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Roeland Monasch

CEO, Aflatoun


Roeland Monasch is the CEO of Aflatoun International. Aflatoun is a low-cost/high-impact social franchise empowering children and youth with a unique combination of social & financial skills to build their own future. Through a network of 200 partners in 100+ countries 5 million children are reached annually with the necessary life skills and financial education. The ambition is to empower 20 million children by 2020. Aflatoun has been recently recognized by the Brookings Institutions and Harvard Graduate School of Education as an international best practice in quality 21st century teaching and learning at scale.

Until June 2015 Roeland was the UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone. He was responsible for the UNICEF response during the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in the country. In this capacity he also co-led with the Ministry of Education the reopening of all schools. He also worked as UNICEF Representative in Georgia (2009-2012) focusing on the de-institutionalization of all children living in large orphanages established during the Soviet Union era. He served as UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe during the Humanitarian Crisis from June 2008 – July 2009 [Cholera/Political violence/Hyperinflation]. He joined that Country Office in 2004 as Programme Coordinator.

Previously, Roeland worked in the Strategic Information Unit in UNICEF/HQ on Monitoring the Situation of Children around the World (1998-2004). From 1993-1998 he worked for the World Health Organization.

Roeland is a national of the Netherlands, holds a Masters’ degree in Sociology (University of Groningen) and has an additional degree at Development Economics. He has published extensively in the international scientific literature, especially on issues related to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children.

Roeland is married and has an eleven year old daughter.