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Board Of Directors

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

The current Directors are:

Kristi Barrow

KRISTI BARROW

Since 2002, Kristi has been digitally embracing her Estonian heritage (her mother was born in Estonia) after founding the eesti.org.au website for all things Estonian in Australia. Kristi is passionately involved in digital analytics and marketing, and recently started her own digital data and technology consultancy, Kritikality. Previously, she has worked in various digital and management roles at Optus, Expedia, Macquarie Group, Suncorp and the Australian Football League (AFL). Kristi holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Marianna Jolla

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.

Richard Kaljo

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

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.

Liisa Pobul

LIISA POBUL

Liisa has a B.A. in Fine Art and Advertising from Tallinn University in Estonia. She continued her studies in Sydney, completing courses in Marketing and Business Management. Liisa has been actively participating in organising Estonian community events in Australia since relocating to Sydney in 2009. She was the Deputy Chair of XXVII Estonian Festival 2018 Sydney being involved in general planning and in charge of marketing and graphic design. Liisa has had a passion for fine art from an early age. She participated in installing artwork in 2012 and 2014 Biennale of Sydney. Currently working as a Marketing Coordinator for an Australian manufacturing company.

Paul Semmel

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.