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Board of Directors
The Centre has a governance Board comprised of seven (7) members appointed by the Private Sector federation from professional associations and International Members with knowledge and practice in arbitration. . The Board is advised by an International Advisory Board comprised of renowned International arbitrators.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Faustin Kananura Mbundu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from Makerere University Kampala. He has a lot of entrepreneurial experience having started and run several companies in East Africa. He was formerly a Managing Director of Kananura Enterprises Ltd, an import-export and real estate investment company in Uganda.
Currently he owns and runs MFK Group, an investment company with a diversified portfolio of investments which include but not limited to; Gorilland Safaris Ltd and its subsidiary Limoz Car Rental which provide car rental and transportation/logistics services, CAFERWA Ltd which exports Rwandan Coffee, ANKO Properties which is a real estate investment/development
company, MK Consult which provides business advisory and consultancy services to foreign companies intending to invest or otherwise participate in projects in Rwanda. He is also an Executive Director of Katraco (U) Ltd, a transportation and logistics company with operations in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo. He is Executive Chairman of MBEA Brokerage Services Rwanda, which deals with the Rwanda Capital Market Advisory Council (CMAC) oncapital markets transactions through its sales and trading platform. Faustin also holds minority equity stakes in a number of other companies involved in different businesses ranging from Information Technology, Education, Animal feeds Industry as well as Horticulture exports.
He has previously served on a number of boards including: Chairman of Rwanda Private Sector Federation (RPSF) and Chairman East African Business Council.
Today he is Chairman of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), a Director of East African Development Bank (EADB), Director of KCB Bank Rwanda and Country Representative for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Rwanda (QEDJT).
Julien is the current President of Rwanda Bar Association, a practicing lawyer and Managing Partner of K-Solutions & Partners; one of the leading law firms in Rwanda. He has vast experience in Banking and Finance law as well as Commercial and Corporate law. Prior to that, he worked as a corporate lawyer at the Brussels Bar Association. He serves as a Director on the Board of the Rwanda Bar Association, Kigali International Arbitration Centre and Bank of Kigali.
Julien was called to the Brussels Bar in 2004 and is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association as well as the East African Law Society. He holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Mukulu Antonny Nshimye
Senior State Attorney
Antonny is a seasoned lawyer and currently works as a Senior State Attorney/ Contract Drafting Analyst in the Legal Advisory Division at the Ministry of Justice/ Office of the Attorney General. He has worked at the Ministry of Justice for ten (10) years since 2008.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Uganda Christian University (UCU), a Master of Laws in Business, Corporate and Maritime Law (LLM) from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Antonny is also pursuing a Master of Science in International Trade Policy and Trade Law (MSC) from Lund University, Sweden to be completed in November 2018. In addition, he also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Development from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, Rwanda. Antonny also holds an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from the Trade Policy Training Center in Africa. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Business Skills Trust Institute, Uganda.
He has also undertaken several trainings in Arbitration, Litigation, extractive industries (OIL, Gas and Mining), legislative drafting, Contract Drafting and Management. Drafting and Interpretation of International Agreements.
Antonny has twelve (12) years of working experience as a legal practitioner. He has participated in several negotiations and provided legal advice on a number of crosscutting issues including but not limited to Dispute resolution, business transactions, Investment, Trade, Procurement, Corporate governance, Construction, Energy and Project finance.
He is the Chief Legal Expert on the Rwandan team charged with Negotiating the African Continental Free Trade Area under the auspices of the African Union Commission. He has also participated in the Negotiation of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects which include; Financing, Standard Gauge Railway, Refined Petroleum Pipe line development, Oil refinery development, ICT Infrastructure, Power Generation, Transmission and Interconnectivity, Immigration, Tourism, Trade, Labour and Services.
Antonny is a member of the National Committee Charged with Negotiating Bilateral Investment Treaties. He is also a member of the National Intellectual Property Task force.
Antonny’s vast legal expertise has enabled him negotiate mega projects which include the multi-million dollar New Bugesera International Airport.
Thomas Kendra is Counsel in the International Arbitration practice at Hogan Lovells Paris. He has represented both companies and states in numerous international arbitrations and mediations. He has particular experience and expertise in the energy, aerospace, technology, construction and telecommunications sectors, on all continents and notably on African disputes, and also focuses on investment arbitration. He works in English, French and Spanish and regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences in this area, as well as teaching at the University of Versailles.
• Representing a central Asian state in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Canadian mining company under the Energy Charter Treaty relating to uranium mining licenses.
• Representing an oil company in ICC mediation proceedings against an African state regarding tax issues.
• Representing a Latin American state in two ICSID arbitrations brought by companies in the coffee and fertilizer industries.
• Representing a UK bank in an UNCITRAL arbitration against an African Government following the privatisation of a national company.
• Representing a major European Oil and Gas company against an African petroleum company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute regarding the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas.
• Representing a French company in an ICSID arbitration under a BIT against an Eastern European State.
• Representing a European Oil and Gas company against a German gas supplier in an ICC arbitration relating to a price review in a long term gas supply agreement.
• Representing an aircraft manufacturer in an ICC arbitration against one if its suppliers.
• Advising a US state agency with regard to structuring its investments in an African State.
• "Rwanda: developing a centre from scratch" (Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 10(2))
• "Dealing with Corruption Allegations in International Investment Arbitration" (Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 31, Issue 4, July 2014).
• "When Asia and Africa meet" (Global Arbitration Review, Autumn 2014 (with Jonathan Leach (Singapore) and Markus Burgstaller (London)).
• "State counterclaims in investment arbitration: a new lease of life?" (Arbitration International, Issue 4, 2013).
• "The future of investment protection in Europe – the EU takes control" (Yearbook of International Arbitration, Vol. III, NWV, 2013).
• "La portée internationale des sentences arbitrales annulées : vers une approche commune?" (Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales, 2012).
Energy and Natural Resources
Media, Technology and Telecommunications
Bristol University - LLB in Law with European Legal Studies
University of Oxford - Legal Practice Course
University of Salamanca
University of Bordeaux
MEMBERSHIPS / AWARDS
Board Member of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC)
Member of LCIA (YIAG) and ICC
Shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year 2012 (Law Society)
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS
Solicitor, England & Wales
Avocat à la Cour, Paris Bar
Olusola Adegbonmire is a Legal Practitioner and Partner in the Law Firm of Sola Ajijola and Co. where she has practiced as a lawyer for the past 32 years. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of Ife in 1984 and her Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Lagos in 1987. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.
She is a Chartered Arbitrator and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1999. She is listed on the Approved Faculty List of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as a Tutor and Assessor for the Institute, for Arbitration and Mediation programs. She is currently the Chairman of the Training Committee of the Nigerian Branch of the Institute and teaches within and outside Nigeria in other countries like Dubai, Rwanda and Ghana.
Olusola is a tutor at the Centre for Law and Business, Lagos, Nigeria and teaches Applicable Laws in International Arbitration.She is also on the faculty of the College of Negotiation, of the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she teaches International Arbitration at Post Graduate level. She is a Training Cosultant for the Lagos Court of Arbitration. She not only teaches but also organises Arbitration and ADR courses for various stakeholders in Dispute Resolution.
Olusola has been a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2007. She serves on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi Door Court (LMDC) where she mediates extensively both court-referred and non-court referred disputes. She is also on the Lagos Multi Door Court Training Faculty which runs a bi-annual Mediation Skills Training(MST) Program.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a member of the International Bar Association.
Stephen Ruzibiza is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) since 2015.
He has championed the transformation of the Federation by embarking enormously on corrective investment, access to market, capacity building and export facilitation, as well as advocacy role for the PSF all aimed at promoting entrepreneurship.
Prior to the PSF, he was the Company Secretary and Head of Legal Affairs at RwandAir Ltd.
Prior to joining RwandAir. Mr Ruzibiza was the State Attorney for the Ministry of Justice in the Legal Advisory Services Department, assisting Government in negotiating and drafting contracts, Agreements, MOU’s. Mr Ruzibiza seats on various boards of Directors.