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PROF. ALYAGEEN M ALGHALI

Prof. Aliyageen Mohamed Alghali was born on 29th February 1948 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He graduated with a Bachelor degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1973. Taught Physics and Chemistry for two years at the Bishop Johnson Memorial  School, Freetown before joining the Rice Research Station, Rokupr as a Research Assistant in 1975. He was appointed Research Fellow at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria from 1977 to 1981; during which time he graduated M.Sc. and PhD in Agricultural Biology from the University of Ibadan. In 1982, Prof. Alghali joined the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and rose to the rank of Senior Research Scientist by the time he left in 1991. In between, he was promoted Research Scientist (1984) and sent as ICIPE liaison Scientist at IITA (1985 to 1988). During this period he was appointed a teaching Fellow at the Department of Agricultural Biology, University of Ibadan.

He joined Njala University College (NUC) as a Senior Lecturer in 1992 and rose to the ranks of Associate Professor (1996) and Professor (1999). Prof Alghali was Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (1996 to 1998) and Principal, NUC (2000 to 2005). Between April 1998 and October 1999, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany on sabbatical from NUC.

He was appointed acting Vice Chancellor,  University of Sierra Leone (USL) (2003 to 2005) with responsibility to split the then university of Sierra Leone into the present USL and Njala University (NU) amongst the overarching key administrative functions. From 2005 to 2009 when he retired Prof. Alghali was the foundation Vice Chancellor and Principal of NU. He was appointed Distinguished Professor in 2006.  Prof. Alghali was appointed Chairman, Tertiary Education Commission in October 2018. He is well published in Peer review journals and International conferences. He is widely traveled and married with three boys.   He is recipient of the national honour of “Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel” (2007 and again in 2019).

DR AMADU BANGURA   –  COMMISSIONER (PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE)

Dr. Amadu M. Bangura was born in the Port Loko District, Northern Sierra Leone. He graduated with a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College (NUC) a constituent of the then University of Sierra Leone in 1974. On graduation, he was appointed Research and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Agricultural Extension. In 1975, he proceeded to the University of Illinois, USA where he obtained a Master Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology. He further obtained a PhD in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University of Science and Technology USA in 1983. On returning to NUC after his PhD, he was appointed lecturer and rose to become a Senior Lecturer in 2006. During his tenure at NUC, he served as Director, Agricultural Certificate Training Centre, 1984-1994. Head, Department of Agricultural Extension 1984 -1988 and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences 2012-2015. On retirement in 2015, he returned to his bucolic surroundings in Port Loko District as a gentleman farmer tendering a 300 hectares mixed farm of Oil palm, Pineapple, Oranges, Mangoes, Bananas, Plantains, Poultry, Cattle, Sheep and Goats. He was appointed a member of the Tertiary Education Commission in 2019.

MADAM EDNA JONES – COMMISSIONER (PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE)

A bi-lingual educationist with a post graduate diploma in Applied Phonetics inAudio-Visual Methods and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in French Language andLiterature. She further holds a certificate and a diploma in the Teaching of French asa Foreign Language via direct and audio-visual methods. In addition, she holds aHigher Teachers Certificate (HTC) in French, English and Drama.

Madam Jones has over 40 years of professional work experience in the Education sector at secondary and tertiary level, teaching subject specific and foundational courses. She has served as Inspector of Schools, Acting Director – Inspectorate Directorate, and Director of Educational Programs and Services Directorate with the then Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST).

Other roles include her work as Education Consultant for French, English and Krio.She has provided expertise in training at various levels to both Sierra Leoneans and Foreign Nationals seeking to have working knowledge of foreign languages. Her service provision was open to persons from the private, government and nongovernment entities including UN agencies, West African Monetary Agency(WAMA), Mano River Union (MRU), the Sierra Leone Police force, and the Sierra LeoneLaw School to name a few. She has and still provides translation and interpretation services in French, English and Krio; and prepares candidates for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Over the course of her career, she has served in numerous other capacities including as Chairman – Student Award and Advisory Committee; Member -Secondary School Board of Governors; Member Representing MEST – Sierra Leone

Library Board and Archives (FBC); Executive Secretary & Selection Contact -National Committee of United World College in Sierra Leone; Chairperson – Sierra

Leone Girls Education Network; Liaison – Sierra Leone Association of FrenchTeachers, Lecturers (French Embassy and Francophone Consulates);Representative, Government of Sierra Leone at Conferences in West, East, SouthAfrica and South East Asia; former Vice President, Secretary, and Director –Zonta club of Freetown; former President – Sierra Leone Lions club; Member – Floral group, Buxton Methodist Church; Member – Women’s Fellowship group, St.Augustine church.

She is currently serving as Commissioner and oversees the Condition of ServicesDirectorate of the Tertiary Education Commission; Proprietress/Coordinator for the – Center for Modern Languages and Culture (CEMLAC); and as Chair –Visitation Committee, Board of Governors of the St. Edwards Secondary School.

MRS YVONNE GIBRIL – COMMISSIONER (PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE).

Mrs. Gibril attended the Annie Walsh Memorial School and the Prince of Wales School and graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Mathematics at Fourah Bay College, then a constituent college of Durham University, in the United Kingdom.

She taught mathematics for a year at the Prince of Wales School. Mrs. Gibril studied statistics at Rutgers University, in the USA from 1970 to 1972, graduating with a Master of Science degree. She also obtained a master’s degree in economics from Leeds University in England in 1979.

She was employed by the Bank of Sierra Leone in 1972 and worked through the hierarchy to become Director of Research and Director of the Personnel Department.  She was appointed as Deputy Governor of the Bank in 1993, a position she retired from in July 1998.

She was a part-time Lecturer in Statistics, University of Sierra Leone between 1972 and 1982. In 1998 she moved to the USA where she served as a consultant in the statistics department of International Monetary Fund for a little over a year.

She was appointed as Project Director/ Consultant for the Sababu Education Project jointly funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Sierra Leone, The World Bank, and the African Development Bank between 2003-2011. The project constructed and rehabilitated hundreds of Primary and Secondary Schools across the length and breadth of Sierra Leone.

In 2009, she launched the Dyck Harding Scholarship Fund in memory of her late father, Dr. Festus Bankole Harding who was a renowned mathematics, teacher and educationist of over fifty years standing. Fifteen pupils from three schools namely the Sierra Leone Grammar School, the Prince of Wales School and the Annie Walsh Memorial School were awarded scholarships by the Fund to see them through senior secondary schooling.

She is founder and Director of Heart and Hands SL, a community-based organisation that caters for the educational, spiritual and other needs of youths and young adults through teaching mentoring and skills training. The organisation has a reference library that is open to youth and young adults for research and other educational activities.

She is also an ardent born again Christian

DR.ROLAND E. BUCK – COMMISSIONER (PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE)

Dr. Buck is a veteran educational administrator who has the distinction of holding senior level management positions in eleven tertiary institutions in three countries: six in the United States of America; one in Ghana and four in Sierra Leone. His most recent position prior to retirement was that of Acting Principal, LICCSAL Business College.

The following are the institutions he worked for during his more than thirty years in higher education administration:

  • IFESH Fellow, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2000-2002)
  • Lecturer 1/Acting Director, Science Curriculum Development Center, Njala University College (2002-2005)
  • Part time Lecturer, IPAM (2006-2010)
  • Director of Planning, USL (2008-2010)
  • Vice Principal (2012-2017) LICCSAL Business College; Acting Principal, ( 2017-2018)
  • Vice President for Student Affairs, University of North Florida, USA (1990-2000)
  • Executive Director, The Florida/West Africa Linkage Institute (1990-2000)
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, North Carolina A&T State University, USA (1984-1990)
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA (1981-1984)
  • Dean of Central Campus Programs, University of California, San Diego, USA (1979-1981)
  • Director, University Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA (1976-1979)
  • Director of Residence Life, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem, USA (1973-1976)

Dr Buck was a Fulbright Fellow visiting various German Universities in  (1990) and participated at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in (1987).

PROF EDWIN MOMOH – VICE-CHANCELLOR & PRINCIPAL, REPRESENTING PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Born as the eldest of 11 children to his parents in the Bauxite-mining town of Mokanji, Southern Sierra Leone.He had his secondary school education at the Moyamba Boys Secondary School in Moyamba.

A Professor of Crop Science, he holds a PhD in Crop Science, with specializations in crop cultivation, physiology and farming systems; and an MSc in Agronomy from the Zhejiang University in the Peoples Republic of China. He is a BSc Agricultural Education graduate from Njala University College (USL) (now Njala University). He also holds several other academic awards and certificates including Proficiency Certificate in Pastoral Studies, Certificate in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

He was a visiting researcher to the Swalof-Weibul AB in Svalov, Sweden, with affiliation to the Swedish Agricultural University; and a UNESCO fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has participated in and delivered several academic lectures at International symposia. His research interests are in grain legumes and underutilized crops.

Before his appointment as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Earnest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology, he taught at the Njala University for 16 years with several years of experience in University Planning, Research and Development, Dean of the School of Agriculture, Director of Career Advising and Placement Services, University Public Orator, and University Marshall.

He is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and Secretary to the Annual Conference of Sierra Leone. He is married with six children.

FATHER PROF. JOE TURAY – VICE-CHANCELLOR & PRINCIPAL, REPRESENTING PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

Professor Joseph Turay is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, the first private Catholic University in Sierra Leone. Prof Joseph Turay holds degrees in the Social Sciences, Theology, philosophy and African Studies and has worked in Tertiary Education Institutions for the past twenty eight years. His research interests and areas of work have been democratization, civil society, culture, identity and change. A member of the international association of researchers for sustainable development. He was National Director for Radio Maria Radio stations in Sierra Leone and worked with the media training practitioners for the past fifteen years. He was Director Justice and Peace and Human Rights Commission of the Northern Diocese of Makeni working with civil society groups in consolidating peace and justice and promoting democratic leadership. He continues with his engagement in the academia and building civil society organizations in the country.

MRS CHRISTIANA SAMU – REPRESENTING CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER (MTHE)

Mrs. Christiana Satta Samu is the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education (MTHE).

She is an Executive MPA Graduate from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration with a proven Accounting, Monitoring and Evaluation experience. She has critical and analytical skills that accomplished objectives.

Mrs. Samu has excellent communication skills: written and oral as well as professional and interpersonal team building. She is a highly developed critical thinker and decision maker with result oriented credits. A team player and an experienced leader. She is also an active member of several CBO’s and church organizations.

She has served as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry S/L; Area Accountant at BRAC Sierra Leone; Finance Assistant – Sierra Leone Opportunity Industrialization Center (SLOIC) S/L.

DR PHILIP KANU – REPRESENTING POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTIONS

Dr. Philip John Kanu is currently the Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology.

Through his dedication and hard work, Dr. Philip John Kanu has held several positions and engaged in numerous activities that culminate in the position which he now occupies.

His outstanding roles and positions in various walks of life are articulated thus: Dr. Kanu is a researcher in Food Science and Education.

His research interests are on Transformative Leadership in Education, Food Safety Management Systems and formulation of New Food Products particularly for zero to five years and children of school – going ages.

He has served as the lead person in research for Food Industries national and internationally with academic publications in peer review journals with impressive impact factors particularly those in Science Citation Index (SCI).

Dr. Kanu’s prominence in academia and in other related areas is also seen in the other positions he presently occupies: Commissioner, Tertiary Education Commission and Teaching Service Commission (TSC).

He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Government Technical Secondary School at Congo Cross and Lady Patricia Kabbah Memorial Secondary School at Goderich. He holds the position of Chairman Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA), Deputy Chairman of Prison Watch, Sierra Leone and memberships of several other organizations.

Worthy of emulation is his perseverance, dedication to duty, integrity and admirable interpersonal relationship, which he has demonstration over the years.

Dr. Philip John Kanu, was employed as an Instructor at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology.  He rose through the ranks of Senior Instructor, Lecturer II, Lecturer I, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and to Senior Principal Lecturer.

Dr. Philip John Kanu is married with ——children.

DR SAMBA MORIBA – REPRESENTING, CONFERENCE OF PRINCIPALS OF TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGES

Dr. Samba Moriba is the Principal, Freetown Teachers College at Jui, in theWestern Rural District of Sierra Leone. He was a senior lecturer and Head of the Department ofAgriculture and Home Economics Education and Director of Planning and Quality Assurance at Njala University. He taught the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Njala University: Teaching Methods, Agricultural Leadership, Research Methods and CurriculumDevelopment and Design. He obtained a B.Sc. in 1998 and an M.Sc. in 2002 from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone. Dr. Samba Moriba received a Fulbright award to pursue a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and graduated in 2012 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma in the United States of America. He served as President of the Njala University Academic Staff Association and currently represents Principals of teacher training colleges at the Tertiary Education Commission in Sierra Leone.

MRS MARIATU MANSARAY   – CHAIRMAN, CONFERENCE OF PRINCIPALS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Mariatu Isha Mansaray(Mrs)is an educationalist who was a Senior Teacher for several years at Saint Joseph’s Secondary School for girls, Brookfields before becoming Principal,  Kissy Municipal Secondary School in 2011. She is currently Vice Chair of the Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (CPSS) Western Area and National Treasurer for CPSS.

Born in Makeni, Bombali District, Northern Sierra Leone. She attended the Government Secondary School for girls, Mathora and later the Freetown Secondary School for girls. She is a trained Biology and Chemistry teacher, having obtained the Higher Teacher Certificate from Milton Margai College of Education and Technology.She graduated with a bachelor’s Educational Administration and Management from the same institution before pursuing a post graduate degree in Development Studies at Njala University. She also obtained a diploma in Educational Administration from the Institute of Public Administration and Management and a Certificates in Youth and School Leadership from China and Japan respectively.
She is a gender, human rights, a child rights advocate and a front line woman in the advancement of the welfare of School Leaders and Managers
she is a pious Muslim woman with drive, initiatives and vision. She is married with two boys.

JAMES S KOROMA – SIERRA LEONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPRESENTATIVE

Mr. James Solomon Koroma, aged 43, is the Chief Executive Officer and of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (www.slccia.sl). He is also the Founder and Chairman of Business Services Company Ltd (www.bscsllimited.com), with primarily responsibility for leading the Board (the “Board”) in determining the directions of the company’s overall strategies and business development. He holds various Statutory Boards and Committees appointment such as member, Independent Procurement Review Panel (IPRP)-a panel set up to oversee all government/public contracts, Commissioner, National Youth Service (NYS), Commissioner, Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and member, National Steering Committee of Investment Promotions Agencies in transition countries. He is also an independent entrepreneurship consultant providing business development services to local and international organizations.

He has over 15 years of senior management experience spanning across the following sectors, manufacturing, fmcg, telecommunications, renewable energy and agribusiness with sound functional knowledge of sales and marketing, business development, supply chain and operations management. He also has extensive experience advocating for sound private sector development policies and reforms aimed at promoting trade, increasing investment and improving business environment whilst collaborating and managing relationship with Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Civil societies, Local and International non-governmental organizations and other partners.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (Mathematics (major)/Economics (minor)) from Njala University College and a double MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship & Global Business from the University of Makeni and Universita’ Cattolica Del SacroCuore, Italy.

SAM KPAKRA – DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY/REPRESENTATIVE

Mr. Sam Kpakra joined the Government of Sierra Leone Civil Service in 1987 and was posted to the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning (MoDEP) as Higher Executive Officer (Graduate). He rose through the ranks in the Civil Service serving as Assistant Secretary and, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. In 1996, he was appointed as Head of the ECOWAS National Unit in the Ministry.

As Head of the ECOWAS National Unit in Sierra Leone, he coordinated, liaised and monitored the implementation of the ECOWAS Acts, Protocols, Decisions and Resolutions under the direct supervision of the Minister of Development and Economic Planning and the Development Secretary.

Mr. Sam Kpakra was promoted Acting Deputy Secretary and transferred to the Ministry of Finance in April 2004. In the Ministry of Finance, where he performed the duties of Deputy Financial Secretary in charge of the Economic Affairs Division for eight Months. During this time he was responsible for interfacing between the multi-lateral donor institutions and Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs); specifically, coordinating all multilateral financed projects/programmes from identification to approval, effectiveness, disbursement, and monitoring and post completion reportage.

Mr. Sam Kpakra is a graduate from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone where he read Political Science, History and International Relations. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same institution.  He later pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relationship and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, the Netherlands and a Masters in Project Management.

He is married with three children.

MR SAHR JUSU – FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Mr. Sahr Lahai Jusu is a Harvard Mason Scholar of Public Policy and currently the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. He has vast experience in public financial management and Macroeconomic Policy formulation. He has worked in the Ministry of Finance for over twenty years, managing the public debts portfolio. He is an ardent debt expert in Africa and was very instrumental in pioneering the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), and the Multilateral Debt Relief (MDR) Initiatives, leading to a massive debts cancellation of about US$44 billion for poor countries around the world. He has served as Adviser to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers, advocating for deeper and broader debt reliefs, as well as developing new initiatives for public debt management. He has also contributed significantly in building debt management capacity in the sub-region through the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management.

As a result of his vast experience and contribution to public financial management, Mr. Jusu, in 2019, was honored by being appointed by the World Bank as a Borrowers’ Representative of the International Development Association (IDA), to negotiate and advocate on behalf of 77 countries to mobilize and allocate resources among these countries.

In 2020, He served as Chairman in various committees during the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) meetings and in September, He was elected as the Chairman of WAMZ Technical Committee.

Mr. Sahr Lahai Jusu has a postgraduate degree in Economic Policy and Management from UN-IDEP in Senegal and Master Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in the United States of America.

 

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