Young Liberian Scholar Obtains another Master’s Degree with ‘Double Concentration’


Monrovia – A young Liberian, Mr. Vallai M. Dorley, was recently the proud recipient of another academic accolade. He walked away with another post-graduate degree in Development Economics and Policy with a double concentration in International Development and WTO Law from the Korean Development Institute (KDI) for Development Studies.

Dorley, who hails from Barkedu Town, Quardu Gboni District, Lofa County, and many other students mainly from developing countries, were accepted by the KDI to pursue higher education.

The institute is ranked as the 1st among the leading Think Tanks in Asia; it is first in the top International Development Think Tanks’ category, fifth among non-US think tanks and 20th in a panel of over 8,100 institutes in the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, released on 30th January by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. 

On December 6, 2019, this young Liberian academician graduated with his second master. Throughout his academic endeavors, he has always graduated with honors.  

He graduated in 2008 with undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science. He is presently enrolled at the University of Liberia’s Master’s Program studying Regional Development. 

He obtained his first Master’s in Public Policy from Asia’s top university, Peking University in 2012. He got a Post-graduate Diploma in Economic Governance from the University of Pretoria in 2013. 

Dorley was given admission through the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration under the sponsorship of the Young African leadership initiative (YALI) to study Public Management and Community Development. He became the first president of the first cohort in Africa (YALI, Accra) in 2015. A year later, he was accepted through a vigorous process by IREX and the US State Department to form part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a flagship program of President Barrack Obama Young African Leadership Initiative. He was admitted at the Georgia State University in the United States and did Public Management and Strategic Leadership. 

A year ago, this young Liberian scholar got another scholarship from the Korean government through the Young Ambassador and G20 full funded program to do his second Master’s degree. 

He is a 2003 graduate from AGM, Buchanan Street.

He currently works with the Liberian government at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as a Trade Economist and head of the World Trade Organization Desk.