Joseph Boakai is the 29th Vice President of Liberia and the incumbent. He has been serving since January 16, 2006 under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Previously, he was Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985. He has also served as Resident Manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) 1973-1980, Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) 1980-1982 and Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) in 1992.
Boakai was born on November 30, 1944 in Worsonga, Foya District, Lofa County to illiterate parents. He attended primary and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia before graduating from the College of West Africa; the University of Liberia in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration; and then Kansas State University, which he attended on a USAID grant, graduating in 1976.
Boakai has served as member and chairman of many boards including chairman-Liberia Finance and Trust Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Star Radio, member of the board of the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary, founding member of Bethesda Christian Mission, founding organizer-African Methodist Episcopal University, founding organizer of the C.W.A. Methodist University and President of the Monrovia YMCA, President of LUSU Resource Corporation and Ex-President of the Monrovia Rotary Club.
He is married to Kartumu Boakai and they have four children. Boakai is a religious Christian and a Deacon of the Effort Baptist Church.
(Sources: Executive Mansion of Liberia, Wikipedia)