SIPA remembers Foday Soko Sackor, who passed away on June 16, 2021, at the age of 35. Foday was a 2012 MIA graduate in the Energy and Environment concentration and Management specialization; in the course of his studies he also completed a Columbia Business School master class on Private Equity & Entrepreneurship in Africa.
As a student, Foday served as president of the SIPA Pan-African Network, energizing his peers to work towards transformation across the continent. He always knew that he wanted to use his education and talents to help develop infrastructure in Africa. After graduation Foday returned to his home country of Liberia, and went on to become the youngest person to ever lead the Liberia Electricity Corporation. He later served as a commissioner on the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission and also advised government and private-sector entities as a mining and energy expert.
Foday was unforgettable. There was no mistaking his voice and laughter, and he was always the life of the party, animating crowded rooms with his bright smile and dance moves. Foday was known for his unrivaled sense of style, his passion for helping others, and his leadership. His infectious joy, kindness, and generosity earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.
Foday’s passionate support for the youth of Liberia and Africa as a whole was evident in his pursuits before and after his time at SIPA. In recognition of his commitment to children and young people, Foday’s family has begun efforts to establish a school and a foundation in his honor.
In the words of Foday’s faith tradition, “Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un” (To God we belong and to Him we shall return). Foday will be greatly missed, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.
Thanks to those in our alumni community who collaborated to produce this message of remembrance.