Enó Isong is an international development communications strategist, with a focus on human development policy development; program management and design; and using effective communications and advocacy strategies to raise awareness and strengthen public health systems and infrastructures. She has over 20 years experience providing programmatic and operational management for international development projects in the areas of global health, education, conflict resolution, and women & girls, targeting key messages of change to policymakers, key stakeholders and under-served communities.
As a consultant through the years, Enó has used her professional expertise – sometimes pro bono – to help build the advocacy and communications capacity of individuals and organizations to better articulate and implement their goals and objectives. She has consulted with large multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the UN, as well as national governments, academic institutions, the private sector, and, most importantly, community-based civil society organizations.
Currently, Enó works with the World Bank, in Washington DC, in Strategic Communications.
Enó was previously an Associate Director for International Communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), where her responsibilities included designing online and offline communications and advocacy plans, strategies, and campaigns for passage and implementation of comprehensive tobacco control policies. She also managed global corporate campaigns exposing the tobacco companies’ exploitation of farmers, as well as their reprehensible marketing tactics towards young children.
Enó has also served as Associate Director at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed the day-to-day projects and partnerships of the Foundation’s Africa program, including sustained multi-media behavior and policy change campaigns using advocacy interventions, as well as community and national level outreach across multiple offline and online communications vehicles, to encourage social change, leadership development, and youth empowerment.
Enó believes her professional and personal commitment to sustainable and healthy families and communities has been greatly influenced by her personal experiences as a little girl traveling with her mother and siblings to serve women, children and families in underserved and rural communities in Nigeria. Her focus, therefore, has always been driven to create new and innovative ways to reach, inform, captivate and mobilize targeted audiences to elevate and act on development priorities.
Enó holds an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a Masters of Arts in Communications from Howard University, Washington DC; and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.