Sudanese Ambassador John Ukec joins the World Affairs Council to discuss the current situation in his troubled country of Sudan- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Charles L. Frankel
Charles L. Frankel is principal of Frankel International Development Organization. He earlier was senior consultant to CIVICUS, a global NGO, and president of the International Development Conference.
Prior to that, he was director of community support for the InterPacific Group (1987-94). He has had extensive experience as an entrepreneur and manager in private, public and non-profit enterprises, as well as significant involvement in community development in the United States and abroad.
A member of the Bretton Woods Committee, Mr. Frankel serves as Chair of the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and National Peace Corps Association and Board of Advisors of the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California. Mr. Frankel is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana.
John Ukec Lueth Ukec
John Ukec Lueth Ukec was born in Aweil, Sudan, which lies in the Eastern portion of Southern Sudan. Joining the Southern Liberation Movement in 1964, he served as a military officer in the Anya-nya Forces until the Addis Ababa Peace Accord in 1972, when he was absorbed into the Sudan Armed Forces with the rank of Captain. He concluded his military career as a General and the commanding officer of the First Infantry Division’s Combat Training Center.
Moving to the United States in the 1980s, General John became an activist and public speaker on liberation issues of Southern Sudan, while also earning Masters degrees from both Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University. From 1989 to 2005, he taught economics at Langston University in Oklahoma and at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. During this time, he also worked at Iowa State University as a Financial Aid Administrator, Chair of Human Relations, and co-Chair of Black Faculty and Staff.
General John left both Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College to join the Government of National Unity as Sudan’s Ambassador to the United States.
John Ukec Lueth Ukec explains the yearning Sudanese people have to stop the killing and genocide occurring in their country, yet he also acknowledges that it will take time to change the way African societies interact.