Mohamed Suma is the Head of ICTJ’s Cote d’Ivoire Program. He served as ICTJ’s Interim Program Manager in Liberia, after joining ICTJ in May 2011 as program associate and serving as an ICTJ consultant in Sierra Leone. Before that, he served as the Executive Director of the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law (formerly Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme), an ICTJ partner organization. From 2002 to 2004, Suma worked as outreach associate at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. He also worked for the National Forum for Human Rights as a research and information assistant (2001-2002) and the Fourah Bay College Human Rights Clinic (University of Sierra Leone) as a clinic supervisor (2009-2010). He has served as an independent consultant for a number of panels and missions, including the National Assessment Mission for the Uganda War Crimes Division (now International Crimes Division) and the Observatory Mission to Gambia on behalf of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture and the International Federation for Human Rights.
For the past six years, Suma has monitored the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone and the implementation of the recommendations of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the reparations program, an experience he helped extend to other national institutions of accountability, such as the courts and the Anti Corruption Commission. He has also worked extensively on transitional justice mechanisms in the areas of criminal justice, truth seeking, and reparations, and on issues relating to the UN Peacebuilding Commission. He worked closely with the Sierra Leone National Human Rights Commission.
Suma was a fellow at the Open Society Justice Initiative/Central European University (2004-2006), where he obtained a Masters degree in Human Rights. He also holds a B.A. in History and Sociology and a Certificate in Social Development from the University of Sierra Leone.