Tamburo Michael Renzi is the Chair of Eye Media/Eye Radio’s Board of Trustees. He is an expert in Marketing Management Consulting, Investment Promotion and Facilitation Services, and Project and Risk Management. He has worked for both national and international organizations, and financial institutions. His additional experiences include developing policies on investment climate, and public/ local/municipal administrations in South Sudan. Mr. Renzi also has a rich media and communication background. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management (MPA), Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Diploma in Public Relations Management. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Management.
Juma Stephen Lugga is a Licensed Engineering Consultant with South Sudan Engineering Council. He has over 30-year experience in the telecommunications industry that has seen him offer his expertise in various workshops, seminars, symposiums and telecommunications and ICT conferences within South Sudan and across the world.
Engineer Juma served in various capacities both in the private and public sector, among them being a member of the Board of Directors for the Sudan Regulatory Body, National Telecommunication Corporation, and a member of the BoD for CTO-E-Government, International Internet Governance, and BoD ATU-Digital Migration in Sudan before the independence of South Sudan.
He also served as undersecretary at the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Sudan. Engineer Juma holds Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Hons), Second Class -Division Two in Electronic, and a MSc. ICT in Regulations at the Sudan University for Science and Technology. He also acquired a Diploma in Telecommunications from Telecommunications Institute Sudan, and a Diploma in Christian Lay Leadership Development Program. He is currently the Jubek State Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, President of the South Sudan Handball Association, and President of the South Sudan National Olympics Committee.
James Solomon Padiet Angok (aka Dr. Okuk) is a South Sudanese holding PhD and MA Degree in Political Philosophy as well as BA and Diploma in Social Sciences and Humanities from the University of Nairobi, Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi), and St. Pauls’ Major Seminary (Khartoum), respectively (1997 – 2009). In addition, he obtained advanced professional certificates in Leadership, Human Rights, Diplomacy, Mediation, Negotiations, Peace, Justice, Planning, Research, Editing and Evaluation from renowned institutions in Africa, America and Asia (2000 – 2020). He speaks and writes fluently in English, Arabic and Collo; and fairly in Kiswahili, Portuguese and French.
Dr. Okuk worked as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sudan (2006 – 2011), and was transferred as Counsellor to serve in the Embassy of the Sudan in Brasilia, Brazil (2007 – 2011). After the Declaration of Independence in 2011, he returned home to work in the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA&IC) of the Republic of South Sudan, where he was later made Minister Plenipotentiary. Meanwhile, he got nto academic service – teaching and supervising students at the University of Juba, St. Paul’s Major Seminary and Catholic University of South Sudan in the field of politics and international relations. Also, he became a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) in Juba, South Sudan. Dr. Okuk has written many op-ed articles and had several interviews in media outlets and academic circles in South Sudan and internationally. He published a chapter, “Fair Justice for Global Economic Business in Africa”, in Globalization and Justice, and Anthology Series. He authored his first book in 2019, titled: “Peace of South Sudan and Revitalization: Historicity, Institutions, Leadership and External Dynamics.”
Dr. Okuk has been an advisor, facilitator and consultant for UNDP, UNMISS, civil society organizations, church-based groups, youth and women groups in South Sudan. He was one of the High-Level Experts consulted by the IGAD-led Mediation in August 2017 to brainstorm on the way forward for the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and the peace process in South Sudan. Dr. Okuk is an authority to reckon with, especially in professional and objective analyses, commentaries, informed opinions and early warning on issues of human rights, good governance, globalization and sustainable development in South Sudan.
Dr. Kawa Tong is a Public Health Development Practitioner. She is also a Capacity Development Consultant in the areas of program management, Capacity Building, Institutional Development and Leadership. Her work experience draws from international non-governmental organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and USAID.
She is the founder of Kalunya Consulting Group (KCG), which partners with regional consulting firms to deliver services in South Sudan. As a program manager, Kawa has led multi-million-dollar projects in service delivery and technical assistance. She once monitored a flagship program for USAID in South Sudan and helped the Ministry of Health create key health policies, co-chaired South Sudan health NGOs forum and created impactful partnership between USAID and UNFPA in a landmark Reproductive Health and Family Planning project.
In her recent activities, Kawa brought about positive outcomes through institutional development and capacity building to PUSH, the YSRH Decent Initiative program and Deng Foundation. As a capacity development consultant, she is skilled at supporting and training NGO personnel in the organizational development, NGO best practices and team building to address the hidden dynamics that provide access to a breakthrough to exceptional performance at both individual and team levels. Kawa is passionate about supporting national NGOs and civil societies to attain their goals. She is currently in partnership with South Sudan NGO Forum, providing a series of training in various topical issues in the South Sudanese National NGO growth and development. In addition to her professional pursuits, Kawa finds joy in reading inspirational books!! She is in the community service sector as a founder of the New Beginnings Initiative for women and a charter member of Juba Rotary Club.
Kawa holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Health, two certificates of program management from USAID, Project Management for Executives certificate from Strathmore University and is pursuing a diploma in Leading Organization for Executives at Strathmore University.
Chaplain Kara Yokoju: Doctoral Candidate International is a Relations and Lecturer at Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies at the University of Juba; Deputy Dean of the School of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies – University of Juba. He is also a Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies in South Sudan.
Kara’s key expertise include, but not limited to, working with the United Nations and Global Security, International Security, Foreign Policy, International and Regional Development and Cooperation, International Trade and Foreign Investment, the Global Regions: Africa, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, International Diplomacy, Promotion and Protection of the National Interest and Post – Conflict Peace Building, Preventive Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Mediation, and Cooperative Engagement and International Law, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Kara is a PhD (Doctoral Candidate) at the Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies (Specialization – International Relations) University of Juba on: “Foreign Unilateral Military Intervention: The Paradox of Global Security System.”
He founded an association with the aim of promoting community empowerment, social interaction, intellectual and cultural exchange among South Sudanese, people of the Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile (the Ingasana Hills) while living in Western Australia.
Kara has published a number of articles, including: Independent Express Issue 6 May 19 2005, titled: “Education the tool of a savior. Bid for Peace in Sudan.” Independent Express Issue 13 August 25 2005, titled: “South Sudanese march downtown in a bit for peace.”
Nyuon Susan Sebit is a young South Sudan lawyer with a wealthy training in Human Rights, Rule of Law and Access to Justice. She is also a trained Specialist in Peace-building and Conflict Management, Mediation, Resolution, and Conflict Mitigation. She has a rich work experience she gained while working with different organization at various capacities, notably UN agencies, national and international NGOs (Civil Society Organizations).
Ms Nyuon is the Founder and Managing Advocate at Prudential Attorneys & Legal Consultants – a law firm operating in South Sudan. She was also the Executive Director of National Alliance of Women Lawyers (NAWL), which is a national women lawyers’ organization she founded in 2015.
In 2018, Ms Nyuon joined the Global Network of Women Peace-builders in New York as the third recipient of Cora Weiss Peace-building Fellow where she helped the international Coordination Team based in New York. While there, she worked closely with the UNSC implementing WPS, YPS resolutions and related laws at the UN.
Stephen Omiri Obuor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eye Media/Eye Radio. Mr. Omiri is the founder of Eye Media which manages Eye Radio as a project of USAID. He has over 15 years of experience in mass media management and development.
He holds Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurship, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA), and a Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations with the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Mr. Omiri also has a wide knowledge in Community mobilization through leadership skills, facilitation, Peace Building and Peacemaking processes. He has worked as a psychosocial worker, offering support to people affected by Trauma and Psychosocial Problems during times of conflicts. He is currently the Secretary of the Eye Media Board of Directors, and a non-voting member.