Mr. John Kon Kelei is the current General Manager of the South Sudan Pensions Fund since March 1 st 2019. He holds Masters (LL.M) (LL.B) and a Bachelor’s Degree 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 (, 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. 


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 is from South Sudan and has a strong background in accounting and project administration and holds 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.


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’s 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.


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.  I’m sure that she will be a valuable asset to the Dallaire Initiative.


Jean has an MBA in Project Management from the Maastricht School of Management (2009-2011). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences from the National University of Rwanda, the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Butare (1999-2003) and he earned his Secondary School Diploma at Institut de Bibwe, Masisi, DRC (1988).


Catherine is passionate about financial management in the humanitarian sector and has more than 15 years’ experience.  She believes in lifelong learning and not too long ago attained a Master of Global Management from Royal Roads University in Canada. Catherine is happiest when she completes challenging tasks well within the time allocated. She likes working with people and relating to their situation in order to find a long-lasting solution. In her many years of working and living in hard to work areas among which are Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Sudan, Catherine has picked up and applied daily life skills that will benefit the Dallaire Initiative.  She is a resilient person and has been able to withstand and conquer many challenges both in her private and work life.  Catherine has a wide range of interests such as reading, music, current global affairs, baking, walking and hiking. 



Saeed is a Program Design, Evaluation & Quality professional with a knack for providing high quality technical leadership to an integrated programming portfolio, including training and capacity building projects. He has three University Degrees, including Master of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University Australia and Master of Peace, Conflict and Development from University of Bradford UK and 13 years of global non-profit sector leadership and management experience in the field of peacebuilding, child protection (including prevention programming), child rights governance and humanitarian-development-peace nexus. Before joining the Dallaire Institute, Saeed served in different global organisations in South Asia, East Africa, Australia and Turkey and gained hands on experience in designing and implementing adult learning approaches and minimum quality learning standards, capturing, analysing and interpreting high quality training data, designing capacity building tools, managing high-performing, multi-sectoral teams and providing compelling ideas to win business and measuring / showcasing impact. Saeed also brings with him significant experience of designing and implementing Results Based Management (RBM) system, inclusive of designing logic models and performance measurement frameworks for range of child protection related capacity building initiatives and leading strategic planning processes. 


Bill Watkins came to the Dallaire Institute in 2018 as part of the VTECS Program and facilitated numerous trainings in Rwanda, Somalia, and Spain. In 2019, he joined the permanent staff as Senior Advisor – Research & Learning where he focused on Curriculum Development. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel with over 32 years in the Canadian Army, he served in various capacities and deployed on numerous international missions including two tours in Bosnia with the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and three tours in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In addition to his military experience, Bill spent five years as Adjunct Professor at American Military University providing online education in security studies. He is currently a PhD student at Leiden University where his research is focused on the role of leadership in radicalization leading to violence. In his spare time, Bill enjoys racing motorcycles and oil painting.


The Right Honourable Paul Martin was the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006, Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002 and he served as the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-