Aseidas Blauvelt

Director. Technology professional with over 16 years of experience. Highly skilled in Linux/Unix support,
systems integration, maintenance, disaster recovery and capacity building. Additional experience in
developing and maintaining enterprise web applications using open source and proprietary tools.
Skilled in approaching critical situations with a sense of urgency and proper priority. Proven project
management and customer support experience in a wide variety of environments. Extensive
experience managing technical deployments in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Preben Sperling

Director. Preben has been working in online higher education for the past 10+ years. First with Laureate Online Education and later as a strategy consultant for universities worldwide. Preben works on partnerships and fundraising. Originally from Denmark, Preben is now based in The Netherlands.

Steve Stoller

Director. Studied at Harvard University (AB cum laude) and the University of California at Berkeley (MPH, PhD in Economics). Worked with Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Merck, Johnson and Johnson, and SRI International. Has taught economics, corporate finance, investing, organizational structure, and corporate strategy at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of New Mexico,  the University of San Francisco, and the University of Liverpool.

Zekarias Haile

Teaching Assistant. Studied at the University of Gondar (MSc in Biotechnology) and University of Asmara (BSc in Biology). Worked as a biology and HST (health science technology) teacher for more than seven years in both government and private schools in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Assisted ODLP (open distance learning program) for middle school teachers for three semesters. Highly  skilled in teaching,  scientific research, networking and coaching. Also skilled in leadership development, public speaking and business development. Currently working on personal coaching, personal development and networking business.


Lars Smith

Director. Extensive practical experience in delivering large-scale cost-effective international education programs at primary, secondary and university levels.  Was the founder of two start-ups in the IT industry, one in East Africa and one in Europe, Professor and Director of MBA programs, Skema Business School, France and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of Executive Education in Monaco. Director of Academic Affairs in the Laureate Online Education/University of Liverpool partnership. Holds two degrees from Harvard.



My  work allows me to interact with different refugees who have come from different parts of the world. All of them have their own amazing stories and I try to understand their situations and help to develop the basic skills of English. As advocacy is one of the missions of the organization that I work in, I  try to advocate about women and children. Consequently I try to provide awareness through different workshops regarding women issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), gender development, and conflict resolution. I also prepare English manuals within the African context so that when I teach the refugees they can easily understand and relate. I am so much interested in women’s issues and I would want to learn and work on women and children related areas so that I can help others and make the lives of refugees easier.

Semien Negash


EQI Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise registered in the Netherlands, registration number 67513034.