Liberia Who’s Who 2014 – Personalities of the Year

The Management of this widely browse website is pleased to release its personalities of the year, 2014 following the submission of a list of nominees  to our offices from both local and international browsing public.

Below are list of those qualified for our Who's Who 2014:

1, Man Of The Year – Dr. Jerry Brown

Our Man of the year title goes to Dr. Jerry Brown who tirelessly braved the storm of Ebola as Media expert of the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.

His selection is based on his tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defences, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving lives of dozens of Liberians who came in contact with this deadly virus.

The Ebola outbreak has turned into an epidemic in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and there have been scattered cases in Nigeria, Mali, Spain, Germany and the United States. More than 6000 people have died, according to figures from the World Health Organisation.

Due to all of these on the part of Dr. Brown the management of GNN-Liberia has conferred on him this annual title as ‘Our Man Of  The Year.

2. Woman Of The Year – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Our Woman of the year title also goes to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female President for her resilience in handling the people and country she rules; despite of critics continual stance to weaken her administration.

She has stood the test of time in the face of this deadly Ebola virus which has taken thousands of lives, and stayed home instead of leaving the Country to attend international matters.

President Sirleaf has been focused since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, making sure that her country is free of this deadly virus; fearlessly visiting affected Ebola communities consoling people who have been in contact of the virus.

Her tolerance to critics, especially those taking the airwaves to criticize her administration with no backing facts has also made her to capture this title.

3.    Legislator Of The Year – Armah Jallah

Our Legislator of the year is Gbarpolu County Senator, Armah Zulu Jallah who over the past twelfth months has significantly impacted the lives of his people; providing relief services and seeking their wellbeing in the Liberian senate.

His fearless approach to legislative issues in the Senate has won him this title; speaking for the Liberian people, and seeking their interest in his capacity as a lawmaker gives many the impetus to select him as their lawmaker of the year.

He has to his credit many enormous achievements, to name a few:

*Has always fought against the abuse of human rights without investigation, the abuse of private property right; advocate social justice and the utilization of political means; opposed the New Forestry Reform Law of Liberia intended to confiscate private property right to logging companies

*Created two streets in Bopolu City (Church Street & Zolu Ave.)

*Constructed gas station at Saw Mill (Bomi County)

*Constructed a 33-room modern hotel (with landing pad for helicopters). The hotel has a state of the art 5-room radio station (project valued at US$1.6M) among other things.

4. Politician Of The Year – Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa

Our politician of the year has won lots of admirations from the people of Liberia including those residing in this West African state for his maturity in handling political issues as head of one of Liberia’s largest political grouping, the Liberty Party.

His stance to see the growth and development of Liberia over the years as a nationalist also won him this title as a truth Liberian politician; making sure that the country human resource is utilize to its highest peak.

Our politician of the year, 2014 has over the year helped in the human resource development of the country through his institution, the International Law Group (ILG). a small law firm with a big corporate and government focus.

The firm is designed for the foreign client who needs corporate services from lawyers who are familiar with international jurisprudence and how the confluence of their own law could affect their business in Liberia, and the government client who needs expertise from lawyers familiar with government policy, practice and inner workings.

The firm’s lawyers have a combined 30 years of experience in legal practice both in the United States and Liberia and over 40 years of experience in government and international non-government organization work. It is uniquely qualified to offer liberal legal techniques along with a wide network of contacts within the Government of Liberia to deliver efficient, effective and quality legal service to its clients.

This firm through the instrumentality of Cllr. Koffa has over the year drastically reduced the high wave of unemployment in the country by absorbing those qualified Liberians into the employ of this reputable legal firm, the ILG.

Due to the nationalistic gesture of this learned Liberian legal practitioner, and politician  his selection as our politician of the year received an irresistible approval for his inclusion for this year’s  GNN-Liberia Who’s  Who award.

5. Director General  Of The Year – Dewitt vonBallmoos

The Director General of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), Mr. Dewitt vonBallmoos has captured our Director General of the year title due to his sound administrative handling of his corporation.

His administration has made significance progress by undertaken dozens of meaning projects including the construction of NASSCORP multipurpose house at the ELWA Junction.

The building has been described by many onlookers as "a beauty for ELWA Junction and the city of Paynesville. Since the post conflict in the country, this is the first of its kind for a government's autonomous agency to erect a multi-complex like what is seen at ELWA Junction."

Also his managerial skills at NASSCORP have made every employee at that entity to appraise him as “One of the best” bosses they ever had in the existence of the Corporation.

6. Committed Administrator Of The Year – T. Nellson Williams, II

Due to his numerous and unwavering contribution to the growth and development of the Liberian economy, his commitment to see Liberia better amongst the comity of nations, the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Mr. T. Nelson Williams has been selected as GNN’s Committed Administrator of the year – 2014.

Despite of his portfolio as Managing Director of LPRC, Mr. Williams has over the year, 2014 won the hearts of many for his countless humanitarian assistance to the needy, especially the less fortunate in the Liberian society.

His administration at the LPRC has been graded by both employees and ordinary Liberians for his professional services, and his quest to see Liberia graduating from the state of poverty to the high level of rich economy with its human resource development moving forward.

8. Company Of The Year – Arcelormittal

Our Company of the year is the world’s largest steel company, Arcelormittal which has drastically impacted the lives of thousands of Liberians through employment, and its endless provision of scholarships to the country’s youthful population.

The Company’s huge investment in Liberia’s mining and transport infrastructure is helping Liberia to rebuild its economy after years of civil war. Its stakeholder engagement programmes are allowing communities in Brazil to influence the development of their local plant.

 ArcelorMittal’s revitalization of Liberia’s mining industry shows how responsible and transparent business practices and investment can bring long-term economic and social benefits to an emerging market.

Citizens and residents of areas where this company is operating have showed some high level of appreciation, lauding the great effort of ArcelorMittal in its drive to economically improve their respective counties.

9.    Managing Director Of The Year – Matilda Wokie Parker

Our Managing Director title has again gone to one of Liberia’s respected female managers, Madam Matilda W. Parker, Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA)  who is currently steering then affairs of the Country’s four seaports with her refined administrative skills.

Many including her employees and ordinary Liberians and foreign residents described her as one of Liberia’s proficient female Manager due to her immense improvements at the NPA.

Madam Matilda Parker is a seasoned team player with demonstrated abilities to build peak-performing teams and achieve cross-functional business objectives by articulating vision and establishing credibility.

She will forever be remembered at the NPA by Liberians for her splendid administrative role in managing the country’s seaports, and her cordial relationship with people in both the private and public sectors.

Her administration at the NPA has given that entity additional look locally and international especially meeting all international rules governing port users worldwide, this many described as a major milestones for the NPA.

10.    Financial Manager Of The Year – Mills Jones
Our Financial Manager of the year is Dr. Joseph Mills Jones whose effort during the year under review as Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) continued the approach of advancing financial inclusion in Liberia through the support and engagement of microfinance institutions, community credit unions, and village savings and loan associations.  CBL also continued the process of working with mass-based organizations to structure for their members, a financial credit union so that those members could also be gradually integrated into the formal financial system.

His effort to transform the Liberian financial sector has won him this title, especially his bank, the CBL active engagement of credit unions and village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) primarily because these are the two categories of institutions that serve the rural areas.  

Improving the Regulatory Environment

Under a grant from the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, CBL undertook a project to update the Liberian National Strategy for Financial Inclusion which expired since..  The year-long project has engaged national stakeholders in focus group discussions in all of the counties.  Under the project, CBL conducted for the first time in Liberia, a national baseline survey aimed at collecting financial inclusion data.

Significant strides continued to be made in exploring opportunities for expansion of mobile money in Liberia.  During the year, CBL hosted a Landscape Assessment Mission which brought together the UN Capital Development Fund, USAID-GEMS, GSMA together with national stakeholders to assess the regulatory environment and identify the challenges and constraints faced in Liberia.  Arising out of that assessment was the decision to consider changes in the current regulations amongst other things

11.    Health Promoter Of The Year – Tolbert Nyansuah

Our Health Worker title goes to Mr. Tolbert Nyansuah Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for his advocacy role played in the prevention of the Ebola virus amongst Liberians and their foreign partners.

His advocacy on the prevention of f the virus created more awareness making people to be mindful of the danger of this deadly disease, he was always on local radio stations telling people on how they should go about in the prevention of this disease..

Our Health Worker of the year, Mr.  Nyenswah oversees the Bureau of Preventive Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, where he is responsible for the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as mental health.

12. Administrator Of The Year – Harrison Karnwea

Honorable Harrison S. Karnwea, Managing Director of  the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) is our Administrator of the year – 2014; his professional and committed managerial skills over the past twelfth months has been admired by many who without hesitation nominated him for this annual title.

His appointment as Managing Director of the FDA by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , after months of acting following the dismissal of Moses  Wogbeh over alleged irregularities in the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) in logging last year has been vigorous in the operation of that entity.

He has been admired by employees and ordinary Liberians for his stance in the workable improvement of the entity has also added more praises to his assignment as Managing Director.

He has always said the FDA is committed to open, transparent and accountable leadership in the forestry sector, and further told the Liberian media that the FDA will continue to foster collective ownership of the Liberian forest resources through open dialogue where the interests of all partners and other stakeholders are protected and secured. His work at that entity has been appraised  by many, nominating him as our Administrator of the year 2014.

13. Committed Public Official Of The Year –  Philomena Bloh Sayeh

Our most committed and hardworking Government Official of the year 2014 is Madam P. Bloh Sayeh,  Director General of the Center For National Documents & Records, whose performances at this important entity graded high due to her commitment to the growth and development of the Liberian economy.

A survey conducted by our team of reporters and ordinary Liberians about the works of this lady showed that the  professional services being rendering the Liberian people y this entity worth million of praises, making specific reference under the administration of Madam  Sayeh.

This recognition by our editorial staff to Madam Sayeh is a result of people submitting her nomination to this title as GNN Committed Public Official of the year.

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