DR Juho M Looveer – CHAIRMAN
Juho has been a Director and Secretary of the ECFA from 2017 – 2021. Growing up in Sydney, Juho was involved with Estonian dancing, singing, Estonian school, scouts, volleyball, etc. He has been playing volleyball for over 50 years, a and has had a long career as a coach, referee, and administrator. Apart from his doctorate, Juho has a Masters in Human Movement (Sports) Sciences.
Now retired, Juho started out as a high school teacher, and then worked as a psychometrician in Australia and internationally, consulting with various governments.
Through his career, Juho has held many positions, including President of the Institute for Senior Educational Administrators; President of NSW Volleyball; Director on the Board of the Sydney Estonian House Co-Op; President of the NSW Baltic Committee.
He continues to sing with Lõke and the Australian-Estonian choir Kooskõlas, and has sung at the last two Laulupidus in Eesti (2014, 2019).
Dr Peeter Muttik – Deputy Chairman
Peeter has been a member of ECFA Board since 2004 . He is also a long serving member of the Board of the Estonian Society of Sydney, Inc., Chairman of the Organising Committees for the 2005 and 2012 Eesti Päevad Australia-wide Estonian Festivals and is a past long-standing performing member of the Sydney Estonian Folk Dancing Group, ‘Virmalised’.
On a professional level he is currently a part-time consultant to Grid Solutions (GE Grid Australia Pty Limited). He is a member of the Institution Of Engineers Australia (CP Eng (PER), Institute Of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Standards Association of Australia Committee EL34 (Power Quality) and an Observer to CIGRE Australian Panels B4 (HVDC and SVC) and C4 (Interference).
Ingrid Galloway (née Tartu)- Director | Secretary
Ingrid has been involved with the Estonian community for many years, forming lifelong friendships through Eesti Kool, Girl Guides and as a Sõrve Camp elanik and leader followed by ten summers caring for the children as the Sõrve Nurse. This was followed by a stewardship and clinical governance role at Taara Gardens as a Director of the ERC Board. She is currently committed to the ongoing support and preservation of the Estonian culture and community through the work of ECFA. Professional qualifications include: Registered Nurse (RAHC), Dip OHS (ACQC), Dip PM (ACPM), Master of Nursing (UTAS), Clinical Fellow, Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), Grad Cert Research (UTAS), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI).
Allan Mülle – Treasurer
Allan recently joined EFCA as Treasurer, but he has had an extensive role in Estonian organisations in Australia. He is a current Treasurer of Sõrve Sõbrad’ committee and academic fraternity of Korp! Sakala. Allan was born in Estonia and studied in Tartu University before immigrating to Australia. He has held various senior finance positions and currently is a Financial Controller of Rapiscan Systems Pty Ltd, Australian subsidiary of OSI Systems, Inc. His professional qualifications include Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia.
Kristi Barrow – Director
Since 2002, Kristi has been digitally embracing her Estonian heritage (her mother was born in Estonia) after founding the eesti.org.au website for all things Estonian in Australia and volunteering at the Estonian Archive in Australia.
Kristi runs Kritikality, a digital analytics consultancy specialising in scalable digital analytics implementations to meet business needs, which she founded in 2019. She helps clients maximise the value from their Martech stack. She specialises in the Financial Services, Travel, Retail & Media sector. Previously, she has worked in various digital and management roles at Optus, Expedia, Macquarie Group, Suncorp and the Australian Football League (AFL). Kristi holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Maie Barrow – Director
Maie has been involved with the Estonian community in Australia for most of her life. Growing up in Adelaide she did all the usual things, Estonian school, guides, folk dancing sport and participating in the activities at Estonian House. Since coming to live in Sydney she has taken an active interest in the Estonian community. A qualified archivist, she has been the honorary archivist of the Estonian Archives in Australia for more than 20 years. She and her team of volunteers have created a valuable resource for preserving the Estonian heritage in Australia. Maie has curated many exhibitions in other cities and lectured on the lives of Estonians in Australia both here and abroad.
Maie was a director of the Estonian House Co-operative Society for 16 years and the chairman of the Estonian Festival in Sydney in 2000. She was the Chairman of the Council of Estonian Societies in Australia (2015-2018 ). She graduated from Adelaide University with a B.Sc (Hons) in Organic Chemistry and later worked at University College, London for 7 years on the staff as a research assistant in the School of Chemistry. On her return to Australia she completed a B.A. in French and later a M.Sc in Chemistry. After being appointed as the honorary archivist for EAA she completed a Masters degree in Information Management. Maie served on the UNSW University Council for two years, as deputy chair of the Kensington Colleges for the same time and on the U Committee, a charity committee of UNSW for 34 years, including 5 as President.
Hillar Ranniko – Director
Hillar has always supported Estonian cultural activities & hopes to continue to do so well into the future. He has been a member and a director of the ECFA for 9 years. Hillar was a member of the Australian volleyball team for several years which culminated in him representing Australia in the World Cup in Argentina in 1982. Having moved to Sydney in the early 1980s, Hillar then established his own construction business and has been involved in the building industry for over 30 years. Hillar is also a director of the Estonian House Co-Operative Society Limited.
Sulev Kalamäe – Director
Sulev has recently joined the ECFA Board and currently represents the Republic of Estonia as Honorary Consul in Sydney, a role Sulev hopes will enable him to bring to the Board potential links to new ideas and opportunities from Estonia. Sulev has participated in the Estonian community in Australia since childhood, particularly in Sydney. He attended Estonian Saturday school, joined the Estonian Scouting movement, was member of the folk dancing group and youth choir, was editor of an Estonian youth newspaper, youth leader at ‘Sõrve’ children’s camp (and later on the ‘Sõrve Sõbrad’ committee), president of the Estonian Students’ Association, and currently ‘senior’ of the Korp! Sakala academic fraternity in Australia. With his previous community roles including Director of the Sydney Estonian House Cooperative Society Limited, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Council of Societies in Australia (AESL), and Australian delegate to the Estonian World Council of Estonian Societies (ÜEKN), Sulev brings a depth of experience and understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Estonian expatriate community.
Currently with four children and three grandchildren, Sulev is keen to support the continuation of Estonian culture within the Australian context. Sulev has worked for almost 40 years within the building industry as an architect and project manager within both the public and private sectors. His professional qualifications include B. Science (Architecture), Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1), Certificate (IV) in Project Management, Board of Architects NSW Registration No. 4999, MAIPM.
LEMBIT SUUr – DIRECTOR
Lembit joined the ECFA Board in 2022. His recent Estonian community roles include as a board member of The Australian Council of Estonian Societies in Australia and Chair of the Sydney Estonian Parents’ and Friends’ Association Board (Sõrve Sõbrad). A resident of Canberra since the early 1980s, Lembit was active in the Sydney Estonian community in his youth. He attend the Saturday language school, scout camps and summer camps for many years, and sang in and conducted various choirs, including the Sydney Estonian youth and mixed choirs. He edited a bilingual journal, Küü-ii, and was involved in organising Estonian youth and national cultural festivals.
Lembit had a long career in the Australian Government, including as a diplomat and as a leader of public administration and financial management reforms. He is a past chair of the OECD’s Senior Budget Officials Performance and Results Network, and is currently the independent chair of the audit and risk committees of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. He undertakes various consultancy roles for the Australian Government, the OECD and in the private sector. Lembit has degrees in politics, law and management. He completed the Stanford Business School’s 2003 Executive Program and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.