Director of MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS ASVG COLLEGIATE DIVISION
Solomon Moribais a veteran Sierra Leonean Broadcast Journalist, documentary filmmaker, media trainer and digital communications specialist, now resident in Dallas, Texas. He brings onboard more than twenty years of multiplatform experience and expertise in local and international media and strategic communications. He is currently Public Relations Manager, Marketing and Communications at The Salvation Army of North Texas, serving a population of about eight million people.
Moriba served as Outreach/Press and Public Affairs Officer of The United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague, The Netherlands, from May 2007 to September 2013. He represented the SCSL and made presentations on transitional justice at various forums and universities across Europe, as well as in North and South America and Africa. He was also the official spokesperson of the war crimes tribunal.
Moriba was very instrumental in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of over 72,000 combatants from various warring factions in Sierra Leone, while he worked as Public Information Officer of the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (NCDDR) that worked with the UN Mission to bring peace process to Sierra Leone, after 11 years of a brutal civil war. His positive collaboration with various developmental organizations and UN Agencies immensely benefited many Sierra Leonean communities.
Mr. Moriba also served as West Africa Correspondent for Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK-TV), for which he covered the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Prior to his joining the Special Court for Sierra Leone, he served as Country Coordinator and Director of Productions at the Senegal-based West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR), a development communications project of the Open Society Foundations, covering sixteen countries. The station promotes peace building, reconciliation and development within a more open, tolerant and democratic society in West Africa.
He started his media career as a reporter at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation in Freetown, Sierra Leone and served as a news anchor, producer, and ceremonial commentator.
Moriba holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and a MA in Journalism from New York University, USA, specializing in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia. His thesis documentary film Still Humanwon the prestigious university-wide, Sidney Gross Memorial Award for investigative journalism. He has also received professional media and communications training in Europe and Africa.
Moriba is a founding member of the African Editors’ Forum, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2011, he was admitted as a full member of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD), Europe's largest network of communications professionals founded in Brussels in 2006.