SPEAKERS

Prof. Githu Muigai (Former AG)
Professor, Public law, The School of Law, University of Nairobi

Prof. Githu Muigai is a Professor of Public law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi and a Senior Partner at the firm of Mohammed Muigai LLP. He is also the Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration African User’s Council and the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

As a committed Jurist, he has been involved in the teaching and practice of law for over 30 years. As an academic, he is widely acknowledged as an expert in the area of Public Law with special recognition in the areas of Constitutional Law, Constitutional Jurisprudence, Constitutional litigation and comparative constitutionalism. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Public International Law and International Hu man Rights Law.

He has broad international and domestic experience at dispute resolution having represented Kenya as the Attorney General before the International Criminal Court at the Hague, serving as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. He has represented numerous parties at the Supreme Court of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Uganda and other regional litigation and dispute resolution fora. He was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel by the President of the Republic of Kenya.

He previously served as the chief legal adviser to the Government of Kenya as Attorney General (August 2011-March 2018) and as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, as judge to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (2008-2010). He is also a former Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (2008-2011).

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • The East African Law Society
  • International Bar Association
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • African Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration – The Hague
  • Republic of Kenya’s designee to ICSID panel of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch)
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • Institute of Public Secretaries
  • Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration – Kenya

Show More

Hassan Ali Joho
Governor, Mombasa County, Kenya

His Excellency Hassan Ali Joho is the first governor of Mombasa County and is serving his second five-year term. Prior to that, he served as Member of Parliament for Kisauni Constituency between 2007 and 2013 and Assistant Minister for Transport, Vice Chairman of the Foreign, Defense & Election Committee, Library Committee Member and Transport, Housing & Public Works committee member among other positions.

Governor Joho is the National Deputy Party Leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a party on whose platform he has been elected since 2007 and is the current Chair of the Global Strong Cities Steering Committee Working Group on Communications and Counter-Narratives. Governor Joho is also the Co-President of the 21st Century Maritime Cooperation Committee on Trade and Investments of Cities and Local Governments of Asia-Pacific, Southeast, South Asia, and Africa.

Born in Kisauni, Mombasa, Governor Joho holds a B.A in Business and Human Resource Management from Kampala University and diplomas in business, shipping, logistics, and ICT. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and socializing through various sporting activities including golf, soccer, and swimming.

Show More

Mr. Ben Sanderson (Keynote Speaker)
Of Counsel, International Arbitration practice, DLA Piper

Ben is Of Counsel and the Practice Manager responsible for the global International Arbitration practice at DLA Piper.

He has extensive experience advising clients in international arbitration disputes across a range of sectors including energy, mining and technology. He has represented both States and commercial parties in investment treaty claims. He recently co-led a team which obtained a decisive victory for the Republic of Kenya for which his team was nominated "International Arbitration Team of the Year" by Legal Business and the decision was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the "Award of the Year" award.

Legal 500 includes the following client recommendations "'first-rate' of counsel Ben Sanderson is the global practice manager for the firm's international arbitration group" and "of counsel Ben Sanderson [is] excellent at running international arbitrations that involve large teams of lawyers based in different countries" (UK International Arbitration, 2019 and 2020).

Show More

Sen. Sylvia Mueni Kasanga
Senator, Architect, Arbitrator

Sylvia Kasanga is a practicing Architect & Arbitrator. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from United States International University – Africa (USIU-A).

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators both in United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya, vibrantly serving in the Kenyan Branch Committee as a RIBA Chartered Architect. She has been in the construction industry for sixteen years, and is the Founder and Managing Director of Sycum Solutions Company Ltd, an Architectural firm based in Nairobi. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lukenya Group of Schools and is a Trustee for the Lukenya University in Makueni County.

Currently, Sylvia is a Nominated Member of the Twelfth Parliament of Kenya in the capacity of Senator. Duly, she serves as a Member in the Parliamentary Committees on “Land, Environment and National Resources”, “Powers & Privileges” as well as the “Road and Transport”. Internationally, she represents Kenya in the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) under the Forum of Parliaments.

Since her nomination, she has been actively championing for the empowerment of youth and women in rural areas. She runs two individual programs on the same:

  • The Girl2Leader Campaign Program aimed at mentoring and educating young women and girls on their rights, and the importance of participating in politics
  • The Youth Engagement Program aimed at building the capacity of youth on life skills and community development.

Through these programs, Sylvia has piloted various local level projects that include; promoting youth inclusivity and employment, showcasing application of modern and sustainable solutions in the development of community infrastructure, and advocating for participatory in governance in development.

As a legislator, she aspires to utilize her professional passion and expertise on; Affordable Housing, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health and Education matters, to advocate for formulation of SMART policies, regulations & laws on these areas. Duly, she has sponsored two bills in Parliament; The Mental Health Bill 2018, and The Alternative Dispute Resolutions Bill 2019. In overall, on this national stage, she has pro-actively sponsored eight motions, four statements and the two Bills.

Show More

Arif H. Ali
Co-Chair, Dechert International Arbitration Practice

Arif H. Ali, co-Chair of Dechert’s global International Arbitration Practice. He is considered by peers and clients alike as one of the world’s most experienced international arbitration trial counsel. He has served as lead attorney in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under the procedural rules of all of the major arbitral institutions, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, and the ICDR, and in a broad range of industry sectors. He is particularly acclaimed for his advocacy and strategic advice in disputes under bilateral and multi-lateral investment treaties, investment agreements, and foreign investment laws.

Mr. Ali’s reputation as lead trial counsel, strategic adviser, negotiator and academic have led to consistently high rankings over the past decade in such publications as Chambers Global, USA and Latin America, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Public International Law, The Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Lawdragon, PLC Which Lawyer?, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He is praised by peers and clients as “possessed of diamond pedigree,” a “polished maestro in his field,” a “brilliant lawyer,” a “great advocate,” and “a very intelligent and knowledgeable international arbitration expert” with “extensive knowledge of complex arbitration issues,” and a “pragmatic approach.” Clients say that he “is a real pleasure to work with,” and note “his knowledge of and sensitivity towards region-specific legal issues,” as well as “his extensive knowledge in oil and gas, energy and mining matters.” He also draws particular acclaim for his “unique case preparation methods, which are the best and most rigorous in the field.” In 2001, he was decorated by the King of Bahrain with the Order of Bahrain (II) for his role in representing Bahrain before the International Court of Justice. More recently, in 2016, he received Law 360’s MVP Award, which is awarded to a select group of lawyers who have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation and complex global matters.

Mr. Ali’s industry and sector expertise includes, oil and gas, mining, precious metals, life sciences, telecommunications, hospitality, textiles, retail, amongst others.

He frequently sits as an arbitrator and has arbitrated disputes as sole, party-appointed and presiding arbitrator under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions.

Show More

Hon. Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS
First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands

Hon. Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS, (Retired) is a former Judge and First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands.

Prior to that, she was a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Kenya, having been appointed the second woman Judge in the country.

She holds an LLB Degree from the University of Nairobi, and Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (GMAP), from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, which granted her the Distinguished Achievement Award in April 2015, and in September 2018, the same University awarded her its top Award, ”The Class of 1947 Award” (honoris causa ),making her the first black person to receive such an honour.

Judge Aluoch has successfully moved her legal profession to other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, namely, Arbitration and Mediation. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, and the Kenya branch, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration and African Arbitration Association. She is a Court Annexed Mediator, having been trained at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution Centre, London. She also conducts mediations for FIDA as well as private mediations. She is an Accredited Trainer for Foundation Mediation Skills of the Strathmore College Dispute Resolution Centre. She has recently been appointed a Board Member of Mediators Beyond Borders International.

She is a recipient of several international and national awards. These include the Presidential honours of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), and The Trail Blazer Award(2018), for services rendered to the nation.

Show More

Bwalya Lumbwe
Arbitrator

Bwalya Lumbwe holds a B.Eng. (Civil), M.Sc. (Construction), LLM-Construction Law and Arbitration with over 37 years of experience covering building, civil and mechanical construction in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo.

He is a Registered Engineer, Fellow of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-UK, the Chartered Institute of Building-UK, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of Consulting Engineers-Zambia a Chartered Construction Manager, and a Corporate Panel Member of the Dispute Board Federation. He also sits on the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) National List of Dispute Adjudicators, Zambia.

He is an Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Dispute Adjudication Board Member listed under various international arbitration and adjudication institutions.

Elodie Dulac
Partner, King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP

Elodie Dulac is a partner in King & Spalding’s Singapore office and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration group. Ms. Dulac has represented clients in commercial and investment arbitrations around the world. She has worked on international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL. In addition to her work as counsel, Ms. Dulac has been appointed as an arbitrator in ICC, SIAC, AIAC, KIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. She has particular expertise in energy, mining and joint venture/shareholders disputes as well as investor-State disputes. She is listed in Who's Who Legal - Future Leaders 2019 (Top 10 Asia-Pacific wide), and has been recognised in Chambers Global. Ms. Dulac is a founding member and a member of the Organising Committee of the Annual East Africa International Arbitration Conference. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales (Solicitor-Advocate) and Paris, France.

John M. Ohaga
Managing Partner, TripleOKlaw Advocates LLP

John Ohaga is the Managing Partner at the firm TripleOKlaw Advocates LLP. He has 29 years’ post-qualification experience during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation as well as high value domestic and international arbitrations. He has been recognized for his high-quality work and expertise in dispute resolution by Legal 500, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. John was declared the 2010, 2016 and 2017 winner for Kenya in the category of litigation by the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards (www.clientchoiceawards.com). He was also declared the Best Pupil Master and First Runners Up in the category of Lawyer of the Year 2019 at the Nairobi Legal Awards held in March 2019. He has recently been recommended for appointment to the rank of Senior Counsel.

He is experienced in both litigation and arbitration and has a particular passion for dispute resolution in the commercial sphere. He advises several bluechip companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange as well numerous private companies in addition to some of Kenya’s largest state corporations. He is also well recognized for his expertise in other areas of civil litigation including employment and labour disputes, competition, landlord and tenant, public procurement, retirement benefits, intellectual property, sports law among many others.

John has been the Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution from 2012 to 2017. He is a Chartered Arbitrator as well as a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch). He is an experienced arbitrator and is recognized by Chambers Global as one of the leading arbitrators in Kenya. He sits on the board of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration established under the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Act, No. 26 of 2013. He is also a mediator and is a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee established under the Section 59A of the Civil Procedure Act. He is also the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal which is established under the Sports Act, 2013 and also chairs the Appeals Committee of the Advertising Standards Board.

John is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East African Law Society, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

Show More

Dr. Fidele Masengo
Secretary General, Kigali International Arbitration Center

Dr. Fidele Masengo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and since July 2015, he is the Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC).

He has a PhD in Law/ University of Antwerp- Belgium (2010), a Master Degree in Economic law (DESS)/University of Louvain- Belgium (2003) and a Bachelor in Law (LL.B)/University of Rwanda (1998).

His background in both arbitration and law in general, includes, lecturing of arbitration law at various universities (Post Graduate and Masters levels) in Rwanda and East Africa, CIArb Diploma trainer in International arbitration. He works as Arbitrator, Advocate and Administrator of arbitration proceedings. Member of the First Board of Director of KIAC (2012 to 2017).

He has served as Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID Project (2012-2015), Senior Legal Adviser at Rwanda Utilities Regulation Agency (2005-2007). Director of Administration of Justice/Rwandan Ministry of Justice (1999-2005).

He has written articles, books, attended conferences as speaker.

Show More

Thomas R. Snider
Head of Arbitration, Al Tamimi & Co., Dubai

Thomas R. Snider is a Partner and the Head of Arbitration at Al Tamimi & Co. in Dubai. He represents clients in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and U.S. court litigation. Mr. Snider is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also sits as an arbitrator and is on the roster of arbitrators of several arbitral institutions around the globe. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Snider was a member of the legal team representing the Ethiopian Government before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission. In this context, he worked as a resident attorney in Addis Ababa for three years. Mr. Snider frequently speaks and writes on topics involving international law and dispute resolution. Before relocating to Dubai, he was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab
Chair, Private International Law and Professor of Dispute Resolution, Cairo University

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is Chair of Private International Law and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University; Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Oil & Gas Groups at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm (Egypt); Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CIMAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the Advisory Committee of the CRCICA; Member of the Advisory Board of the MIAC, Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb; Dean of the African Arbitration Academy; Member of the SIAC African Users Council Committee; Fellow of the Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts (USA); Member of the ICODR’s Governing Board; Member of Arbitrator Intelligence’s Board of Advisors; and he is also an International Expert Member of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law.

Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab featured in cases under the auspices of the AAA, AAA-BCDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings and has served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Co-Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ or ‘Counsel’ in more than 190 cases, involving parties from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He is recognized as a world-leading arbitrator and arbitration practitioner on international investment and international commercial arbitration, and an expert on Arab and African Laws, Islamic Shari’a, conflict of laws and online dispute resolution.

The Legal 500 (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘an arbitration expert with a global reputation’, who is ‘one of the best in the world’. Who’s Who Legal (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “a leader in the space” who is “at the top of the market”. Who’s Who Legal Construction (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is highlighted as “a leading heavyweight construction law specialist whose analytical skills are second to none”. WWL says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab “is at the top of the market” and “a very well-prepared, exceptional arbitrator”.

Show More

Evans Monari
Partner, Bowmans

Evans Monari heads the Dispute Resolution Practice at Bowmans (Coulson Harney LLP) and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Evans is an all-round litigator involved in a myriad of commercial, civil, judicial review, constitutional and high profile criminal briefs.

He is a skilled advisor and has defended several private public bodies in multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is often instructed in bespoke complex regional/ international commercial disputes and international arbitrations as well as matters involving public international law. He is also a chair of public listed companies as well as local and international charities.

His expertise as a leading practitioner acknowledged by multiple leading International Directories. According to Chambers and Partners, clients hold him with high regard for the many solid years behind him and equally recognize him for his “good understanding of the commercial issues at stake. He gets to the heart of things quickly.” Others add that he is “very thorough preparation and offers good advice.”

Show More

Samuel Mbiriri Nderitu
Advocate, Commissioner for Oaths & Notary Public

Samuel is a graduate of Makerere University School of Law, Uganda, an Advocate of the High court of Kenya and Partner in charge of dispute resolution at Mbiriri Ngugi & Co Advocates. He is engaged in commercial contracting, civil and commercial litigation, domestic and international commercial arbitration, both as an arbitrator and party representative. He has trained with AILA, London in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration and is currently pursuing an LLM in International Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary, University of London.

A fellow of CIArb, Nderitu is the current Chair of CIArb (Kenya Branch) and a Director of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Kenya Chapter. He is a certified Arbitrator, accredited as a Mediator by CIArb and the Mediation Accreditation Committee (MAC) of the Judiciary of Kenya. He is a tutor and examiner of Arbitration and mediation. Nderitu is in the panel of Arbitrators in the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, a member of the Law Society of Kenya Committee on Continuous Professional Development and also a member of the Judiciary of Kenya Taskforce on Alternative Justice Systems. He is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya & the East Africa Law Society.

Show More

Tsegaye Laurendeau
Counsel, Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration

Tsegaye Laurendeau is Counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice. His experience includes international arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, CRCICA, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with a focus on post-M&A, private equity, international financing and joint venture disputes in the oil & gas, power, mining and telecoms sectors. He also serves as arbitrator in commercial arbitrations.

Tsegaye is featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2020, which notes that “Tsegaye is an ‘excellent and well-prepared’ practitioner who ranks as ‘one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation’.” Previous editions of the same publication note that Tsegaye is “‘highly experienced in investment arbitration’ and is recognised for his ‘remarkable cross-examination skills’” (2019). Tsegaye also features in The Legal 500 Private Practice Power list: African Specialists 2019 and was nominated Rising Star of the Month by Africa Arbitration (February 2019).

Isaiah Bozimo
Partner, Broderick Bozimo & Company

He has represented state-owned entities, corporations, and high-net-worth individuals in several complex disputes, both in arbitration and litigation. He has been involved in arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA).

Isaiah is the Chairman of the Advisory, Lagos Court of Arbitration-Young Arbitrators Network (LCA-YAN) and was an ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) Representative for Africa, the Middle East and Turkey.

He has vast experience in civil and commercial litigation at trial and appellate court levels, as well as intricate commercial arbitrations.

Martin Munyu
Partner, the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, DLA Piper Africa - IKM Advocates

Martin Munyu is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at DLA Piper Africa - IKM Advocates. He has been involved in many ground breaking and high profile commercial matters including insurance, contractual and construction matters with an accumulated 24 years post-admission experience.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration. He has represented a wide range of clients in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution and is regularly appointed to sit as Arbitrator and where his awards have been consistently upheld by the High Court.

Martin has regularly received accolades from clients, peers and leading international directories including Chambers Global and Legal 500. He has been consistently rated as a leading practitioner in the Dispute Resolution category as well as commended for client service. His portfolio of clients strands across leading corporates, banking and financial services, telecommunications, government and state corporations.

Show More

Dr. Kariuki Muigua
Chartered Arbitrator

Dr. Kariuki Muigua is a law scholar, mediator, Chartered Arbitrator and holds Ph.D in law, University of Nairobi. He has training and experience in international and domestic commercial arbitration and mediation, policy formulation and the legislative process.

He is the (CIArb) Regional Trustee for Africa.

He was the Chairman (CIArb)-Kenya from 2012-2015. An Advocate of over 27 years at Kariuki Muigua. Advocates.

He is recognised nationally and globally and rated by Chambers and Partners as one of the best dispute resolvers in the country. He has a sterling background in commercial, constitutional and environment and natural resources matters’.

He is a university of Nairobi law lecturer and has published in the areas of ADR and access to justice, environment and natural resources.

Show More

Paul Ngotho
Chartered Arbitrator

Mr Ngotho is an economist (B.A. Land Econ.) and a Chartered Surveyor (UK). He holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIArb.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Dispute Resolution (University of London).

He is a full-time arbitrator with experience in a wide range of commercial disputes in Africa and abroad. He is on numerous arbitrator panels including NCIA, KIAC, CADER, LCIA, ICDR and CIETAC. He has arbitrated in administered and ad hoc and arbitrations and handled arbitrations in Model Law (ML), non-ML, civil and common law jurisdictions. He has worked as sole and wing arbitrator in addition to chairing 3- and 5- member tribunals. His is currently arbitrating in 4 seats.

Mr Ngotho is the author of Contemporary Issues In Arbitration and co-author on Kenyan arbitration law and practice in the World Arbitration Reporter (Juris Publishing, 2 nd Edition, 2018). His current research interests include arbitrator integrity and ISDS reforms. Some of his presentations are on YouTube while others, as well as court rulings on his arbitral awards, are at www.ngotho.co.ke.

“… a very detailed person who is very passionate about anything that he does." - Chambers Global 2020 Ranking.

Show More

Christopher Adebayo Ojo
Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Christopher Adebayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 after graduating from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1977. He obtained LL.M from the London School of Economics, University of London. Since then he has been in active Commercial law, International Law, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. He has acted as sole Arbitrator, member of arbitration panels, and as Counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations both at the ICC and the LCIA over the last twenty five years. He has also acted as expert witness in international arbitrations including ICSID. He has mediated on several disputes as well.

He is a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria Branch. Ojo was until recently a member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) Geneva Switzerland, Council member of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association, a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, Washington, DC, a member of the Panel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands, Alternate Chairman of UNESCO Appeals Board in Paris, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London, President of the African Users’ Council of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is currently the President of the African Arbitration Association. He is a Chartered Arbitrator.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Arbitration and Mediation (NJAM) and African Journal of Arbitration and Mediation (AJAM). He is the co-author of The Handbook of Arbitration and ADR Practice in Nigeria.

Show More

Dr. Sally El Sawah
Partner, Head of International Enforcement and Debt Recovery

Dr. Sally El Sawah is partner in our international arbitration practice and leads Youssef & Partners’ International Enforcement and Debt Recovery practice.

Sally has gained a wealth of experience during a career spanning over twelve years, in Paris and London, both in reputable international law rms and as an independent practitioner, where she worked on several high pro le and complex cross-border litigation and arbitration cases and projects. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitration .LAWcases under the auspices of the LCIA, ICC, ICSID, CRCICA, DIAC, CCJA/OHADA, etc, and has extensive experience in enforcement and annulment proceedings of arbitration awards and foreign judgments as well as debt recovery and asset tracing. Dr. Sawah has also very substantial expertise in issues o e and international organisations’ immunities and her publications count a book on the subject.

Sally is a dual-quali ed lawyer in Cairo and Paris and a Registered European Lawyer with the SRA in England & Wales. Sally holds degrees from Paris I (Sorbonne) and Cairo Universities.

Lucas V.M. Bento
Of Counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Lucas V.M. Bento is an Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in New York City. Dual-qualified in New York and England & Wales, he represents companies and individuals in litigations and arbitrations around the world. Mr. Bento is the President of the Brazilian-American Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and previously taught Transnational Dispute Resolution at New York University and Insper (Brazil). He’s the author of “The Globalization of Discovery: The Law and Practice under 28 USC 1782”, the world’s first book to comprehensively synthesize the law of Section 1782. His writings have been authoritatively cited by U.S. federal courts

Ngozi Efobi
Senior Associate, Aelex- one

Ngozi is a Senior Associate at Aelex- one of the foremost law firms in Nigeria and West Africa. She has over 11 years’ experience in Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Commercial Arbitration and Mediation) and significant experience in Corporate Commercial (Project Finance, Company Secretarial and Regulatory Compliance) practice areas.

Ngozi is regularly involved in arbitrations and mediations locally and internationally and is part of the team that successfully represented a major Nigerian oil Company in two arbitrations regarding a dispute on an expert’s decision regarding the redetermination of equity rights in an offshore oilfield involving four international oil companies and a Nigerian oil and Gas regulator. She served as Tribunal Registrar in an arbitration involving a Federal Ministry and a Nigerian oil services Company and recently successfully defended a client in two rounds of litigation in a matter pertaining to the setting aside of an arbitral award arising from a Unitization Agreement. The International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) rates Ngozi as a rising star in Project finance for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Paul Karekezi
CEO, GIBB Africa Ltd

Chief Executive of GIBB Africa Ltd, a consulting engineering and environmental consultancy operating in various countries in Africa.

He has over 40 years’ experience in infrastructure development, including over 15 years’ experience in PPP project development and implementation.

He is a practicing arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He is a Chartered Engineer, an Accredited Mediator (CIArb) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

He is the Country Representative (Kenya) of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and serves as a member of the PPP Petition Committee in Kenya.

He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, a Global MBA and an LLM in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication.

Anish Wadia
Independent International Arbitrator

Anish Wadia, FCIArb, FACICA, FMIArb, FHKIArb, FAIADR, FAArb, FCArb, FPIArb, FPD, FAP-KFCRI, FAMINZ (Arb), CFCILS, is a highly experienced Independent International Arbitrator, Mediator and Lawyer with full rights of audience before courts in India as an Advocate, England and Wales as a Solicitor Advocate ("Solicitor Advocate" = Solicitor + Barrister), the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as a Legal Practitioner (NP) and the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (NP). Voted as one of the "Top 10 Arbitrators (under 40) in Asia Pacific" for 2019 by the Bali International Arbitration & Mediation Center (BIAMC) and recipient of the "Outstanding Global Achievement in International Arbitration" award for 2019 by Prime Dispute, U.K.

At present, Mr. Wadia serves as inter alia a Board Member of the Chinese European Arbitration Association in Hamburg, Germany (CEAA), Vice President of the Society of Construction Law, U.K. (SCL, India), a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb), Governing Council Member of the Hyderabad Arbitration Centre (HAC, India), Board Member on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K. (CIArb)’s global Examination Board, the Dispute Resolution Section Liaison for the American Bar Association (ABA) YLD, as a Committee Member on the Board of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, U.K. (SAHCA) and the first Indian to serve as a Committee Member of the ICC Afghanistan Commission on Arbitration and ADR (headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan).

Mr. Wadia is also a CIArb Regional Pathway Leader for the India and Middle East region (RPL is an elite distinction held by only about a handful of individuals in the world -- RPL's are certified as a Tutor’s Tutor in all fields of ADR and provide leadership for course quality monitoring in the region) and an Approved Faculty List (AFL) Course Director, Assessor and Tutor for all CIArb courses/trainings in International Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration and Construction Adjudication. He is also an AFL Assessor and Tutor for all CIArb courses/trainings in Mediation. Additionally, he is a Certified Educator in International Arbitration and Mediation by Prime Dispute, U.K. Mr. Wadia previously served on inter alia the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR (Paris), the ICC India Executive Committee and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb).

Mr. Wadia is admitted on the Panel of Arbitrators/Mediators of over 60 (sixty) ADR institutes across the globe including in Europe, Africa, China, America, Asia, Ukraine and Russia. He is regularly appointed as an Arbitrator (including in ICC Arbitrations and ad hoc arbitrations under the [English] Arbitration Act 1996), Mediator and Tribunal Secretary in a broad spectrum of disputes. Mr. Wadia has also acted as an expert witness on Indian law for proceedings in England and is regularly invited as a speaker on topics related to International Arbitration and ADR. His detailed profile can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/2KZCx0c

Show More

Dr. K. I. Laibuta
CEO, GIBB Africa Ltd

Dr. K. I. Laibuta is an attorney at law of thirty-two years standing. He is a senior law lecturer and founding Dean of the University of Embu Law School. He is the Managing Partner in the firm of Laibuta & Associates, a firm of law attorneys, family and commercial mediators, and commercial arbitrators, with its principal place of business at Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Laibuta is an ADR practitioner in the name and style of Premier ADR Consultants.

Dr. Laibuta is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is a member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration and sits on the Boad of the Strathmore Dispute Resolution Centre. Dr. Laibuta is a renowned expert and an accomplished author in company and commercial laws. He is a full-time trainer and practitioner in organisational, leadership and personal development, out-of-court conflict management and commercial dispute resolution. He is an accredited mediator with the Mediation Accreditation Committee of the Judiciary (MAC), and a seasoned alternative dispute resolution consultant with a wealth of practical experience spanning over twenty-two years. In addition to consulting in conflict management and dispute resolution, Dr. Laibuta is a legislative counsel and a seasoned trainer and mentor in ADR with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Strathmore Dispute Resolution Centre (SDRC).

Dr. Laibuta holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Laws from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he specialised in sociological jurisprudence with a bias in civil justice. He obtained a Master of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) in 1990 after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi in 1986 and a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law, leading to his admission to the Roll of Advocates in 1987. Dr. Laibuta is also a practising legislative counsel and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence, Kampala, from where he graduated in 2015.

Show More

Ken Melly
Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice, G&A Advocates LLP

Ken Melly is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice at G&A Advocates LLP. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Master of Laws, LLM Degree in Dispute Resolution (with distinction) and has been involved in numerous litigation and arbitration processes over the years.

Ken continues to advise and represent a wide range of clients across various sectors in arbitration matters and in relation to litigation proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Kenya. He was part of the legal team appointed to defend the Republic of Kenya in a landmark investment arbitration claim which was heard by an ICSID Tribunal and determined in favour of the State.

Ken is passionate about International Commercial and Investment Arbitration and is frequently invited to speak on various issues in domestic and international arbitration conferences. He has also co-authored a chapter in a book titled ‘Rethinking the Role of African National Courts in Arbitration’ which was published by Kluwer Law International.

Show More

Angeline Welsh
Advocate

Angeline specialises in international arbitration and public law. Her arbitration practice includes commercial and investment treaty claims. She also has substantial experience in handling commercial disputes and cases involving issues of public law, constitutional law and human rights law. She regularly appears as advocate (led and unled) in international arbitrations, before the English commercial court and Belize courts (all appellate levels).

In 2018, Angeline was listed as the fifth most highly regarded arbitration practitioner at the UK bar by Who’s Who Legal UK Bar’s guide. In 2017, she was named as a ‘Star at the Bar’ by Legal Week, recognised for her “excellent judgement and leadership qualities” and not being frightened to tackle novel and difficult areas of law, or “to deal head-on with the more complicated aspects of a case”.

Prior to moving to the Bar, Angeline was Counsel and Solicitor Advocate in the International Arbitration Group of a major international law firm, spending time in the London and Hong Kong offices and on secondment to the LCIA. She has worked with counsel in a wide range of jurisdictions including India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Belize, Hong Kong, Turks & Caicos Islands, Singapore, United States, Kazakhstan, Rwanda and various European states.

Show More

Mr. Alexandre de Gramont
Partner, International Arbitration Group of Dechert LLP

Alexandre de Gramont is a partner in the International Arbitration Group of Dechert LLP. Based in Washington, D.C., he focuses his practice on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration matters across a broad range of industries, arising from nearly every corner of the globe. He has handled cases before many of the world’s leading arbitral regimes (including, for example, the ICSID, ICC, PCA, SCC, LCIA, SIAC, and ICDR). He has also handled numerous ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other procedural rules.

Mr. de Gramont is widely published and is a frequent lecturer on international arbitration issues. He is a co-author of the recently published treatise, The International Arbitration Rulebook: A Guide to Arbitral Regimes (2019). He has served in the past as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his law degree from New York University in 1990.

Jacob Grierson
Partner, Asafo & Co., France

Jacob Grierson co-heads Asafo & Co.‘s international arbitration practice and is based in the Firm’s Paris office. His practice is focused on representing clients in relation to a wide range of arbitrations, including disputes arising out of the oil and gas, mining, power, construction, telecom and pharmaceutical industries. Jacob has represented clients in matters involving foreign investment disputes, joint venture disputes, post-merger and acquisition disputes, licensing disputes and distribution and franchising disputes, among others.

A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford University and the College of Europe in Bruges, and a qualified English barrister and French avocat, Mr Grierson has extensive experience in arbitrations under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, as well as in many other types of arbitrations (ad hoc, ICSID, HKIAC and LCIA). He has acted as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, president and co-arbitrator) in a number of arbitrations. Additionally, he is a CEDR qualified mediator.

Mr Grierson is Vice-President of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center (CIMAC), a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and a Member of the ICC Arbitration Commission and sits on the editorial board of the IBA Arbitration Committee’s Newsletter. He is also the co-author of the book “Arbitrating under the 2012 ICC Rules: An Introductory User's Guide”, published by Kluwer Law International. He teaches at a number of universities, including the College of Europe.

Mr Grierson is fluent in English and French.

Show More

Jacqueline Oyuyo Githinji
Managing Partner, Umsizi LLP

Jackie is the Managing Partner at Umsizi LLP, a firm of Advocates, Corporate Secretaries, Arbitrators and Mediators. She has considerable experience in a broad range of commercial and corporate advisory matters ranging from shareholder negotiations; capital raising and legal due diligence gained in her close to 20 years legal experience.

She’s also committed to making organisations tick – demystifying corporate governance in a way that makes sense for each entity that she deals with – and she is adept at tackling regulatory compliance.

Jimmy Mbabali Muyanja
Partner, Asafo & Co., France

Jimmy Mbabali Muyanja has over 14 years of experience in commercial transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom branch.

Jimmy Muyanja’s recommendations to amend the 1999 Arbitration and Conciliation Bill were adapted into the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Cap.4 Laws of Uganda. He was part of the task force which designed and implemented the pioneer compulsory Court-connected mediation scheme for the Commercial Court Division of the High Court in Uganda in 2001 and also participated in training of mediators and arbitrators and delivered numerous papers on Alternative Dispute Resolution globally.

Sanjeev Khagram
Partner A.B Patel & Patel, Advocates – Kenya

Sanjeev is a graduate of the University of London and is dual-qualified both as a solicitor in the U.K as well as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is a partner at A.B Patel & Patel, Advocates, one of Kenya’s oldest law firms. He heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolutions Practice and handles complex commercial, civil and public litigation matters as well as arbitrations (regional/international) including Maritime and construction disputes representing multinational firms, shipping companies and P & I Clubs, several departments and entities of the Government of Kenya as well as local firms. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the London Court of International Arbitration and has significant arbitration and ADR experience. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Njeri Kariuki
Advocate, High Court of Kenya

An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, Njeri practisesfrom Nairobi. Njeri, FCIArb., who has been cited inChambers Global since Y2014 to date as a Leading Individual, a GOK Nominee to the Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID, and since May 2018, the Member representing Kenya at the ICC International Court of Arbitration.Her arbitration, litigation, conveyancing and mediation practice covers a range of domestic and international commercial matters and on account of delving into the realm of adjudication, became a DRBF Member, following which Njeri thoroughly enjoyed a 3-year stint as Chair of a Dispute Adjudication Board set-up to midwife an international geothermal project to fruition. Njeri is a Tutor & Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and conducts courses and assessments in Kenya and anywhere else her services may be needed.

Stephen Kiptinness
Senior Partner Technology & IP Practice, KO Associates

Stephen is currently a Senior Partner Technology & IP Practice at KO Associates. He has amassed experience from the public and private sector organizations he has served over the past seventeen years. Stephen served as Director of the Kenya ICT Board, the Competition Authority of Kenya and KeNIC which is the KE Country Code Top Level Domain Registry. Stephen also teaches competition law and technology law at the University of Nairobi School of Law.

Stephen read law at the ILS Law College Pune, where he graduated with an LL.B (Hons.) degree, thereafter proceeding to the London School of Economics where he obtained an LL.M. in Information Technology Law & Telecommunications Law. Stephen also has a Diploma in Computer Science.

Jacqueline Lule
Partner, Bowmans Kampala

Jacqueline is a Barrister of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, an Arbitrator, (MCIArb) and a C.E.D.R Accredited Mediator.

She holds an LLB Hons from Middlesex University; an LLM in Human Rights Law from S.O.A.S, University of London; and LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Jacqueline practiced law in the UK for 17 years before returning to Uganda in 2015, where she has already built up a practice in commercial arbitrations and mediations; other corporate/commercial matters; and governance, compliance and regulatory investigations.

Jacqueline is an experienced arbitrator, and is on the list of arbitrators for CADER, ICAMEK, MIAC, and LCIA.

She is a member of CIArb Kenya; a member of the ERA Pledge African Sub-Committee; the African Arbitration Network of the International Bar Association; and a Member of the Steering Committee of MIAC Practitioners Group.

Show More

Barbara Wahia Kilei
Legal Specialist, the Commercial Justice Sector Reforms Project, International Development Law Organisation

Barbara, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, is a professional Mediator, qualified as a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb (K), and a research fellow at the East China University of Politics and Law.

Currently serving as a Legal Specialist for the Commercial Justice Sector Reforms Project at International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) which seeks to increase the confidence of the private sector in the commercial justice system including ADR, strengthen Kenya’s business climate and enhance Kenya’s attractiveness as an investment destination.

Barbara has extensive legal experience in commercial law and has served as the Senior Case Counsel for the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration as well as a Senior State Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice where she represented the Government and other state agencies in diverse commercial matters before the High Court and Arbitral Tribunals.

Show More

Dr. Namira Negm
African Union, Legal Counsel, Ambassador

Ambassador Dr. Namira Nabil Negm is the Legal Counsel and Director of Department of Legal Affairs of the African Union. Dr. Negm carries a PhD in Public International law from the University of London and an LLM from King’s College London.

Amb. Negm is a seasoned diplomat. She has served as Ambassador of Egypt to Rwanda (2014-2017). From 2006-2010, she was the Legal Advisor and Counter Terrorism Expert of the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations, New York. She has also served as the Legal and Political Officer in the Embassy of Egypt to the Netherlands.

She was the Head of Anti-corruption unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt and taught courses in several fields of International relations at American University of Cairo.

Dr. Negm has attended both the Private and Public International Law Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands, Summer Programs at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University and l’Institut International d’Administration Publique in France.

Dr. Negm has published a book on “Transfer of Nuclear Technology under International law, Case Study of Iraq, Iran and Israel” on October 31, 2009 and a Chapter on the Role of Egypt in the negotiations of the Crime of Aggression in “The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary- Volume 2”, edited by Claus Kreß and Stefan Barriga, published by Cambridge University Press in October 2016. She also had several no-academic publications.

Show More

Fatma A. Elmaawy
Vice President, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Fatma Elmaawy is the 2nd Vice President of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) as well as the Managing Consultant of Milestones Resource Solutions, a training and management consulting firm based in Kenya.

Fatma hails from the corporate world where she worked as a country manager for a large international corporation and has a wealth of practical experience in the fields of leadership and growth. She works with both for profit & non -profit organizations in the area of organizational effectiveness & sustainability; growth as well as creation of opportunities in these two segments.

Fatma, through Milestones Resource Solutions, is the convener of the annual Africa Business Ethics Conference (ABEC). The conference promotes ethical running of businesses by bringing together the private sector and government from different parts of the world to discuss matters compliance and anti corruption.

She is also a Master trainer with the private sector arm of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) & a trainer with The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) on sustainability and business ethics; and also works with organizations like the Business Advocacy Fund (BAF) that deals with issues of advocacy, ethics and BMO sustainability.

Fatma is a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation, London and in Kenya mentors women, youth and those that are differently abled. She was also a mentor at We Create, Kenya; World Islamic Economic Forum as well as the World Youth Parliament on economic issues.

Show More

Leyou Tameru
Founder, I-Arb Africa

Leyou is the founder of I-Arb Africa, the online portal for arbitration data focused on Africa and African parties around the world. She is a legal consultant and advises private sector and government clients on arbitration cases and policy reform as well as representing them in negotiations. Most recently, she has advised the African Union in the ICSID rules amendment process and in the drafting of the investment and intellectual property protocols of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Leyou is the ICC Court Member for Ethiopia and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Africa Arbitration Association. She's on the Advisory board of the MARC Arbitration Center in Mauritius, and Rules amendment committee of AFSA Arbitration center in South Africa.

Michael Sullivan QC
Barrister, One Essex Court

Michael Sullivan Q.C. specializes in energy, banking and other commercial disputes. He recently successfully represented the Republic of Kenya in three arbitrations concerning energy disputes. He successfully represented East Africa Development Bank in disputes in the Tanzanian Courts: [2011] TLR 1, the High Court of Kenya and represents the Bank in ongoing proceedings in Uganda; he successfully represented H.E. President Museveni in the English High Court; he has successfully represented the Republic of Zambia and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mining (ZCCM-IH PLC) in copper mining disputes and represented Zambia in the vulture fund case brought by a US fund which led to international notoriety of the activities of funds acquiring distressed sovereign debt in Africa, He has led substantial arbitrations in Russia, including cases for the Russian state-owned oil Company. Michael sits as an Arbitrator, most recently concerning energy, financial and aviation disputes. He is currently representing the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of India in separate Bilateral Investment Treaty disputes.

MODERATORS

Aisha Abdallah
Head of Disputes, Anjarwalla & Khanna

Aisha heads the disputes department at Anjarwalla & Khanna, covering offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on fraud and anti-corruption issues, money laundering and disputes over land, the environment and natural resources.

Aisha is dual qualified as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Solicitor of England and Wales. She joined A&K from Shoosmiths in the United Kingdom in 2012 and has over 18 years of experience in complex, high value cross border litigation.

Aisha was appointed to the MARC Court in 2017, the ADR arm of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, alongside some of the world’s most eminent arbitration experts. She is the lead author of the Kenyan chapter of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th editions of the International Arbitration Review.

Aisha is part of an expert team that has drafted Anti-Money Laundering, Remittances and Mobile Money Bills for Somaliland and is the lead author of the Kenya chapter of the 2018 Chambers Anti-Corruption Global Practice Guide.

Aisha writes and speaks on a wide range of contentious issues including international arbitration, corruption, corporate crime and compliance issues.

Show More

Kamal Shah
Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing. Kamal is highly regarded by his peers and clients in his abilities in multi-jurisdictional disputes. He acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high-net-worth individuals in a range of matters across a range of sectors including projects and infrastructure, banking and finance and energy.

Kamal is highly ranked in the legal directories including The Legal 500 and Chambers. Kamal is named as a leading international arbitration practitioner in "Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders 2017 – 2020" and The Legal 500's 2019 Powerlists for arbitration and Africa. He is currently the President of the LCIA African Users Council and a LCIA Court Member, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Africa Association.

Professor Ike Ehiribe
Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator & Accredited Mediator

Ike was called to the Nigerian Bar (1982) and to the Bar of England and Wales (1996) by the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. He is a Fellow (1994) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and also a Chartered Arbitrator (2007). He has been an accredited mediator of the Academy of Experts in Gray’s Inn, London since 1998. He is an international arbitrator and dispute resolver practising out of 7 Stones Commercial & IP Chambers in London U.K. He specializes in the resolution of a broad spectrum of International Trade, Investment, Commercial, and Intellectual Property disputes including Entertainment, Sports and Art. He is listed as one of the Arbitrators on the Arbitrator’s Panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland; The Court of Arbitration for Art in the Netherlands; and the United Nations backed World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Panel of Neutrals in Geneva.

He is a Visiting Professor and Fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg; a Professor of Law at the School of Law, Christchurch Canterbury University. England. He also teaches International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Treaty Arbitration at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK and is a member of the Investment Treaty Forum in London. He is an approved tutor, trainer and assessor on the arbitration, adjudication and mediation training courses of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

Show More

Madeline C. Kimei
Founder & CEO, iResolve

Madeline is the Founder & CEO of iResolve™, a boutique arbitration and corporate law firm established in 2014. She holds an LLB from Coventry University and LLM in Law & Finance from Bournemouth University (UK). She is the current President of Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators (TIArb) and Chairperson of the Africa-Asia Mediation Association (AAMA).

Madeline helps level the playing field, or more often, provide a distinct advantage, to lawyers and parties who hire her to be an on-call consultant in their ADR cases, thus, combining my experience as an advocate and a professional neutral in ADR matters. As a trained arbitrator and accredited civil and commercial mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) she also provides arbitration and alternative dispute resolution consulting services to the legal profession specializing in mining, IP, domain name, technology, real estate and banking disputes. As an independent neutral, she currently serves on the panels of Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC), a member of the Caspian Arbitration Society, Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators (TIArb) and also the National Construction Council (NCC) of Tanzania. She also acts as an arbitral secretary in complex arbitrations.

She is the first appointed member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for Tanzania, the ICC Africa Commission, the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR; a newly appointed member of the IBA Africa Arbitration Network, a member of the Pledge Africa Sub-Committee, a member of the Caspian Arbitration Society and also a faculty member of the Bangladesh International Mediation Society.

As an ADR enthusiast dedicated to international and social activities. She is an experienced trainer in ADR having had tailored trainings for organization including public bodies; delivered public seminars, courses and has presented in ADR-related conferences both locally and internationally. She writes and publishes in the area of dispute resolution.

Show More

Ms. Wairimu Karanja
Director, Wairimu & Co.

Ms. Wairimu Karanja is Director, Wairimu & Co. (www.envantagelaw.com), a Nairobi-based practice which provides specialist legal and policy advice, research and training in the areas of corporate law, energy and natural resources, investment and trade matters in Kenya and internationally. She is recognized in Who’s Who Legal (WWL) 2020 rankings as a Future Leader in Arbitration. Wairimu has 12 years’ experience and previously worked in leading Kenyan and international lawfirms. She has advised private sector and development organisations on various projects in Africa relating to: electricity generation, transmission and trade; oil & gas; and mining. She has also advised on private equity, M&A, immigration, employment and IP. Wairimu’s practice entails acting as an arbitrator and mediator. She has appeared before international arbitration tribunals of the ICC and FOSFA, and in New York Convention enforcement in the UK. Wairimu holds a Master’s Degree in Energy Law and Policy. She can be reached on Email: wairimu@envantagelaw.com.

Kananu Mutea
Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Kananu is a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department of CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 12 years’ experience in Dispute Resolution, a trained mediator and arbitrator.

Kananu has had work experience at White & Case, Slaughter & May and Stephenson Harwood in London and was previously with Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates.

Kananu acts as a party representative and arbitrator in commercial disputes with a bias to public procurement, environment and land disputes, consumer protection and general contract.

Thierry Gakuba Ngoga
Partner, Legal Line Partners, Rwanda

NGOGA GAKUBA Thierry (ArbP) is a partner at Legal Line Partners in Rwanda(A winner of the 2020 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award as International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in Rwanda – 2020).

He specializes in arbitration, commercial litigation, risk & compliances. In the past 17 years; He served as first Registrar of KIAC. He is known for his involvement in set up of arbitration Centre’s across Africa.

Thierry acted as counsel and have been appointed as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman in KIAC, ICC and Ad hoc arbitration under Rwandan, English, Nigeria, Zambia and Swiss Law with seat in London, Kigali, Nigeria, Zambia, and Paris.

He earlier served as CEO of the Bar Association and in house counsel in different Government Ministries in Rwanda.

He is serving in various organizations as Board member and is visiting lecturer of arbitration. He is a frequent speaker in international arbitration conferences & is since 2016 among international trainers to the ongoing IBA-BIC Globalization training series to lawyers in Africa, Latino America, Asia and Pacific.

Thierry was identified as a “Future Leader” of arbitration by Who’s Who Legal ( 2017) and described as “one of the fastest-rising stars of African arbitration”.

In 2019, He was again identified as “Future Leader” of arbitration by Who’s Who Legal and described as “a true arbitration specialist” who is known for his exceptional work throughout the continent”.

He speaks Kinyarwanda, French, English and Swahili.

Show More