The secretariat

Meet the Secretariat

Dr Baba Galleh Jallow

Executive Secretary

Dr. Jallow was appointed in February, 2018 by President Barrow to the position of TRRC Executive Secretary. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Commission, for supervising staff of the Secretariat and for arranging the daily work and affairs of the TRRC. 

Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow is on leave from teaching African and World history at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a Ph. D in History from the University of California at Davis (2011) and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey (2005). His research interests include the history of colonial and postcolonial Africa, censorship and state formation in Africa, Vatican II, and Catholics and Social Justice in Africa. His publications include Leadership in Colonial Africa (2014), Leadership in Postcolonial Africa (2014), The Kwame Nkrumah Cartoons (2014), The Catholic Voice in Ghana (2015) and Defying Dictatorship (2017). Before relocating to the US in September 2000, Dr. Jallow was the editor-in-chief of the Daily Observer and the Founder Editor and CEO of The Independent newspaper.

Musu Bakoto Sawo

Deputy Eexcutive Secretary

Musu Bakoto Sawo is a law lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of The Gambia. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of The Gambia. Musu is the National Coordinator of Think Young Women (TYW) and Programme Officer for The Girl Generation in The Gambia. 

Among other notable achievements, Musu was co-Recipient of the 2017 Vera Chirwa award by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in recognition of her advocacy for the rights of women and girls in The Gambia, and for being a leading African voice in the fight against harmful practices especially Female Genital Mutilation. In 2018, Queen Elizabeth of Britain awarded her the 52nd Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service in promoting women’s empowerment and campaign to end FGM.

Alagie Barrow

Director of Research and Investigations

Alagie Barrow holds a BSc. degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University with a minor in Psychology and an MA degree in National Security Studies from the American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia. Alagie served over a decade with the US Military where he rose through the ranks to make Staff Sergeant in five years and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2008 (Adjutant General Corps). 

Through the years, Mr Barrow’s other duties as an officer in the military included Victim Advocate, Suicide Prevention Officer and Unit Prevention Officer (illicit drugs). Mr Barrow rose to the rank of Captain in the military before resigning in January of 2014 (honorable). A cross section of his duties included conducting investigations through interviews, gathering facts, retrieving records, analyzing information, report writing and recommendation. He has also worked as an investigator and security consultant for security organizations in the US and as a short-term contract field investigator here in Africa. 

Alagie Barrow recently relocated back home to The Gambia and has been working as a Country Director for a consultancy firm here in The Gambia with oversight of the Anglophone subregion until his appointment with the TRRC.