About Us – Governance – The Director General

The Petroleum Directorate is headed by the Director-General.

The Director-General is appointed by the President subject to the approval of Parliament.

Pursuant to executive powers conferred by H.E the President, Julius Maada Bio, the Director-General of the Petroleum Directorate administers the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act (PEPA), 2011 and reports directly to H.E the President.

The Director-General Message

The Republic of Sierra Leone is strategically placed on the African continental shelf, signaling excellent potential for the exploration of oil and gas in the country. With recent discoveries along the Equatorial Atlantic Margin, these are exciting times for the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone in our mission to opening our shores to deepwater exploration.

Sierra Leone is moving with great resolve and determination on the road of development and prosperity under the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP). In line with the MTNDP, the oil and gas sector will play an essential role in transforming Sierra Leone, driving the country’s economic development and growth.

At its core, the Petroleum Directorate is mandated to lead the process of unlocking and realizing the country’s petroleum resource potential, as well as transforming its growth agenda through the sustainable development of the oil and gas sector- a position we constantly strive to maintain. Our principal duty is to regulate the exploration and production of affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy in Sierra Leone.

To achieve this mandate, our vision is to transform the country’s oil and gas sector in a responsible manner that prioritizes safety, respect for communities and the environment. In our mission, we will conduct business with honesty, integrity, and transparency. We place great importance on implementing judicious governance and compliance practices.

Since its inception in 2003, the Petroleum Directorate has continually strengthened its capacity by improving internal processes and acquiring technically skilled professionals. With a focus on pursuing the right partnerships and opportunities, as well as utilizing robust fiscal stewardship practices, we have successfully navigated and adapted through challenging times within the global oil and gas industry.

With an enthusiastic outlook for the future, we will continue to build a top-tier team with all the industry requisites, pursue innovative ways to maximize the value of our resources, form mutually beneficial partnerships, and drive in-country value to ensure that Sierra Leone harnesses its full oil and gas potential.

The Petroleum Directorate is tenaciously committed for Sierra Leone to become a leading producer of oil and gas operating with a high level of performance in the exploration, development, production, and distribution of oil and gas-related services.

We welcome prospective partners to join us in this dynamic endeavor.



Director-General Foday Mansaray holds an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering (University of Birmingham; UK) and a BEng in Chemical Engineering with Management Studies (Aston University; UK). He is an engineer with extensive international experience, possessing superb leadership, organizational, communication, and technical skills. He is multi-lingual, speaking English and Krio, and proficient in French.

The Director General’s wealth of international experience includes delivering and consulting on multi-billion-dollar oil and gas exploration and production projects globally including in Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Gabon, GOM, Israel, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, UK, and UAE.

Having worked for world-class oil and gas organizations such as AMEC, Expro Group, Schlumberger, TechnipFMC, Total, and Wood as well as consulting for companies such as ADNOC, Aramco, BP, Chevron, and Shell, he has cultivated strong relationships in the oil and gas sector.

Director-General Foday Mansaray’s experience has provided a solid grounding in exploration activities, project planning, project managing, accounting, marketing, process economics, safety, and international regulations. He has extensive technical and practical hands-on knowledge of the key operating systems within the offshore and onshore Oil and Gas industry processing chain. This includes subsea processing and flow assurance, fluid separation, gas treatment, produced water management, and Life of Field management strategies.

The Director General’s key areas of expertise are project management and providing existing mature company assets and greenfield projects with a full range of technical expertise and services to ensure safe, environmentally sound, and economically viable production of hydrocarbons.

Complimenting his technical competence, he also brings some strong personal qualities. The Director-General is a highly effective and diplomatic interlocutor with an excellent track record in improving project efficiency, leading programs and cross-disciplinary teams with an outcome-focused approach while distilling technical and financial complexities and cultural sensitivities.

His confident ‘lead from the front’ approach, generates high morale and confidence among the people he works with.