His Excellency Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. was appointed and commissioned as Liberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations and All Its Organs on September 4 and 12, 2018; respectively; and formally assumed attendant responsibilities at the Office of the Permanent Mission in New York, United States of America (USA) on September 18, 2019.
He presented his Letters of Credence to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres on September 20, 2018.
Ambassador Kemayah holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies (MADS); with Credit, Diploma in Microfinance and Community Economic Development; with First Class Honor (Suma Cum Laude); and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Microfinance and Community Economic Development; with Second Class Honor - Upper Division (Magna Cum Laude); all from the Catholic Owned and Run Uganda Martyrs University in Nkozi, Uganda, East Africa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Mathematics from the University of Liberia (Class of 1989).
Ambassador Kemayah has many years of High-Level work experience; spanning multiple institutions in the Non-Governmental Organization/Civil Society, Private and Public Sectors; with a focus on Public Policy Administration, Diplomacy, Governance, Development, and Humanity. His Leadership has led to improved competencies in policy formulation and strategic planning and implementation across diverse institutions; including the Public, Private, Non-Governmental/Civil Society arena; and the Church.
Prior to his current assignment; Ambassador Kemayah served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia; where he was directly responsible to ensure; and did ensure effective and efficient functioning of the Home Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Foreign Service of the Republic of Liberia; through budget formulation and execution; and administrative and logistical support; in consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Gbehzohngar Milton Findley.
Ambassador Kemayah also currently serves as the Political Leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), a recognized Political Party that contested the 2017 Representative and Presidential Elections in Liberia. He was one (1) of Thirty (30) Members of the Joint Transition Team of the Republic of Liberia that worked diligently to ensure the successful historic transition from one (1) living democratic elected President to another in over Seventy-three (+73) years.
From 2015 to 2017, Ambassador Kemayah served as Chairman of the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM)--the Coordinating Body that governs all Global Fund programs and activities in Liberia; especially; in relation to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As Chairman of the LCM, Ambassador Kemayah served as Global Fund Representative to the Health Sector Pool Fund Steering Committee (HSPFSC). The HSPFSC comprises of international donors and representatives of the Government of Liberia; and has oversight mandate for the Health Sector Pool Fund. The Fund was established to support the implementation of the 2011-2021 National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan, and the Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System 2015-2021.
As an integral part of his professional life, Ambassador Kemayah also served on several Boards in Liberia, including the National Commission on Higher Education, National AIDS Commission of Liberia and the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS). Ambassador Kemayah also served as President of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) from November 18, 2011, to January 6, 2017; where he successfully decentralized and transformed LIBA-The Apex Body; and The Voice and Face of Liberian owned businesses; unprecedentedly bringing it to national and international prominence.
At the United Nations, the respective cases, representations, candidatures, and elections of the Republic of Liberia to a number of positions of high repute were championed by His Excellency Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. and done under his direct and astute leadership as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations pursuant to the vision, guidance, directive and mandate of His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia. Through the instrumentality of Ambassador Kemayah as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations; a number of positions of high repute; either served, being served and/or elected to serve by the Republic of Liberia at the United Nations; include, but not limited to Chairman of the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization - Fourth- 4th Committee for the Seventy-third (73rd) Session of the United Nations General Assembly - 73rd UNGA (October 4, 2018 - October 3, 2019), Vice President (Liberia is currently serving) of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for a Two-Year Term (June 2019-June 2021), Chairman of the African Group of Fifty-four (54) Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations for the month of December 2019, Member of the United NationsCommittee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) for a Tenure of Three (3) years, (January 1, 2020- December 31, 2022), Vice Chair of the Bureau of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization - United Nations (February 18 - 26, 2020), Member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a Three-year term (January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023), Member of the United Nations Advisory Committee for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Food Systems Summit 2021 (June 22, 2020 –2021) amongst others.
Ambassador Kemayah is a devout Christian who has provided meaningful services and support to the Baptist Church in Liberia, and the religious community in general. He served fervently as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the First Baptist Church and the Mount Nebo Baptist Church from 2008 to 2010; and 2013 to 2017; respectively. Ambassador Kemayah also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS), a Premier Theological Seminary owned; and run by the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBM&EC), from 2010 to 2014.
Ambassador Kemayah is also a lover and staunch supporter/promoter of Sports, specifically Football (Soccer). For six (6) years; he sponsored/supported; and administered the affairs of Ma-Watta-Watanga Football Club, (now Watanga Football Club), a First (1st) Division Club of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), where he served as President of the Club. At the level of the LFA, Ambassador Kemayah served in a number of top positions; including, but not limited to Executive Committee Member; a post he held for six (6) years.
Ambassador Kemayah is married to an astute Liberian; and a God-fearing woman ofTrue Virtues, Substance, Integrity, Professionalism, and Productivity- Reverend Mrs. Dialokai Golanyon-Kemayah, a Registered and Ophthalmic Nurse; and their union is very much blessed with nine (9) dependents.