Executive Staff

Suliman A Giddo, President / CEO
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Mr. Giddo is a founding partner of DPDO. In 2009, he received a ABD from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He has extensive experience in ethnic conflict resolution through participation in peace negotiations during Darfur tribal conflicts in 1980s and 1990s. He has been working on the Darfur Peace Initiative since 2003, creating close but impartial relationships with all movement leaders and other stakeholders in Sudan. In 2009, he began working as a consultant to the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, on the State Department’s Peace Initiative in Sudan.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Khartoum, an MBA from Strayer University, and a post-graduate diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University. His additional training includes Disaster Management at University of Wisconsin, Conflict Resolution at Indiana-Purdue University, Human Resources at Maduri Kamaj in India, and Non-Profit Leadership at the UN University for Peace.

Susan Burgess-Lent, Program Director
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Susan has worked in many capacities with DPDO since 2004 to build the organization. As Program Director, she is responsible for the direction and funding of DPDO’s programs in Darfur.

She previously worked as a project manager for the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation and InterAction, as a proposal consultant for CEDPA, and as budget and administrative coordinator with American Red Cross International Services. Susan is also a writer and worked for many years as a television journalist.

Katherine Naugle, Programs Manager
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Katherine Naugle has worked with DPDO since 2008, handling multiple roles including bookkeeper, fundraiser, and office manager. She earned BA degrees in both International Studies and Spanish from Towson University in Baltimore, MD and a certificate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Granada in Spain. During her undergraduate work, she completed extensive studies of economic development and African politics with a focus on Sudan. Her senior research project focused largely on the global climate change as a contributing factor to the conflict in Darfur.

Omer Ismail, Vice President / Advocacy
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Omer Ismail, Vice President of DPDO and a key player in Darfur advocacy, is a graduate of Khartoum University where he worked as a research assistant to Dr. Mansour Khalid, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. In 1988 he became the Operations Manager for the United Nations Operation Life Line Sudan. He fled Sudan after the current regime took power and since then has lived as a refugee in the U.S. He returned to the United Nations to serve in Somalia from 1992 to 1994.
Yassir Abdalla, Translator for DC Office
Suliman Ishag, Assistant Director of Programs
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Dr. Abdalla I. Adam, Director for Relief & Development
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Adil Hassan, Asst. Director for Administration and Finance
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Sudan Staff

Abdulatif Ahmed, Women’s Center Program Manager, El Fasher

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mohamed-ahmed-uthman Mohamed Ahmed Uthman, Khartoum Program Manager

Fatiah Fadul, Kassab Women’s Center Manager

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Aisha Ishag Ahmed, Kassab Women’s Center Manager
Abdalla Sidig, Kassab Women’s Center Guard