Hon. Professor David John Francis

Chief Minister

Republic of Sierra Leone

Professor David J. Francis serves as the Chief Minister of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Before his appointment, he was Chairman of the Government Transition Team. He was designated by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation for the purposes of the Commonwealth Heads of States and Government Meeting (CHOGM) / Commonwealth Summit in London, 18 – 20 April 2018 and the state visit to the State of Qatar 21- 23 April 2018.

Professor David J. Francis was the Head of Department of Peace Studies & Director of the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS) at the University of Bradford, UK. He served as Commissioner for the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and held the UNESCO Chair of African Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom; Diploma in Law, Development and Social Justice from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands; Diploma in Human Rights, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden, and BA (Hons) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Professor Francis has published extensively with nine books and more than fifty journal articles, book chapters and commissioned-policy papers. Some of his published works include: African Peace Militaries: War, Peace & Democratic Governance, Routledge, 2016 (Edited); When War Ends in Africa: building peace in divided communities. Ashgate: May 2012 (edited); Policing in Africa. Palgrave /Macmillan, April 2012 (edited); US Strategy in Africa: AFRICOM, Terrorism and Security Challenges. Routledge, Feb. 2010 (Edited); Peace and Conflict in Africa (ed.) London: Zed Books, September 2008 (Translated into Arabic in May 2010 by the Egypt-based Arabic Translation Institute); Uniting Africa: Building Regional Security Systems, Aldershot: Ashgate January 2006.

Professor Francis has consulted widely for key UN agencies; ECOWAS; African Union and some African governments.