Dr. John Apuruot Akec is the Vice Chancellor of the newly established University of Northern Bahr-El-Ghazel in Sudan. Since 2007, Dr. Akec has been an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Centre for Computer Studies, University of Juba. His teaching interests have included mechanical design, automatic control, artificial intelligence, and Internet technologies. He graduated with B.Sc (Honours) in Applied Physics and Electronics from the University of Gezira in 1985. Later, he obtained a Diploma in Electronic Engineering and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK) in 1991 and 1992 respectively, specializing in Automation and Robotics. Akec was awarded a Doctorate of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2000. In 2005, he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Innovation by the University of Manchester, UK. Dr. Akec’s work experience include employment as biomedical engineer, Khartoum Radiation and Isotopes Centre, Ministry of Health, Khartoum (1986-87), Teaching Assistant in physics at University of Juba (1987-90), Research Assistant University of Central England in Birmingham, Software Engineer at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, (1999-2000), Research Scientist, Centre for Virtual Environments, University of Salford (2000-2002), Visiting Lecturer School of Engineering, University of Birmingham (2003-2003). He also worked as freelance analyst for mobile phone market in Africa for Juniper Research limited (2006). Akec held memberships in a number of international professional bodies that include associate membership in the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK); and full membership in the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computer Society, and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Apart from his engineering and technical expertise in academia, Dr. Akec is better known outside the academic community for his many writings on the social and political environment pertaining to Sudan in general and South Sudan in particular. He is also a social activist and a community leader in Khartoum. He is a regular contributor to Sudan Tribune online, and Citizen Newspaper in Sudan where he edits a column. Since 2006, Dr. Akec has been writing in a popular blog bearing his name.