Staff


Encompass Trust is a small charity. We devote as much of our funds as possible to delivering our work and to enabling young people from all over the world to undertake the “Journey of Understanding”. We depend on a core central office staff (based in London) supported by national coordinators in each of the territories in which we work, a large band of volunteers and alumni, and a board of trustees largely drawn from the ranks of Daniel’s family.

London office

Eric Appleby
(Chief Executive)

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eric@encompasstrust.org

Eric Appleby is a senior executive with extensive experience working at high level in the public, private and third sectors. He served as a private secretary, before devoting nine years to developing the National Federation of Voluntary Literacy Schemes from the ground up. For 14 years (1990-2004) he was Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, and subsequently (as an independent consultant) he specialised in voluntary sector policy, organisational development, and negotiating voluntary/public sector partnerships. He joined Encompass in 2008.

At Encompass, he has executive oversight of the organisation’s strategy, management, resourcing and programme direction.

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International offices

Karen AbuZant
(Encompass Coordinator Palestine)

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Karen is a youth educator, programme leader and programme coordinator with extensive experience in managing youth, peace, co-existence and cross-border communication initiatives. She currently works in directorial/coordinator roles with Seeds of Peace International, the Sarah Society for Social Development in Palestine, and her own charity The Tulkarem Peaceful Education Community Centre. She also recently worked as recruiter for the Israeli Palestinian Centre for Research and Information’s Women for Change programme.

As the trust’s coordinator in Palestine, she recruits participants, facilitates preparation workshops, runs follow-up activities, and manages all communication between participants and programme managers in the UK.

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Yair Seri
(Encompass Coordinator Israel)

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After working and volunteering in education and special education fields in Israel, Yair went on Encompass' "Journey of Understanding" in 2013. Since then he joined and initiated organisations and projects that promote dialogue and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians of all ages, in Jerusalem and around Israel and Palestine. Among them are interfaith organisation "Kids for Peace", working with youth, and "Simply Sing", a Jerusalem based Palestinian-Israeli joint group, arranging big events for mixed audience and dialogue groups.

As the trust's coordinator in Israel, he recruits, prepares and supports the Israeli “Journey of Understanding” participants, develops projects with them on their return, and is currently active in building a range of new community partnerships.

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Sarasno Bambang
(Programme Development Manager Indonesia)

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Sarasno is a law graduate from the University of Brawijaya in Malang. He joined the trust in 2010 and harnessed his passion for the arts and creative activity to further the Encompass cause. He became the driving force behind the country’s annual “Encompass Awards” design competition, and works extensively to help returnees develop their own projects subsequent to their participation in the international programme.

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Heroe Soeprapto
(Chair of Encompass Indonesia)

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Heroe (once a senior manager in the petro-chemicals industry) established YEPE (which means “Young Pioneers”) in Indonesia in the 1990s. He’s one of the leading figures in the country’s outdoor and youth activities field, having set up a number of organisations promoting sports ranging from rock climbing to parachuting, and every conceivable pursuit in between. He has been involved in the work of the trust since its inception in 2003, and in 2011 he steered Encompass Indonesia to independent charitable status.

His work with Encompass involves working with Indonesian alumni to recruit, prepare and support new recruits to the “Journey of Understanding” and to assist them on their return to develop community projects which build on the principles of the programme.

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