The South Sudan Center for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) is a think-tank institution that aspires to be a leading research institution in the region and internationally in the fields of strategic and policy studies. The members of the international advisory board are renowned international scholars, policy makers and opinion leaders in Africa and international fora. They advise the Board of Directors on all aspects related to policy and strategic direction of the Center. Below are the members of the International Advisory Board

 Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers, a member of CSPS International Advisory Board, the Chairman, ISS Board of Trustees and Head of African Futures & Innovation. He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. Dr. Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present most of Dr. Cilliers’ interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union as well as issues around African long-term future. Dr. Cilliers has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa and serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs.

hamdok_330x245Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, a member of CSPS International Advisory Board, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan, former Special Advisor at Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and was the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) since November 2011. He has over 30 years of experience as a senior policy analyst and economist on addressing diverse development challenges of the African policy landscape, primarily in the fields of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration and resource management. From 2001 onwards, Dr. Hamdok has headed successively ECA’s portfolios of activities on development policy management, NEPAD and regional integration, and governance and public administration. By way of an interlude from 2003-2008, he served the International IDEA as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.

Earlier, he held the positions of Chief Technical Advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe; Principal Policy Economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire; Head of the Public Sector Group and Member of the Management Committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte &Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe; and senior official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan. Abdalla Hamdok holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, UK and a BSc. (honours) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.


Dr. Paula Cristina Rogue is a Senior External Relations Advisor at CSPS. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Changes for Humanity, a South African non- Profit supporting youth, local communities and women. She holds a PhD from Oxford University researching on Wartime Guerilla Governance (using Angola and South Sudan as case studies) and MSc from the London School of Economics. She was previously the senior analyst for Southern Africa covering Angola and Mozambique with the International Crisis Group and throughout her PhD studies worked as a consultant for several organizations in South Sudan and Angola. From 2008–2010 she was the Horn of Africa senior researcher for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria. She frequently briefs Government officials, diplomats, think tanks and journalists on dynamics and developments in her countries of expertise Among her publications are the book Governing in the Shadows: Angola’s Securitized State published in 2021 by Hurst and her forthcoming book Insurgent Nations: Rebel Rule on Angola and South Sudan will cover portions of the SPLM/A’s history.


Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o was born in Ratta, Kisumu, Kenya in 1945. He completed his undergraduate studies at Uganda’s Makerere University, where he was awarded a 1st class honours degree in Political Science.  He served as Guild president of Makerere in 1969/70. He thereafter proceeded to his graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he obtained his Master’s and PhD in Political Science in 1977.Nyong’o took teaching positions at the University of Nairobi, where he was a Professor of Political Science and a visiting Professor in universities in Mexico and Addis Ababa, where he served until 1987, before taking up the position of head of programs at the African Academy of Sciences.

He is a former Secretary-General of Orange Democratic Movement. From 2003 to 2005, Nyong’o served as the Minister for Planning and National Development, and from 2008 to 2013 he was the Minister for Medical Services. He is currently serving as the Governor for Kisumu County after serving as the Senator from 2013 to 2017.

He was a member of the Kenyan Senate representing Kisumu County from March 4, 2013 to August 8, 2017 having been elected on an ODM (Orange Democratic Movement) Party ticket. He is a former Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in the December 2002. His political career dates back to 1992, when he was first elected to parliament. He served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

From October to December of 2013, Nyong’o was a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and he also participated as a speaker on Voices in Leadership, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health webcast series, in a session titled, “Linking Poverty Reduction to Improved Access to Health Care: Experiences from Kenya.


  Vasu Gounden is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). He is a mediator, trainer and researcher in the field of conflict resolution. He obtained a LL.B. (University of Durban-Westville) degree in South Africa in 1986 and practiced as a human rights and trade union lawyer. In 1989 he took up a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his LLM at Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C.  He is an experienced Conflict Resolution Trainer, having been an active trainer in the field since 1990. Gounden has extensive international training experience and has conducted training, for among others, the South African Department of Foreign Affairs; the former Organization of African Unity (OAU); the United Nations (UN), the Folke Bernadotte Academy; the United Nations University’s International Leadership Institute. Gounden also serves on several Boards. In 2001 Gounden was appointed by the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry to serve on the Board of Umgeni Water. In 2005 Gounden was re-appointed to serve a second term in the capacity of Vice Chairperson of the Board. He also serves on the Boards of the Gandhi Development Trust; and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Negotiation Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Peace and Conflict Studies Journal.

Prof. Dawit W Giorgis is a member of CSPS International Advisory Board. Originally from Ethiopia, US citizen, permanent resident of Namibia; served as P.S of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Governor of Eritrea (prior to independence) and Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner during one of the most publicised famine relief operations. He later served as UN consultant in 11 African conflict and post conflict countries; was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, University of Cape Town and Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Wash, D.C. at different times. 

He has published four books (his most recent titled “What a Life, a 640 page on his personal African experience), several articles, and several research works more recently on The Iran Saudi Rivalry and the Scramble for the Horn;  Ethiopia: The Realignment and Buildup of Forces in the Horn of Africa; War Ravaged Africa and the Myth of Africa Rising; Ethiopia and the United States: Can the Crisis be Prevented?; Organ Trafficking and the African Migrants; Border Walls and the Rise of the Right; and more which can be found on the website of AFRICAISSS. He has made presentations in many international conferences on Terrorism and Transnational Crimes in Africa.

Mr. Biluny Puot Lampuar is International development practitioner with over Twelve years of in-depth experience with programs, research and policy whilst establishing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and international agencies. Extensive expertise working in challenging and complex contexts. Possesses a comprehensive understanding of global politics, international frameworks and economics. Graduate of Girne American University in Cyprus with MBA in Financial Management and Certificate of Project Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.


Cyrilla Bwakira  is a member of CSPS International Advisory Board. She is a multi-lingual political scientist (French, English, Portuguese, Kirundi, with more than 40 years of experience with international organizations, NGOs, State-owned enterprises, and the Private Sector. Professional responsibilities have included leading large teams, planning, implementing/ managing, grant-making, capacity building, mobilizing resources, inter-agency coordination, as well as intensive diplomacy and high-level negotiations. Self-Starter, people leader, she has worked very successfully with all sectors in cross cultural large teams. Cyrilla is passionate, versatile, and resilient up to the finishing line.

Cyrilla has accumulated experience and achievements in many areas, including:

  • High-level Advocacy, Partnerships building, and Stakeholders Management
  • Leadership Skills Development (Human Capital Development)
  • Conflict Management (Processes, Systems, and Skills Training)
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support
  • Child Rights, Child Protection, Youth Development and Women empowerment
  • Programme development, Management and Monitoring

Cyrilla's career has spanned continents, with senior positions in prestigious organizations such as WHO Geneva, UNICEF Nigeria, and OAU Addis Ababa. Her influence has extended beyond these roles, as she has also served as the Executive Director at Connemara Consulting in Johannesburg. Her expertise has been sought after by the World Bank, the UN, National Governments, and the private sector, leading to consulting assignments across the globe. Born in Burundi, she has lived and worked in 27 African countries, as well as in Europe, the USA, and Canada, leaving a lasting impact wherever she goes.

As Human Rights violations became the new normal of most countries, exacerbated by poor governance and subsequent crises, Cyrilla has embraced civil society's work, bringing all her accumulated experience, networks and passion to bear. Cyrilla Bwakira assumed the position of Executive Director for the Better Life Programme for the African Rural Woman – BLPARW for one year from November 2018.

Her quest to contribute to the increasingly tough journey toward a world where humans can “live a human life” remains a morning alarm.