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CERPS Staff (in alphabetical order)

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    Nakomo Duche

    Nakomo Duche received his first degree in economics at Cuttington College and Divinity School, Suakoko, Liberia. He later obtained an LL.B. at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, and an LL.M. at the Harvard Law School.

    He started his professional career in 1972 at Chase Manhattan Bank, working at offices in Monrovia, Lagos, Frankfurt, London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and the Virgin Islands. He practised law and did consultancy work in Liberia in the late 1980s. During this time, he compiled the first electronic cumulative index of volumes 17 to 27 of the Liberian Law Reports (LLRs) and wrote computer applications to handle the database. He also analysed and prepared summaries and headnotes for opinions of the Supreme Court as part of a USAID-sponsored Human Rights Project to bring the LLRs up to date. He later joined the United Nations at missions in Somalia, Former Yugoslavia, Angola and Ecuador where he served in political and administrative functions and as legal adviser. He then worked at UN headquarters in New York where, among other duties, he managed the coordination of assistance for the institutional development of the African Union in its transition from the Organization of African Unity.

    Nakomo has recently joined CERPS where he has been working on a number of projects since August 2014. He is a contributing writer to the Liberian National History Project and lectures at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Graduate School of International Studies, University of Liberia. He participated in the re-publication of Charles Huberich's The Political and Legislative History of Liberia, an authoritative legal treatise for which he wrote the new Introduction. He is an avid student of Liberian constitutional law and history, and has written articles on the subject. He has also served as consultant on legal and judicial reform to the Governance Commission and as consultant/advisor to the National Investment Commission.

    D. Elwood Dunn

    Elwood Dunn was educated at Cuttington College and Divinity School (Liberia), and American University in Washington, DC. A scholar, a diplomat, and an educator, Dunn has served in several high level capacities in the Liberian Government, including as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs; serving as Chairman of the Liberian Cabinet in 1980, Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for American Affairs, and Director of the Foreign Service Institute. He has held professorship positions with the University of Liberia, The University of the South, Cuttington University College, Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Fordham University in New York City, and Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey.

    As a scholar, Dunn has authored, co-authored, and edited several books and articles. A few of his publications include, The Foreign Policy of Liberia During the Tubman Era 1944-1971, Historical Dictionary of Liberia (with Svend E. Holsoe), African Historical Dictionaries, Liberia: A National Policy in Transition (with S. Byron Tarr), The History of The Episcopal Church in Liberia: 1821-1980, The Annual Messages of the Presidents of Liberia;, From Joseph Jenkins Roberts, 1848 to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 2010 (an annotated compilation in three volumes);: A Biographical Dictionary, Liberia, Volume 57, World Bibliographical Series, "The Civil War in Liberia: Roots and Prospects for Resolution" in Civil Wars in Africa: Roots and Resolution, and “Liberia's Internal Response to ECOMOG's Interventionist Efforts in Peace-Keeping” in Africa: ECOMOG in Liberia, Liberia and the United States During the Cold: Limits of Reciprocity, among others.

    Dunn is a prolific orator and public speaker, having been called upon twice to provide National Orations of Liberia by two Liberian Presidents; just as he's often called upon to chair special Presidential Commissions to investigate matters of state. He is married and has adult children.

    Veronica P. Fynn

    Fynn holds BSc (Ghana), BA (UBC), MPH (Nottingham) and LLM (York) degrees and is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University and an LLB Candidate at the University of London. A specialist in interdisciplinary learning with emphasis gender/social justice and equality, Veronica has conducted research studies and consulted on projects in at least a dozen countries in Africa, Europe, Euro-Asia and North America. As an Adjunct Professor, she teaches Public Health Law at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. In 2008, she founded EV Research Inc. a private institution whose primary goal is to reduce the 10/90 R&D gap between resource poor and advance countries. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement, the only scholastic platform solely committed to issues pertinent to Internally Displaced People (IDPs) globally. Veronica serves as the Director of the Flowers School of Public Health and Health Sciences, since 2011. She has authored numerous publications, including two academic books, two children’s books, several journal articles, book chapters and editorials in international law, human rights, public health, forced migration, Indigenous/Native studies, feminist legal issues and computer literacy for children. Veronica is a born and bred Liberian war survivor having lived in Ghana for nine (9) years as a refugee before immigrating to Canada as a World University Service of Canada’s Refugee Sponsored Student. In her spare time, she blogs on Veronica Fynn’s Official Blog and the Rights of Women.

     

    Ali D. Kaba

    Ali Kaba is a program manager and senior researcher at the Sustainable Development Institute, a Liberian non-governmental organization working to transform decision-making processes in relation to national resources. Mr. Kaba has consulted with diverse national and international organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, USAID (Chemonics), and the Liberian government; specifically, the Land Commission, the Governance Commissions and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs of Liberia. He was one of eight national experts that worked on Liberia’s short-to-mid-term development agenda calls the National Vision 2030. Mr. Kaba is a published author of numerous briefs and articles, and co-authored two books, including a comprehensive study on customary land rights in Liberia: Protecting Community Lands and Resources – Evidence from Liberia. Mr. Kaba’s interest is land governance, resource management and sustainable development. He holds a master’s degree in international development from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

     

    Nathaniel T. Kwabo

    Nathaniel Kwabo is a researcher with interest and expertise in the fields of governance, public policy, conflict and peace building. He has more than twenty years of experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. Recently, Mr. Kwabo coordinated the National Core Team (the team of experts) and headed the secretariat of the national visioning program (Liberia’s long term perspective studies), where he was also one of the lead drafters of vision 2030. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia established to investigate gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law during the Liberian conflict. Mr. Kwabo is chair of the Board of Directors of Liberia Democracy Watch (LDW), a not- for- profit pro-democracy and research organization he founded in 1996. He served for a decade at the ministry of labor in Liberia where he coordinated international labor affairs and provided direct administrative and policy supervision on the application of international labor standards. Mr. Kwabo earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, international relations and conflict and peace studies from the University of Liberia and the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC, respectively.

     

    S. Byron Tarr

    Byron Tarr was born in south central Liberia and educated at the then Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University) and at the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana, USA. At Cuttington he was admitted into the honor society and awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree (economics, political science and Philosophy). The University of Illinois awarded him the Master of Arts (economics of development and labor economics) and the Doctor of Philosophy (public finance and regional studies) in 1972.At the University of Illinois, he was admitted into the Economics Honor Society of the United States.

    Byron entered public service in Liberia the year he was awarded the Ph.D. degree, served in various positions and rising to the post of Deputy Minister of Finance for Revenues, a position he resigned to accept appointment as a taxation professional in the UN’s Centre for Transnational Corporations in New York. The Tolbert Administration recalled him to Liberia a few years later and appointed him Comptroller General of Public Corporations, mandating him to improve the management of over two dozen parastatals—an airline, a shipping company, public utilities, etc. When non-commissioned officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia overthrew the Tolbert Administration in early 1980, Dr. Tarr and a friend established Tarr-Richards and Associates. In 1981, Sgt. Doe appointed Byron Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs, the agency of the GOL whose remit includes external aid coordination. He also was a member of the National Constitution Commission, drafters of Liberia’s current constitution. Parting company with the military junta, he and others formed the Liberia Action Party which he served for the next ten years as Secretary General. Arrested, jailed and his residence deliberately burned by Doe’s soldiers, he briefly settled in the US upon his release from jail.

    During the next decade or so, he was a consultant to a number of major organizations, mainly the United Nations Development Programme and USAID. During the early phases of the Liberian civil war, he and others established the first of Liberia’s several transitional administrations, serving it as the Minister of Finance. He resumed his consulting career upon leaving public service. In that career, he has worked in all Anglophone African countries, and Ethiopia. Byron’s clients have included the UNDP, the World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank, African Capacity Building Foundation, and NEPAD; among governments, he has advised those of Ghana and Liberia. Dr. Tarr is the co-author of two books and of articles published in professional journals and has contributed chapters to books. His current interest is governance, with focus on economic governance.

     
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