David is the former Global Head of Macro Products at Credit Suisse. He is a survivor of child abuse, a long standing supporter of the NSPCC’s work and was on its Board of Trustees from 2011 until 2014. He has climbed Mount Everest five times, and was the first person in the world to successfully complete the north-south traverse. His love for the Himalayas and his compassion for children going through difficult upbringings makes him an ideal Patron for HYF-UK.



Gerry Slater

Gerry is a chartered Civil Engineer, who carved a career in construction of Infrastructure and Industrial projects internationally. His love of Nepal stems from his family connection to Jim Edwards, the “father” of the tourist industry in Nepal. He has visited many times and, through numerous trekking expeditions, has witnessed first-hand the hardships experienced by young children in the remote areas of the country. In 2005 he sponsored Dechen Gurung, one of the children at the Home and in 2007 he co-founded the Himalayan Youth Foundation-UK.


Samantha Michel

After graduating Samantha spent three years working behind-the-scenes at Harrods. In the mid-90s she moved into finance, working in the Fixed Income divisions at Banque Paribas, DLJ and Green T Asset Management Ltd. Prior to starting a family she moved into Corporate Finance where she acted as Head of Compliance and Company Secretary at Pall Mall Capital Ltd. Having formed HYF-UK with Gerry Slater, Samantha and her family have sponsored Tamding “Piranha” Gyalpo Gurung since 2011 and have been thrilled to spend time with him on their trips to Kathmandu.


Koenraad Foulon

Koenraad is a Senior Vice President, Private Equity Senior Managing Partner, Director, and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Capital International, Inc. He is a Co-Founder of the CIPEF program. Mr. Foulon is also a Director and a Senior Vice President at Capital International Limited. He joined the firm in 1990 and is based in the London office. Mr. Foulon’s main responsibility is portfolio management for Europe and global private equity.

Stephan has been exposed to the work of HYF since the late 1990s through his mother, Micheline Kramer, who founded HYF-US. After graduating from Wharton, Stephan worked for many years in various banks and hedge funds running research functions and managing down legacy portfolios. Having started his own IT business in his 20s, he recently returned to a more entrepreneurial approach and has set up his own consultancy firm to assist private equity houses and hedge funds in finding investment opportunities. He also mentors several people who are starting their own businesses. Stephan, Sam and their two young sons have loved their travels to Nepal.

Peggy was working as an Account Manager for one of Australia’s largest advertising agencies before heading to Nepal in 1992. Prophetically, a topi-wearing Nepali in Melbourne stamped a visa in her passport, telling her she was ‘going to Nepal to meet her destiny’ and, at Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit, she met Chris. Since that fateful trip, together they have visited Nepal several times and share a love of the Nepalese people. Peggy has degrees in psychology and community justice, and has performed many and varied roles within the charity sector in both Australia and the UK.

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1990 Chris travelled around the world. It was on this trip that he first went to Nepal, walking to the Annapurna Base Camp and starting a lifelong love of Nepal and the wonderful people who live there. Now living in North Yorkshire with Peggy and their two boys, annual trips back to Nepal are becoming a family tradition; a highlight being returning to ABC in 2015, twenty five years after that first trek! Chris now sits on the Executive Board of a FTSE100 company with responsibility for business development.

Norman Stromsoy was a Special School Headteacher for 30 years working in the North East, South and London, as well as a school inspector. He is currently CEO of a charity for disabled children here in the UK, and has assisted in educational development work in the UK and Europe. Norman has fallen in love with Nepal and in particular the work of Kailash with disadvantaged children. Norman has been instrumental in developing the Support for Learning Programme which aims to help children of all abilities make maximum progress and attainment and quite simply change lives for the better. Norman sponsors Chemi Lhanze since 2013.


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Micheline Kramer

Micheline is a graduate of The Solvay Business School in Belgium. She is currently living in Florida after a career in Real Estate. She has trekked extensively throughout the world. She fell in love with Nepal on her first of many trips to the country in 1993. During a trek through Mustang, David Bidwell and Micheline discovered their common love and passion for the children of the region and decided to devote their energies to help them. As Chairman of HYF in the US, Micheline is appointed to our Board to ensure co-ordination of our joint activities and maximise the benefit to the children at Kailash home.