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David Nyuol Vincent

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Social Commentator, Speaking Out

David Nyuol Vincent is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He was trained as a child soldier in Ethiopia and lived as a refugee in Kenya until he was twenty-six. Since rebuilding his life here in Australia, David has become an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and he is a Victorian Human Rights Youth Ambassador and a People of Australia Ambassador. He also helped to set up an all-Sudanese refugee football team, the Western Tigers, in the Brimbank soccer league. David is a true humanitarian and is committed to achieving peace for his people in Sudan.

Where were you born?

I was born in a small village called Turalei in the South of Sudan.

What other jobs have you had?

Running the Breakfast Club with the Brotherhood of St Laurence for underprivileged children and their families, many of which are refugees who have come to Australia.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Refugees, triumph of the human spirit, overcoming adversity, South Sudanese, building kids’ self-esteem, forgiveness, child-soldiers, survival.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Having the courage to tell my story and ultimately publishing my story as a book; discovering the many people here in Australia who care and want to listen.

What are you passionate about?

Making a difference, helping people who don’t naturally fit to find their place in the world and raising the voice of the most disadvantaged people in the community.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Since the publication of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die I have done many media appearances for television, newspapers, radio and so on. I keep a listing on the media page of my website.


Imagine as a young child you watch your village being burnt down, you walk daily in fear until your shoes fall off, you cry until you have no more tears, you cross the Sahara desert by foot with no food and little water, you don’t know if your mother and father are alive or dead. That is just a small portion of David Vincent’s amazing life story. I can’t even imagine what a tenth of David’s life has been like, and yet his enthusiasm for life is infectious. His story of determination and inspiration is one that must be heard by all ages to ensure that we all make the most of the opportunities that our lives present.

David was outstanding. A truly amazing and inspiring presentation. It is a privilege for me to know him.

—M. Gallus, P-6 Coordinator, PEGS Junior School Boys, November 2012

David was just wonderful as one of my guest speakers in the Melbourne Conversations event I curated with the City of Melbourne – articulate, gently funny without being cocky or over the top, modest and wise. He told stories about learning to read and write under a tree and gave sagacious advice to audience members to keep on keeping on. A very inspirational man.

—A. Pung, Curator, Melbourne Conversations, October 2012

I am happy to report that David was excellent in his talk to the Year 12s. You could of heard a pin drop whilst he was delivering his story. The students were engaged and he was very engaging in a different way to some other speakers that we have had at the school. He spoke for about 35-40 mins and then opened up the floor for questions.
Some of the other staff members who were present have spoken about getting David back to the school at some stage.
So we are very complimentary of David and his talk. Please pass this feedback on to him.

—J. Albress, Dromana College 2017

The presentation was fantastic.  David captivated the audience and was able to answer all questions asks.  He even stayed and joined us for a meal afterwards.  I have received multiple emails, from attendees, thanking me for organising such a great speaker.

—P. Barton, Mercy Works Ltd, June 2017

David was an open, honest and generous speaker. Our session was a quite informal session, and this suited his style very well- but I imagine who would be great at adapting at whatever situation he found himself in. He told his story without the use of notes, or props, he spoke for a full 50 mins without interruption, but had everybody totally engaged with his story. He was also incredible personable, injected humour where appropriate, and was incredibly giving with his answers to the questions that were asked of him at the end of the session.

How did the audience respond to the visit?: The audience were completely engaged with David’s talk, and had plenty of questions for him at the end of his pre

—K. Stanyer, Whittlesea City Counci, August 2017

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