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Hi! I am Alpha Bah

My wife, Mariama, and I are from Freetown, Sierra Leone. We are blessed with four lovely children - Mariama Marissa, Bella, Razzaq &Binta.

Being part of a truly global organization - the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) - the world's largest humanitarian agency, with a specific requirement to be geographically mobile, has enabled me and my family to be truly global. The nomadic lifestyle is in line with our Foulah origins :-).
We are now in Dakar where I am presently serving as the Regional ICT Officer for the World Food Programme West Africa region, overseeing the ICT operations in  West and Central African Country Offices.

I joined the World Food Programme in 2000 as a Telecommunication Officer in North Korea / DPRK, where WFP was providing assistance to over 7.6 million vulnerable persons. This was followed by assignments in Cambodia (a beautiful South East Asian nation), in Sri Lanka following  following the South Asia tsunami disaster of December 2004 where WFP provided assistance to over 800,000 displaced persons as part of its emergency operation, and in our headquarters in Rome, Italy.
Before joining the U.N. World Food Programme, I worked for NCR as field engineer, then I moved on to  Societe Internationale de Telecommunication Aeronautique (SITA),the global airline telecommunication company, before moving on to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sierra Leone.

During my free time, prior to moving to WFP, I provided management consulting services as a freelance Information Management consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick, and served as partner and Managing Director of ADAtec, a networking and Internet start-up company.

I hold an honors degree in Electrical & Electronics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, plus certifications from Novell (CNE), and MCP (Windows 2000 Professional) from Microsoft. I a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Network Professional Association (NPA) and the Internet Society (ISOC). I have served in various committees including the Y2K Steering Committee and Working Group for Internet Access in Sierra Leone.
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