Isatu Smith was the Chairperson of the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission and Consultant Project Manager for the World Monument Fund for the Bunce Island Project in Sierra Leone. She has decades of experience working in the heritage and tourism sector of Sierra Leone. Her interests include exploring the shared heritage of West Africa and is a Governing Council member of the West Africa Shared Heritage Trust.
Ms. Smith is an experienced heritage tourism professional and enjoys engaging communities to protect, promote and harness the vast heritage resources found in these communities. She brings along project management skills and has overseen and managed legislative review, site development, museum development, conservation projects, community engagement, and proposal writing, among others.
Ms. Smith is passionate about preserving cultural heritage in her native Sierra Leone where matters of heritage and culture are often neglected, under-funded and not brought into the mix of the discourse of national development.