It is with great pleasure that I share the news that H.E. President Julius Maada Bio has appointed me as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI). DSTI is situated within the Office of the President and in my role, I will also serve as an Advisor to both President Bio and the Chief Minister Prof. David Francis.
A new body of government, the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) has a simple vision: to help transform Sierra Leone into a prosperous nation through science, technology and innovation. The Directorate seeks to facilitate and support a vibrant national innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem for the public and private sectors of Sierra Leone through:
- Active technical research and development activities with government and other partners;
- Development of innovative enhancements to government service delivery and citizen engagement;
- Policy innovation in support of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship; and
- Building a pipeline of talented technologists and innovators in service to the people of Sierra Leone.
The President’s New Direction Agenda presents a unique opportunity for the growth of Sierra Leone, and I will invest all my resources, networks and experiences toward ensuring that DSTI supports Sierra Leone to become an innovation nation. We are in it together!