Sierra Leone

Current Professors

Clinical Public Health

Vanessa A. Vassall, originally for Seattle, Washington, is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow pursuing her PhD in Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Florida International University, where she also serves as the This Is Public Health Ambassador for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). She holds a Master of Science in Public Health Practice from Meharry Medical College and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Health and Diversity from the University of Washington. Vanessa, a skilled and experienced epidemiologist, has completed fellowships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She holds a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential and has received graduate certificates from Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs hospitals. Internationally, Vanessa has studied public health at the University of Greenwich in London and developed international awareness and involvement service projects through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Vanessa led Ebola prevention health education sessions through CDC’s CARE+ program at the JFK Airport Quarantine Station, and has over three years of experience teaching life-saving skills and professional rescue and response with the American Red Cross. Upon graduation, Vanessa hopes to pursue postdoctoral research opportunities which seek to eliminate health disparities and improve maternal health outcomes for women of African descent globally.

This summer, Vanessa will be leading several engaging and interactive courses in Clinical Public Health, which will highlight the importance of public health in a hospital setting, in the community, and in everyday life. The goals of these courses are to ensure students gain or increase foundational understanding of epidemiology, behavioral health concepts and theories, intervention design, health education and communication, health planning and leadership, health surveillance and demography, and gain or increase skills in data collection, analysis, and evaluation. Upon completion of Summer School, students will become Prevention Ambassadors, a distinction which encourages and empowers them to share all they’ve learned with the families, friends, and communities.


International Politics: History, Geography, and Interaction

Sabrina White is an Economic and Social Research Council-Funded PhD Student. Her PhD is with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and is in collaboration with the United Nations Association in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on liberal intervention and gender, and especially sexual exploitation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. She has nearly nine years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and post-graduate level, extensive experience in simulation design and delivery for university-wide modules as well as in diplomacy training for the Dutch Army, and lead award-winning Model UN teams to international conferences. Sabrina also has experience working with youth groups, and has organised youth conferences for the past five years, all of which focus on youth engagement in international political issues. She has field work experience from her time in Cambodia, where she worked with a youth-grassroots organisation which dealt with issues of gender, vulnerability and exploitation. Professor White will be leading a course titled “Peace in Pieces: unpacking decision-making in interventions”.

The learning objective of the course is to guide students through the complex pieces involved in peace interventions. From understanding the beliefs surrounding interventions, to the actors and decision-making processes involved at the international, national and local level, it is hoped that this course will not only help students to gain a more solid grasp of the subject, but to offer, through experiential learning, alternative views of how peace could be understood and how to tackle critical gaps which remain in current approaches. While the module has a broad theme of peace interventions, it could appeal to students from a wide array of subjects, as it also offers the practical skills of analysis of decision-making processes, policy and programme evaluation, and, through interactive activities, public speaking, mediation and negotiation skills. The students will do a Model United Nations type simulation, in which they will have to design a peace intervention for a hypothetical case. By the end of the course, students will feel more comfortable dealing with complex issues, with the hope they will subsequently find their voice in participation in the political life of their communities and country.


Global Finance and CV/Resume Building

Charlie Dove-Edwin is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Business School of Richmond the American International University in London, where he lectures in Corporate Finance, International Finance, Fundamental Analysis and Country Risk Analysis. Charlie completed his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Nottingham before working for Ernst & Young in their London Office. After qualification as a chartered accountant, Charlie Dove-Edwin worked in investment banking as an analyst and as a salesman. His former employers include Lehman Brothers, Commerzbank, Danske Bank, Nordea and MF Global. Summer School 2018 will be Charlie’s second time teaching in Sierra Leone with PROWIBO. Professor Dove-Edwin will be leading a course titled “An Introduction to financial and economic challenges of Africa”.

This course will be presented within the context of our increasingly interdependent global economy. This course provides students with an overview of the history of economic growth. It also looks at the strengths and limitations of economic and political risk forecasting used by governments and multinational businesses to analyse the future economic and political environments in which they operate.The course objective is to introduce students to financial risk, political risk, and socio-economic risk. The course also invites students to explore potential business opportunities in Sierra Leone; particularly those that utilise local natural resources to generate income in a global marketplace.

Public Health 
Manal Ghazzawi is born and raised in Sierra Leone. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences in Sierra Leone and she is a Fellow of the west African Postgraduate college of Pharmacists which makes her to be Consultant Clinical Pharmacist and Diabetes Specialist.

She was awarded in 2016 the most outstanding female pharmacist and in 2018 as the best community pharmacist of the year.
She is the CEO of Citiglobe Pharmacies in Freetown which provide public health services and essentially operate as diabetes clinics.
She is also an associate Lecturer of the West African Postgraduate Studies and Health Adjunct trainer with Professors’ Without Border. She is also executive Member of the National Drug Expert Committee of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone (SL). Manal is also preceptor involved in the training of graduate pharmacy professionals.

She is currently President of the National Alliance Against Hepatitis SL (NAAHSL) a Community Based Organization involved in mass awareness raising, screening and sensitization to curb the spread of hepatitis in Sierra Leone.

Past Professors

Community Health and Model United Nations

Yanoh Jalloh is a city research scientist with the New York City Department of Health and a lecturer with the department of health sciences at New York Institute of Technology. She did her undergraduate degree in Boston, MA at Northeastern University where she studied Biology. Her graduate degree is from the Icahn School of Medicine where she obtained a Master’s of public health with a concentration in global health. Yanoh teaches Community Health and Global Health Components to her students. Yanoh has extensive experience in Sierra Leone; this will be her second time teaching in Sierra Leone with PROWIBO. Before PROWIBO, she has worked with the organization Helen Keller International,  where she did research on the effectiveness of exclusive breastfeeding interventions implemented in clinics across the country. More recently, she has been working with the organization Sustainable Development for Koinadugu, where she has designed Post-Ebola community resiliency projects. In collaboration with SDK, she has also designed health ambassador education courses so that secondary students in the region can become Community Health Ambassadors. Professor Jalloh will be leading a course titled “Implementing Community Interventions”.

The course learning objective of this course is to introduce students to various methods on implementing an intervention, program, or assessment in a community. Students will be encouraged to use real life examples to learn how to break into a community, identify community barriers in marginalized and hard to reach populations, gain the trust of a community, and how to effectively evaluate interventions and programs.  Many of the examples provided for this course will be health related; however, the modules can be used in a variety of fields such as social work, business, law, politics, marketing and education.

Yuan (Joanne)
International Politics: History, Geography, and Interaction

Joanne  completed her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has experience teaching courses in international relations. She also has experience working as a Social Analyst for the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and CARE International in Tbilisi, Georgia. Joanne also holds a BA with Honors in History and Politics from the University of Chicago and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

She will be teaching courses in geography and history in Sierra Leone this summer.

African Politics and Model United Nations

Larissa is originally from Winterthur, Switzerland and has a B.A. in International Affairs from Regent’s University in London. She holds and MPhil in African Studies from Cambridge University. She has previously worked for Human Rights Watch Geneva and the Risk Advisory Group London.

African Politics and Model United Nations in Bo

Josh is from Cape Town, South Africa. He is working towards his Ph.D. in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. He holds an M.A. in Development Studies from Cambridge and an M.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. For Josh, the summer school was a great opportunity to engage with students and the community in Sierra Leone and to learn about their education system.

Development and Life Studies in Bo

Joya comes from Toronto, Canada. She has an M.Sc. in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a B.A. in Political  Science and International Development from McGill University in Canada. She has previously taught in Belo, Cameroon.

International Political Economy and Skills Workshop

Glenn has an M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a market analyst for a financial brokerage firm. He specializes in development economics and monetary policies in emerging markets.

Global Politics and Geography and Research Workshops

Emilie is a native of London, UK. She has a M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Geography from the University College of London.