James Lomude brings nearly two decades of insight gained through working with refugees, youth and students, church members, and political officeholders as a missionary, youth advocate, political officer, Seed Effect Branch Manager and Seed Effect Human Resource Director. In his current position as Seed Effect Uganda Country Director, he leads a team of 40 full-time employees and oversees Seed Effect’s Savings & Loan Program that serves over 15,000 South Sudanese refugees and Ugandan nationals.
James was born in the remote village of Mijale in Yumbe, Uganda. He was the fifth of eleven children. With the difficult circumstances facing his rural town, there was little hope for proper education, medication, food, or shelter. Four of James’ siblings passed away due to malaria complications, and his father passed away when James was only nine years old. Since he had to work hard to grow enough food for his family, he did not attend school until he was ten.
With his exceptional dedication and hard work, he caught up with his peers and eventually graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda with degrees in Tourism, Hospitality, and Natural Resource Management. He went on to earn post-graduate diplomas in Public Administration and Management and in Project Planning and Management.
After completing his degrees, James served as the head of a Ugandan missionary team in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. He then turned his attention to politics and was elected District Councilor for Kerwa Sub County in Uganda. There he was chosen to be a member of the District Executive Committee where he oversaw the Health and Education sectors.
Additionally, James has held the following esteemed positions: Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Odravu Secondary School, the National Youth Leader of the National Pentecostal Churches of Uganda, and Senior Deacon at First Baptist Church Kajo Keji, South Sudan. Lomude also founded Youth for Christ, which provides guidance and training for making positive life choices to school-aged students.
James is married to Stella, with whom he has four daughters. The family left South Sudan in 2017 and settled in Adjumani, Uganda, the Seed Effect Uganda Headquarters.