Mr. Dennis Vandi is a seasoned administrator and Public Finance specialist with over 35 years of professional experience in the public sector. Over the last two decades, he has been instrumental in the development and management of different segments of the Sierra Leone Government’s Ministry of Finance’s policies and procedures in various capacities. Before assuming his current role as the Honourable Minister of Finance, he served as the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and pioneered major “Policy Shifts” in the agricultural sector. Before that role, he served as the Secretary to the President and supported the initial formation of the “New-Direction” Administration’s Agenda. Mr Vandi has risen through the ranks of the National Civil Service structure from Assistant Secretary to Senior Deputy Financial Secretary; serving various MDAs including Defence, Finance, Labour, Education, Agriculture, Local Government, Transport, Tourism, and Provincial Administration. His immense knowledge of the workings of government MDAs has been an asset to the nation in all capacities that he has served.
Dennis holds an MBA from the Dorham Business School in the U K and BSc. Degree from Njala University and postgraduate certificates in Public Finance and Tax Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government; Natural Resource Taxation from the International Monetary Fund Institute and several others. He has specializations in Debt Management, Budgeting, Tax Administration and Natural resource Taxation, Fiscal Decentralization, Institutional Management and Sector Planning as well as Project Management.
Dennis is a disciplined and results oriented professional. He has demonstrated the ability to build effective teams and drive positive change in all the public offices he has served. Furthermore, Mr Vandi is passionate about private sector investments and its role in job creation and economic growth in fragile economies. With his new role as the Honourable Minister of Finance, he looks forward to judiciously contributing to the growth of the Sierra Leonean economy.