Onek - Professor Of Biochemistry, Peace Mediator - Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan

Leo Onek

Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan


I got my degree (BSc, Hons, Upper Division), in Biological Sciences from University of Ulster, 1983. My PhD in Biochemistry from Lancaster University was obtained in 1991. I worked in Lancaster University for 2 years as Research Fellow on molecular of plants. From 1995-2008 I thought Biochemistry at Egerton University, Kenya. Concurrently in 2005, I initiated a peace process between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army which culminated in the Juba peace talks from 2007 to 2009. This resulted in peace in northern Uganda, where the Acholi people, who were the most affected by war between the two protagonists to return to their homes and picked their life and start again.I was variously funded in the peace process by Comic Relief (UK), the UK government, USAID, Pax Christi (the Netherlands) and others.

I received funds to carry out scientific research in agricultural pest (striga) management from the Rockefeller Foundation and Japanese overseas development agency. I did some work on sorghum, with others, in South Sudan and a paper on this may soon come in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Currently I am on Management Team of a US$ 3 million research project to ameliorate effects of climate change in Eastern Africa (in collaboration with Makerere University (Uganda) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The project is funded by the Norwegian government. I am Dean of College of Applied and Industrial Sciences of Juba University, South Sudan.


Professor Of Biochemistry, Peace Mediator

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