Andrea Samantha Paltzer

Andrea founded the Earth Education Project. EEP is the product of her desire to support and empower the community to change their own futures. Andrea has worked for various NGOs and foundations in Latin America. Swiss born she is dedicated to providing educational and employment opportunities for women who have not had the access to employment opportunities they need to lift their families out of poverty.

Contact Andrea : andrea@eartheducationproject.org


Nora Lankes – EEP Trustee

Nora Campos de Lankes is a former ambassador of Nicaragua to the United Kingdom. Serving in that capacity from 1998 to 2001, she negotiated emergency and reconstruction support following the crisis of Hurricane Mitch, and helped secure debt relief for Nicaragua. She has also served on the International Monetary Fund’s Civic Programme and is a Special Adviser to the Board of Women for Women International, an NGO supporting women in war zones. Nora’s passion for Nicaragua and for women’s issues got her engaged with the Earth Education Project.


Andrea Marmalejo

Andrea specializes on alternative investments that seek an integrated financial, environmental and social performance across asset classes. She is co-founder and Managing Partner at Blue Topaz Capital and,  over her 25-year career, Andrea set up and managed thematic investment funds, managed private and public equity portfolios for private equity and hedge funds Regency Capital and Caxton Associates, and led equity research teams at Goldman Sachs and Kleinwort Benson. Andrea began her career at McKinsey & Co. as a strategy consultant, and became an advisor to Ashoka fellows, a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs set up by McKinsey partners. She was also an advisor to the World Bank, and to Foundations pursuing sustainable investments. Andrea is a Harvard MPA, and she serves as board member and Trustee at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.


Carmen Romero von Banga

Carmen is passionate about empowering people to achieve greatness, fulfillment and to be the drivers of their own destiny. She says “I enjoy inner and outer transformation and working out of a ‘blank page’ to create a 360 degree vision and mission which involves long-term sustainability, empowerment and measurable impact. I believe that each individual is a natural born leader. It does not matter how many times we fall. What really makes us shine is how well we rise after falling.”

Carmen’s impressive career spans 18 years of creating impact, CSR strategies, skilled education/apprenticeships and job creation for youth living in disadvantaged areas; and social innovative projects in developing countries. She has 15+ years of experience working in the financial industry in Europe and in developing countries. For the past 3 years she has also worked with ASHOKA mentoring women entrepreneurs. She is also a published author, writer and conference speaker.


Sophie Argles – Artistic Director and Trustee

Saatchi exhibited Sophie Argles is a UK artist based in London. Her enthusiasm and dedication to empowering the women of La Chureca through art saw her join the team in 2010. She donates exclusive designs for the Christmas and Valentine’s collections as well as the Sophie’s Summer collection. Sophie works on developing the quality, individuality and marketability of the workshop’s products.
Sophie Argles: http://www.sophiearglescontemporaryartist.com/


Charlotte Hessey EEP Trustee 2011-2014.

Charlotte joined the EEP Trustee board in 2011. Charlotte has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter since we began our work in 2009. A PR Manager at Strutt & Parker LLP Charlotte worked on promoting EEP to press and worked tirelessly on organising our annual fundraiser alongside her general trustee duties. Charlotte served as an EEP trustee from 2011-2014.


Marianne Paltzer – Studer EEP Secretary and Trustee

Marianne is the EEP company and charity secretary. Marianne keeps the cogs of EEP turning. Marianne was crucial in the setting up of EEP, as Andrea’s mother without her encouragement and support EEP would not have happened.


Ana & Silvia

Ana Gonzalez (right)

Ana is the Earth Education Project’s in-country administrator. Ana coordinates the women’s workshop classes and our Nicaraguan public programmes such as school and business recycling. Ana also represents EEP on a national level to partners and donors.

Ana was born in Matagalpa, in the North of Nicaragua. She previously worked for NGO Juntos Contigo for 5 years as an accountant and project coordinator. Her passion for Nicaragua and helping her country and its people is infectious. Ana has a son called Joshua and lives on the outskirts of Managua. On the weekends Ana studies social work part time at the UCA – Universidad de Centroamerica. A lady of many talents and extremely dedicated to the people of La Chureca, Ana is an important member of the team.

Silvia Mendez (left)

In January 2013 Silvia came on board as our administrative assistant on a part time basis to support Ana’s work and ensure EEP can expand its impact. Silvia is repsonsible for our accounting, monitiring and evaluation of our Nicaraguan programmes. Silvia also works with Ana on expanding our reach in Nicaragua. Silvia has been around since EEP began – she volunteered on a regular basis since 2009, when we implemented our pilot project, and we are delighted to be able to contract her as a permanent member of the team.