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Yusuf Bangura

Yusuf Bangura, Former Research Coordinator and Senior Research Associate at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

Yusuf Bangura was a Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) from 1990 to 2012. He was the lead author of UNRISD's 2010 flagship report Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics. He coordinated the Institute’s project on Poverty Reduction and Policy Regimes, which examines the interconnections of institutions and policies in the economy, social policy and politics to explain variations in poverty outcomes across countries. He previously coordinated projects on "Crisis, Adjustment and Social Change", "Public Sector Reform and Crisis States", "Ethnic Structure, Inequalities and Governance of the Public Sector", "Technocratic Governance and Democratisation", "Racism and Public Policy", and "Democracy and Social Policy".

He organised the conference on "Racism and Public Policy" in Durban in 2001 as part of the Institute’s contribution to the World Conference Against Racism. With papers from 30 scholars and more than 500 participants, the three-day UNRISD conference examined the social construction of race and citizenship, racism and inequalities, organized responses to cultural diversity, and public policies and race relations. 

He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1974 and 1978. His doctoral thesis, which explored the declining role of the pound sterling and the political economy of African decolonisation, was published as Britain and Commonwealth Africa: The Politics of Economic Relations (Manchester University Press, 1983). He has taught in universities in Nigeria and Canada and worked as a visiting researcher in Sweden.

Yusuf Bangura became a UNRISD Senior Research Associate in September 2014. 

UNRISD's Senior Research Associates are a select group drawn from the extensive network that UNRISD has built up over several decades. This group comprises experienced researchers, policy makers and practitioners who know the Institute well, share its normative and analytical orientation, and are keen to see its work and role in international knowledge and policy circles receive greater recognition. The group will play a significant role in enhancing the visibility of the Institute and strengthening the dissemination of UNRISD research findings at country, regional and international levels.

Fadi Bassir

Fadi Bassir, Investment Executive, CDC

Fadi Bassir is an investment executive at CDC group, the UK government's investment arm, focused on investments across Sub-Saharan Africa.  He is also an adviser to Savant Capital Africa, an advisory firm focused on West Africa. He has professional experience in private equity, fundraising and corporate finance. 

Beatrice Chaytor

Senior Expert - Trade in Services in the Department of Trade and Industry at the African Union Commission

Beatrice Chaytor is an international trade lawyer, specialising in providing advice and support to African governments in their engagement with regional and international trade policy processes. She is currently Senior Expert - Trade in Services in the Department of Trade and Industry at the African Union Commission, based in Addis Ababa, and works on the negotiations for the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

 

Prior to her position in the AUC, Ms Chaytor ran her own law firm, Chariot Eight in Freetown, Sierra Leone, providing legal services to local, regional and international clients on a range of corporate law matters including trade, investment, natural resources and environment. 

From 2008 to 2010, while based in Sierra Leone, she worked with the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP) in providing capacity building support to a number of African regions in their negotiations with the European Union on trade in services under the EPAs, and in defining solutions and strategies for African countries’ needs on Aid for Trade.  From 2004 to 2008, Beatrice Chaytor was a Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone, on assignment by the Commonwealth Secretariat.  

Prior to her assignment in Sierra Leone, Beatrice worked for nine years as Senior Lawyer, and then Programme Director, at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London, building capacity among developing country negotiators at the World Trade Organisation. 

Ms Chaytor is interested in research and analysis on a range of economic policy issues affecting Africa. She has undertaken assignments for DFID, the European Union Commission, and the UN FAO.  She also has private sector interests in horticulture, packaging, design and well-being. 

Andrew K. Keili B.Sc. Hons.(Mining), M.Phil. (Min Studies), (Newcastle Upon Tyne), C. Eng., P.Eng., MIMM Executive Director 

Andrew Keili is an accomplished engineering and management executive as well as a politician. He has over 37 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in private industry, public institutions and consultancy work in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Keili has responsibility for directing projects of a mining, technical services and environmental nature. He is a mining and management professional with over 25 years of professional experience in Sierra Leone, United States of America and Ukraine. Mr. Keili has worked for two years in metallurgical process design and project management for Carpco Inc., a USA based company in the USA and Ukraine. He also worked for an additional year in Ukraine as a Technical Consultant to Pennwood Technology Inc. Pennwood is an American based company operating a titanium mine in partnership with the Ukrainian government. He was part of the management team at the National Power Authority and working as Head of Corporate Planning.

Prior to founding CEMMATS Group, Mr. Keili worked for Sierra Rutile Limited in several capacities including Chief Metallurgist, Chief Mine Planning Engineer and Operations Superintendent. In these capacities he was involved in the long range strategic planning for the mine and in the process design of a new treatment plant costing up to US$ 30 million. He has been involved in work related to Government policy issues in the areas of mining, infrastructure, the environment and privatisation.

Mr. Keili worked for three years in supervising capacities in alluvial diamond mining and mineral processing when he worked for the National Diamond Mining Company in Sierra Leone.

PJ Mandewa-Cole

PJ Mandewa Cole, One Young World Ambassador, Queens Young Leader and governance consultant.

PJ is Executive Director of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects.

 

PJ studied law in the UK where he joined LifeLine Projects, supporting vulnerable young people. In 2012 he was asked to restructure the work his father established in Sierra Leone. PJ now works in Sierra Leone where he directs a safe-home, four schools, vocational skills programme and farming work.

During the Ebola fight PJ and his team lead community education programmes, provided food and psycho-social support to quarantined families, and in partnership built an Ebola Clinic.  They’re also housing Ebola orphans.

 

 PJ is a One Young World Ambassador and Queens Young Leader. PJ is also a governance consultant.

Salton Massally

CTO & Co-founder, IDT Labs

Salton Massally, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of iDT Labs, is a self-taught software programmer and entrepreneur who grew up in Freetown. He specializes in the rapidly growing intersection between scalable low-cost technologies and international development challenges. He is a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology to drive social change in West Africa. He works closely with leading techies around the globe, including from East Africa, to design open source solutions.

Salton Massally, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of iDT Labs, is a self-taught software programmer and entrepreneur who grew up in Freetown. He specializes in the rapidly growing intersection between scalable low-cost technologies and international development challenges. He is a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology to drive social change in West Africa. He works closely with leading techies around the globe, including from East Africa, to design open source solutions.

 

Salton was selected as a Queen’s Young Leader for 2017. The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives. Winners of this prestigious Award receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty the Queen. With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.

 

Salton is recognised as a business leader and tech innovator in the West African region, for his exemplary work at the intersection of technology and social impact in Sierra Leone. 

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