USF public health professor tapped to head Sierra Leone EPA

Foday Moriba Jaward, PhD, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the USF College of Public Health, was recently appointed by the president of his native country, Sierra Leone, to lead that nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was approved by the country’s parliament and will report directly to Sierra Leone’s president, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio.

Foday Moriba Jaward, PhD

Jaward’s three-year tenure as executive chairman of Sierra Leon’s EPA begins soon; he is taking an extended leave of absence from his faculty position starting August 1.

An expert in persistent organic pollutants and ambient air quality, Jaward plans on creating internships for COPH students, exchange programs for faculty and staff, and other collaborations between the college and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health.

In addition to protecting and improving the quality of Sierra Leone’s environment through issuing environmental permits, ensuring compliance with environmental procedures, conducting investigations into potential environmental transgressions, and promoting studies and research on a sound ecological system, Jaward will work with USF on several agenda items. These will include developing a national Climate Change Act for Sierra Leone, creating an action plan to meet international environmental commitments, and integrating environmental and climate change education into the nation’s school curriculum.

Jaward credits his background in research, data analysis and global experience with giving him the expertise for the job.