H.E. Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai is the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone with many years of service at both the national and international levels. He assumed the role of Chair of the g7+ in 2019 and is also co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.
Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai was Sierra Leone's Permanent Representative (PR) to the United Nations in New York. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kai-Kai spent 12 years as a senior United Nations staff member. From January 2016 to March 2018 he was Chief of Civil Affairs/Peace Consolidation Services at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), supporting that country’s integrity in natural resource management and economic governance, decentralization of services, local governance and peacebuilding.
He was Field Crisis Adviser and Field Operation Manager at the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) from December 2014 to June 2015. From March 2008 to July 2014, he was Chief of Civil Affairs in UNMIL, having served as Chief of the United Nations Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Section of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from 2005 to 2007.
Preceding his career at the United Nations, Dr. Kai-Kai coordinated the preparation of Sierra Leone's first Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and set up the Development Assistance Coordination Office in post-war Sierra Leone. He served as the Executive Secretary of the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration from 1999 to 2004.
Dr. Kai-Kai holds a B.A. (Hons) degree from the University of Sierra Leone, and a Master of Science from University of Reading in the United Kingdom and Doctorate in Agricultural Economics and Development from University of Giessen in Germany. Dr. Kai-Kai is a recipient of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Rokel (GCOR) Award for Service to Sierra Leone.