Christine Sesay is one of the founders of Freetown Business School which was established in February 2017. She has over 10 years’ experience in key roles of increasing responsibility; demonstrating excellent stakeholder relationship management skills, with strong commercial and negotiating expertise; managing complex international projects, consistently ensuring a high calibre of professionalism, safe and efficient execution of operations.
She is currently the Deputy Country Director for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a global health organisation committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Her role is to ensure strong execution of the country programs to make sure that CHAI’s results meet and exceed targets.
Prior to CHAI, she was the Deputy Country Director for Operations at GOAL Sierra Leone. She was responsible for developing a number of initiatives (mainly focused on capacity and team building and strategic planning) to ensure continued integration of the systems support functions with program functions, both at head office and field offices. However, the initial requirements soon changed when Ebola stuck in 2014. The initial €2 million project expanded to over €50 million. She had the opportunity to be part of project expansion from 2 offices to 7 offices in Sierra Leone and staffing increasing from 100 to almost 1,000 excluding all volunteers.
With deep desire to return to Africa, she moved to Niamey, Niger to work with an Irish Organization – Concern Worldwide as an Assistant Financial Controller. It was a joy for her working in a Francophone economy and in Finance. Within 4 months, she was working in the capacity of the Financial Controller managing €5 million projects. Within a year she was promoted to the General Systems Manager in charge of all operations. The project concentrated on Nutrition and Livelihoods project. She enjoyed the work and serving the Nigeriens and so the decision to move away was very difficult given that she had become comfortable in her new environment (food and language). Security situation became a cause of concern and therefore she had to move.
Her career started out as Account Assistant at construction/maintenance company – CAG Manufacturing in Dublin. Then she worked for an accountancy practice Houlihan and Cushnahan where she progressed from the Real Estate Accountant to the Financial Controller over a 4 year period.
She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), holds a BA in Accounting & Finance and Master’s Degree in Finance.
She is the Founder and CEO of Africa’s Moneyprenuer, a financial education platform created to help make discussing money and finances easy and fun. She is determined and driven leader, who is passionate about wealth management especially in our African economies.