Professor J.G.M. Massaquoi
Prof. Joseph G. M. Massaquoi was a diplomat, an academic and an author. Over a four decade career, he participated actively in science and education policy in developing countries especially across the African continent. He started his career as an academic rising to become Dean of Engineering at the University of Sierra Leone in 1989 – the youngest ever Dean at that time in the University’s history. In line with his interest in science education and policy, he subsequently joined UNESCO and rose to become Director of UNESCO’s Regional Bureau of Science and Technology in Africa and a Member of the African Academy of Sciences’ Governing Council. A passionate scientist, Prof. Massaquoi dedicated his life to bridging science education and development in Africa. This Foundation aims to fulfill that legacy.
About The Foundation
Throughout his life, Prof. Massaquoi maintained a deep interest in advocating for increased science education as a vehicle for development in Africa. Therefore, as part of Prof. Massaquoi’s legacy, his family has initiated a memorial foundation in his name to underscore his commitment to science education and policy. The Professor J.G.M. Massaquoi Foundation for Science Education was registered for 501(c)(3) charitable organization status in the U.S.A. In collaboration with members of the local academic community, the Foundation’s initial work focus will be among science students in Sierra Leone. Among our projects, we offer science education scholarships to secondary school students and plan to launch a capital campaign to fund computer science labs. The J.G.M. Massaquoi Foundation for Science Education is an independent non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any political, religious or ethnic group.