April 30, 2017, a former SPLM-IO’s Represenative to Dejibuti Dr. Gatwech Koang Thich has been appointed as a interim Chairman of the UDRA according to Dei Tut Weang, the National Secretary for mobilization for UDRA.
Dr. Gatwech Koang Thich is a South Sudanese-American who was requested by the government of South Sudan to help in the nation building in 2012. He was the Director of Pipelines in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining before 15 December 2013 crises. Prior to his appointment as the Director of Pipelines, Dr. Thich was a research scientist at United States Naval Air Warfare Center and a NASA research fellow.
At the same time, according to Mr. Weang, Thomas Tut Doup, an out spoken South Sudanese in the United States is also appointed as a Secretary General for the UDRA.