Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin
Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, P.h.D., is a South Sudanese politician and intellectual. He is the founder and former leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – Democratic Change (SPLM-DC), and the current leader of the more oppositional National Democratic Movement (NDM). He is a former high-ranking official in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), and subsequently became the minister of foreign affairs for the Republic of Sudan from September 2005 to October 2007, when the Khartoum government offered the SPLA several other key ministries as part of a peace agreement.
He has held senior positions in the government of South Sudan, including Minister of Agriculture, and has written three books on the subject of South Sudan’s quest for independence. He is considered one of South Sudan’s most influential opposition leaders. While he holds no official position within the structure of the National Dialogue, Dr. Akol made headlines in 2015 for being one of the first public figures in South Sudan to call for National Dialogue.