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                 Management Team

The Management Team is charged with the day-to-day operations and management of MCA-Liberia. The Management Team undertakes, contracting, program management, financial management, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation. The Management Team is led by the Chief Executive Officer and is composed of directors and officers. The Management Team was selected after an open and competitive recruitment and selection process. In its day-to-day management of the compact, the Management Team reports to the Board of Directors. 


 

Monie R. Captan

Chief Executive Officer

Monie R. Captan has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, President of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Comium Telecommunications, Inc.

Mr. Captan is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the IBB Graduate School of International Relations, University of Liberia.

He earned a B.A. in Political Science (1985) and M.A. in International Relations (1987) from the University of San Diego in California, USA. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humanities (honoris causa) by the United Methodist University in Liberia (2017).

He is the author of a book entitled “Introduction to Liberian Government and Political System” (2016), and co-author of the “Liberia Constraints Analysis” (2013).

Prior to becoming CEO of MCA Liberia, he served as National Coordinator of Liberia’s Compact Development Project.

As CEO, Mr. Captan provides overall leadership for the Compact implementation.

 

 


 

Tshaka E. Dennis

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

 

Tshaka E. Dennis, PE is a professional engineer with more than 34 years of engineering experience. Mr. Dennis has managed multidisciplinary teams involved in complex infrastructure and energy projects worldwide, including planning, design and supervision of highways, water supply and sanitation, airports, ports, and power plants.

He has held senior management positions with reputable consulting engineering firms in the USA, including Vice President of Stanley Consultants, Inc. and Sr. Associate with Energy Markets Group, Inc. 

 

Prior to joining MCA Liberia, he served as Senior Infrastructure Advisor for Anglophone West Africa for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Mr. Dennis is a graduate of the City University of New York, (Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering) and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (B.Sc., Civil Engineering). 

As the DCEO, Mr. Dennis is the hands-on manager for the Compact, including engineering and technical activities.

  

 


 

 


 

 

James A.A. Pierre II

General Counsel

 

Counsellor James A. A. Pierre II practiced law in New York for six years before returning to Liberia in 2012. He worked at the Law Reform Commission and then served as Supreme Court law clerk to Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks III for several years.

Following his clerkship, he began to work at his family's law firm, Pierre, Tweh and Associates, while at the same time served as a consultant to the Ministry of Justice on enforcement and compliance issues within the forestry sector.  Counsellor Pierre is a graduate of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens.

As the General Counsel, Cllr. Pierre provides oversight and guidance to all legal issues in the implementation of the Liberia Compact.

 

 

 


 

 


 

Krystle Cooper

Private Sector Director

Krystle Cooper spent more than five years working as the Business Policy Analyst for the Investment Climate Advisory Program with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in its Liberia country office. There, she became interim coordinator for the Liberian Better Business Forum. 

She provided technical assistance to the Government of Liberia on various private sector development initiatives and conducted capacity building with Liberia’s various business associations. 

Before working for the IFC, Krystle spent seven years with Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s largest B2B credit reporting agency in various financial capacities including Director of Channel Development and Pricing its Middle Market sales organization.

 She holds a M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, in New York where she focused on sustainable investment and development. Krystle also obtained a B.Sc. in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

As the Director of Private Sector Development for the Liberia Compact, she is responsible for implementing the new Management Service Contract of the LEC as well as promoting the private sector within other aspects of the compact.

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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Victor L. Stewart 

Roads Director 

Victor L. Stewart has more than 37 years of construction experience on a broad range of building and civil projects in the USA, and most recently as Deputy Project Manager for the Camp Construction on Mt. Coffee Dam Project in Liberia. Asphalt and Concrete Pavements are his specific areas of expertise, but during the past 25 years has served in senior management positions and owned companies that focused on Infrastructure Development (Airports, Bridges, Roads, and Utilities. etc.).

He earned a BSc. in Civil Engineering – Construction Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

A paper he wrote during his senior year on “Risk-Sharing in the Tunneling Industry”, was published in the Journal of American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995; and he is a regular contributor of articles to the Summit Magazine (Black Pages – Ohio).

As Director of the Road Project, Mr. Stewart leads the MCA-Liberia efforts to put in place a national road maintenance program as contained in the Liberia Compact.

 

 

 


 

 


 

M. Hady Sherif

Energy Director

M. Hady Sherif has over 10 years of experience coordinating a number of energy projects for several local and international organizations.

He was Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy Technology (CSET), before joining MCA-Liberia. He coordinated local support to the Owner’s Engineer for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Project, and supervised local efforts to inspect prepayment meters and geo-reference of all LEC’s installations in Monrovia and its suburbs under the LEC`s Loss Reduction Program. 

He coordinated Liberia’s first-ever prepayment electricity metering pilot project and participated in the establishment of the Prototype-Rural and Renewable Energy Agency, while serving as its Planning and Technology Officer.

Mr. Sherif holds a BSc in Economics, from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and an MSc in Regional Science from the University of Liberia. 

As the Director of Energy, Mr. Sherif leads MCA-Liberia technical and reform support for the energy sector of Liberia, including the standing up of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC).

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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Paul K. Kennedy   

ESP Director

Paul K. Kennedy is a Public Health professional with over ten years of experience, managing Environmental and Public Health programs. Prior to joining the MCA-Liberia Team, Mr. Kennedy worked with two healthcare and developmental organizations, DC Chartered Health Plan and AmeriHealth Caritas in Washington, DC USA. 

 

At both entities, he managed programs and projects valued over five million United States dollars annually. He has served in various strategic leadership positions and played key role in building capacities and strengthening systems of individuals and organizations worldwide.

 He also recently served as an Assistant Professor, teaching Health Science Courses, at Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences in Washington, DC.  Mr. Kennedy obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree with emphasis in Health Management from Howard University in Washington, DC USA and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Walden University in Baltimore, MD USA.

 

As the Director of Environmental and Social Protection, Mr. Kennedy leads the MCA-Liberia partners` engagement and support to address environmental issues related to the Liberia Compact implementation. 

 

 


 

 


 

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S. Benedict Dossen

GSI Director

S. Benedict Dossen is a Social Worker, strategic planner, policy development and Mental Health Specialist. With more than 10 years of experience, he has been involved in national and international projects to improve bio-psychosocial functioning and economic wellbeing of disadvantaged populations. 

Mr. Dossen worked for the Carter Center, World Bank, Child Fund, Yale University, and Colombia University. At The Carter Center, he helped the Ministry of Health developed the National Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan, and supported the setup of the national mental health center of excellence. He served as its Interim Executive director.

Mr. Dossen studied Global Mental Health (MSc GMH) at King’s College in London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. He previously studied Social Work and Community development at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Liberia.

As the Director of Gender and Social Inclusion, Mr. Dossen leads MCA-Liberia gender and social Inclusion program and provide guidance and oversight to ensure that gender, social inclusion and poverty reduction are mainstreamed across the Liberia Compact activities . 

 

 


 

 


 

Jacob N.W. Slewion, Sr.

Procurement Director

Jacob N.W. Slewion, Sr., is a Policy Economist, with a strong background in Accounting and Public Procurement and Financial Management, has worked in the public and private sectors and academia since 2007.

 

Mr. Slewion, Sr., brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and professional expertise which cuts across economic policy issues, public procurement and financial management, auditing and economic analysis and research. He earned his graduate degree from the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in Economic Policy Management, and his undergraduate degree from the African Methodist Episcopal University, Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, Liberia in Accounting (Hons).

Mr. Slewion leads the scrupulous implementation of the MCA-Liberia procurement guidelines.

 

 


 

 


 

Nicholas Dikenah

M&E Director

Nicholas Dikenah is a top-notched Monitoring & Evaluation and Development Assistance Specialist with over 10 years of work experience in project management, implementation and monitoring oversight.

He has professional experience working on poverty-reduction related initiatives with the United Nations systems, International/national non-governmental institutions, national and local governments. He holds a four-year Certificate in Logic and Humanities, Bachelors in Economics, and is a candidate for Masters at the University Of Liberia Graduate School Of Regional Science.

Added to his portfolio are an array of certificates in statistics, poverty evaluation and measurement, project monitoring & evaluation, etc. from international and local trainings. He served as M&E Lead and M&E Specialist during the Compact Development phase (2013 – 2016) and was member of the Liberian Government delegation that negotiated the Liberia Compact with the US Government acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in 2015.

As Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for MCA-Liberia, Mr. Dikenah leads the tracking of project implementation evidence based results against the indicators of the Liberia Compact.

 

 


 

 


 

 

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Poliyon Alphonsus Zeon

Communications & Outreach Director 

Poliyon Alphonsus Zeon has more than 15 years of experience in media mainstream practice, development and project management.

He has served as Deputy Project Lead for The Carter Center Access to Information programme in Liberia. He helped popularize the Freedom of Information Law and provided technical assistance to government and civil society for -- proactive disclosure, responding to information request and demanding information respectively and using it to improve lives.

Mr. Zeon worked for the BBC with assignment at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he communicated the proceedings of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to West Africa and globally through a range of mechanisms.

He holds a BA in Mass Communications and an LLB in Law from the University of Liberia and lectured there in Media Law and Ethics.

As Director of Communications & Outreach, he leads the MCA-Liberia public engagements and consultations, communicating a realistic understanding of the Compact and its implementation progress as well as fostering relationships with diverse partners, including government, civil society, media, and communities. 

 


 

 


 

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Lenda Russ

Admin/Finance Director

Ms. Russ has a wealth of experience in financial accounting & reporting. 

She has worked in all manner of accounting and finance roles, moving upwards into budgeting and financial management. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms Russ started her career with Price Waterhouse Africa, worked for several companies including Boeing, Dotcoms and the National Grid located in Brooklyn, NY. 

A well-organized professional, Ms Russ is analytical, pays very keen attention to details, and has a proven track record of streamlining processes as well as developing and producing management and financial reports that ensure data integrity and provide succinct & relevant information necessary for decision making.

 Ms. Russ also holds a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University, Seattle, Washington. She`s responsible for MCA finance and administrative work.

 


 

 


 

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M&E Manager

 

Barward Johnson has more than 7 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, and has served in senior Monitoring and Evaluation positions with several USAID/Liberia projects. 

He was Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID/Liberia Monitoring and Evaluation Program, and Strategic Analysis Specialist of the USAID/Liberia Strategic Analysis Activity. 

He holds a BA Degree in Sociology/Demography from the University of Liberia and is currently a MPA candidate at the same university. 

Barward manages and provides M&E support to the MCA Monitoring and Evaluation directorate.

 

 


 

 


 

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Senesee S. Hemoh

Project Manager

 

Senesee S. Hemoh is a professional Project Manager with a Practitioner credential in the PRINCE2 Project Management methodology.

Mr. Hemoh has wealth of experience in public infrastructure delivery systems and has served as Project/Design Engineer for the United Nations Office for Project Services – Liberia, Technical Manager-LENSEN & Associates, and Field Engineer at Walker Robinson International a British-American Engineering firm. He has also served as part time lecturer in the department of Civil Engineering, Stella Maris Polytechnic Liberia.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the Stella Maris Polytechnic - Liberia with distinction and a Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering with distinction at the Hohai University, Nanjing, and Peoples Republic of China. 

He is the author of the research article “Sustainable Integrated Management Framework for Water Resources in Africa Arid Region” Journal of Developing Country Studies Vol. 4. No. 12. 2014. 

 

 


 

 


 

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Lamine Kamara

Information Technology Manager

Lamine Kamara is an Information Technology Professional, he brings to the MCA Liberia team a wealth of experience spanning through nearly twenty years in international organizations, private and public sectors. 

Lamine Kamara holds Bachelor Degree in computing, awarded by University of Portsmouth-UK, Master of Science Degree in Computer Science by Blekinge Institute of Technology-Sweden, and MBA in Technology Management awarded by Don Bosco University-India. 

 

 


 

 


 

 

Rosa Dillon

Human Resource Manager

 Rosa E. A. Dillon has over 11 years of professional experience as a manager in the areas of Human Resources and Administration with various international organizations.  Prior to joining the MCA Liberia, she served as Human Resources Adviser for the International Business Initiative (IBI), a USAID funded project providing support to the National Elections Commission (NEC), Liberia. 

Ms. Dillon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cuttington University, Liberia.  As the Human Resources Manager, she is responsible to direct, guide and lead the human resources within the MCA Liberia to achieve the Compact goals.

This responsibility includes developing human resources policies, staffing, training & development, and compensation & benefits.

 

 


 

 


 

DELE SHOBAYO

Energy Project Technical Assistance Manager

Dele Shobayo has a wealth of experience in Electric Power Systems, Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He is also an academic and researcher who has taught electrical engineering across several universities including the University of Liberia. He has authored and co - authored numerous scholarly articles in peer - reviewed journals including ‘An Assessment of the Small Hydro Potential of Opeki River, Southwestern Nigeria’, Science Journal of Energy Engineering, Volume 2, Issue 3, (June 2014) and ‘Optimal Selection of Hydraulic Turbines for Small Hydro Electric Power Generation’, Nigerian Journal of Technology, Vol. 34 No. 3, (July 2015). 

Prior to joining MCAL he served as Senior Technical Advisor on Energy to the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy where he contributed to the formulation and review of public policies and legislations with a view to improving energy access and promoting clean, affordable and reliable energy in Liberia. He also contributed to the development of national and regional masterplans and projects including the ECOWAS Regional Infrastructure Masterplan and the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Pipeline Projects for Liberia under the World Bank’s SE4All Initiative. While at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, he also served as member of the Government of Liberia’s, Infrastructure Working Group (IWG), and Technical Steering Committee on Additional Funding for Via Reservoir and ECOWAS Regional Infrastructure Working Group. 

Dele Shobayo has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Electrical Machines and Power Systems from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He also has an Advanced Certificate in Power System Protection from the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company.

 

 


 

 


 

 

Joshua J. Suku

Administrative Assistant to CEO

 

 

 

Joshua J. Suku is an Administrative Professional who brings to the team a wealth of institutional knowledge from the Compact Development Stage.  Prior to him joining the MCA, he has been engaged with the Liberian private sector for over seven years. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the African Methodist Episcopal University.

 

As the CEO Assistant, he is responsible to coordinate activities between the office of the CEO, other MCA Directors, the MCC and other partners of the MCA. 

 

 


 

 


 

Theophilus M. Cooper

Civil Works Engineer

 

 

Theophilus M. Cooper is a Civil Engineer with more than 15 years of engineering experience.  He has professional experience implementing infrastructure projects (design, construction and rehabilitation) in Liberia.  Mr. Cooper has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Stella Maris Polytechnic College, Liberia and an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from Tubman University; Liberia. 

 

His work experience includes serving as National Technical Consultant/Engineer for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and an Engineer for the German Technical Corporation (GTZ). 

 

 

As the Civil Works Engineer, Mr. Cooper provides technical expertise in civil engineering to support the implementation and coordination of project-level infrastructure-related activities set forth in the Compact and related documentation.  

 

 


 

 


 

 

Chrichtian Neal 

Information Technology Officer

 

 

Chrichtian Neal  is an Information Technology (IT) Officer with more than 15 years of professional experience, including management of IT projects for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and international humanitarian organizations.  Mr. Neal has practical knowledge and experience in the Information and communication technology (ICT) field, with emphasis on organizational enhancement, cost reduction, and customer service orientation. He has a BSc. degree and MSc. degree in Information Technology from the Amity University, India. 

 

As IT Officer, Mr. Neal provides technical support in the development and maintenance of IT systems to support the business applications and IT communications requirements of MCA-Liberia.

 

 

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