Deputy Minister for Regional Development Research and Extension

Honorable George Tee Forpoh, PhD (Fellow) - Deputy Minister, Regional Development, Research and Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, was born unto the union of the late Teacher, George Tee Forpoh, Sr. and Teacher, Madam Eva Kwene Warner-Forpoh on September 22, 1963. As both of his patents were teachers, he obtained basic early primary education at the Kanweaken Elementary School, Kanweaken, then Grand Gedeh County and later moved to the John Hilary Tubman Junior High School, Green Street, Maryland County and later in 1984 graduated from the William V. S. Tubman High School, 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. While at Tubman – High (1982 – 1984), Deputy Minister Forpoh was a lead student activist (one of the leaders of the student’s Uhuru Movement) against the brutal regime of late President Samuel Kanyon Doe tyrannical dictatorship. His believe and fight occasionally landed him into prisons.

Honorable Forpoh is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) process in Political Economics at the prestigious Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa with Research interest focused on the “Management of Conflict over the Trans – Border Natural Resources in the Mano River Basin”. He also concluding a Master of Science (MSc.) 2021 in Project Management with emphasis in Monitoring and Evaluation at the Christian Service University College, Kumasi, Ghana and has earlier obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) 2012 with emphasis in Local Government Development Administration, Cuttington University Graduate School of Professional Studies, Monrovia, Liberia. He also holds a Master of Science in Counselling (MSc.) 2006, from Vision International University, Ramona, California, USA. He earlier obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Extension (BSc.) 1997, Obafemi Awolowo University, ILE – IFE, Osun State, Nigeria.

The appointment of Honorable Forpoh (PhD Fellow) as Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Research and Extension, (REDRE) draws on his over thirty years of work experiences from various Government (GoL) and International Non–Governmental Organizations (INGOs), to include: Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Youth and Sports (UNICEF funded post), Project Manager at Sight Saver International, Ministry of Health for the World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDP), and European Union (EU) . He has served as Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist on several programs / projects at different times to include: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Deputy Chief of Party, the Liberia Strategy Analysis (LSA). He has also worked for the United Nations Common Systems (UNWFP) as a Head of Sub Office, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, (UNICEF) Lead National Consultant on the SiTan 2015, (UNDP) Head of Monitoring, and Evaluation, Compliance and Reporting, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UMIL) as well as the National Program Officer for Humanitarian Coordination – level NOC - 6,etc.

Dr. Forpoh is a member to several professional bodies infra:

  • Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF)
  • Linkin, Professional Development Platform for the Exchange of knowledge / Ideas
  • South African Evaluation Association
  • Eldis Community Results Based Evaluation
  • Liberia Evaluation Association (Founding member)

Prior his preferment by His Excellency Dr. George Manner Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Forpoh owned and ran the Participatory Development Associates (PDA) consultancy firm. A private development consultancy firm which has done several development researches for programs and / or projects (baseline, midterm, end line, impact evaluations and strategic planning in the region as well as conducted system strengthening reviews) just to mentioned a few in the south region. Dr. Forpoh was one of seven consultants from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region that developed the ECOWAS Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy (Abuja, Nigeria 2012) and under an ECOWAS consultancy, Dr. Forpoh also conducted the M&E ToT for eighty (80) M&E Specialists in Liberia and Sierra Leone (2013). Moreover, he was also one of three Consultants that developed the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Monitoring and Evaluation strategy, modules and conducted the ToT for the LIPA’s M&E trainers (2012).

Dr. Forpoh has contributed to book chapters, presented numbers of papers on trending national, regional and international issues and has written several peer review papers amongst which are Book Chapters: “Improving Local Services through Administrative Decentralization” in the book “Engendering Collective Action for Advancing Liberia Development” - Liberia Development Conference Anthology. - February 2017.

Key Achievements and Skills include but not limited to;

  • Dr. Forpoh is a researcher, evaluator, facilitator and an applied political economy development expert with strong data analysis skills;
  • His work experience are in the areas of Agriculture, Rural Development, Natural Resources Management, Democracy / Rights / Governance, Education and Health.
  • Also, his areas of specialization include: designing, planning and implementing programs / projects, reporting and dissemination to the appropriate audiences
  • He has developed innovative monitoring and evaluation systems to track real time performance data, and M&E systems which incorporate quantitative and qualitative approaches and geospatial analyses.
  • His experience includes working with small and large data sets, analytically synthesize different types of data in a visual manner.
  • He has worked extensively using participatory research approaches, bringing together actors ranging from senior government agents, civil society actors to local participants at the community level, which engenders inclusion, voice, participation of the minority, and persons with disabilities crowned with a gender cap.

Dr. Forpoh is a devoted Christian and currently serves as the Dean of the Deacon Board - Church of God in Christ Liberia Jurisdiction and is married to beauty Madam Hannah Moncon Farr-Forpoh (Chairperson Department of General Agriculture and Animal Science, William V. S. Tubman University, Harper City Maryland, Republic of Liberia). The union is blessed with eleven children.

Dr. Forpoh is a culturally oriented. He roused through the ranks and files of the Gbeapo fraternity and was since promoted to the rank of Geepkamu. A Geepkamu is the fourth highest rank in the Gbeapo traditional and cultural fraternity, responsible for the development of boys (12 to 35 years, social works, community services and environmental issues. Dr. Forpoh is the only Geepkamu who has ever lived outside of the Gbeapo land.     

Honorable George Tee Forpoh, PhD (Fellow) - Deputy Minister, Regional Development, Research and Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, was born unto the union of the late Teacher, George Tee Forpoh, Sr. and Teacher, Madam Eva Kwene Warner-Forpoh on September 22, 1963. As both of his patents were teachers, he obtained basic early primary education at the Kanweaken Elementary School, Kanweaken, then Grand Gedeh County and later moved to the John Hilary Tubman Junior High School, Green Street, Maryland County and later in 1984 graduated from the William V. S. Tubman High School, 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. While at Tubman – High (1982 – 1984), Deputy Minister Forpoh was a lead student activist (one of the leaders of the student’s Uhuru Movement) against the brutal regime of late President Samuel Kanyon Doe tyrannical dictatorship. His believe and fight occasionally landed him into prisons.

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Deputy Minister for Regional Development Research and Extension
Hon. George
Tee
Forpoh
Deputy Minister Regional Development, Research and Extension