Kahssay Gebreyesus Biru – Country Director
Kahssay has been based in the Republic of South Sudan Country Office since September 2010. He previously worked as Program Manager for InterAfrica Group, a regional organisation and working partner of Justice Africa. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Federal Studies, Diversity and Conflict Resolution. He has ten years experience in management of programs with a specialisation in finance and logistics management, and long time experience in consultancy. He has conducted widespread research on Sudan on the relevance of Federalism and the Community Security status in South Sudan. He has been coordinating different projects including the Southern Sudanese Citizens Dialogue Program on self-determination, Nation Building and Multicultural Democracy. He is also a member of the Ethiopian Economics Association. Kahssay is currently managing all Justice Africa projects in the Juba Country Office.
Hannah Logan – Programme Coordinator
Hannah has been an active member of Justice Africa since November 2009 and began working in Juba in May 2011. Her background is in anthropology and development and she has previous experience working in human rights, fundraising, and advocacy. She has been working with Sudanese organisations for the past three years. Hannah is particularly interested in supporting and promoting civil society in South Sudan to ensure their presence as a collective, visible sector who legitimately voice citizen’s concerns, participate in political processes and articulate a South Sudanese way forward after independence.
Stephen Pande – Programme Coordinator
Stephen has worked with Justice Africa as Programme Coordinator since 2009. He has extensive experience working with civil society organisations in Kenya and has worked in Sudan for 7 years with churches and several faith based organisations in peace and reconciliation programmes. He initiated the founding of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms and the Sudan Democracy and Election Monitoring Program. He facilitated the dialogue program ascertaining the citizen’s views of the refererendum on self determination for people of South Sudan. He has also been engaged with democracy, Governance, and peace and security projects. Stephen holds a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies.
Benjamin Ocheingh – Coordinator, Civil Society Support Project
Ben has been based at the Juba office since October 2010. He previously worked with Save the Children, Sweden and at the LRA peace talks in Northern Uganda before coming to Sudan. He has spent six years working in Southern Sudan on several projects in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation for former child soldiers; as a Program Coordinator as well as supporting DDR activities. During this time, he played a key role in the drafting of the South Sudan Child Act. Before joining Justice Africa, he worked with the largest Youth Organization in Sudan as Programs Officer. Benjamin holds a BSC Degree majoring in Natural Resource Management and Anthropology, with further studies and training in Project management and Planning.
David Browning – Constitutional Development Project Officer
David moved to South Sudan to intern at Justice Africa and undertake research for his master’s dissertation. His area of interest is the role that civil society can play in peacebuilding in South Sudan. For Justice Africa he has been working on the civil society coalition building project and was a resource person at the first National Civil Society Convention. He has also been facilitating consultations with civil society for the design of new projects. He is currently a project officer on the constitution reform education programme. David has travelled extensively, living in eight different countries.
Woja James Amule – Operations/Logistics Coordinator
A native of Yei County, Amule has been with Justice Africa since June 2010. He has travelled almost all the ten states of South Sudan, and thus has extensive working knowledge of the country. He spent several years working with ZOA Refugee Care and also with GTZ in partnership with the UNHCR Repatriation Programme and UNICEF in Warehouse Management. He grew up in the Central Equatoria State of South Sudan and has also lived in Uganda.
Martin Onjerinwa- Administrative & Human Resources Coordinator
Martin has been a member of the Justice Africa Sudan Office since 2010. Originally from South Sudan, he has worked for a wide variety of Sudanese branch organisations such as Save the Children, UNHCR and Relief International. His academic background includes a BA in Business Administration and Management, and a Masters degree in the same field. He is a board member of both JASCO and MASS.
Peter Mangezire – Finance Officer
Peter hails from the city of Yambio in the Western Equatoria State of South Sudan and has been working at the Juba office since February 2011. Before that, he worked for many Sudanese organisations, including ACDI/VOCA and South Sudan De-mining Commission. His academic background is business related and he is currently studying for a Bachelor in Business Administration. He has also completed a wide range of courses that include HIV/AIDS awareness and a Life Skills Programme by UNICEF. Peter speaks English, Arabic and French, as well as some local languages.
Current Research and Fundraising Interns
Siiri Makela de Oliveira
Siiri is a current intern at Justice Africa. She holds a BA in Politics and International Relations and a MSc in International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Her academic focus was on conflict and peace, humanitarian interventions and international organizations. Her background includes experience working in Mozambique for a organization focused on education and elimination of HIV/AIDS and working for a London based organization which promotes equality in schools in Uganda and Zambia.
Tomas has worked with Justice Africa since the beginning of September 2012, whilst reading for a BA in Development Studies and African Studies at SOAS. Previously, he has interned at the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. His research interests are primarily concerned with the role of humanitarian actors in conflict situations.
Researchers & Associates
Jacob Bor HIV/AIDS and Democracy in South Africa
Ephraim Kimotho HIV/AIDS and Parliamentarians in Kenya
Kintu Nyago HIV/AIDS Activists in Uganda
Roxanna Rawson HIV/AIDS and Systems
Charles Wendo HIV/AIDS and the Press in Uganda
Project on HIV/AIDS in the Police and Other Uniformed Services
Fatima Elsheikh (Sudan)
Darcel Gabriel-Nelson (Benin)
Themba Masuku (South Africa)
Alison Thompson (Sierra Leone)
The Civil Project
Alex Crutcher Forming Sudanese Identity: Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism
Odinakoanye Lagi Opportunities in Southern Sudan for Integrating Poverty Alleviation and Civil Society Capacity Building for More Stable Communities
Alasdair Mckay Justice, Peace and Reconciliation in Darfur