Crispin George is the Field Manager of the CHESS Project. He graduated from Njala University in Sierra Leone with an MBA and Amity University in India with a Master of Science in Information Technology. Furthermore, he received the Best Graduating Student Award in Information Systems for the academic year 2012–2013 from the University of Sierra Leone, where he earned a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems. Additionally, he is a holder of a Professional Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation (PcME) from the World Academy for Research & Development (WARD), worldacademy.uk.
Crispin has taken part in a variety of research workshops, including The International Training Program on Project Management for Public Works sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and The Research Workshop on Developing the Next Generation of Researchers sponsored by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an Outstanding Researcher who has held full-time and part-time lecturing positions at the University of Sierra Leone and the United Methodist University of Sierra Leone, respectively. With Lambert Academic Publishing, he has written a book with the ISBN 978-620-0-56561-7, titled "Educating the Girl-Child in Sierra Leone." His more than 8 peer-reviewed papers on topics related to project management have been included in a variety of international journals and academic websites including Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Academia.edu etc.
Crispin has also worked as a Research Fellow on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) called "Increasing Access to Quality Education for Rural and Marginalized Children in West Africa - Comparative Study of Accelerated Education Programs and Girls' Focused Education Models in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria." In this role, he was the lead author of the report "Sierra Leone Comprehensive Analysis on the Scale and Prevalence of Out-of-School Children Report." A Policy Brief on "The Effectiveness of Two Accelerated Education Innovations in Sierra Leone" was also produced by him. He has effectively worked in a variety of project management settings. He has led change management projects with a track record of success in the project sectors; as a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), possesses excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills to handle conflicting demands. He was the Head of the Legallia Foundation in 2020, which is the charitable arm of the Sierra Leone-based Legallia Group Limited Company. He worked with the team to develop project proposals that matched the foundation's thematic areas, increased potential prospects, and produced a strategic plan to support the sustainability of the foundation. The improvement in his performance led to the successful implementation of the UNDP-sponsored Youth Climate Action Mentorship Project (YCAMP). He was appointed by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in 2017 to serve as the organization's Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Coordinator. He oversaw the following SLRCS Projects there: the Community Based Health Programme (CBHP), the Disaster Management Programme (DM), the Humanitarian Values Project (HV), and the Community Based Surveillance Project (CBS). He was also hired to work as the Lead Consultant for the Creative Associates International Scoping Trip for the USAID-Funded Civic Engagement in Local Governance for Accountability (CELGA). In this role, he organized and led information-gathering sessions that took the form of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and interviews with important government figures, members of civil society, and donors like the UNDP, World Bank, and European Union.
Crispin has the ability to work autonomously, is an enthusiastic, well-focused individual who works hard and is self-motivated. In order to accomplish the organization's desired goal, he is able to manage his workload, meet tight deadlines, and get along with people at all levels. He is dependable, respectful, submissive, and a quick learner. He also pays close attention to detail.