On 19 July 2018, Dr. Michael Imran Kanu was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) for Legal Affairs for the Republic of Sierra Leone Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, an ambassadorial rank position. The appointment by H.E. Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio, the newly-elected President of Sierra Leone, follows the appointment of other young people to key government positions since his election in April 2018.