The Board of Commissioners of the newly established Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has appointed Stanley N. Toe as the first Executive Director.
According to a press release, Mr. Toe’s duties will include, among others, assisting the chairman in the day-to-day operations of the authority and ensuring the effective implementation of LLA’s programs in coordination with the Board.
In his letter of appointment, the Board through its chairman, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, said it looks forward to working with Mr. Toe as the authority begins tackling the challenges ahead.
Prior to this position, Mr. Toe served as acting executive director of the former Land Commission and held positions of increasing responsibilities, including program officer for land policy, senior program officer, acting director of the technical secretariat, and director of the Interim Land Task Force.
In these roles, according to the press release, he was a driving force in the commission’s achievements of key deliverables, including the Land Rights Policy, the proposed Land Rights Act, the final Land Administration Policy, and the Act that Established the Land Authority.
Born in Grandcess, Grand Kru County, Mr. Toe earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degrees from Texas Tech University in the United States in 1983 and 1986 respectively, and served there as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Public Service. He held senior technical positions at the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA), as chief of the public utilities section, responsible for development programs and projects in the telecommunications, electricity and water sectors, and at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), as senior planning officer and manager for human resources in the technical and administration departments.
During his over 15 years of tenure of public service at both the MPEA and the LTC, Mr. Toe attended short-term local and out-country courses and obtained certificates in project planning and telecommunications management.
Since joining the land sector in 2010, Mr. Toe has participated in several technical training workshops in Liberia and study tours in West Africa on land tenure issues, and has attended high level meetings of inter-governmental agencies, donors, investors, and civil society on land and natural resources issues.
He has made several presentations on land reform in Liberia, for civil society organizations, community-based organizations and universities, as well as at international meetings, conferences, and workshops, according to the release.