Celebrating Mr. David Patrick Obot (NURRU), Chief Executive Officer


Mr. David Patrick Obot-Oruk, born on 1st August 1951, was a son to Jago Stephen Oruk of Okii-Raki Okwero Ocobo Clan and
Imat Zerida Amuge of Bako Olang Clan from Amwoma, Dokolo,District. He was the 6th child in a family of 10 children, five of them
are alive: Julius Peter Ocom, Charles Ogwang, Loy Obonyo, Tamali Okao, and Florence Orem.

David Patrick Obot was married to Imat Mary Tumusiime Obot from Omwitire Clan from Rukungiri District; and Imat Janet Akello
Obot from Inomo Clan of Lango, Dokolo District.

Mr. Obot is survived by a multitude of over 100 children, 13 of whom are his biological children (9 girls, 4 boys). He is survived by
20 grandchildren. While everything was done to save his life, David Patrick Obot returned to his Creator on the night of 2nd June 2023 at Lira Medical Centre, Lira City.

David attended Ankeye Primary School (P1-P4); Boroboro Demonstration Primary School (P5-P6) between 1965 and 1966;
Canon Dongo Junior School (Junior I and II) between 1967 and 1968; St. John Bosco Secondary School, Dokolo (Ordinary Level)
between 1969 and 1972; Nkumba College of Commerce between 1975-1976;

He attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education 1987 – 1990 (Mature Entry) Makerere University; Harvard University
Scholar under the World Learning Incorporation 1993 – 1994 and Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Management
1998 – 2001 from Makerere University.


  1. 2003 – to-date: Network of Ugandan Researchers and Research Users (NURRU), Chief Executive Officer
  2. 1995 – 2003: InterAid Uganda, Project Coordinator, then Executive Director
  3. 1992 – 1994: Poverty Alleviation and the Social Costs of Adjustment Project (PAPSCA)
  4. 1991 – 1992: Lira District Development Agency (LIDA)
  5. 1990 – 1991: JW and Partners, Auditors for Businesses, Schools, and CBOs.
  6. 1990: Owani and Company Limited Auditors and Certified Accountants
  7. 1984-1986: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Head of Accounts, Lira
  8. 1976-1983: Uganda Trypanosomiasis Research Organization (UTRO), Accounts Officer
  9. 1973-1974: East African Community, Arusha Tanzania Accounts Officer


  1. 2010 – 2018: Member of Uganda National Commission, UNESCO – Ministry of Education and Sports
  2. 2011-2016: Chairman, Board of Directors of Uganda Reach the Aged Association (URAA)
  3. 2012-2014: Member of Board of Directors, Uganda Road Sector Strategic Initiative (URSSI).
  4. 1998 – 2003: Chairman, Board of Directors DENIVA
  5. Past President of the Rotary Club of Kampala Day Break


1.   Through consultancies, he influenced the work of major donor

and development institutions. that include USAID, UNDP, UNHCR, UNHCHR, UNESCO, World Bank, Dutch and Irish Governments,

Commonwealth Foundation, EU, NDI, DFID, Urban Institute, Danish Refugee  Council,  ZOA,  Save  the  Children  International,  HelpAge International,  ActionAid  Uganda,  Trocaire,  and  International  Land Coalition.

  • Thought Leadership: As a renowned researcher, he contributed to multidisciplinary knowledge through the journal articles, international technical  working  papers  and  policy  guidelines  he  published,  and contributed to. He therefore provided thought leadership across the formal and informal sectors.
  • Builder of lives: He effectively supported, natured and built lives of underprivileged, and disadvantaged people around him by selfless use of his personal resources, knowledge, and energies.


Humility, hard-work, knowledge seeker, life-long learner, progressive defender  of  his  culture,  servant  leadership,  valued  education,  and professionalism.


Daddy, Granddad and our Special Friend, while it is openly clear that we each shall dearly miss your personalised support, we thank you for preparing us for life that we will live in your absence. While we thanked you in our different ways when you were with us, we have come to realise that we never thanked you enough for being a very generous husband, father, grandfather, and a friend. With a unified voice as a family, we say THANK YOU, and promise not to let you down. We will keep your legacies alive.

We are strong in this unique celebration because of the different forms of  support  from  our  family  friends,  relatives,  in-laws,  and  various institutions. It is our singular honour therefore to thank each of you for the support. May God Almighty reward each of you according to His wealth in glory.

Fare Thee Well, son of Mzee Oruk.


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