Michael S. Kargbo, Deputy Director General-Policy

Dr. Kargbo was appointed Deputy Director-General in charge of Policy in November 2016 and took up office in January 2017. Prior to taking up this post he served as Chairman/Commissioner of the National Commission for Privatisation (January 2014 – December 2016) and as Private Sector Adviser in the Office of the President (May – December 2013). Before entering government, Dr. Kargbo served as Acting Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, University of Sierra Leone and for a little over seven years taught Public Policy, International Relations, Governance (including corporate governance), Leadership and Global Tourism at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and Public Administration at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone. He also served as Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of IPAM, Acting Head of the Department of Governance and Leadership and Head of Research.

He has published a book titled British Foreign Policy and the Conflict in Sierra Leone, 1991 – 2001 (Oxford, Peter Lang), two book chapters and several academic articles.

He has undertaken several consulting assignments such as reviewing past agricultural policies in Sierra Leone for FAO/MAFFS and the State of Democracy and Political Governance in Sierra Leone for the African Peer Review Mechanism. He served as Sector Expert for the thematic area of Democracy and Good Political Governance for the APRM process in Sierra Leone and for the Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation.

Dr. Kargbo possesses substantial experience in capacity building in the broad areas of Governance (including corporate governance) and public management (including performance management and civil service reform), diplomacy, public relations and tourism development and marketing.

He received his PhD from the University of Birmingham and holds graduate degrees in International Relations and Development Studies and in International Tourism Policy from the universities of East Anglia and North London respectively, and a BA from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.