Luka Biong Deng Kuol

PRIO Global Fellow

Luka Biong Deng Kuol
Institution: Kush Inc.
Luka Biong Deng Kuol is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

  • ​Sudan and South Sudan
  • Post-conflict and transition situations, including legitimacy, economic governance, fragility, natural resources, nation- and statebuilding, and transitional justice


​​​Luka​ Biong Deng Kuol holds a PhD in development economics from the University of Sussex and an MA and MBA from KU Leuven. He served for five years as a Minister in the Office of the President of South Sudan and as a National Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Sudan until he resigned in May 2011.​ 

He is currently the Executive Director of Kush Inc, a non-profit organization that supports building bridges between the international community and local African initiatives with focus on South Sudan and Abyei​. In 2014 he was appointed a PRIO Global Fellow.

Kuol is also an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and has held a fellowship at the Institute of Decvelopment Studies at the University of Sussex. For more information, see the CV (to the left).

Research Groups

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PRIO Departments



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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Biong Deng Kuol, Luka (2014) Political Violence and the Emergence of the Dispute over Abyei, Sudan, 1950–1983, Journal of Eastern African Studies 8(4): 573–589.