Kitty Paulus, Program Director (Head of Mission)
Kitty Paulus joined GRG with a diverse background; she has managed refugee camps, done conflict resolution work, worked in the private sector, and worked with refugee and host communities on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Before that, she worked in one of Burma/Myanmar’s post-conflict areas, supporting rehabilitation programs and developing returnees programs. After obtaining a MA in International Business with a study period on Development Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, she started her career in the private sector, amongst others advising oil companies with project set-up in Kazakhstan. Besides her professional career, Kitty has always supported and initiated community projects varying from setting-up after-school programs for orphans, managing cultural activities in townships to committee membership to improve the inclusiveness of minority groups.
Stella Miryam Akoli – Accountant
Stella Miryam Akoli is GRG’s Accountant. Before working with GRG, Stella worked with MTN, a large mobile phone company, in their money transfer department in Gulu. Educated at the Uganda College of Commerce in Aduku, Stella holds a diploma in business studies and accounting. Stella has also worked for Masindi District Local Government, in Western Uganda. She is fluent in five languages.
Ocira Junior – Program Associate
Ocira is a graduate of Gulu University who holds a Bachelor in Quantitative Economics and has had several engagements with communities working at the local grassroots level. These include an internship at Gulu District Local Government guiding the community in development planning and work with small groups in Gulu’s surrounding rural areas under the youth leadership project of Gulu District NGO forum; this also involved a voluntary support project for juvenile delinquents. Before joining GRG, he worked with the Electoral Commission as a Presiding Officer in the 2011 general elections and a display officer in the voters’ register display exercise in 2010.
Onen Zacchaeus – Program Associate
Onen Zacchaeus holds a BA in Adult and Community Education from Kyambogo University and retains extensive work experience within the Acholi sub-regions both within and beyond the development sector. Before joining GRG, he worked as Program Assistant for Invisible Children concentrating on Village Savings and Loan Association, Adult Litteracy and WASH. Amongst his rich job history, Onen has worked as food security and livelihood field assistant for Action Against Hunger, hygiene promoter and community mobilizer for Nwoya, Gulu and Amuru districts and Acting Parish Chief for Lakwana sub-county.
Arianna Watson – Development Intern
Recently graduated from the University of Sussex (UK) with a BA in International Relations, Arianna concentrated her studies on community-led development, child rights and post-conflict reconstruction. She has significant practical experience in funding research, fundraising and proposal writing, gained both through a recent internship with a Zambian NGO and many academic and extracurricular activities during her studies. She is currently working with GRG to assist the media outreach, fundraising and monitoring and evaluation sections.
Charles Odong – Livestock Intern
Charles graduated with a certificate in General Agriculture from Busitema University Arapai Campus, faculty of Agriculture and Animal Science. He has worked with IRS (Indoor Residential Spaying) in the fight against Malaria in Bobi sub-county, Gulu District. Before joining his course, Charles worked in Bardege Division Gulu municipal council in the NAADS department as service provider and has been helping the local community in promoting animal production and management. After university, he was employed by a small private business in treatment of livestock health (goat, sheep, pigs, cattle) in Koro and Bobi sub-counties. Charles is currently being entrusted to roll-out GRG’s Livestock projects and to assist the team with his knowledge on Agriculture.
Our Team of Trainers
GRG benefits from engagement of a multidisciplinary training team to deliver high quality technical guidance for groups. GRG has sought out individuals from a range of backgrounds to find the perfect candidates for each training activity, from agricultural students at Gulu University, to local business people, to former beneficiaries who can share their experience with new groups. This has enabled us to deliver tailored, high quality training in varied areas of our work, from community microfinance, to traditional dance, or organic pineapple production.