East Africa Coordinator, CSR Training Institute
Steve Dennis is a motivated, insightful, cross culturally aware implementer of programs, manager of conflicts, adult trainer and resourceful social problem solver. He is a key member of the CSR Training Institute Faculty and leadership team.
His bachelor’s degree in civil engineering gives him the technical tools to navigate the intricacies of the extractive industry. Meanwhile, his master’s degree in international relations, focused on conflict, conflict management and resolution, serves him in his work overseas implementing programs in challenging contexts.
For 12 years, Steve has lived and worked overseas in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Somalia, Ivory Coast, The Netherlands, Chad, Kenya, Australia, Malawi and South Africa. In this time, Steve has been involved in all phases of project development, implementation and closure, been the in-charge with responsibilities of focal point for community liaison, stakeholder engagement and grievance management, as well as responsible for conflict management and resolution. He has been recognized by the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association for distinguishing himself in the profession, the community, the university and other related fields.
On partnerships, Steve has proven through inclusive committed conversation, clean language, patient listening and motivation to find shared prosperity, conflicts can be cleared and partnerships fostered. In conflicts, Steve is a bridge builder, moving conflicting positions to solutions based on shared interests.
From a young age, training has been a passion of Steve’s. From training tall ship sailors to conflict and risk management to relationship building in conflict zones, Steve has a longstanding history of effectively delivering the learning people require. As a trainer, Steve applies adult learning theory to tailor structured training modalities to achieve learning needs.