Jackson Acha Atam

Country Director, Burundi

Jackson has over 13 years of progressive experience in humanitarian and development fields, working for INGOs including World Vision, Save the Children, ACF and Oxfam, and holding senior management/leadership positions. He has a great deal of international experience; he has worked and/or lived in Mali, Ghana, South Sudan, Mauritania, Cote d’ Ivoire, Cameroon, Canada, and Denmark, and has travelled to more than 20 other countries around the world for meetings, workshops, conferences and travel.

Before joining Right To Play, Jackson worked for Oxfam Great Britain (OGB) in Mali, as Deputy Country Director (and Head of Programmes) for over 21 months. He has strong programme management and resources mobilizations skills and experience working with several donors.

Jackson has a great passion for working with and ensuring the wellbeing of children, which is why he decided to join the Right To Play family in December 2020. Jackson is a family man himself and has five children (2 boys and 3 girls). His passion for child-focused work pushed him to change his PhD programme in Geomatics Sciences (with the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) to join a PhD programme (with the University of Guelph, Canada) that offers him the opportunity to research child labour in the cocoa value chain of his country of origin, Cameroon.

Jackson is social and eager to meet new people. He loves football (of course as a born Cameroonian) and his favourite team is Manchester United.