Andrew Gai was born in Bor, a small village in the war torn part of South Sudan. When he was 15 years old, he fled to Uganda three years before the civil war ended. After spending four years there, Andrew arrived in Australia with his sister and her family. His education was equivalent to a Year Seven level student in Australia. He wished to study high school but was turned down because of his age. This did not demoralise Andrew – he learnt English and studied at RMIT University while working night shifts at a factory. During this time, Andrew also volunteered and helped several young students, and co-founded the South Sudanese-Australian Academic Society Inc. in 2014.
Some of Andrew’s current roles include assisting people in the Sudanese community in areas of education and employment, from fixing a resume to providing advice to young people on career pathways. Andrew believes “it’s never too late to turn someone’s life around to a right path” and he will do whatever it takes to help people reach their full potential.