George Kronnisanyon Werner
George Kronnisanyon Werner currently serves as the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Center for Women and Development’s Interim COO. George is an experienced public-sector leader and innovator who has spearheaded successful national and government-wide reform programs across a range of areas, including health and education workforce reforms.
He served in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration as Director-General of the Civil Service and Minister of Education. Werner served as co-chair of Liberia’s Health Workforce Development Taskforce alongside the minister of health, which had a mandate of addressing the shortage of skilled healthcare staff in Liberia.
In recognition of his expertise in this area, he was later appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, which crafted recommendations to ensure the equitable recruitment, training, and deployment of the estimated 40 million new health professionals needed globally by 2030. Since leaving public service in March 2018, he has used his first-hand knowledge to assist other African and Asian leaders to implement transformative reform agendas aimed at developing human capital and maximizing demographic dividends for long-term economic growth.
Werner currently serves on the World Bank Group Global Education Policy Dashboard Technical Advisory Board and is a member of the Expert Resource Group at the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum. He is also a member of the Atlantis Group at Varkey Foundation and a member of the Luminos Fund Advisory Group.