WE are a community of people from diverse backgrounds and nations, working together to address injustices facing women and children in less developed countries. WE are a very team-oriented organization that celebrates both in our differences and in our shared values while building lasting relationships with one another.
David Lippiatt is the cofounder, President and CEO of WE International Inc. (Est. 2007). Additionally, he has been invited to speak at the United Nations on several occasions to advocate on behalf of the Sahrawi people. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with degree in Philosophy and International Relations, and has a certificate in Foreign Policy from Oxford University, England. David is currently enrolled in the Notre Dame University Executive Leadership Certificate Program. His faith, heart of compassion and desire for justice is the driving force behind what causes him to respond to the overwhelming amount of global poverty and injustice issues affecting women, children and men in less developed countries.
Don has furthered WEI’s economic empowerment and social justice efforts by representing WEI in visits to Uganda to help with the WE Restore initiative and to the Congo to help establish a relationship with a fistula hospital. Don also participated in the WE Challenge Advocacy Climb in 2018 to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Don has a bachelor’s degree (Political Science and Journalism) and a law degree, both from University of Wisconsin.
Alex was first introduced to WE International in 2013 when he volunteered for a service trip to Uganda. Since then, he has been a big supporter of the work that WE International does and has participated in additional service trips to Uganda as well as WEI’s advocacy climb to Mount Kilimanjaro. Alex is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently working on his Master’s degree in finance from Rockford University.
Lilian loves the work of WE International because she shares a heart of wanting to help women gain opportunities to become independent and enhance their lives and those of their families. Lilian graduated from Lakeland College with an MBA and a B.S. in Accounting.
Euphrase is a native of Togo (West Africa). In addition to moving to the US from Togo, he has also traveled to Ghana and Benin. Euphrase loves serving on the Board of Directors for WEI as he shares a passion for the work that WEI is doing in the developing world to fight injustice and poverty. He received his B.S. (economics) and M.B.A from University Du Benin (Lome, Togo) as well as his Masters in Accounting from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Caroline is the Director of the WE Restore Home in Uganda and loves to see the girls’ lives transformed and restored through their time at the home! She is the wife of Robert, our Country Director for WEI Uganda and has a Bachelor’s degree in economics.
Janessa is the glue of WE International on so many levels and makes the work of WE run smoothly and efficiently! One of her favorite aspects of working with WE International is “hearing the stories of healing and restoration in the testimonies of the women involved in our WE Restore program”. She appreciates having the ability to serve the vulnerable and those facing injustice across the world through the work that WE International does. Janessa graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Social Welfare and a certificate in Criminal Justice. She is also currently getting a Master’s degree for Clinical Social Work.
Robert is our steady and trusted force for making things happen in Uganda! His concern for the hurting and less privileged is what drives his work at WE International Inc. Robert was the first person from the Buvuma Islands, Uganda to graduate from university. Additionally, Robert went on to get his Master’s degree in Organizational Management.
Sam is WEI’s Managing Director in Uganda and enjoys having the opportunity to build relationships with those that WEI serves! Before joining staff with WEI, Sam completed Discipleship Training (YWAM) at University of Nations in Kampala.
Ben is our visionary for serving in Asia and is an example to all of us on how to love people and hot sauce! Ben is currently a counselor at Concordia International School, Hanoi, Vietnam. He has 22 years of experience in international schools, has a Masters degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a B.S. in History from Wittenberg University.