Prof. Aiah Gbakima
Minister of Technical and Higher Education


Prof. Aiah A. Gbakima is the Minister of Technical and Higher Education in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Country Director of Metabiota Inc., representing the headquarters in San Francisco, California and the Office in Washington DC.

He was also the Country Coordinator of the USAID/Predict in Sierra Leone.

He also served as a Volunteer on the CDC Ebola Vaccine Trial Data Management Safety Board (DMSB).

Prof. Gbakima was Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research (SLJBR), which is a member of the African Journal Partnership Project (AJPP).

He chaired the Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Association (HBIOMEDSL) and he is a former Professor of Microbiology, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone.

Prior to joining Metabiota Inc., Prof. Gbakima was a Consultant to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis for a year, serving as the Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for Tuberculosis. Before that, he was the Vice Chancellor and Principal (2005-2009) of the University of Sierra Leone (USL) and in that position, Professor Gbakima was the Chief Academic and Administrative Head of the University of Sierra Leone, which constituted, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Fourah Bay College (FBC) and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). In the position as Vice Chancellor and Principal, he was a statutory member of Statistics Sierra Leone Council; a member and later Chair of the Bank of Sierra Leone Trust Fund. The late President Kabbah honoured him with a National Award as Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel (GCOR).

Prof. Gbakima started his academic career at what used to be the Njala University College of the University of Sierra Leone in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1984. In 1985, he established and headed the Tropical Disease Research Unit in the Department of Biological Sciences at Njala from 1985-1995.

From 1991-1993, Prof. Gbakima was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

From 1994-1997, he was a Visiting Scholar in the same Department and School at Johns Hopkins University.

From 1997-2005, he was a Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Morgan State University, also in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Prof. Gbakima is a member of the West African Health Organization's Scientific Committee (WAHO).

He is also a founding member of the West African Health Research Network (WAHRNET), a scientific communication organ of WAHO. He is Co-Editor (English) of the West African Journal of Research for Health (WAJRH), an organ of WAHO.

Prof. Gbakima is a local Director of the Village Medical Project for Sierra Leone (VMPSL), a voluntary NGO that has been providing free medical services to the people of the Gorama Chiefdom, Kono District since 2008.

He was Board Chairman of the Foundation for Rural and Urban Development (FoRUT).

He is a member of the Freetown Dinner Club and a member of the Freetown Golf Club. He is a Christian and a member of the King Memorial United Methodist Church, Regent Road, Freetown.

He is married with four grown children and he is a proud grandfather of seven.

 

  • Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, New England Ville, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • + 232 (76) 696935 / +232 (33) 495030
  • + 232 (76) 696935 / +232 (33) 495030
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