Horn of Africa specialist appointed head of the Life & Peace Institute

Dr. Judy McCallum, Executive Director of LPI

Dr. Judy McCallum has been appointed Executive Director of the Life & Peace Institute (LPI).

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Judy McCallum as the new Executive Director of LPI, says Gustaf Ödquist, President of LPI. “Judy has a documented good knowledge of peacebuilding and long experience in practical peace work in the Horn of Africa. She is also a very experienced manager with great social gifts. All in all I trust Judy is very well equipped to lead LPI in the continued development of our work, both in action and research. She will move from Nairobi to Uppsala and assume her new responsibilities in January 2016.”

For the past two years, Dr. McCallum has served as the Head of the Horn of Africa program for Saferworld, an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.  In this role, she was responsible for managing regional work on the provision of security and justice services, tightening control over small arms, promoting conflict-sensitive development, and supporting the policy and advocacy work of non-state actors in Somalia/land and Kenya.

From 2006-2011 Dr. McCallum worked with Pact Sudan on people to people peace building, most recently as the Country Director of Sudan and South Sudan. Between 2011-2013, she undertook a number of peace building and conflict related consultancies a variety of international organizations including Catholic Relief Services, the South Sudan NGO Forum, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Pact Kenya and Mercy Corps.

Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, the daughter of missionaries, Dr. McCallum has development experience in a number of countries in Eastern Africa including Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania. She began her international career with Emmanuel International, a Canadian faith-based organization working in partnership with local churches in community development.

In the research for her PhD in Cultural Geography from York University, Ontario, Canada, Dr McCallum focused on the impact of the Sudanese civil war on the identities of the Murle community in Jonglei, South Sudan. Her Masters of Environmental Studies examined the role of faith based organizations in addressing gender issues in Uganda.