Director, Sudan Programme
David leads IRRI’s Sudan Programme which focuses on enhancing, defending and promoting human rights in Sudan, particularly in the country’s conflict areas. The programme focusses particularly on strengthening capacities of local civil society to monitor and document human rights violations. It also conducts awareness raising among communities on their human rights so that they are better able to identify and defend their rights. The programme also conducts research-based regional and international advocacy. Prior to this role, David has worked on a number of programmes related to migration and displacement (refugees, IDPs and stateless persons) in which he has a wealth of experience. Before joining IRRI, David served in senior international positions with Tearfund UK (an international humanitarian and development organisation) in the Great Lakes region for 10 years, focusing on the needs of conflict-affected people including the displaced, refugees, returnees and vulnerable host communities in both emergency and post-conflict contexts. Apart from Uganda, David has worked at senior international levels in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, southern Sudan (pre-CPA) and Burundi. He holds an MBA in management from Kampala International University, a BA in French and Linguistics, and a Diploma in Education, both from Makerere University, Kampala. His other qualifications include a certificate in French from CAVILAM Institute, University of Clermont Ferrand, France, as well as various other qualifications in project design and planning, people and leadership management, community mobilisation, development, and policy advocacy, among others.