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Senior Advisor To the President
The Executive Mansion
Chief Executive Officer
First International Bank Limited
Liberian Education Trust
National Oil Corporation
George Mason University
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Mr. Robert Sirleaf -Chairman An experienced and professional investment banker who served at a senior level in Corporate America as a Managing Director at Wachovia Securities, and held other high level positions on Wall Street.
Currently, he serves as the Senior Advisor to the President of Liberia on high level investment, financial and economic/development affairs, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). He is a graduate of George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA.
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Robert Sirleaf served as head of the National Oil Company of Liberia, Charles Sirleaf in a senior position at the Central Bank of Liberia and Fombah Sirleaf serving as head of the National Security Agency.
News | Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group - Page 30
AAMIG Members who attended the Liberian briefing breakfast with Mr Robert Sirleaf, Senior Advisor to the President of Liberia and Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia, and Mr Sylvester M Grigsby, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, on 26 June 2012 might find the following of some interest: In [more...]
Trinity term news round-up | Blavatnik School of Government
14 June - Robert Sirleaf, Senior Adviser to the President of Liberia, for a discussion with students on the MPP Policy Challenge on Natural Resource Management
Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million »
Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million :: FrontPageAfricaonline.com - All Things Africa 24/7 Banner HOT NEWS : What Part of the CBL "Shall Not Make Secured and Unsecured Advances" Do You Not Understand? > In Defense of MOLAC & CLACI > Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million > Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million Robert A. Sirleaf Resignation: Belated. Must Be Audited - Must Account for $10.5 Million We have followed, with keen interest and indignation, the various debates regarding potential oil discovery in Liberia. We are sadly aware how our country is being rigged, and how the future of our oil industry is been mortgaged by the First Family of Liberia. While we welcome the resignation of the President's son, Mr. Robert Alvin Sirleaf, as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Senior Advisor to the President, we believe the action is belated and is a face-saving measure. Mr. Robert Sirleaf should not had been appointed to those positions in the first place for reasons of nepotism, conflict of interest, and lack of professional competence especially with the oil industry. Furthermore, the President's insinuation that Mr. Sirleaf has resigned because he has "completed" his tasks is a mockery, and is inconsistent with good governance practices and completely at variance with reality. Not a single reform has been initiated and completed at NOCAL. NOCAL is still in the form and manner when Mr. Sirleaf was appointed a member of the Board and later promoted as Chairman of the Board, nearly 4 years ago. More besides, the Petroleum Bill and the NOCAL Bill that were drafted by a "World Bank Consultant", which Mr. Sirleaf claimed in various statements as "achievements", are yet to be passed into law, and hence cannot be considered achievements or reforms. These draft bills were never tested for public scrutiny and open for public participation in compliance with transparent governance practice, as is done with other important bills by the Governance Commission (GC). Rather, they were surreptitiously submitted and hastily passed by the Liberian Senate. Even in the face of the Senate uncritical passage without due diligence, these bills are yet to be passed by the lower house - The House of Representatives. Mr. Sirleaf has served as Board Chairman of NOCAL for nearly two years and the only key accomplishments mentioned by the President were two sets of draft bills that were surreptitiously whisked through the legislature for enactment under dubious and questionable circumstances. LIPI salutes the House of Representatives and the timely intervention of the Liberian Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) which led to the abortion of such undemocratic maneuvering. Under Mr. Robert Sirleaf, as Chairman of NOCAL, the company collected and spent over $120 million in the nearly two years that he served. And the only things he is counting as "mission accomplished" are the two draft bills. In no small measure, this is not value for money. The records show that the only two infamous accomplishments of Mr. Robert Sirleaf were his sole outsourcing of the most lucrative blocks 13 and 14 through controversial concession arrangements which the General Auditing Commission indicated were marred by irregularities and confirmed in the Moore Stephens draft audit report. The concessions for Block 13 and 14 were handled and concluded by President Sirleaf and her son, Mr. Robert Sirleaf. In October 2012, Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe of Montserrado County revealed that concessions and contracts regarding "Block 13" were discussed behind "closed doors" with Gazprom- a foreign oil company seeking concession in Liberia - by the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her son Robert Sirleaf, without the presence of NOCAL'a former officials including its former president and former chairman. ONLY THE PRESIDENT SIRLEAF AND HER SON ROBERT SIRLEAF MET WITH THE OFFICIAILS OF THE FOREIGN COMPANY. From this, it is a clear indication that the only purpose for which President Sirleaf appointed her son, Robert Sirleaf, in contravention of an Executive Code introduced by the president herself was understandably a scheme to serve on the Board of NOCAL and later appointed as Chairman to promote personal and family interests. Representative Snowe who had accompanied Gazprom officials to the home of President Sirleaf narrated his experience. Foreign Policy Magazine reported that the US$10.5 million remained accounted for and quoted President Sirleaf as saying the US$10.5 million should not be placed into government's consolidated account but it should be given to an NGO, - Robert Sirleaf's NGOt. 1. Mr. Sirleaf should give full accounting of the $10.5 million social contribution from Chevron. On February 22, 2012 Big Oil, Small Country, PROPUBLICA/Foreign Policy Magazine Reported that "Marshall's future -- like that of hundreds of rural towns that line the coast near the oil concessions -- may depend on the deal Chevron has struck, specifically the $10.5 million in community-development funds intended to go directly to the Liberian people. Government officials have held meetings with the Marshall community, promising improvements in education and health care. "When a Chevron corporate responsibility team visited Liberia, President Sirleaf "emphasized to Chevron that no CSR [corporate social responsibility] funds should come through the GOL [government of Liberia] budget," an October 2010 U.S. diplomatic cable noted. The president hoped "to avoid many of the governance issues that had emerged when previous corporate development money was funneled through local government offices," according to the cable. But when ProPublica asked for a detailed accounting of these social development funds, to see what entities received money, both Chevron and NOCAL offered only general background on the spending." Global Witness also reported that it has not been able to obtain documentation on how the $10.5 million was expended and for which purpose. It is sad that the President of Liberia will inform Chevron not to give the social contribution to the Ministry of Finance, clearly demonstrating that she lacks complete confidence in the nation's treasurer of the public accounts. Full accounting of the $10.5 million must be made by Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf, who served as Chairman of NOCAL at the time the decision was made to redirect the funds. 2. Mr. Sirleaf should be made to itemize by amount and disclose the list of corporations, foreign governments, individuals and state owned enterprises donating to his Foundation, Club and Trust. In an interview with FrontpageAfrica, dated 7 August 2012, President Sirleaf made this disclosure: "I feel very hurt, you know. I mean, Rob who came here with great enthusiasm to jump in there and help and if you look at the many projects undertaken, sometimes of his own resources, sometimes some of the corporate plausibility funds where he puts the projects to them but they disburse it directly to contractors, the end result is they benefit the community." As Chairman of the Board of NOCAL, a major Liberian government corporation, and Senior Advisor to the President, Mr. Sirleaf is made to provide the list of corporate contributors to his 'Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation,' 'Barrack Youth Controllers' and other organizations formed and owned by him. Article 90 of the Liberian Constitution, Article 5 of the Liberian Constitution, Executive Order 38 and Section 131 of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act forbid conflict of interest. In Executive Order 38, signed and issued by President Sirleaf as Code of Conduct for all members of the Executive, and Article 90 (a) and 90 (b) of the 1986 Constitution prescribed standards of conduct of public officials. Article 90 (a) states, "no person whether elected or appointed to any public office, shall engage in any other activity which shall be against public policy, or constitute conflict of interest. Robert A. Sirleaf, as Chairman of the Board of NOCAL and Senior Advisor to the President, while at the same time running a Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation and carrying out projects from money provided by "corporation" and "foreign governments" doing business with Liberia was a complete conflict of interest, warranting an immediate and unconditional disclosure. Far too long in the history of Liberia, presidents and their family members have used self created NGOs and Trust Fund as Special Purpose Entities to launder illegally obtained funds from foreign governments, state owned enterprises and private companies and individuals doing business with the Government of Liberia. The President's admission is demonstrably a continuation of this bad governance wherein cronies and famil