Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin grew up in Khartoum. He specialized in Petroleum Engineering at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and achieved his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1980. He then taught at the Universities of Khartoum and Gezira and was the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Port Sudan Refinery until 1986.
That year, he joined the Sudan People Liberation Movement / Sudan People Liberation Army full time, where he was a founding member. Since 6 June 2009 he is the Chairman of the Soudan People Liberation Movement – Democratic Change. He has been Minister of Transport (1998 – 2002); Chairman of the Services Sector for the Council of Ministers (2000 – 2002); Administrative Supervisor for the Western Bahr El Ghazal State (July – August 2005) and of Foreign Affairs (2005 – 2007) in Sudan.
Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin Wrote three books, many pamphlets and newspaper articles on Sudanese politics. His next book “South Sudan: Colonial Neglect and National Misrule” will soon be published by Gilgamesh Publishers.