Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Charles Rudolf Kpiosa

Charles Rudolf Kpiosa BII

Charles Rudolf Kpiosa BII

Masters Student in International Development and Governance (MIDG), Tsinghua University

I was born in 1984; a year after my country had slipped into 22 years of civil war, which forced us into exile in 1990 and ended with secession in 2011. I grew up in exile (Central African Republic, MBOKI – a refugee camp) where I received basic education. Education in the refugee camp was not easily accessible; thanks to the Catholic Church that sent me to Uganda for high school and to Khartoum for a diploma course in Philosophy. Thereafter, I struggled to fund my undergraduate degree in Development Studies at Nkumba University in ENTEBBE, Uganda. Throughout my life I have experienced happy as well as depressed moments. I would say I am most disheartened by the human suffering in South Sudan. Therefore, would like to think that it is only education with special focus on research that can help to prevent the human suffering whose images remain imprinted in my mind. Education brings builds capabilities that bring transformation. My experience in life has remained a light for my path to realizing meaningful change of having structural and functional policy that can foster sustainable peace and meaningful development. During my undergraduate course, I worked for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative as a Research Assistant and after graduation in 2014; I worked for GLOBAL AIM as Child Protection Officer. Thereafter, I worked for Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer (2015 – 2017) until I joined Tsinghua University. I am an alumnus BIARI 2017 (Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction). Currently, I am a student of Masters in International Development and Governance (MIDG 2017) at Tsinghua University.