Sierra Leone Innovation Event at Royal Academy of Engineering




Press Release

The Sierra Leone innovation Event will be held at the Royal Academy of Engineering at Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG on Monday 29th October 2018 (16:00 – 20:00).  

The event is being hosted by Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone) in partnership with Imperial College London.

The Sierra Leone Innovation Event is being delivered as part of the Global Challenge Research Fund Africa Catalyst Phase 2 (GCRF ACP2) programme whose aim is to upgrade the training of engineers in Sierra Leone through collaboration with external partners and the international diaspora community from Sierra Leone.

The innovation event is jointly hosted by Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone) EfCSL and Imperial College London and is targeted at a mixed audience, which includes engineers, other professionals, educators and students. The primary focus of the event is to inspire attendees to seek innovative ways in which they can contribute to Sierra Leone’s development in the area of science and technology and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

The event promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn the key requirements for delivering successful innovation ventures from world-leading experts and to exchange ideas and make connections during the networking session.

The event is supported by Fourah Bay College Alumni Association (UK Branch)


The list of speakers at the event include:

Ing Trudy Morgan Chair for the Event & Vice President, Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers
Mr David Thomlinson FREng Chair of the GCRF Africa Catalyst Programme, Royal Academy of Engineering
Dr David Sengeh Chief Innovation Officer, Sierra Leone Government
Dr David Francis Chief Minister, Sierra Leone Government

The Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Mr Mansoor Hamayun Chief Executive Officer, Bboxx, a venture-backed company developing solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world.
Dr Mike Templeton Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ing. Georgette Greene Is leading the Innovation Incubator project that is being developed in Sierra Leone and is leading on the production of a video to be screened at event highlighting the innovation opportunities in Sierra Leone.
Mr Emlyn Ade Palmer Founder, Keomo Investments – focussed on African opportunities and global capital
Dr Ralph Taylor-Smith Innovator and Entrepreneur from the Sierra Leone diaspora based in the US
Mr Victor E. Williams Managing Director, Standard Bank (South Africa)
Dr Peter Fearon Managing Director, Innovation Action -an innovation incubation company working with small companies and new start-ups.
Mr Rowland Gordon Trustee, Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone), Wrap-up Session



The GCRF ACP2 programme is funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering to the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers and its partner organisations. The partner team includes Imperial College London and Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone) (EfCSL), the University of Sierra Leone and Innovation Action.