Richard Boli was born in the Republic of South Sudan – formerly known as the Sudan. He has a BA Honors in International Development Studies (IDS) from the University of Winnipeg and a Law Enforcement Diploma from a senior police academy in Sudan – graduated as a lieutenant and progressed to the rank of major.
Richard has worked extensively with governments at a national level and with humanitarian assistance organizations at an international level in Sudan, the Republic of the South Sudan, and Kenya. While in Africa, he worked as an Acting Commissioner of Police in Africa, a community development officer, working with refugees and poor rural Kenyans in areas around Nairobi and Central Province in Kenya.
Richard was a refugee in Kenya before he immigrated to Canada. In Canada, he has worked in a variety of jobs, including jobs as a Developmental Services Instructor, Instructor Assistant, and a Public Speaker or Fundraiser (Volunteer) with UNICEF Canada. Richard loves doing research, reading and has a strong desire for helping socially, economically and culturally disadvantaged people or groups. He just authored a journal article entitled “Refugee Settlement Services in Winnipeg: Approaches, Programs and Organization (2016)” which he presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) in May 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. In 2006, he authored a research paper “Livelihood Assets of Rural Kenyans”, which has so far been cited in graduate theses.