Meet the Board
Dan T. Saryee
Dan T. Saryee:
Dan is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of IREDD and has the responsibility to provide technical support and advisement. Prior to founding IREDD, Dan worked for the United Nations Food Program and subsequently the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where he supported national observer groups in Liberia and in Nigeria in 1997 and 1999 respectively.
In 2000, Dan founded the Liberia Democratic Institute (LDI) now rebranded as the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), and served as the organizing Executive Director until 2012. Dan played an influential role in the resolution of the Liberian civil war and as a civil society leader, he served as the Technical Chairperson to help with the formation of the Interim Government that was headed by Mr. Gyude Bryant.
After the 2017 presidential and legislative election, Dan was appointed as Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services by President George M. Weah to the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation but soon resigned on policy differences. Dan holds a BA from the University of Liberia in Management and Public Administration and a MA in Conflict Studies and International Development.
Executive Director/Secretary of the Board, IREDD
Matthias Mahnboe Yeanay serves as secretary to the Board and Executive Director of IREDD at the same time. Matthias Mahnboe Yeanay’s work has tremendously helped IREDD even before becoming its Executive Director currently. Mr. Yeanay has 16 years of experience as an enterprising and reputable young Liberian practitioner. His works in the NGO space have earned his trust at the level of being the youngest board chairman of the national benefit sharing trust board thereby managing the redistribution of 2.5 million USD of Community 30% Land rental fees from forest concessions.
Garmai W. Garbo
Dea. Bob N. Johnson
Deacon Bob Johnson is a Program Manager. Prior he served as a career public servant with more than 25 years experience work history at the Ministry of Finance and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) as a Fiscal Policy Analyst. Bob has been an incredible team member working and supporting several projects since he joined IREDD. Relying on his experience as tax administrator, Bob led the advocacy campaigns that yielded the timely passage into law the Government of Liberia Revenue Sharing law.
Dominic Albert Johnnie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, University of
Liberia, in 2010, a Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, Liberia Institute of Public
Administration, (LIPA) 2017, Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation, Liberia Strategic
Analysis/LSA Social Impact/USAID, Certificate of Completion in
Reduce the Harm of Microaggression in the Workplace, 2022
Dominic has over five (5) years of M&E and Project implementation experience. Over this period of
time, he has been implementing projects funded by OSIWA, UNDP, UNWOMEN, LAVI/USAID,
National Endowment for Democracy (NED), GIZ, Innovation for Change Africa/TIDE/USAID and
African Transition Justice and Legacy Fund (ATJLF).
S. Martin Cooper
Wilfred M. Togbah Jnr
Wilfred M. Togba, Jr. is the Technology Officer. He joined IREDD as a young and ambitious technician always wanting to learn new innovations. Wilfred manages the website, social media platforms – ensuring 24/7 visibility of programs and activities. Wilfred is also charged with responsibilities to create marketing content driven by innovations and based on standards to showcase the impact of IREDD. Wilfred holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Starz University of Business and Technology.
Tarbabo C. Slober
Tarbabo is the Program Associate for IREDD’s Legislative Monitoring Project. The project is one of IREDD’s core interventions in support of democratic and political accountability. It releases periodic reports scrutinizing the performance of members of the legislature based on the three core functions: Representation, Lawmaking, and Oversight. Tarbabo holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Liberia and has had several pieces of training in democracy, governance, and citizen empowerment.
Edwina Frankyu joined IREDD as an intern in 2019. She is a Program Associate for the violence against women and girls project. Prior to joining IREDD, Edwina worked as Presiding Officer for the National Elections Commission. As Presiding Officer, Edwina ensured the transparency of the voting process, tallying, and the protection of voters’ votes. Edwina has been mainly managing IREDD’s governance and decentralization program providing civic awareness to local government functionaries. Edwina holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Mercy G.S. Gwagee
Mariyata A. Jabated
Mariyata A. Jabateh is a Program Associate. Mariyata managed ACET and monitors the legislature since she joined IREDD a little over 2 years ago. Mariyata is an innovative staff with exceptional multi-tasking skills as a project manager, researcher, and advocate. Mariyata holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Biology, a Diploma in Project Management, and a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation.