Hélène-Karelle Ekpini

Program Manager
Ivory Coast
30 years old

Key areas of interest

Diplomacy, African Democracy and Development, Policy Analysis, Foreign Affairs, Women’s Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Public & Private Partnerships (PPPs), Innovative Delivery Mechanisms in International Development.

Relevant Experience

Hélène is a pan-African visionary and a multilingual Ivorian advocate of African Socio-Political Development and Women & Youth Empowerment. As a recent Political Science Master’s graduate from the University of Montreal, Hélène strongly believes that we as millennials are responsible for new developmental theories and practices as we’ve become innovative voices and actors in the international development world. As such, we play an important role in shaking up the bureaucratic straight jacket that has been hindering international development and youth empowerment.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French has given Hélène an eagerness to facilitate change. She started her career by working on the ground in Ghana with various NGOs and volunteering with emerging NGOs and foundations. She has continued to gain experience, skills and knowledge at the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) UNDP which led her to address and report on the relevance of the United Nations and the innovative contribution of PPPs in the achievement of the SDGs and Agenda 2030 in both developed and developing countries.

Additional information

Hélène is determined to find some hobbies apart from cooking, eating, sleeping and binge watching shows on Netflix. One thing’s for sure, she loves traveling and wishes to make her way across Africa and Latin America.

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