The NMA is headed by a Board, which is the governing body of the Agency and is responsible for overseeing key operational activities including: approving operational budgets for the NMA, establishing strategic direction, ensuring organisational effectiveness, setting standards and assessing performance, approving operational policies and implementing and overseeing effective human resource management.
The NMA Board comprises of a Chairperson, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Mines and Minerals Resources; the Financial Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, and four independent members nominated by the Minister and appointed by the President. The Director General of the NMA serves as the Board Secretary.
Current Members of the Board of Directors are:
Raymond Moshe Roberts – Chairman
Raymond Moshe Roberts is an experienced financial management specialist and seasoned administrator, with over 35 years working experience in the banking and financial sector.
A graduate of Fourah Bay College (USL), he completed Part 2 of the ACIB and has attended several training courses in banking, policy and management within and outside Sierra Leone.
During an impressive career at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Moshe Roberts worked in different parts of the country, and held very senior management positions including Manager of Operations, Senior Manager of Operations, Director of Operations, Director of Risk Management, Director of Administration and Human Resources, Director of Corporate Banking and Business Development among others.
Moshe Roberts has also served as Board Member for several organizations including Capital Finance Company Ltd, First Discount House, Ebenezer Church, etc.
He enjoys reading, playing scrabble and travelling.
Fatmata Mustapha (Mrs) – Deputy Chairman
Fatmata Mustapha is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and the Deputy Chairman of the NMA Board of Directors. A career civil servant, she has an impressive record of service in various government ministries, during which she meritoriously rose through the ranks to her present position.
Fatmata Mustapha has a Masters degree in Public Administration and has undertaken several courses in administration, procurement and strategic management. She has also attended several capacity building training workshops, seminars and conferences, within and outside Sierra Leone.
Ing. Alpha Badamasi Savage: B. Eng; M.S; FSLIE; P. Eng. – Member
Ing. Alpha Badamasi Savage is a professional Civil Engineer with thirty four years experience in the engineering and construction industries locally and internationally.
He earned his Masters degree at the University of Arizona, USA after winning the African Graduate Fellowship Award by the African – American Institute, AAI, of the USA (i.e. AFGRAD scholar) in 1979.
Currently Senior Lecturer of Civil Engineering at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, FBC; Badamasi Savage has also served as Head of Department of Civil Engineering, FBC 2003 – 2008 and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering FBC 2005 – 2010. He was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the training of Mining Engineers in Ghana for the Mining Sector, and the eventual commencement of the Mining Engineering programme at the Faculty of Engineering , FBC in 2010.
He has served as consultant for several donor funded road projects, worked as Dam Construction Engineer at the Sierra Rutile Mine site 1988 – 1992 and was Consultant responsible for the Geotechnical investigation and design of a 2000 ft long, 45 ft high earth dam at the Sierra Rutile Mine site in 2007.
He is a Fellow and a former President of the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (FSLIE); and Council member of the Professional Engineers Registration Council (PERC) of Sierra Leone.
He is also an ardent researcher, and has made several publications in academic journals.
He was born in Gandorhun town, Gbaneh Chiefdom, Kono District in Eastern Sierra Leone.
A former employee of the defunct National Diamond Mining Company (NDMC) in the 70s and 80s, Francis Gbondo served NDMC as Store Keeper and later Time Keeper Clerk at the company’s Diamond Separator House.
In 1985, he left the diamond industry for the insurance world, and worked as life underwriter at the America Life Insurance Company (ALICO) and as Assistant Branch Manager at the Davies Branch in Freetown.
During the 11-year rebel war in Sierra Leone, he was involved in humanitarian work, which attracted the attention of other humanitarian agencies, and he was awarded a scholarship to study Management and Nation Building with M.S.I USAID where he earned a Diploma in Management in 2004.
Francis Gbondo is also a political activist and his messages of unity and tolerance have been instrumental in promoting democracy and good governance in his home district of Kono. In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of the Kono District Political Parties Association (KODPPA), an organization that worked in close collaboration with the Political Parties Registration Commission to promote tolerance among political parties in the Kono.
He also has experience serving in different boards, including Chairman – Hospital Management Board in Kono, and Chairman Board of Governors – Koidu Girls Secondary School.
His experience in the diamond industry and other sectors is very useful to the NMA.
Sahr Wonday – Secretary
A seasoned senior mining executive with significant operational experience in mining and mineral processing specifically related to diamonds and mineral sands (Rutile, Ilmenite, and Zircon). SahrWonday graduated in 1974 with First Class Honours degree in Mining Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of London, and has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. MrWonday is also a UK qualified Accountant and was admitted as Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 2000, he is a citizen of Sierra Leone.
After 4 years with the National Diamond Mining Co, MrWonday joined Sierra Rutile Ltd (SRL) in 1978. During an uninterrupted period of 34 years with SRL, he held a number of senior positions including Technical Services Manager responsible for geology, mine planning and development, plant metallurgy and laboratory services. Career highlights with SRL included leading role in process design and commissioning of various tailings retreatment plants that significantly boosted rutile production and profitability.