Child Safeguarding Network Coordinator
Roméo Essou is a proficient bilingual (English and French) professional with over 15 years of experience in International Development, Education, and Child Rights. He has an excellent track record of accomplishment in promoting positive social and economic impacts in many African countries. He has hands-on project management experience at international organisations, is an excellent leader of large, multicultural teams, an influential communicator, and someone who enjoys the challenge of change and innovation.
A 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Roméo is a certified Public Management leader from the University of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA. He holds a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McGill Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal, Canada.
As a team member of Keeping Children Safe, he works on many projects. Romeo has provided technical assistance to OAK Foundation’s grantees, as well as to many other Europe-based organisations, and delivered training for USAID partners.
Romeo brings with him a profound knowledge of the local context of Africa, where he helped develop the child safeguarding capacities of many international organisations operating in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory-Cost, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Zimbabwe.