Board of Directors
Our ethical Board of Directors ensure that SEND Sierra Leone adheres strictly to Sierra Leonean legislation and the directives of all governmental stakeholders whiles ensuring that the quality of lives in Sierra Leone are improved through SEND implemented projects.
LUCY CECILIA FORAY GONDOR
Lucy Cecilia Foray Gondor is an Educationist, a Women’s Empowerment Advocate and currently serves as the President of Kailahun Women in Governance Network; a leading grassroots women’s advocacy CBO that champions women empowerment and participation in local governance. Under her leadership, Kailahun District became the first district to have the highest number of women elected as local councillors in Sierra Leone. She has also been a doyen of women’s empowerment in Eastern Province of Sierra Leone and double as the President for the Eastern Women’s Network that serves three districts that is Kailahun, Kenema and Kono.
She is the Board Chairperson of the National Executive Council-SEND Sierra Leone, Board Member of Pendembu Community Bank in Upper Bambara Chiefdom in Kailahun District, Board Member of Pendembu Vocational Secondary School. She is an aspirant to become the next Member of Parliament for Upper Bambara Chiefdom in Kailahun District.
Gondor received an Award from SEND West Africa for her leadership and commitment to SEND Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone that dismantled and re-ordered people’s lives in Sierra Leone.
Mr. Siapha Kamara is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SEND West Africa. He holds an M.A and M.Phil. in Development from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. He is a Social Development practitioner with expertise and hands-on experience in:
During over 40 year career in Social Development, Mr Kamara has led the establishment.
Under his leadership, SEND West Africa became operational in Ghana (1998), Liberia (2004) and Sierra Leone (2008), empowering disadvantaged citizens including women, youth, persons with disability, farmers and key population to exercise their social, economic and political rights. Some of his books and articles include: The Journey of A Male Gender Trainer in Northern Ghana, an article published in the book: Gender Training in Ghana in 2001 by D. Tsikata et al., A Participatory Training Handbook: Volume One: Project Planning, Management and Animation and Volume Two: Gender in Development Training, co-authored with A. Denkabe and published in 1993 by Freedom Press. Experiences in planning and conducting participatory and gender training for the staff and beneficiaries of NGOs in Northern Ghana and Problems of Food Insecurity in Liberia, published in Forum, Volume No 5, 1987. Impact of plantation agriculture on food insecurity in Liberia especially among low income groups.
Stella Moifengeh Ansumana is the National Executive Council Member of SEND Sierra Leone. Ansumana is a Development Specialist and an Educationist in Kailahun District where SEND Sierra Leone began. She possesses skills in Community Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Women’s Empowerment through many years of experience as a teacher and an advocate for Women Empowerment in the District.
She holds a Master’s Degree on Peace and Development Studies from The Njala University, Sierra Leone. She served in various positions in Kailahun District. She is currently the District Deputy Director of Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission where she is responsible for managing teachers at the district level in terms of recruitment, promotion, reassessment, handling grievances and disciplinary procedures. She also serves the Board Secretary for the Segbwema Community Bank in Daru in Kailahun District, President of the Board of Directors for N’domakeh Federation, and a member of the board of the Jawie Ahmadiyya Secondary School and served as a lecturer in the past on Community Development Studies and Emerging Issues for distance education students at the Freetown Teachers College.
Ansumana has spent the past two decades building, operating and investing in many of Sierra Leone’s most important poverty challenges such as women empowerment and educating girls to be self-reliant.
Joseph Ayamga is the Country Director for SEND Sierra Leone, a member of its National Executive Council and the Board Chair for Communities Empowerment for Water and Development (CEWAD). He has worked in International Development for eleven (11) years and is passionate for inclusive growth, social inclusion and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
For these years, Ayamga has championed women empowerment and participation in governance in Sierra Leone, his work in the 2012 and 2018 elections with Christian Aid and SEND has been respectively recognised by the European Union (EU) Observation Mission Report for Sierra Leone to be transformative and innovative. Joseph Ayamga is the first recipient of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, Alumni Achievement Award in 2015 for his outstanding humanitarian work in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Ayamga, together with his team in Sierra Leone have made significant contributions to various Social Protection, Gender, Nutrition, Financial Services and Development WASH Infrastructure (Sierra Leone) in addition to the continuous promotion of Women’s Participation in politics in Sierra Leone
SHEKU KUTUBU KONNEH
Sheku K Konneh is the treasurer for the SEND Sierra National Executive Council. He has been working in the banking sector for over 12 years, contributing to improving the sector. During his term as Branch Manager for the Ecobank SL Limited, Bo Branch, he displayed exemplary leadership in ensuring the bank was progressive and credible in providing services to customers in a timely manner. Sheku’s vast expertise and skills over the years in the financial sector will help direct, shape and provide support to the National Executive Council on financial matters of SEND SL.
He is a master’s degree holder in Business Administration from the Njala University in Sierra Leone. Sheku is the current Director of Finance for the National Commission for Social Action.
Sheku James serves as Secretary of the National Executive Council to SEND Sierra Leone. In this role, he oversees the organization’s records and provides strategic direction, and as a community and organizational development specialist, he conducts training to improve the skills of the staff of SEND Sierra Leone. Mr. Sheku previously served as Learning and Development Coordinator for the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), a reputable National NGO in Sierra Leone, overseeing organizational learning and development. Over nearly two decades at NMJD, Mr. Sheku played a vital role in the organization's growth nationally and internationally.
Before joining NMJD, Mr. Sheku was a teacher. He graduated from NJala University with a Bachelor degree in Development and Economics. He is also a Master’s Degree holder in Development Studies. Mr. Sheku is currently working with the National Council for Civic Education and Development (NaCCED) as a Curriculum Development Officer based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
With about 20 years of experience as an Educationist and almost 15 years as a women empowerment advocate in Kenema district in the Eastern region of Sierra Leone, Fatmata Dassama resonates in almost every household in Kenema District. She became a National Executive Council Member in 2020 as a result of her exemplary leadership in promoting women’s socio economic and political empowerment in Kenema district as president for the Kenema Women in Governance Network with its motto: helping women, help communities. This is a network of women led groups across the district which seeks to empower women to developed a well governed, healthy and economically stable communities in Kenema District.
She has served as chairperson for the health committee during her tenure as councilor in 2012 for the Kenema District Council. Using her leadership and advocacy skills during the 2018 general elections, there are now 11 women as councilors for both city and district councils in Kenema district. Fatmata Dassama is a Board Member of the Government Junior Secondary School in Giema village in Dama Chiefdom and a member of the Kenema District Grievance Redress Committee headed NaCSA. Fatmata Dassama’s networking skills has also earned her the position of District Coordinator for 5050 Women’s Group. She is the founder of Madihun Women’s Development Association, a rural women community led initiative seeking to promote women and girls right issues in Kenema district where she serves as the National Coordinator.