Hon Dr Bernadette Lahai
- Vice Chairperson
Dr. Lahai is currently one of the Vice Presidents of the Pan African Parliament since May, 2015 and Minority Leader of the Sierra Leone Parliament, the first female to ever occupy that position. She entered Parliament in 2002 to date. She chaired the Committees of Education and later Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security. She represented the Sierra Leone Parliament in the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 2007-2009, later the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in South Africa from 2009 to date, where she chaired the Committee on Transport, Industry, Communication, Energy, Science and Technology.
Hon Lahai’s professional career has covered the fields of agricultural extension, education, politics, international development, human rights, gender awareness and women's equal participation in development.
She worked for more than a decade as Research Assistant and Research Officer in the Institute of Agricultural Extension (Njala Agricultural Research Center), and was Social and Gender Expert in the Sierra Leone Vision 2025 Project.
She has undertaken a variety of consultancy roles on policy, and development issues and worked for many development partners, including the FAO Women's Project.
Hon Lahai has a Ph.D in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, from the University of Reading in England, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with Distinction, an M.Sc. in agriculture from Njala University and a BA in geography and rural sociology from Fourah Bay College - University of Sierra Leone.