Sierra Leone’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr David Moinina Sengeh today engaged with Bill Gates to prepare for the 2nd Annual Goalkeepers event in September 2018.
At Goalkeepers, Dr. Sengeh will host a session with Mr Gates that highlights the challenges of extreme poverty and a presentation of exciting innovations from across the world.
In this preparatory meeting, Dr Sengeh discussed the opportunities in Sierra Leone where President Maada Bio has created an enabling authorizing environment for seeding and scaling innovations. Coupled with a growing local technical outlook, there is a unique opportunity to direct resources to help Sierra Leone meet its Sustainable Development Goals.
At the end of today’s meeting, Mr Gates and Dr Sengeh agreed to continue working together towards the broader vision of investing in human capacity (education, health, nutrition, etc.) and using innovation to reduce extreme poverty.
Dr Sengeh will also meet with other leaders at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. He will conclude his visit with a panel discussion to all Foundation staff on Thursday, August 16th, 2018.