8/1948 to 5/2022
A national of Sierra Leone, I am an alumnus of the Sierra Leone Grammar School, with training at the postgraduate level in Economics and Development Planning from Fourah Bay College and the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague.
My interests range from the challenges facing post-conflict countries and fragile states; dealing with management and policy complications of natural resource-rich, low-income countries; negotiating large investment agreements in mining; and designing strategies for change management.
My prior career spans 35 years of development practice for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), focusing on fragile countries, and including 8 years as Director of Operations Policies and Programmes, as well as several positions as Resident Coordinator.
In the last 8 years, I have been an Adviser to the Government of Sierra Leone – serving in the administrations of both major political parties. My responsibilities included, the introduction of Results Based Management and the Performance Contracts, leading the renegotiations of mining agreements, and the organization of the Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation. In addition I also provided consultancy services and provided policy advice to governments and institutions in Africa as well as currently serving as a member of Irish Aid’s Expert Advisory Group, advising the Irish Deputy Prime Minister on the Irish Aid programme.