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H. E. Joseph Sam Sesay

Sierra Leone
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security

Joseph Sam Sesay is Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security for Sierra Leone. He was appointed to the position in October 2007 by President Ernest Bai Koroma.

In 1981, he moved to Russia, where he completed his masters degree in medicine at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1987. Sesay has also undergone postgraduate studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. He also completed a certificate programme to the World Bank.

In 1992 to 2000, he worked in the Planning Evaluation Monetary and Statistics division of the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In April 2000 he moved over to the National Commission for Resettlement Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (NCRRR) as Programme Manager and Evaluation Unit, after which he became Director of that unit. In 2004, Sesay had two offers, one - to go as the Director of Planning at the Commonwealth, and two, to work as the Civil Affairs Officer with the UN in Liberia. He decided to work in Liberia and was in charge of the civil affairs unit responsible for the Forestry Development Authority.