Dr Christiana Thorpe is the Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairman of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone since 2005. Prior to that, she had held various ministerial posts, including Minister of Education in 1994. She has always been actively engaged with women groups, being a member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) in 1994 and launching its Sierra Leone Chapter in March 1995.
The FAWE Chapter has been extensively active in providing educational and training programmes for displaced and disadvantaged children, as well as post war national development programmes through formal and non formal Education. She has received many international awards for her work. She holds a Doctorate degree in Philosophy (St. Clemens University – British West Indies) and a Master of the University in Education Administration (Honoris Causa) St. Clemens University – British West Indies). She was a faculty staff of the West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) and one of the founding members of WANEP Sierra Leone.