Mr. Daniel Opio Akau, a Deputy Coordinator of the National Dialogue of South Sudan is a passionate politician as well as an eminent Social Scientist, Lecturer and Author with a healthy footprint of experience in the East African region. He has previously served as the Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Sudan. As a lecturer, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at the Catholic University of South Sudan at Wau Campus until 2015. With regards to social work, He has worked with the Jesuit Refugees Service as a social worker in Harare, Zimbabwe helping refugees who had fled their countries because of conflicts. He also served as a pastoral and social worker in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  Mr. Akau has also been a secondary school teacher in Arusha in Tanzania under the supervision of Society of Jesus (Jesuits), as well as St. Peter’s Senior Secondary in Kampala in Uganda. He was a primary school teacher in Juba before that.

Mr. Akau holds a Masters of Theology, in Social Ethics from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, USA. Prior to this, He got his second Bachelor’s degree in Theology at Hekima College, Jesuit School of Theology, Catholic University of Eastern Africa; and a first Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Arrupe College University, an affiliate to the Gregorian University in Rome. He has a Clinical Pastoral Education Certificate from Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida; A Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute; A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from Makerere University.

Mr. Akau is proficient in word processing as well as other computer related skills. He is very passionate about politics and remarkable team player with demonstrated social, interpersonal and communication skills. As a seasoned writer, He co-authored a book entitled: “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: African Social Context”, published by St. Paul Publication, Nairobi, published in 2005. He has also written multiple articles in various Journals and Newspapers as opinionated views.  He is a certified guidance counsellor.