Robert Knežević joined nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop in 1997 and is currently responsible for Sesame’s diverse portfolio of international adaptations of Sesame Street. As the Senior Vice President of International Projects, Robert oversees global development of public-private partnerships that assure sustainability of Sesame Workshop’s mission of educating and engaging children with relevant and age-appropriate content.
In his long and productive career at Sesame Workshop, Robert led several large media education initiatives, including Alam Simsim in Egypt that addressed girls’ education, Shara’a Simsim in Palestine that dealt with boys empowerment, and the groundbreaking development of the first HIV-positive Muppet character, named Kami, who appears on Takalani Sesame, the South African adaptation of Sesame Street. Takalani Sesame and Alam Simsim have been recognized with the Japan Prize, International Emmy, and the Peabody Award for their innovations in educational media.
Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Knežević was an award winning television producer with credits for hundreds of hours of nationally televised programming for which he won numerous awards.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Hofstra University. When he is not traveling the globe seeking out innovative ways to educate children, he is spending time with his own family in Dobbs Ferry, New York.