Kot Monoah was born in South Sudan and his family was forced to flee a civil war when he was four years old. After 12 years living in the Kenyan Outback Refugee Camp of Kakuma Kot's mother and her children were granted a humanitarian visa that allowed them to move to Australia. Kot embraced the opportunities available to him: learning English in the refugee camps; arriving in Australia in 2004 at the age of 21 years and graduating as a lawyer in 2010. Through his experiences as a Slater and Gordon lawyer based in Sunshine, as a Victoria Police Community Liaison Officer, and as an active member and former coach of the Sunshine Heights Western Tigers Football Club, helping Sudanese youth to acclimatise to their new country, Kot has emerged as a leader and spokesperson for the South Sudanese community.
He is a chairman of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria and, in 2012, Kot was nominated as one of Australia’s 100 most influential African-born residents. Kot is passionate about supporting and assisting the Sudanese community and increasing the community’s understanding of Sudanese people and of the refugee experience.