Board Of Directors

Estonian Australian Club of Commerce and Industry (EACCI) has five Directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The current Directors are:

Marianna Jolla


Marianna is a founding Director and Co-Chair of EACCI, bringing on board over 20 years experience in international trade and business development. Marianna currently works as a trade advisor helping international organisations to enter the Australian and New Zealand markets. Prior to relocating to Australia in 2015, Marianna held export advisory positions within the Estonian Government where her role was to assist businesses expand into new markets within and beyond the EU. Marianna has also worked in the private sector in senior management positions across different sectors. Marianna holds an MBA degree from the Estonian Business School.

Lilli Kaljo


Lilli moved to Australia in 2001 and married Richard at the end of the same year, they now have two teenage children. They have worked hard on renovating and maintaining Lohu Manor in Estonia with the help of Lilli’s family. Lilli is a manufacturer and distributor of halotherapy products which are manufactured in Estonia and exported to a distributor in the US and Aerosalt in Australia. Lilli and Richard are also passionate thoroughbred breeders and racers with multiple Group 1 winners.

Richard Kaljo


Richard was born in Australia with an Estonian heritage. Since 1993 Richard is a member of korp! Sakala in Sydney. For more than 20 years Richard has been a CEO of an industrial supply company, AAP Industries, manufacturing and supplying valves and fittings. In 1995 Richard visited Estonia for the first time to claim back his family estate, Lohu Manor and undertaking massive renovations. In 2003 Richard decided to relocate most of the manufacturing base from Sydney to China and in 2010 he relocated again from China to Estonia, becoming one of the largest exporters from Estonia to Australia.

Virge Nielsen


As one of the founding directors of EACCI, Virge has dedicated her efforts to laying strong foundations for the organisation to ensure its future growth and success. Virge brings with her strong expertise in the areas of marketing, CRM, e-commerce and event organising. She currently works for a major Australian retail group who also use an Estonian company as a service provider. Virge came to Australia in 2000, having left behind a rapid career in Estonian logistics industry where she was part of setting up a local branch for large European transport company. Virge is a solutions oriented individual with talent for organising and drive to deliver results.

Paul Semmel


Paul is a founding director of EACCI and has over 30 years global experience as a founder and director of various private companies marketing, manufacturing, sourcing & distributing various fashion and FMCG between Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, USA, China & Bangladesh. Extensive start up experience with contemporary brands and products throughout this period. In 1992 soon after independence in Estonia Paul was one of the first to promote and conduct two-way trade between Estonia & Australia. Currently Managing Director of various private companies.