About Kerbino Wol
Kerbino Wol is a South Sudanese philanthropist and entrepreneur committed to building a peaceful and prosperous society in his home country . He believes firmly in creating opportunities for his people to succeed. He is convinced that the way to progress and development is by investing in the future of South Sudan.
Kerbino Wol was born a year before the outbreak of the Second Sudanese Civil War, which forced his family to flee into neighbouring Ethiopia. Kerbino eventually joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) at the age of 12. He rose in ranks within the “Red Army”, the child soldiers of the SPLA. Kerbino’s leadership and communication skills helped him lead the young soldiers. At the age of 15 he was commanding minor missions into hostile areas.
Kerbino’s multi-language skills helped him unite and co-operate with diverse ethnic and tribal groups. Kerbino is well versed in English, Arabic, Dinka, Nuer, Kiswahili, and several local tribal dialects. He spent his childhood witnessing the brutal period of the Sudan Civil War between the SPLA and the Khartoum Government. The Sudan Civil War ended after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. This included provisions for a referendum on South Sudanese independence to be held in 2011. Tragically, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, leader of the SPLA, died in a helicopter accident a week after the peace agreement was signed. Nevertheless, in 2011 the people overwhelmingly voted for independence. South Sudan became an independent country on 9 July, 2011.
After the war, Kerbino began working as a driver for certain US-based NGOs operating in South Sudan, including the National Democratic Institute. When South Sudan became independent, Kerbino’s military expertise and leadership experience provided him the opportunities to serve on the security detail of President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, and top South Sudanese political leaders. He would later serve as a close-protection officer for high-profile diplomats and guests visiting South Sudan. Among these was the famous film star George Clooney. Kerbino was able to learn from these experiences and advance his skills in security provision when he formed his private security company, Kerbino Agok Security Services (KASS).
KASS Security began as a company employing only a few guards, while housed in a container used as office space. This company gained the capability to compete for contracts with international firms by adhering to global standards of efficiency and accountability. Recently, Kerbino expanded his business endeavours by opening Kerbino’s Flame Grill Restaurant and Kerbino’s Executive Conference Centre, located in the Equatorial Tower in Juba, South Sudan.
Kerbino is a role-model of success, leadership, and character, thriving as a citizen within the multicultural environment of South Sudan. In addition to managing KASS and the Nile Foundation, Kerbino enjoys athletic training, mountaineering, hiking, and finds inspiration in reading and watching educational documentaries. Kerbino is constantly conceptualising new projects and exploring novel avenues to provide opportunities for his fellow citizens in South Sudan. He does this while expanding his business operations, developing his NGO, and being mindful of continuous self-development.