September 28, 2017
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”
Speaking at State House in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”
He says he is very proud that the country has a Sierra Leonean who has greatly influenced the policy direction of the Australian Government so that greater focus will be paid to developing countries, especially his home country. He asserted that AUK, as fondly called, has worked tirelessly “not for his own personal advancement.” He also commends the President of the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, Professor Di Fleming, for visiting the country to influence foreign direct investment.
As pioneer and National Coordinator of Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group in Australia (SEAGA), AUK provided bags of rice and millions of Leones to Ebola affected families and quarantined homes in Buedu Town, Kailahun District, eastern Sierra Leone. He also extended similar gesture to Tonkolili and Bombali Districts in the north.
During the height of the deadly Ebola virus which claimed the lives of over 3,000 Sierra Leoneans and crippled the country’s economy, AUK’s courageous leadership collected and shipped four 40-feet containers of medical supplies to Sierra Leone to help in combating the Ebola virus.
AUK spent years in Guinea where he diligently supported the Red Cross in addressing the needs of refugees. Whilst in Guinea, his desire to help fellow Sierra Leoneans inspired him to work for the International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (ICRCRC) and the Internal Rescue Committee (IRC), rising to the rank of Assistant Programme Manager for the Unaccompanied Minors (UAM)-separated children programme.
Since moving to Australia, he became very pivotal in redirecting foreign investment to Africa. In 2014, he campaigned to raise assorted items worth more than Aus$800,000 (eight hundred thousand Australian Dollars) in support of the people of Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.
He is a member of the Australian Red Cross Divisional Advisory Board of Tasmania; a member and Advisor of Australia Africa Business Council; a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay Tasmania Australia; a White Ribbon Ambassador to campaign against domestic violence; Vice Chair of the Tasmania Muslim Association; member of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania; member of the Tasmanian Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs (TACMA) Premier Advisory Council; a member of the Board of the Migrant Resource Centre South Tasmania and Tenants Union of Tasmania Inc., a member of Australia and Committee Member of International Wall of Friendship Development Committee, Vice- Chairman of the African Enterprise Board in Tasmania, Board Member of Stand4Salone Ltd in Australia which provides charities to Sierra Leone, and Pioneer and National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group in Australia (SEAGA).
Over the last decade, AUK has initiated and executed social, diplomatic, investment and trade links between Australia and Sierra Leone. He has a profound knowledge and extensive experience in Australia-Africa economic diplomacy. He has vast understanding of the workings and requirements of the private sector ranging from sole proprietor to corporate institutions and has great ability to foster and grow relationship at international level.