leaders from the Former Soviet Union. Before this Emily worked in the UK with roles in local and national government administration and in the voluntary sector.

Dmitry Sambuk MBA, Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships & Digital Innovation

Dmitry Sambuk

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 Academy, Dmitry is also responsible for managing EASST’s collaboration with Cranfield University and IRU Academy in developing our online training platform..

Dmitry holds an MBA from the Cass Business School, London City University and a BA, MA in International Relations from the St. Petersburg State University. 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.

Serghei Diaconu, Regional Director

Serghei DiaconuBased in Moldova, Serghei manages many of EASST’s local projects, specifically those relating to law enforcement, safe road infrastructure, and health system resilience. Serghei is also President of the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) and ProtectMD Foundation.

Previously, Serghei worked in the Government of the Republic of Moldova assuming different posts and responsibilities, including: Adviser to the Secretary General of the Government; National Consultant for Law Enforcement, Transport Infrastructure at the Prime Minister’s Office; Road Police Chief (MIA); Deputy Chief of the General Police Inspectorate; Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs; Senior State Adviser on Law Enforcement, Justice and Anti-corruption.

In his government roles, Serghei was responsible for reforming the traffic police. His work led to an increase in public confidence in the police from 24 to 39 per cent, and a reduction in the number of road casualties of more than 30 per cent.

Claire Hoyland, Post Crash Response and Resilience Officer

Claire HoylandClaire’s role at EASST includes the coordination of a wide range of road safety focused projects. Alongside this she is the Coordinator for FIRE AID, a UK registered charity: of which EASST is a founding member. Her work with FIRE AID is focused on improving post-crash response in EASST’s region of work. This includes the coordination of training and equipment donations through working with various stakeholders including volunteers, ministries, and emergency services to improve post-crash response internationally.

Claire joined EASST in 2018. She graduated with a Business degree from the Open University whilst travelling extensively and working on various international development projects, including a road safety project with the Ugandan Red Cross Society.

Claire previously worked at the national food redistribution charity FareShare, where she developed and managed a project that saw retailers directly donating their surplus food to local charities via an app called FoodCloud. Claire has also worked on projects with Macmillan Cancer, VSO, World Challenge, the BBC and is a First Aider and Emergency Response volunteer for the British Red Cross.

Corrine Vibert, Director of Communications, MEL, and Inclusion

Corrine Vibert

Corrine joined EASST in 2016. In her role as Director of Communications, MEL, and Inclusion, she is responsible for developing EASST’s communications strategy and promoting the work of EASST and its partner organisations, as well as overseeing EASST’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning and Inclusive Mobility projects – this includes EASST’s work on Gender and Road Safety, and Disability, Mobility and Road Risk.

Corrine 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.

Anton Klaassen, Finance, HR & Operations Manager

Anton is Finance, HR & Operations Manager at EASST, responsible for grant issuing, finance and admin.  In this role, he is committed to EASST’s financial digital transformation, through the exploitation of technological opportunities to streamline processes and improve reporting, with the aim of enabling the best possible financial decisions in alignment with EASST’s charitable goals.

Anton previously worked as finance manager at Home Leone, a UK based charity building self sustaining communities in Sierra Leone.  Prior to this, he worked in an accounting role at Lloyds Bank’s Bristol office.  His early career was spent as a reconciliation analyst at the Old Mutual Wealth fund platform, where he managed a number of projects related to finance and data integrity issues.  

Anton holds a CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting.  He also has a Masters degree in Contemporary Philosophy from the University of Southampton.  Prior to this, he graduated with a Bsc. in Environmental Science, also at the University of Southampton.