Global-Scholar-in-Residence, Collegiate School and Founder, John Dau Foundation
John Dau is a survivor of a 14-year journey from his home village in Duk Country, Sudan in 1987 to his arrival in Syracuse, New York in 2001. During this journey of more than 1,000 miles, he led thousands of younger children through violence and starvation, away from the Sudanese government. Selected to come to Syracuse, along with 140 other “Lost Boys of Sudan”, John pursued the “American Dream.” He brought his sister and mother and is now married with a daughter and son. He now speaks professionally through the United States and is President of the John dau Foundation. In 2006, he was featured in the award-winning documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, and, with Michael sweeney, wrote his first book, entitled God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir, published in 2007. John has received many prestigious awards, including National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Award and was a Volvo for Life finalist in the Quality of Life category. He has started three 501(c)3 organizations, and he is an advisor for two of these organizations, the Sudanese Lost Boys Foundation of New York and the American Care for Sudan Foundation, both of which operate with independent boards. He is currently Collegiate’s Global Scholar-in-Residence, and he is also working to continue to grow the financial stability of the John Dau Foundation, so that it can continue to provide healthcare and nutrition programs to the citizens of South Sudan.