ChildFund International is pleased to announce the appointment of Chege Ngugi as ChildFund's new Regional Director for Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Chege will oversee the operations of 9 countries across Africa and ensure effective implementation of the organisation's long-term vision and strategy.
The countries include Mozambique, Zambia, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
The Africa Region program is one of ChildFund International's biggest portfolios in terms of the number of projects and overall reach and impact. Every year, over 6.2 million people, including children, youth and caregivers benefit from ChildFund International's programs in Africa. Chege succeeds Zambia's Victor Koyi who has retired after holding this position since 2018.
Under Chege's leadership, ChildFund will continue supporting countries in Africa through diverse and innovative child-focused projects in child protection, early childhood development, education, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), food security, health and nutrition, household economic strengthening, advocacy, disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
"As we focus on post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery efforts, there are a number of critical priorities that we will address in order to support vulnerable families, especially children, across Africa. These include rebuilding livelihoods, boosting child protection efforts, strengthening health, nutrition and education systems, water, hygiene and sanitation," said Chege. "I look forward to working with more stakeholders and partners so that we can support more families and possibly expand our operations across the continent."
Prior to this role, Chege held several executive positions at ChildFund. He served as a Country Director in 3 countries; Mozambique, Ethiopia and Kenya for nearly 10 years, where he championed various innovations in programming, fundraising and partnership building particularly with corporates. In addition, he has served in different global taskforces that have been instrumental in developing new ways of doing business especially in the Covid-19 era.
His core competencies include resource mobilization, people management, program design and execution, organizational development, financial management and budgetary control, and partnerships and strategic alliances formation. Chege holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the United States International University (USIU) -Africa and Columbia Business School.