Meet The Team

“No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering…”

Dalai Lama

Fun fact: I played rugby for the Arabian Gulf in the Hong Kong 7’s!!

Juliet Burke

Trustee, UK

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I am a teacher and have spent the vast amount of My teaching time in the Middle East, to be more specific, Kuwait. I have always supported the Dodi Development Initiative, mainly from afar although there are many colleagues in Kuwait sporting the bags for life made on the island. As a family we have recently relocated back to the UK.

Suzanne and I compliment each other I think and we have come up with many excellent fund raising ideas and successes over the dinner table!

I was humbled to be asked to be a trustee and feel that we as a charity can thrive with those on board. I have been running the social media for the charity for a few years now and the response has been extremely positive.

“My future goal is to visit the island and see the progress that has been made and share my experience in teaching with the community.”

Fun fact: I am still waiting for Suz to teach me to swim!!!

Wisdom Ekissi

Operations Director, Ghana

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I come from Amedzofe in the Volta Region, up in the mountains near Togo. I am the executive director of the AUYA, a registered NGO in Ghana. I am a  youth leader, and run the charity Guest House. I work as the Operations Director in Ghana for the Dodi Development Initiative charity and have managed all the projects for the past 12 years, including:

  • Building the school
  • Construction of two boreholes
  • Toilets & Sanitation
  • Solar power project
  • I manage the projects through email and video contact with the UK trustees and organise the itinerary for any monitoring visits from overseas. I promote and give talks about the Island community and the progress of any project.

    I research project proposals and conduct meetings with the community and Ghanaian officials, always providing a written break down of costs, itemising materials, labour and a programme of works. During periods of construction I email photographs of progress made and often travel to Dodi, remaining there to monitor the work.

    I am a family man with four children. 

    “My interest is to help those who are less privileged and support them to be successful in their life choices.”

    FUN FACT: I love karaoke and sing in a choir!

    Sophie Peterson

    Trustee, UK

    Sophie is a Trustee for the charity and also MD of Orange Malone Ltd, a niche recruitment agency working in the actuarial, risk and investment sectors in the UK, Bermuda and Hong Kong.

    “Dodi is a key part of Orange Malone’s ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ ethos and is proud to be part of this successful charity.”

    Fun fact: My interest is in farming, keeping animals and football.

    Richard Osei

    Education Circuit Supervisor, Ghana

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    I am the circuit supervisor of Anum/Boso in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region of Ghana. The circuit has seven Junior High Schools and  and twelve Primary schools of which Dodi lsland is one. I hold Master of Education in school supervision obtained from University of Education,Winneba.

    I have been visiting Dodi and advising the teachers for the past 4 years. I am a bit like OFSTED but a lot friendlier!! One of the highlights was being part of the Dodi football tour in 2019 to Amedzofe.

    “l have a passion for helping children who are vulnerable in society.”

    Fun Fact: I love to pot and run, but not at the same time!!

    Suzanne Lambert

    Trustee, UK

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    I became involved in the DODI project in 2009, when my son Sam was attending Lagon University in Accra, Ghana. I am a qualified teacher and have worked in a local primary school, at a Prison teaching literacy and life skills and in the local community as a sports coach. I previously taught in Zimbabwe and have spent 15 years working in a UK school for children with special needs.

    I have had experience of development work both as a teacher overseas and as a project monitor and Trustee for the Sean Devereux Children’s Fund, which funded projects in Liberia, Tanzania and Ghana. I am involved in monitoring and managing the projects in the UK and work very closely with Wisdom and my colleagues in Ghana. We use our shared experience in Education to assess the teaching requirements, standards of the school, and plan for equipment, curriculum needs and staffing.

    “I hope to use my experience to help meet the needs of all children on Dodi Island.”

    Theodora Entee

    District Director of Education, Ghana

    Retiring from mainstream education


    Catherine Doku

    Basic schools co-coordinator, Ghana

    I have been involved with the Dodi Island school for over 5 years. I have a B.Ed (Agriculture) and a Diploma in Agriculture Education.

    I give regular professional clinical supervision and support to the teachers and pupils.

    “I work in Asuogyaman and have a Passion for supporting and developing the Dodi Island school.”

    My interests include football coaching and sports teaching.

    Samuel Agbedomenu

    Primary School teacher, Ghana

    My name is Samuel Agbeduamenu and I have been teaching on Dodi Island for over two years. I was recently made the acting head. I am a trained teacher and a native of Ada, which is in the Greater Accra Region.

    I hold a qualification called the Diploma in Basic Education and have responsibility for teaching Upper Primary.

    DODI Trustee (2013-2021)

    Belinda Ellington

    Dodi Ambassador,UK

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    My name is Belinda Ellington. I am a solicitor registered with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. I qualified in 2002 and I work in the City as a lawyer. 

    Through my employment I do voluntary work providing mentoring to children in inner London Schools.

    Prior to qualification I taught at the University of Farnham, lecturing in digital media, computer graphics and design management.

     I became attached to the Dodi project about three years ago  I became attached to the Dodi project through fund raising events organised by Suzanne Lambert. We have had great fun raising funds in garden parties, sponsored canoeing and getting matched funding from generous organisations and companies. I visited Dodi Island in February 2013 with Kate Tully and was taken with the commitment of the local volunteers and how close the project was to delivering a school for the children.

    I visited Dodi Island in February 2013 with Kate Tully and was taken with the commitment of the local volunteers and how close the project is to delivering a school for the children.

    Since then I have helped Suzanne get the Dodi project registered as a charity, seen the school houses built and the school registered with the local education authority,  see clean water installed, and pupils advance to higher education. So far it has been a wonderful educational experience for me and visible benefit to the children and whole community of Dodi Island.

    “So far it has been a wonderful educational experience for me and visible benefit to the children and whole community of Dodi Island.

    Thank you for your support.”

    Fun Fact: I love animals and I have a very cheeky furbaby called Muffin, our cocker spaniel.

    Vaishali Mehmi

    Web Designer, UK

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    I am an Optometrist, with a keen interest in human-centred design. After 21 years, I retrained, so I can give back on a bigger scale. I have recently qualified as a UX (user experience) designer. I came to Dodi through Suzi; we coached together at our local cricket club 8 years ago.

    I am responsible for the maintenance of the Dodi website and proud to say that the creation, design and hosting of the website has been done by volunteers of the charity and at no cost to the Dodi community.

    ” I am passionate about empowering children and adults to be their best selves through the power of self-belief, sports and design.”

    Team Dodi, alone we can only do a little…

    …Together we can do so much