Dr. Foday Moriba Jaward, a University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) associate professor of environmental and occupational health, was recently appointed by the democratically elected president of his native country, Sierra Leone, to lead that nation’s Environmental Protection Agency.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to serve my native country and to create a strong and lasting relationship between Sierra Leone and the USF COPH,” said Dr. Jaward, who plans on creating internships for students, exchange programs for faculty and staff and collaboration between the COPH and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health.
In addition to protecting and improving the quality of Sierra Leone’s environment via issuing environmental permits, ensuring compliance with environmental procedures, conducting investigations into potential environmental transgressions and promoting studies and research on a sound ecological system, Dr. Jaward, an expert in persistent organic pollutants and ambient air quality, plans on working collaboratively with USF on a number of agenda items. Some of these 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.
Dr. Jaward, who will serve for three years, credits his background in research, data analysis and global experience with giving him the expertise for the job.