Dr. Kolleh Bangura was amongst the first wave of Diasporas to return home to fill the critical skills gap after the migration of most of the country’s skilled nationals. His first appointment under the Office of Diaspora’s capacity building project was Senior Mining Engineer with specific attention on the environmental risk management in mining where he assisted assiduously in the enactment of the Mines and Minerals Act 2009. Also he helped in the formulation of the now Institutional and Technical Assistance Project (ITAP) formerly the Ministerial Technical Assistance Project which is now a flagship project in that Ministry. However, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral resources lacked so much capacity in that period that the Ministry also asked him to assist in the administration of the Kono District Divisional Office and to supervise junior engineers in other regions. He is remembered as the expert who signed the highest number artisanal mining licenses within a mining year than any other engineer in Kono District. Dr. Kolleh Bangura almost wiped out illegal mining in that region through transparent issues of licenses that brought down the cost of obtaining a mining license by 50. He intensified monitoring ensured that his team gave regular monitoring feedback from the field and swiftly, with the support of the Director of Mines and shut down all illegal diamond buying offices in Koidu.
Because of the urgent need to implement its new 2009 Mineral Act and Regulations at the Mines Ministry, Dr. Kolleh Bangura was also given the task of developing several terms of references for International consultants to implement the ITAP. Amongst these were the developments of environmental regulations for small scale mining and social and environmental code of practice for mines.
Dr.Bangura is a Multi-professional individual; he is an International and regional Environmental Management specialist; trained as agriculturist and environmental scientist and public health specialist. He has had nine years of experience in management; a substantial part of his experience was gained whilst working with the Environment Agency in England and Consultancy Missions in Africa.
His management experience of environmental administration include: steering, monitoring, co-ordinating and supervising the work of environmental management teams; ensuring the coherence of analytical work, results and policy documents; strategic planning; engaging stakeholders including donor groups; preparing, presenting and finalising the implementation and funding plans of programmes; preparation of social and environmental management plans for large projects (SEMP); conducting Environmental Impact Assessments; identification of regional and international programmes; description of the various investments required for sustainable environmental management; preparation of terms of reference for reviewing environmental codes in force; estimation of costs for environmental programmes; designing of networks for information, communication and consultation amongst environmental institutions; Identification of functional capacity building needs; drafting of environmental Acts and byelaws; planning environmental compliance, enforcement and monitoring; decentralisation of environmental administration; coordination of research activities and a working knowledge of International Environmental Law; Reviewing of projects; climate change science and modelling; Climate Change (risk and vulnerability analysis); strategizing for mitigation of climate change; carbon marketing; regional and international co-operation – multilateral framework and communicating climate change research)
Dr. Bangura has had several special professional Development training in Environment Project management; Communication skills; International Environmental Law (International Environmental Conventions); Environmental Law; USA Environmental Law; UK Environmental Law and Liberia Environmental Law); Team Management and Leadership skills (360 degrees); Human Resources Management; Professional Development Review: Staff Appraisal; Environmental Planning (Preparation of National and Local Environmental Plans; marine and aquatic surveying; Fish systematic; macro- benthic systematic; Natural resources management; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Biological monitoring of water quality; Environmental research methods; Assessing change in environmental systems; Laboratory techniques; Environmental Data Analysis; Geographic Information systems (GIS); Remote Sensing (Land Classification and analysis of remotely sensed data; Digital maps preparation using Arc View and Map Info software; working with politicians and getting the best out of them; managing change and organisational behavior.
Other professional training and experience also included Mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment (WHO-OCD10); Neurological disorders; cognitive behavioural therapy; family therapy; intensive and acute mental health nursing; Forensic psychiatry; assessment of mental health problems; crisis management; children and adolescent mental health care; Old age psychiatry (Gerontology); management of mental health services; disaster management; assessment; Assessing learning in the work environment.
He served as Associate Lecturer at the Open University – UK and part time lecturer at the Njala University from 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Health and Environmental disciplines.
In October 1985-June 1990 he obtained his BSc. degree in Agriculture from Njala University,University of Sierra Leone.
He also got a Diploma in HE Nursing from the University of Greenwich October 1992-September 1995 and went on to pursue his Msc. in Environmental Science from Birkbeck College in London; from October 1995 – June 1997.He furthered his education and acquired a PhD and MPhil. degree respectively in Environmental science from Kings College London in October 1999 – August 2005.
Dr Bangura has had quite an impressive work experience ranging from Laboratory Assistant in September 1983-September 1995. He was also a Science Teacher at the European Baptist Secondary School Mambolo from September 1990 – August 1991. He worked as a Psychiatric nurse at the National Health Service (Oxleas NHS Trust) in the UK from September 1995- August 2006 and became a Ward Manager from September 2006-June 2007.
He became a part time Director for the Goderich and Lumley Primary Health Care (NGO- Emergency relief project) in October 2000-December 2003 and
In December 2003 -2007 he was the Environmental Monitor incharge of Monitoring (The Thames Estuary)
Dr. Bangura has served as consultants for several distinguished institutions such as Plan International Sierra Leone on Monitoring and Evaluation of Moyamba District Mass Birth Registration Project Evaluation. Also as Environmental consultant in Liberia Emergency Infrastructure Project will to assist the Government to reconstruct parts of the country’s devastated infrastructure.
In September 2009 – 2010 he was the Senior Mining Engineer – Environmental at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources.
Dr. Bangura is currently the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sierra Leone. He is a member of several distinguished Professional Assosciations namely: The Birkbeck College Society London, Member of Kings College Society London; Former Member of Employment Promotion Committee (Ministry of Employment and Social Security (Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone) (July 2008 – October 2009),Former Member of Waste Management Programme Committee (Freetown City Council, Ministry of Health and Sanitation and United Nations Development Programme,
Core Member of the Bioenergy and Food Security Working Group: this group is responsible for the development of the Sierra Leone bioenergy Policy and Guidelines.
He is the Global Environment Facility National Operational Focal Point.
Dr Kolleh Bangura is married with two children.