John Gaaniko - Country Director, South Sudan | Veterinarians Without Borders
Skip to Main Content

John Gaaniko

Chickens on a farm.

John Gaaniko is the Country Director, South Sudan at Veterinarians Without Borders North America/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Amérique du Nord.

Headshot of John Gaaniko

John Gaaniko

Country Director, South Sudan

John has been the Country Director for South Sudan since January 2022. He is a South Sudanese national, and development professional with over 17 years of experience working with USAID, FAO, UNOPS, and UNHCR supporting humanitarian and development programs.  John has extensive experience in project design and management and is expert in public policy and development.  

Prior to his appointment as the country director in 2022, he worked as a program management specialist for USAID/South Sudan for 10 years. He also worked for USAID/Burundi as a fellow in 2020 to support USAID's mission in setting up office systems and policies.  

He is known for his work in promoting innovations in agriculture to enhance the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers, public policy development, and advocacy for economic empowerment of girls, women, and youth through community-driven development approach.  

John graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2018 with a Master Degree (MSc.) in international development; in 2023, he completed a second Master degree program in Public Health from the University of South Wales (UK). In addition, he has a bachelor degree in business administration from Cambridge International College (UK). John speaks French and English. He likes cooking and watching animal movies.

« Go Back

Stories From Around The World

Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Learn more about volunteering internationally with VETS: April 23rd, 5-7pm EST in Ottawa

Are you passionate about making a difference on a global scale? Do you dream of volunteering overseas and empowering communities in need? Then mark your calendars for an event you won't want to miss...

Read more

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Ask an Expert: How has the animal health landscape changed in Ukraine since the full-scale invasion?

Born and raised in Ukraine, VWB's Daria Kuznetsova has witnessed, first-hand, the impacts of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. She tackles the current state of animal health in Ukraine and how things have changed since the start of the war started in 2022.

Read more

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Bridging Science and Tradition: VWB bursary recipient, Jessie Olson’s, work on caribou health

Across northern Canada, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) collaborates with remote communities, responding to their invitations to address animal care needs. Together with community representatives, we develop comprehensive plans to enhance local capacity, organizing temporary veterinary clinics staffed by dedicated volunteers.

Read more

  • I loved being placed in Ghana and believe I made a significant impact to the communities.
    - Madison Russel

Become A Part Of The Big Picture

By supporting Veterinarians Without Borders through donations or volunteering, you become part of the Big Picture solution. 

Volunteer  Donate   

+1(343) 633-0272 Contact