Senior Director, Africa Strategy
GETTING TO KNOW SEMERE
Please tell us about your area(s) of expertise.
I have extensive experience in education and civil society programs, and also interdisciplinary teamwork, business development, proposal development, strategic planning, systems strengthening, policy advocacy, grants, and project design and start-up.
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
I currently manage Creative’s programs in Nigeria, Zambia and Pakistan. Within these positions, I maintain a close, collaborative and results-focused relationship with in-country staff to ensure that the projects achieve all contract targets and deliverables.
Do you have a favorite, unique or fascinating story about your work in development?
Development is a joint venture. Two (or more) partners engage in this venture because they believe they have common interest in it; not because one is a donor and the other is a recipient. If we understand this secret, then development work becomes a joy to be involved in. It generates energy, commitment to the cause and shared vision. It ignites mutual trust. It promotes collaboration. That is what fascinates me about work in development.
What do you appreciate most about Creative’s approach to project implementation?
Creative understands the only way for development to be sustainable is to support governments and communities to bring about the desired changes—not to do things for them.
Describe the work environment at Creative?
Eleven years with Creative has been a rewarding experience. Once you get to know what Creative is all about and what it stands for, you are your own boss. You have the leeway to use your instinct to manage your projects and lead them to success. You can professionally grow as the company grows and diversifies. You can influence the process while being part and parcel of it.
Education and Civil Society Programs, Education Policy, Systems Development
Graduate Diploma in Educational Planning and Administration, IIEP UNESCO, France | Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy, EUCLID University
UNESCO in Iraq and United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, 1999 – 2003 | Director General of Planning and Development, Eritrea Ministry of Education, 1991 – 1998
Tigrigna, English, French, Italian, Amharic and Arabic
“Creative understands the only way for development to be sustainable is to support governments and communities to bring about the desired changes—not to do things for them.”