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OUR LEADERSHIP / OUR GLOBAL LEADERSHIP > Christelle Kalhoulé

Christelle Kalhoulé

Director, West Africa

"My childhood dream was to help others, especially children and women in Burkina Faso villages. My dream was to bring relief, food and help them go to school."

Three words that best describe her

passionate, committed, accommodating

What’s her role and connection to the cause?

Christelle served as our sponsorship manager in Burkina Faso for more than five years, before leaving the organization and returning as country director in 2018.

In her time away, she held leadership roles at international organizations in Burkina Faso, working with key stakeholders in development, the non-governmental agency sector as well as the donor community. In these roles, she honed her expertise in child protection, education, sustainable livelihood development and new business development.

Today, Christelle leads strategic growth, program development as well as international and domestic partnerships in our West Africa offices in Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Since July 2020, she has been chairing the Board of Directors of the SPONG (permanent secretariat of NGOs) on behalf of Children Believe.

What academic work set her up for success?

The director earned her bachelor degree in foreign languages/English and masters certificate translation/interpretation from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. She also received her masters in project management from Institut Africain de Management in Senegal.

Interesting tidbit

Christelle likes to visit her hometown in southern Burkina Faso to spend time with the community and work on her cashew farm.