Meet The Directors

Michael Maks Davis
Michael Maks Davis
Michael has a background in environmental engineering and sustainability consultancy and has always been driven by a desire to work in developing countries. He studied his MEng degree at Imperial College London and recently completed an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. Michael worked as an engineering consultant for Arup before setting up Evolution Engineering, Design and Energy Systems Ltd. In the field of development, Michael led the El Salvador Project 2005 while studying at Imperial College London.
Michael chairs the Engage board of trustees and is responsible for overall coordination of the charity

He then carried out consulting work for Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (REDR) in the Dominican Republic in 2008. Michael has also been involved in various projects in Ecuador since 2010.

Sebastian Kaminski
Sebastian Kaminski
Sebastian manages Engage’s finances and fundraising and is responsible for supporting the El Salvador Project

Sebastian’s interest in development work began as a volunteer on the El Salvador Project in 2005. He led the project in 2007 and has been an advisor since 2008. He graduated in 2007 with an MEng in Civil Engineering at Imperial College and is currently working as a chartered structural engineer with Arup in London. Sebastian is particularly interested in the shelter sector for the developing world and sustainable technologies and materials such as bamboo, adobe and bahareque. He manages and consults on development shelter and infrastructure design projects throughout Latin America and Indonesia, including projects with large NGOs and the UN.

Saskia de Longvilliers
Saskia de Longvilliers
Saskia coordinates Engage’s administration and works with Mohammed on publicity and media.

Saskia has been interested in the needs of developing countries from a young age, particularly in relation to water and sanitation. Saskia volunteered on the El Salvador Project in 2005 and 2007 while studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Following this she worked for two and half years in the water division of Mott MacDonald. She is currently working on urban hydrology projects for SAFEGE Consulting Engineers in Paris.

Our Valuable Team Members

Liz Liu
Liz Liu
Liz is an Engage fundraiser and is a point of contact between the charity, Imperial College London and Imperial Hubs

Liz graduated with an MEng from Imperial College London’s civil engineering department in 2011, where she first got involved with the El Salvador Project and Engage. After working for a year as a site engineer at Laing O’Rourke she has returned to Imperial College to study for a PhD in non-linear structural stability.

Luz Gutiérrez
Luz Gutiérrez
Luz works with Lisa on the assessment and evaluation of Engage projects.

Luz has extensive experience on sociological impact and evaluation studies, coupled with an avid interest in projects in developing countries. She led an impact study for the El Salvador Project 2005 and was employed by Imperial College London to conduct an evaluation of their Constructionarium Project in 2006. She holds an MSc in International Development Studies and currently teaches Community Management at La Catolica University in Quito within the department of architecture. She also works as a social consultant for different projects on sustainability.

Isabella Kaminski
Isabella Kaminski
Isabella is editor of the Engage newsletter

Isabella is a journalist specialising in environmental regulation. She has seven years of experience in writing, reporting and editing news on a wide variety of issues, including education and infrastructure.

Elise Golay
Elise Golay
Elise is Engage’s communications coordinator.

Elise graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2013 in human rights and journalism. She took part in a development project in 2008 with the Swiss organisation Nouvelle Planète, assisting with the construction of a school extension in a rural village in Vietnam. As part of her degree, she gained a theoretical approach to international development in relation to human rights and completed an internship with the NGO Teach A Man To Fish in London. She now coordinates and manages Engage’s social media and the internal and external communications of the organisation. She also assists the fundraising officer in exploring funding opportunities.

Elisabeth Garton
Elisabeth Garton
Elisabeth is the fundraising coordinator for Engage.

Elisabeth graduated in 2011 from the University of Liverpool where she studied Chemistry. She is now working as an environmental research chemist. Her experience in fundraising work came from her long term involvement in The Woodcraft Folk where she co-ordinated the set up international co-operation projects with youth groups in Israel and Palestine.

Mohammed Belal
Mohammed Belal
Mohammed is Engage’s Media & Communications Officer.

Mohammed graduated studying Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2011. He was actively involved in the El Salvador Project, participating in 2006 and leading the project in 2009. Mohammed helps engage with its publicity activities and website. Since graduating Mohammed has worked on innovation and technology start-ups, where he has recently co-foundeed a company developing environmental monitoring instruments.