Meet the Team

School4Life is run by volunteers that, outside of their professional careers, freely give their time and energy, combining the experience, knowledge and contacts for the benefit of the school and the community.

School4Life cooperates closely with the Kenyan team on different programmes. We believe that development comes from within. In other words, we support and advise the school and community to develop itself rather than actively enforcing change.

School4Life Board Members

Agnes Ellis (Kühne), Founder and Chairman

Who am I?

I was born in Brazil, but grew up in Germany, where I completed my university degree in Economics in 2006. Ever since I enjoy life in Zurich, Switzerland working in a consulting company in Operations with a focus on the financial market.

What do I do for School4Life?

Since our foundation in 2011 I am the chairman of the organisation.

Besides the overall coordination responsibilities I take care of all the financial aspects, communication and coordination with our local Kenyan team as well as all other matters that relate to our donors and supporters.

Why School4Life?

“Sharing is caring” holds true especially if there aren’t a lot of resources around. Not having food when one is hungry, not being able to shower when one feels dirty or not being able to turn on the light when it gets dark make you really appreciate the people around you going the extra mile to help out: asante sana to everyone involved!

What are the greatest moments I had with School4Life?

In 2012 we organised the first community event in our school, inviting staff members and the local community. While students were performing on a self made stage, everyone was proudly watching them. In the background was the construction team about to finalise the first 4 permanent classrooms. So much life where only 12 months ago the school was close to being shut down by the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Astrid Kühne, Founder and Deputy Chairman

Who am I?

Born in Brazil, but growing up in Germany I studied International Communication and Economics. After finalising my PhD about intercultural teams I started working in a global HR consulting company with focus on Change Management. In 2013 I moved to Tanzania to work as a project manager for 2.5 years. After a sabbatical I returned to Zurich to work for a management consulting company again.

What do I do for School4Life?

Since our foundation in 2011 I am the deputy chairman of School4Life. Besides the overall coordination responsibilities I take care of all the “soft” factors, including all areas of Marketing, communications and PR. In addition, I ensure that our volunteers are well looked after and have an unforgettable experience in Kimilili.

Why School4Life?

One third of the world’s population are children. They are our future. Therefore, nothing you do for a child is ever wasted! We should worry not only about what a child will become tomorrow, but also remember that he/she is someone today.

What are the greatest moments I had with School4Life?

In order to support our needy kids, I stayed at 33 different families one night each for 33 days to share their lifestyle, dreams and challenges. This deep dive into Kenyan culture was a real eye opener: their hospitality is beyond limits, their willingness to help each other as one big family has no boundaries and their positive way of living their lives should be a source for inspiration to all of us. You can read more about my magical moments here.

Alexandra Diederichs (Frick), Founder and Board member

Who am I?

I worked for one of the big 4 Management Consulting Companies in Zurich. However, our sweet School4Life kids inspired me and I am now a full time mummy with two lovely little daughters.

What do I do for School4Life?

I am responsible for our key stakeholders, bringing the involved parties together. By doing this, I can ensure a smooth running of the daily operations while significantly forming the strategy of School4Life.

Why School4Life?

The spirit of everyone involved is just amazing, including our local Kenyan friends, motivated team members in Europe, our hands-on volunteers visiting Kimilili and last but not least the generosity of all our supporters. Without all of you such a project would not be possible: asante sana!

What are the greatest moments I had with School4Life?

Definitely the time spent with the children. Their big smiling faces everywhere and the words ”how is you“? Those big brown eyes looking into your own and going straight through your heart!! They (and we) all had nothing but we were all so happy!

Miriam Hofbauer, Board member

Who am I?

Next to my work as a project manager in a consulting company in Zurich I am studying International Development Management because this whole topic is very close to my heart and I want to engage myself not only in a theoretical, but also in a practical way – that’s why I joint School4Life!

What do I do for School4Life?

I am mainly responsible to look for “sourcing options”, that is trying to find new and alternative approaches of fund raising like for example crowd funding.

Why School4Life?

Because it is very down to earth – it is not about talking a lot, but it is about doing what can and should be done: providing education to the kids in Kimilili.

What are the greatest moments I had with School4Life?

Getting the first positive response from a sponsoring foundation after having written countless applications to various foundations. And I hope to add many more great moments when I will travel to Kimilili for the first time in October!

School4Life Core Team Members

Norbert Benker– Project Manager

Who am I?

After my studies of economics in Mannheim I lived 9 years in different African countries, like Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. I worked as the COO of a micro finance bank and after traveling for a year in Africa and Latin America I started a family company in Germany.

How do I support School4Life ?

I am mainly looking after the IT solutions that enables S4L to better communicate internally and externally. I also support at fundraising events and I promote S4L as often as possible. I also adopted a child.


Why School4Life?
If you have visited the project, you don‘t need another WHY.

My best moment with School4Life:

The moment we announced to the finalists of the Primary School that we would open a Secondary School for them and they will be able to continue their education. You can read about their joy here!

Therese Triemer – Event Manager

Who Am I?

Born and raised in Germany, I finished my Master degree in Chemistry in Berlin and Oxford. I recently completed my doctoral degree in Molecular Life Sciences in Zurich and started a consulting career in the area of Life Science consulting. Besides my passion for Kimilili I love hiking, climbing, and travelling.

How do I support School4Life?

Being an Event manager for School4Life, I am responsible for organizing fundraining events, to aquire sponsors for our children in Kimilili and collect donations. I have also supported the internal functioning of School4Life.

Why School4Life?

Because a happy smile of a child is one of the best presents on earth!

My best moment with School4Life:

The 5th year birthday celebration.

Andrea Sala – Project Manager

Who Am I?

Born and raised in Barcelona, where I completed a degree in Business Administration. Have worked and lived in several countries since then. Moved to Zurich with my family in 2008. My main line of work has been developed in the Medtech industry , lately as Business Processes Director EMEA.

How do I support School4Life?

Being a Project Manager at School for Life, I support all types of projects that are currently important to further grow the organization. Assignments I have been in involved with include the communication for the Re-brand as well as looking at new streams of funding for the Special Needs School.

Why School4Life?
Because Astrid’s speech at my children’s school Christmas concert moved me to tears.

My best moment with School4Life:

Meeting the team for the 1st time and enjoying good Spanish gapzpacho with Ana whilst we squezze our brains!

Karolina Letowska – Project Manager / Kids Home Coordinator

Who Am I?

Born and raised in Poland, where I completed my Master degrees in ‘Theory of Economics’ and in ‘Financial Engineering’. I have worked in various European countries since then and in 2016 I moved to Zurich. My main line of work has been in project management for the financial industry, and more recently as a Project Manager in Regulatory Implementations.

How do I support School4Life?

As a PMI Project Manager for School4Life I am responsible for the cooperation between the two organizations which includes fundraising, networking, trainings and project coordination.

As a Kids Home Coordinator my main focus lies on our children’s further education.

Why School4Life?

Some children have to overcome obstacles we cannot even imagine. I want our kids to feel that despite the distance between us they have somebody who will support them.

My best moment with School4Life:

My visit to Kimilili in March 2017.

Emma Delmotte – French Market

Who am I?

Born and raised in France, I completed my Master’s degree in supply chain management in London and started my consulting career in the UK before I moved to Geneva, Switzerland for supply chain management consulting. My main focus is large transformation programmes  and procurement at the moment.
How do I support School4Life ?

I am taking care of the French market starting with the creation of a page in French for our website.

Why School4Life?
Because education for both girls and boys is the future for a better world!

My best moment with School4Life:

Meeting the team!

Ana von Bock – Project Manager

Who Am I?

I was born and grown up in Sao Paulo – Brazil with a huge Spanish influence from my mother’s side. After university and post- grade in Business Administration I went to Spain to finish my studies with a MBA in Barcelona. I worked in Marketing and Business Development in Barcelona and then came with my husband to start our new adventure in Zurich where 2 kids were born. Nowadays I’m working in Finance with a passion for Social Impact investments and Corporate Social Responsibility areas.

How do I support School4Life ?

Personally I have been supporting the kids with school fundraising projects and sponsoring teachers in School4 Life.

As a Project Manager at School for Life, I will work and support the communication strategy and the grow of the Special Needs school.

Why School4Life?
Because is one of the best projects I have seen lately.

My best moment with School4Life:

Meeting Agnes for the first time, 2 years ago I felt that I immediatley wanted to be part of this incredible project and help as much as kids as possible.in the region.