Graduates of the Development Studies Ph.D. Program have gone on to careers in developing countries, in development assistance agencies, in foundations and voluntary organizations, and in universities' research centers and academic departments.

Some locations of positions held globally include UNICEF, FAO, the Inter-American Foundation, the World Bank, CARE, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. State Department, Habitat for Humanity, and various NGOs and government ministries.

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LUAL A. DENG (`84)

Educated in Sudan, Egypt and the United States of America, where he obtained respectively Bsc degree in economic statistics from University of Khartoum (1973), master’s degree in Biostatistics, University of Alexandria, Egypt (1976), master’s degree in economics, Iowa State University (1982) and doctorate in development economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984). His career has covered teaching, international development, research and politics. Was assistant professor of economics (tenure-track) with the University of Wisconsin Center System (1985 – 1986); country economist, African Development Bank (1986- 1989); senior economist, World Bank (1989 – 1991); Division Chief, environment and social policy, AfDB; economic adviser to Dr. John Garang (2003 – 2005); state minister of finance (2005 – 2010) and minister of petroleum (2010 – 2011) in the Government of National Unity of Sudan. Currently a member of South Sudan National Legislative Assembly and managing director of Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, a non-profit research institution, Juba, South Sudan. Author of: a) The Power of Creative Reasoning – The Ideas and Vision of John Garang, published by iUniverse (2013); and 2) Rethinking African Development: Toward A Framework for Social Integration and Ecological Harmony, published by Africa World Press (1998).