Abdul Tejan-Cole

Abdul Tejan-Cole is a Serra Leonean legal practitioner and the Commissioner of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission. He was awarded the 2001 Human Rights Watch award.

He is also the Africa regional director of the Open Society Foundations, and in this role provides support for pan-African initiatives and in crisis or emergency situations.

Prior to his appointment, he served as commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone from December 2007 through April 2010. His previous positions include: attorney in the Special Court for Sierra Leone; deputy director for the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Cape Town Office; and president of the Sierra Leone Bar Association. He also worked as Adviser and Component Manager Law Justice and Human Rights – Justice Sector Development Programme.

Tejan-Cole has served as board chair of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and as a member of the board of the Open Society Justice Initiative. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, a Master of Laws from University College London and a post-graduate diploma in International Trade Law from the University Institute of European Studies. He was a Human Rights Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in New York and a Yale World Fellow.

Tejan-Cole also played in the Sierra Leone national cricket team presently owns a junior cricket club in Sierra Leone name after him, Abdul Tejan Cole Cricket Team.