Dr Felix Marco Conteh is a governance and development specialist with over ten years of experience. He is a researcher with excellent analytical skills, and has in–depth knowledge of Sierra Leone’s political economy. Felix has worked in Sierra Leone’s public sector – in the Presidency as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, advising him on policy, as well as acting as the Lead of the President's Delivery Team for nine months. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as Regional Manager of the Anti–corruption Commission in Northern Sierra Leone, having already served the Commission since 2006, as Public Education Officer. Felix has also worked in international development with the World Bank on issues ranging from social accountability, legal empowerment, to extractives and community
Dr. Yakama Manty Jones (nee Mara) is an expert in Development Economics, Finance, International Business, Economic Policy, Econometrics, Data Analysis and Management, Financial Modelling, Value Chain Analysis and Project Management. Yakama has worked in both the public and private sectors in Sierra Leone. She started her professional career as a Budget Analyst at the Budget Bureau, Ministry of Finance in Sierra Leone. She has undertaken research encompassing finance, international business, agriculture and the delivery of social services for clients such as the Manchester City Council, Oracle Advertising, ITASCAP (SL) and Innovation for Poverty Action.
Yakama was the Information Management and Quality Assurance Specialist on the President’s Delivery Team, leading a team of data analysts to design and implement the data framework needed to ensure the delivery of the 148 sub-initiatives of the President’s Recovery Priorities, having already served as the Data Management Specialist during the nine months Early Recovery Programme.
She is currently the Team Leader for the Policy pathway of the Masters of Research in Public Policy, a collaborative Master’s Program between the University of Sierra Leone and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research; and doubles as a lecturer in the Department of Economics, Fourah Bay College delivering lectures in Econometrics and Statistics.
Yakama has published a working paper on economic growth, foreign aid and foreign direct investment in West Africa and her unpublished thesis is on ‘Debt Overhang and Natural Resources: Re-visiting the Resource Cure Hypothesis’ with an in-depth focus on Sierra Leone. She also has a few publications underway.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester, a Master of Science in Finance and Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, a Masters of Research in International Business and Economic Development from Birkbeck College, University of London and PhD in Finance and Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Dr. Ibrahim was one time president and executive member of the 50/50 Group (2013-2016), a non-governmental organization that seeks to empower women to participate in politics and public life through training and advocacy. She was also the Director of the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC) at Fourah Bay College (2010-2016), where she helped to transform the gender studies program from a center to a full-fledged institute training graduate students as gender specialists and offering short courses for gender practitioners as well as built partnerships with other gender studies and development programs globally.
Dr Ibrahim is currently a senior lecturer at INGRADOC as well as the Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. She is an active member of the women’s movement in Sierra Leone and a lead gender specialist in the country providing technical support to the state government and national and international non-governmental organizations in the area of women’s empowerment and gender analysis. She seats as chairperson or member, on several boards in Sierra Leone, including The African Young Voice Media Empire (AYV), Rainbo initiative, Brac Sierra Leone and the Institute for Governance Reform (IGR).
development. He is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, United Kingdom, where he is working on the governance of artisanal and small–scale mining in West Africa, with specific reference to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Felix has recently published a number of articles on issues as diverse as elections and democratic consolidation in Sierra Leone; the politics of decentralisation in Sierra Leone, the decentralisation of primary healthcare, and alternative dispute resolution in rural Sierra Leone.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; a Master of Arts in International Development Management from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dr Aisha Fofana Ibrahim is a feminist scholar and activist and one of Sierra Leone’s foremost scholar and practitioner in Gender and Development who strongly believes that power and privilege should be used in the service of others. She straddles the divide between policy and practice through teaching gender studies at the graduate level and promoting women’s empowerment in through advocacy. As a gender activist, her most current advocacy focus is on increased representation of women in decision making and leadership and in ensuring that a new and revised Sierra Leone constitution addresses the marginalization of women. Her current academic research focus is on gender and artisanal mining and the impact of Ebola on women and girls but she also works on violence against women, women’s political participation and women’s narratives and auto/biographical writings.