David J. Francis (politician)

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David J. Francis
Chief Minister of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
April 20, 2018
PresidentJulius Maada Bio
Preceded byNon, position created
Personal details
David John Francis

(1965-10-05) 5 October 1965 (age 53)
Kenema, Sierra Leone
NationalitySierra Leonean
Political partySierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)
ResidenceFreetown, Sierra Leone,
Alma materUniversity of Southampton, Fourah Bay College
ReligionRoman Catholicism

David John Francis (born October 5, 1965[1]) is a Sierra Leonean politician, former University professor and author who currently serves as the Chief Minister of Sierra Leone, since his appointment by President Julius Maada Bio in May 2018. Francis is currently one of the most highly influential government officials in Sierra Leone.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Minister, he was the Chair of the Governance Transition team.[2][3] Francis has a PhD in international relations from the University of Southampton (1998), and a Bachelor of Arts from Fourah Bay College (1993). He was also a professor at the University of Bradford.

Francis was born and raised in Kenema in Eastern Sierra Leone, and he is a member of the Mende ethnic group.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "President Bio Appoints a new Chief Minister of the Government of Sierra Leone – Sierra Express Media". sierraexpressmedia.com.
  3. ^ "Controversy over appointment of chief minister of Sierra Leone". thesierraleonetelegraph.com. 2 May 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Christian Alusine Kamara-Taylor
(as Prime Minister)
Chief Minister of Sierra Leone