Joram M. BISWARO is the current Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Head of African Union Mission, in South Sudan. He played a pivotal role in negotiation between the government and opposition culminating in the Revitalized Agreement of 2018. Amb. Biswaro (rtd) is a career journalist, diplomat and academic. Amb. Biswaro was the first Tanzania’s resident ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Latin America, residing in Brasilia, Brazil. He served in the same capacity in Ethiopia, and Permanent Representative to AU and UNECA. Prof. Biswaro initiated and successfully negotiated to include Kiswahili into the Constitutive Act of the African Union as one of the working languages and persuaded his peers to secure the headquarters of the African court, African Bureau on Corruption and the African Institute of International Law to be in Arusha, Tanzania. Prof. Biswaro has lectured in different universities around the world such as Pan African University Yaoundé, Cameroon, University of Juba, South Sudan, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil as well as Institute of Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. Prof. Biswaro has also written extensively on regional integration, pan- Africanism, diplomacy, mediation, negotiation, peace and security in Africa. Dr. Biswaro has co-authored, edited several books and journals.
Abraham K. NYUON is an assistant professor of Political Science and currently the Dean, School of Social and Economic Studies of the University of Juba. He earned a BA (Hons) in Christian Education from Kabarak University- Kenya, MA in International Relations from Catholic University of East Africa – Kenya, MA in War Studies from King’s College London – UK and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in political Science (International Relations) from University of Juba, South Sudan. Dr. Nyuon is a renowned political, peace and security analyst, the former Head of Department of Political Science and Director for Strategic Research and analysis at Ministry of Defense. Dr. Nyuon, a former child soldier turned academic and SUSI Scholar on U.S Foreign policy, has over two decades experience spanning teaching, developing and reviewing curriculum for Primary, Secondary and University taught programs at University of Juba, Dr. John Garang University of Science and Technology and Catholic University of South Sudan. His areas of research interest include International politics, foreign policy, political economy, strategic planning, peace and Security.
The Late Samson S. WASSARA was Professor of Political Science in the University of Juba. He held a BSc. Hons in political Science from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, Diploma in International Relations and PhD in Political Science from University of Paris XI (Orsay). He was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bahr el Ghazal. While at the University of Juba, Professor Wassara was twice Dean, School of Social and Economic Studies. He taught political science subjects, international relations and peace studies. His research interests were governance, regional politics, peace, security, and hydro-politics. Professor Wassara had published on Africa, Sudan and South Sudan