CHERYL CARLENE ENNS                              

+255 718 390 583/ +1604 951-3562

East Africa/ Vancouver, BC, Canada

Summary of Qualifications

  • 25+years of research and teaching experience in international development and community and regional planning
  • Specialist in child-friendly planning, child rights and integrating the child’s voice related to program and community design
  • Experienced in developing strategies for applying technology solutions to global development challenges
  • Consulting, working and teaching experience in North America, East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Europe, India and South East Asia
  • Proven skills in policy research and analysis – qualitative and participatory research methods
  • Well-developed partnership building, communication and facilitation skills
  • Extensive experience in course development, training and e-curriculum


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Cand.), International Development & Planning, 2014                                                                            
  • Darmstadt Tech. University, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Master of Arts, Community and Regional Planning, 1986
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geography, 1983
  • Trinity Western University, Langley, Canada

Professional Training and Memberships

  • Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP)
  • Registered Professional Planner (RPP)
  • Student Planning Trust, Canadian Institute of Planning, President

 Career History

  • President, Cherie Enns Consulting Ltd.  2011-present
  • Director, Making Africa Work  2010-present
  • Independent Consultant, City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford, Canada 2006-present
  • Adjunct instructor, Trinity Western University, Langley, Canada 1990-present
  • Permanent Instructor, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada 1988-present
  • Independent Consultant (since 1986 until incorporation 2011)                                        

Significant Achievements

  • Piloting innovative mobile learning project for UN Habitat youth in global south related to social enterprise and sustainable development.
  • Save the Children Pan African project related to children’s rights including workshops in Senegal, S. Sudan, Zambia and Egypt to develop child friendly material relate to their rights and for civil society working in Africa. (In Process)

Child-Friendly Community Design 

  • “Child-Friendly Community Design: Responding to the Needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Western Kenya” Secured $34,000.00 funding from the International Development Research Centre for research in Kenya on a Community Development Project / Children’s Rights (Phd Research)
  • Employed participatory research methods to research community needs. Research resulted in the development of a community-based day centre for the Muhanda Community, Kenya
  • Secured a $25,000.00 research grant for Child Friendly Strategy for City of Abbotsford related to housing, community form, safe routes to school and other aspects related to Convention on Rights of Child.
  • Worked as an advisor to Village of Hope Africa, Kidz Care, HODI and several other NGOs related to sustainable development, child’s voice, international conventions, child protection policies, including: Canada’s Official Development Accountability of Aid Act; Child Friendly Cities; Affordable Housing; Safe Schools.

Partnership Development

  • Secured grant worth $189,600.00 from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). This grant allows Canadian students to intern in Tanzania and Tanzanian students to intern and study in Canada
  • Secured grant worth $60,000.00 from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) for University of the Fraser Valley internships in India and Kenya
  • Facilitated MOUs between University of the Fraser Valley and two African Universities in order to implement Tanzania Internship program at the University of the Fraser Valley. Through this program and global development studies internship program over 75 students have gained international experience related to community and regional planning, children’s rights and working with non-government organizations.
  • Negotiated and facilitated BC Housing MOU worth over $22 million for City of Abbotsford. Funding will be used to development three affordable housing projects in Abbotsford.

Relevant Experience and Consulting Contracts                                                                 

  • Director, Making Africa Work, Vancouver/East Africa   
  • Other Languages: Can read and comprehend French, Conversational Kiswahili                      


Last update: November 2013


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