GEORGE BOYUK

A retiring Infantry Lieutenant-Colonel with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, George Boyuk has occupied a variety of command and instructor positions at the tactical level as well as staff and liaison positions at the operational and strategic levels of the Canadian Armed Forces throughout his 30 plus years of service.  His three tenures as Chief of Staff, including with Canada’s Joint Task Force-Iraq, have provided him endless opportunities to employ his Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management to establish sustainable outputs, facilitate best practices, and deliver positive outcomes to challenging problems. George has garnered operational experience with the United Nations in Darfur, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as having deployed to assist other host nations in Central, East and South Africa.

George is transitioning to consulting in the non-profit industry where he intends to share his extensive security sector experience to advise and assist with the development and implementation of innovative solutions to humanitarian endeavours. His desire to continue making a difference has drawn him to the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative where he can leverage his experience and contacts to advise on multiple projects related to training, doctrine and integration.

GUO JUDITH DICKSON

Guo Judith has a diploma in Social Work and Social Administration from the University of Busoga, Uganda.  She has also completed several professional development courses inclusive of Managing GBV in Emergency, Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) and Face to Face TOT in Humanitarian Sectors. 

Prior to joining the Dallaire Initiative, she has worked for several international organizations and UN agencies across South Sudan where she acquired ten years of experience in the field of gender and child protection with specific focus on delivering service to the vulnerable and affected communities as well as capacity building to different beneficiaries.  Her previous experience includes working with the UN International Organization for Migration where she worked as a GBV Response and Mainstreaming Assistant.  Additionally, Guo Judith was employed by Care International, South Sudan where she worked as a GBV Protection Officer among several other organizations.

JAMES TUCKER

James Lawrence Kormoinah Tucker began his career working for the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone in the capacity of National Children Coordinator.  He was later recruited into the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and he is still a serving military officer in the rank of Major.  He was trained and commissioned at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, Nigeria. He is currently on secondment with the Dallaire Initiative in the Capacity of Child Protection Officer.  

In his military Career, he has served in the capacities of Platoon Commander (1999 – 2001), Training Instructor (2001 – 2002), Company Commander (2003 – 2004), Battalion Training Officer, Intelligence Officer and Operations Officer (2004 – 2006), Staff Officer training Grade 3 HQ Joint Force Command (2006 – 2008), Military Observer – United Nations African Mission in Darfur (2009 – 2010), Training and Operations Officer (2010 – 2011), Military Assistance to the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Personnel and Training MoD (2011 – 2012), Directing Staff Horton Academy (2012 – 2014), Military Assistant to  Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Personnel and Training (2014 – 2015), Public Relations and Information Officer MoD (2015 – 2016), Safety and Security Officer – United Nations Mission in Somalia (2016 – 2017), Directing Staff Horton Academy (2017 – 2018), and Child Protection Officer with the Dallaire Initiative (2018 to present).   

In the course of his work, James has collaboratively worked with American, Canadian and Australian military officers in Sierra Leone, as well as working with teams from diverse professional and personal experiences. As such, James has become excellent working across cultures and in interdisciplinary environments.

JOHN KON KELEI

Mr. John Kon Kelei is the current General Manager of the South Sudan Pensions Fund since March 1st 2019. He holds Masters (LL.M) (LL.B) and Bachelor Degrees’ of Laws in International & European Law from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Mr. Kelei held the following managerial positions prior to his appointment as General Manager of SSPF: Lecturer at School of Law, University of Juba, Lecturer at Faculty of Law, Dr. John Gararng Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor, Public Relations and Legal Affairs Manager at Niletel Communication and Director for Legal Affairs at National Communication Authority (NCA). Mr. John Kon Kelei is the founder of Cuey Machar Secondary School Foundation (www.cmsf.nl), a foundation that has built and operates a secondary school in Bor, South Sudan. He is the Compiler of the Compendium of South Sudan Laws, Gak Law Firm 1st Edition, 2012 and Co-author of Customer Justice: Application of Customary Law in Bench and Statutory Courts in Bor, J.D. Mach Awan, LL.M & J.K. Kelei, LL.M, 2011 and author of the Introduction to South Sudan Law, Gak Law Firm, 1st Edition, 2016.

DANIEL LASUBA

Daniel Lasuba is a South Sudanese media and communications professional with project management experience. Daniel has more than fifteen years media and journalism experience working in Sudan, Kenya, and South Sudan. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya with a major in Development Communication. 

Over the years, Daniel has worked for different media and international organizations, honing his skills implementing media and peacebuilding programming. From 2015-2019, he worked as a Media Coordinator for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) an international organization in South Sudan. From 2007 to 2013, he worked for Sudan Radio Service in Nairobi, Kenya and Juba, South Sudan where he produced a youth peacebuilding radio program, and oversaw the production of culture, health, education, youth, politics, agriculture and other radio programs. From 2005-2007, Daniel worked in Khartoum for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) Radio Miraya project and also for SudMedia International Limited company where he trained journalists. 

In the course of his work, Daniel has built strong partnerships and worked with various international and local partners in civil society organizations, government institutions, NGO’s, CBO’s and the security sector. 

Daniel also worked as a consultant for different organizations in the areas of training, coaching, project management, media management, media production, translation, capacity building, coordination and peacebuilding.

KALINA MCCAUL

Kalina McCaul is originally from Ottawa, Canada and holds a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has worked in humanitarian and education fields for over a decade in Canada and around the globe. Kalina spent 7 years at the Canadian Red Cross leading on international humanitarian law dissemination, development and facilitation of child violence and abuse prevention programming, management of refugee services, and communications. 

Internationally, Kalina has coordinated mine action programming for Mine Action Canada in Nepal, conducted monitoring and evaluation for the Dallaire Initiative in Rwanda, acted as the gender, human rights, and international humanitarian law focal point for the British Army in Kenya, and advised on child protection in emergencies for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Kenya.

MARY ANON

Mary is from South Sudan and has a strong background in accounting and project administration.   Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) from Cavendish University, Uganda, she has worked for SS NGOs on UNDP and USAID funded community projects, including one position where she was based in the field in Awerial, Lakes State. She has also worked at the Liberty Commercial Bank of South Sudan.

ÉLOGE C. BUTERA

Éloge C. Butera is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and a well-respected justice and human rights advocate. Since his arrival in Canada in 2002, Éloge has worked tirelessly to rebuild his life and contribute manfully to Canada’s public life – his adopted country. Over the last ten years, Éloge has served as a leading advisor to some of Canada’s most respected public servants, including LGen Romeo Dallaire between 2012 and 2015.  

From 2016-2019, Éloge served as Senior Policy Advisor to Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. During that time, he led a number of significant policy initiatives including on countering radicalization to extremist violence, Canada’s strategy against human trafficking, reforming and modernizing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s Women Peace and Security Agenda, safer regulations and control of firearms in Canada, among others. 

A graduate of McGill’s Law Faculty, Éloge did his articles with the Honourable/ Professor Irwin Cotler, former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada. He has served as an advocate and educator on numerous challenging situations around the world ranging from seeking accountability for mass atrocities and genocide in Darfur, to Pakistan’s transition to democracy among many others. In 2013, Éloge was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Along with 86 other prominent Canadians, Éloge travelled with the Commission, bearing witness to the testimonies it collected. This important work continues to shape a great part of his contribution to Canada’s public life.  

Éloge maintains a healthy positive engagement with Rwanda, whether though the civil society and national legal institutions. In 2009 Éloge served as Summer Law Clerk to former Chief Justice of Rwanda, Professor Sam RugegeÉloge continues to support Tubahumurize Association, one of the leading Rwandan NGO working to counter and mitigate the impact of gender-based violence in Rwanda. 

MUSA GBOW

Major Musa Gbow has worked with the Dallaire Initiative since 2015. He served as the first-ever CPA in an African Union mission where he provided training to the AU Mission Peacekeeping troops in Somalia and the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) on protecting children in armed conflict. As our most seasoned Master Trainer, we have deployed Major Gbow in numerous challenging contexts in order to get programs, projects, and field offices established and off the ground. 

Major Gbow first took the Dallaire Initiative training as an officer in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed forces (RSLAF) and subsequently the Training-of-Trainers (TOT) program in 2013. As our CPA in Somalia, he was able to exponentially increase training, build partnership with national forces and mentor additional master trainers.  

In 2018, Major Gbow became our Regional Training Manager for Africa based in Kigali, Rwanda. He was tasked with initiating the development of a regional centre of training and learning on the prevention of the recruitment and use of child soldiers. Most recently, he was promoted to the role of Senior Child Protection Advisor, in the African Union Peace and Security Unit. He is currently based out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

UWERA “MANZI” GAUDENCE

Manzi is a native of Rwanda.  She completed her MBA in Finance from Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA).  She is fluent in Kinyarwanda and French and self-taught in English.  

Her previous experience includes working with Seed Co International Rwanda Ltd, the Genocide Memorial museum, the Rwanda Development Board and Drizzles Kindergarten in Uganda.