He is an elected Board member and Chair of the SPEDP Board of Directors. He holds Masters of Science (MSc.) degree in Management from the University of Leicester/ COU, UK and Bachelors’ of Arts with Education (BA Educ.) degree from Makerere University. Mr. Arike has over 15 years of professional experience in humanitarian and development work. He humbly started to work as a teacher and progressed rapidly to hold senior positions with credible and world class organizations where he emerged as an expert in the domains of democracy and governance, rule of law, education and capacity building approaches. Among others, he worked for the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Care Intentional and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID/OFDA as a Programme Management Specialist. In this capacity, he advises on design, proposal review, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects funded by OFDA in all humanitarian sectors (in South Sudan?). He also advises OFDA on events, issues and response related to vulnerable populations and humanitarian assistance. Currently Mr. James Arike Charles works with United Nations Volunteers, Iraq. This valuable professional experience as an implementer and a donor representative enable him to appropriately guide, direct and oversea the performance of SPEDP, hence, uplifting the organization to this stage
He is one of the founders of SPEDP. He was the Director of Programme of SPEDP from 2009 until May 24, 2014 when he was elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer of SPEDP. Mr. Soro Mike Hakim holds Bachelor Degree in NGO Management from BOSOGA University of Uganda, Diploma in Project Planning and Management form the Africa Population Institute and Currently he is perusing his Masters in Governance , Peace and Security from Africa Nazarene University – Nairobi – Kenya. He also holds a certificate in Gender Mainstreaming from Arusha, Tanzania. Mr. Soro is a practical person who has nurtured SPEDP to its current stage of growth. He is particularly adept at operating effectively in fragile and unstable environments and in leading and capacitating teams of national and International staff to deliver high quality relief and development projects. He has substantial experience of managing major donor grants of over 4 million US dollars from different donors including, SSHF, NEPAD/SPANISH FUNDS for empowerment of Africa women, USAID/OFDA through CHF – International, USAID/PEFER FUNDS under Family Health International, South Sudan Recovery Funds under UNDP/BRAC, European Commission/CESVI and British Council, Dan Church Aid, Stromme Foundation, Christina Aid, French Embassy, Swiss Development Cooperation, Unwomen, Bill and Milinda Gate Foundation, Canadian Embassy and Many more. Mr. Hakim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SPEDP Board as a Secretary with no voting right.
He is one of the reelected Board Members who reaffirmed his commitment to serving a second term. He played a critical role as a Board member to sustain the organisation from its dark days- an effort that is much appreciated by the organisation. Mr. Guya holds a diploma in Cooperatives and Business Administration from Uganda Cooperative College, Kigumba-Masindi in Uganda. He has over Fourteen years of work experience in the field of agricultural extension, Farmers’ training and cooperatives management. He works for the Norwegian Peoples’ Aid (NPA) as an agriculturist (Deputy Project officer) in Central Equatoria State. He is also the Managing Director of Green Land Construction and Investment Company. Mr. Sam will remain an asset to SPEDP
He is one of the nominated Board Members who reaffirmed his commitment to serving a second term. He holds diploma in Social Work from SNMIZI Training Institute of Social Development in Uganda and attended a number of short term courses. He has over twenty years of work experience in the fields of telephone technology, nutrition, WASH and community education in which he progressed from the position of an assistant to a coordinator. He worked with Sudan Telecommunication Company, and MSF Holland. Currently, he works for ZOA Refuge Care as a Community Health, Hygiene and sanitation and Community Education Coordinator. Mr. Dada’s rich experience will continue to add value to the governance of the organization
He is a nominated board member but he is not new in dealing with Board affairs. He brings into SPEDP a broad spectrum of experience. Mr. Bebe holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Uganda Martyrs University and Bachelors of Arts with Education (B.A. Education) degree from Uganda Christian University. He worked with a number of organizations and is well verse with issues of organizational governance, education and finance management. Mr. Bebe worked for a number of institutions including the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ibis International, New Sudan Education Agency (NSEA) and Yei Teacher Training College. He worked with IMI World Health as Financial Analyst. Most importantly, Mr. Bebe was the Chairman Board of Directors of Centre for Democracy and Development, a national organization where he served for four years in this position.
He is one of the key founders of SPEDP. He assumed the role of Chairman of Board of Directors of SPEDP since 2009 until May 24, 2014 when a new board was formed and thereof reelected as a board member. Mr. Lumago holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration from Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina in the U.S.A. He also holds a High School DIploma/International Baccalaureate diploma from UWC Adriatic, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. In spite of his academic commitments in Italy and USA he had SPDEP at heart. He dedicated his time to mobilize funds for SPEDP during his tough student’s life. While in the USA, Mr. Lumago worked at the Methodist University. Upon return to South Sudan he continued to support SPEDP to date. Mr. Lumago’s efforts to nurture the organization to its current state will never be forgotten. As a Board member, his insights will help to preserve the visions and values of the organization.
She was nominated in absentia and declared her allegiance to serve the SPEDP Board of Directors as a member. She holds Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Humanitarian and Development Practice from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford – United Kingdom and Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Kampala -Uganda. Ms. Araba has 10 years of practical field and office work experiences in humanitarian and development aid. She worked with a broad range of organizations including national and international nongovernmental organizations, International Corporations and the United Nations. She held both junior and senior positions where she developed strong skills in project cycle management, development of strategic frameworks, resource mobilization and management, advocacy, partnership building and networking, research and protocol management as well as diplomatic related engagement. Currently, Ms. Araba works for the United Nations HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) as a Community Mobilization and Networking Advisor in Juba South Sudan. Her main job objective is to increase effective community mobilization, advocacy and demand creation across social movements and reinforcement of community capacities to become service providers, partners in policy development, and watchdogs for rights, programming and transparency of funding flows. Mr. Araba play a critical role as a Deputy Chair of Board in determining the strategic direction of SPEDP and its governance