OFFICIAL DESIGNATION: CHIEF OF STAFF
Mr. Ahmed A. Sannoh holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Literary Studies and Linguistics and a Master of Arts (MA) in Sociolinguistics from Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone. He also read Constitutional Law and Government and Politics of Sub Saharan Africa during his undergraduate study. Professionally, he has pursued advanced courses in national security, management and strategic planning and policy development at the International Centre for National Security Studies (ICNSS) Galilee College, Israel and has benefited from Her Majesty’s diplomacy course of Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context (MDWSC) from the College of Management and Technology at the Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
In addition, he has undertaken a course in governance and human security in Africa at the Institute for Security Studies’ African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) based in Addis Ababa and is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on International Security Issues of the United States of America. Mr. Sannoh combines professional experience ranging from over 10 years of university teaching and research experience to 13 uninterrupted years of experience at various management levels in the Office of National Security (ONS) in Sierra Leone. He is currently the Chief of Staff of the ONS, Acting Secretary to the National Security Council (NSC), Secretary to the Advisory Board of the Trans-national Organized Crime Unit (TOCU-SL) and Chairman of the Strategic Situation Group (SSG), Sierra Leone’s national security sector think-tank.
Mr. Sannoh is a member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate at the Njala University in Sierra Leone co-supervised by Prof. Ann M. Fitz-Gerald, Senior Security and Justice Adviser to the UK Government and Chair in Security Sector Management, Department of Management and Security, Cranfield University, United Kingdom. His subject of study is: Critical Analysis of Key Challenges to Post Conflict Peace building Process in Sierra Leone.