Chief of Staff

Francis Langumba Keili

Mr Francis Langumba Keili holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and International Relations from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; Masters of Advanced Studies degree in International Security from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Advanced Certificate in International Training Course in Security Policy and New Issues in Security Course on Global Threats and Challenges from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland.

He has also undertaken other Professional Courses accredited through; Cranfield University, United Kingdom, an Advanced Certificate in Strategic Planning and Policy Development; Advanced Certificate in Security Sector Reform from Folke Bernadette Academy, Sweden and the Barcelona Peace Research Centre, Spain and Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.

He attended the St. Pauls Anglican Primary School Bo and the Bo Government Secondary School (Bo School) for his Primary and Secondary education.

In 2001, Mr Keili was among the first set of recruits that started the Office of National Security (ONS), which is the Government’s Agency for Security Sector Coordination in Sierra Leone.

He has headed almost all of the Directorates within the ONS including Senior Analyst; Director, Joint Assessment Team; Director, Provincial and Border Security; Director, Ministerial and  Inter-Agency Relations; Director, Research and Planning; Director, Planning and Inter-Agency Relations, Assistant Chief of Staff; Programme Coordinator, GoSL/UNDP Border Strengthening Programme; Secretary, Interim National Commission on Small Arms and Light  Weapons; Member, Strategic Situation Group and also served as the Security Sector representative in the late Justice Edmond Cowan Constitutional Review Committee for the review of the 1991 constitution and was the lead author in the development and inclusion of a chapter on National Security Governance in the reviewed constitution.

Mr Keili is currently the Chief of Staff, ONS (the professional head); Chairman, Integrated Elections Security Planning Committee (IESPC); Head, Strategic Situation Group; Head of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Security Sector Reform Programme and the development of the National Security Policy and Strategy for Sierra Leone.

Mr Keili is a keen Security Sector practitioner and researcher with over twenty-one uninterrupted years of service at the Strategic level within the Security Sector of Sierra Leone.