Patrick Sendolo is Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy of the Republic of Liberia. He was appointed to this position in February, 2012 by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and is the youngest person ever to hold this portfolio and currently the youngest member of cabinet.
The Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy is charged with the responsibility for critical sectors which are at the heart of the country’s economy and prospects for economic recovery and growth. This ministry is, however, in need of crucial, transformative reforms. The ministry administers Liberia’s natural resources, including its land and water resources; its mineral resources, including deposits of iron ore, gold, diamond and other minerals; oil and gas, of which there has recently been a significant discovery in Liberian territorial waters; and energy, which is currently the nation’s top priority.
With strong credentials as a reformer, innovator and doer, Sendolo has initiated, driven and supported significant reforms across all the sectors under the ministry’s purview. Under his leadership, the ministry has developed and is aggressively driving a 20 year plan to restore and expand the country’s electricity infrastructure and facilitate ready access to electricity services. Sendolo also chairs the Dedicated Funds Committee, which manages funds provided by mining companies for social development, and serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
Prior to his appointment as minister, Sendolo served in the Office of the President as Head of the Program Delivery Unit and senior aide to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Prior to that, he worked in the Office of the President as Executive Director of the Port Sector Reform Secretariat.
Prior to joining government in 2008, Sendolo worked as an attorney at Gilligan, King, Gooding & Gifford, which practice included transactional matters in the areas of Property, Land Use, Corporate, Commercial, Contract, Government Administrative, Mortgages and Secured Transactions law. Prior to that he founded and was CEO of EthnicMedia, lnc., a media firm catering to African and Caribbean audiences, and prior to that worked at Alcoa Wireless as Collocations Manager, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance aspects of wireless infrastructure construction.
Sendolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Advanced Honors Program from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.), Honors from the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice law in the States of Georgia and Florida and the Republic of Liberia.
Sendolo lives in Monrovia with his wife and two children.