Pauline Essah

Director of Research and Programmes, Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA)

Pauline is a changemaker who is passionate about using her multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic qualifications, professional experience, diverse skills and networks to improve people’s lives and transform educational institutions and society.

At ESSA, Pauline provides strategic leadership to a team of African researchers who connect a network of decision makers (students, educators, employers, policymakers, investors) and provide them with data and evidence to improve education (and youth employment) in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an Advisor to the international and cross-disciplinary Learning Sciences Exchange Program, a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Suffolk, UK, and a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement.

Prior to joining ESSA, Pauline worked in other development-focused roles, including at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she was instrumental in establishing and managing the flagship Cambridge-Africa Programme. She oversaw the competitive selection of awardees for full PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships that enabled talented Africans to receive supervision, training and mentorship in Cambridge for their personal and professional development.

Pauline holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Ghana and earned MPhil and PhD Degrees in Biological Science from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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