UK Office

James riggs

Executive director

James has many years experience of managing educational projects throughout Asia and Africa. Working alongside NGOs, governments and the private sector, James has worked to promote education for the most vulnerable groups in society. Prior to this, James completed a Master's at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Tom has a wide range of experience both within teaching in the UK and project management within the charity sector in Ghana.  Tom worked closely with James in the setting up of the first pilot school in Wioso.  He now oversees all academic strategic decisions.

tom cronin

education director

Freya bielenberg


Freya has been working with charities all her life and has volunteered and worked in Kenya, Tanzania and Calcutta. She has BA Hons in Sociology and an MSc in Public Health Management.

Terry riggs


Terry is an associate member of the institute of chartered management accountants and has worked in a variety of companies from multinationals to small family run organisations. Terry will be responsible for all aspects of the accounting functions of Alma Mater, and his wealth of expertise is invaluable.

Chris is a retired Management Consultant who started a hugely successful international consulting firm in London, has been on the board of many companies and charities and was integral to establishing the Organic Research Centre.

christopher bielenberg


Ben is an experienced aid worker who has spent his entire career working on agricultural and rural development projects in a number of African countries. He is currently a board member to a farming organization in Kenya, whilst he completes his PhD in Holland.

ben radley


US Office

Jason Tsichlis

agriculture Director

Jason has many years of experience in agricultural development in West Africa.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso from 2011 - 2013, he oversaw local-level agricultural education initiatives and served as President of its Food Security Task Force.  Jason holds an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis with a research focus on vocational agricultural education and experiential learning.

Farida has wide-ranging experience in education policy and advocacy.  She is a current third-year anthropology student at Bryn Mawr College, serves as a Student Consultant, holds the Lagim Tehi Tuma Thinking Together Fellowship, and is a Gates Millennium Scholar.  She recently completed a Summer Action Research Fellowship in Northern Ghana and Pennsylvania.  Originally from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Farida is principally interested in exploring the connections between post-colonial and Western education in order to maximize the most effective methods for education.

Farida Ilboudo

development assistant

Wioso Secondary School, Ghana

rejoice ossei-bremang






Rejoice holds a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology.  She served as the secretary for the Social Sustainability Section of Avinu Investment company and organized junior high school students within her district for a local Educational Inspirational Campaign.  Most recently, she has served as Assistant Lecturer at the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture.  Rejoice is a confident and resourceful leader who inspires both students and teachers.  She is always ready to make a positive impact on the lives of others.