Hon. Alton V. Kesseley Assistant Minister for Planning, Research & Development
Minister Kesselly is a polymath. He is an educator, academic, mathematician, and scientist. He has taught Physics and Mathematics at both High school and university levels for many years in Liberia, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Minister for Planning, Research, and Development of the Ministry of Education, he served as the Executive Director of the Liberian Institute for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (LISTEM). As a patriot of the highest order, he abandoned his Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town when he was called upon to come home to serve the Ministry of Education as a Disaster Risk Analyst and STEM Specialist.
Minister Kesselly has a Master’s in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, a master’s in Mathematical Science from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences/Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South, a Master’s in Astrophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China and a Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. He is currently doing postgraduate studies in Data Science at the George Washington University, Washington D.C, United States of America.
The Department for Planning, Research and Development, which shall be headed by a Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development appointed by the President, with the consent of the Senate, shall have the following mandate and core functions: