Profile of an Appointed Minister
The name Dr. Kaifala Marah, rings a national and international bell. With no intention of exaggeration this man is one of the greatest citizens this nation has produced as he has done remarkable things that have put Sierra Leone high on the global map. Therefore, writing a profile of this noble Sierra Leonean is a herculean task but I will endeavor to write the little I know about him. (Photo: Dr. Kaifala Marah)
Dr Marah was a Budget Analyst at the State Senate of New York and a Graduate Fellow at the Center of International Development, State University of New York, Albany.
For his demonstrative, intuitive and innovative leadership, he received the prestigious ‘Excellence in International Student Leadership’ award at the Rockefeller.
He was also a Public Finance Advisor in the Governance and Institutional Development Division at the commonwealth Secretariat in London. His extensive years of experience on the international scene saw him being responsible for operationalizing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Mandate on public expenditure management as well as providing advisory training and policy development service to developing Commonwealth Countries.
Before leaving the Commonwealth, he developed a government self assessment toolkit on financial management for member countries.
Marah is a mentor, a coach who provides expert advice on many public sector issues such as procurement, financial oversight and governance.
Devoted to the principles of governance, Dr Marah is imbued with fervor of strategic thinking with cultivated ideas of change management and leadership development. His expertise in public sector development spans thirteen years across all regions of the globe.
He was previously National President of the Kono Student Union and a Local Government Administrator in the Koidu Township, Sierra Leone. During the civil conflict in Sierra Leone, he championed the cause of displaced persons in Kono with such passion that it attracted the attention of the nation.
Most recently, the African Leadership Network (ALN) honored Dr Marah as a ‘New Generation Leader for Africa.’ He gained the honor this year when he was chosen out of several thousand candidates that were presented to the ANL selection committee.
In President Koroma’s first government Dr Marah was Chief of Staff, a position in which he performed excellently. His remarkable performance in that position possibly prompted His Excellency to appoint him Minister of Finance.
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