Some faces from KONY 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous might be familiar to you, and others might not. Below are short bios of some of the key players.
Norbert Mao is the current President of the Democratic Party of Uganda and the former Chairman of the Gulu District in Northern Uganda. In 2011 Mao ran in the general presidential election, but lost to current President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. Mao is highly involved in the advocation for the Acholi people and his involvement in reconstruction and peace efforts in the most war-affected regions of his country are recognized globally. He has been instrumental in the attempted peace talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government.
Jolly Okot serves as the Country Director for Invisible Children Uganda. In 2003, Jolly met the original three filmmakers in northern Uganda and introduced them to the LRA conflict. Her leadership and passion for education helped develop Invisible Children’s grassroots initiatives in Uganda. Among her many qualifications, Jolly holds a degree in Business Administration and is experienced in program development and coordination, logistics, and management.
Ben Keesey serves as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Invisible Children, Inc. He received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics, Management & Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the organization in 2005, Ben worked with Deloitte and Touche, LLP and Brentwood Associates Private Equity.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo is the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Founded on July 1, 2002, the ICC is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Ocampo previously worked as a prosecutor in Argentina, most famously combating corruption and prosecuting human rights abuses by senior military officials in the Trial of the Juntas. On April 21, 2003, he was elected as the first Prosecutor of the new International Criminal Court.
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi
Martin Ojara Mapenduzi is the highest elected official of Gulu District in northern Uganda, serving as its Chairman. He has been known to speak strongly on his belief in the importance of education for his nation’s youth.
Abbe Benoit Kinalegu
Abbe Benoit Kinalegu is the President of the Peace and Justice Commission in Dungu, DRC. He is a human rights activist and continually works to highlight the issues of the LRA in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Invisible Children HF Early Warning Radio Network was born from Benoit’s vision and infrastructure of an existing network.
Patrick Munduga is from Arua, a district in the far northwestern corner of Uganda. He is the Education Programs Director at Invisible Children Uganda. He graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. Patrick also holds a post-graduate certificate in Water and Waste Engineering at Loughborough University of Technology. After graduating from Makerere, Patrick joined Melmarts Ltd. as a Site Manager and Quantity Surveyor. Later, he served as the Assistant Engineering Officer for the Arua District Local Government and joined Invisible Children Uganda in 2007 as the Head Engineer.
Arthur Zoungagbe is the Founder of Radio Zereda, an FM radio project based in Obo, CAR. Through locally-produced radio programming, members of the victims’ association in Obo and cultural leaders from LRA-affected regions share insight and sensitize local populations to the LRA’s activities. In conjunction with sensitization, LRA-directed programming is broadcast through Radio Zereda in both the local Pazande and Acholi languages to encourage and give instructions for peaceful surrender.
Adam Finck serves as Director of Central African Programs for Invisible Children. He once was the Assistant Country Director in Invisible Children’s Uganda office, then he became the Mission Director based out of the San Diego office. A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Political Science, Finck has also spent time writing for National Geographic and working with Africare as a field correspondent.
John Prendergast is an American human rights activist, author, and former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity and focuses on crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army.