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KIAC is delighted to share its Annual Report July 2020- June 2021, follow this link to read more.
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.
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.
Mackline Ingabire is a lawyer by profession, currently working as a Senior State Attorney in Rwanda’s Ministry of Justice/ Office of the Attorney General. She holds a Masters of Laws degree (LLM) in Criminal Justice from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the National University of Rwanda. Mackline also holds a diploma in Legal Practice from Rwanda’s Institute of Legal Practice and Development and is a member of Rwanda Bar Association (RBA).
With experience of more than ten (10) years in the legal field, has participated in several negotiations and provided legal advice on a number of crosscutting issues including but not limited to Investment, Employment, Trade, Construction, Procurement, Corporate governance, finance, dispute resolution and extractive industries (oil, gas and mining) to mention but a few. Previously, on part time basis taught in two private universities in Kigali, Rwanda.
She has so far made two publications in international Criminal law: 1. “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Deterrent Effect of International Criminal Tribunals- see Chapter 4,” published by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Germany (2016). 2. “Legal regime governing transfer of cases from the ITCR to Rwanda,” published by Lambert Academic publishers, Germany (2016).
Nakasamba is a Partner at A.M.W & Co. Legal, a top-tier law firm based in Lusaka, Zambia. Nakasamba’s practice areas include corporate, commercial and investment law with a domestic and international client base. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions, competition law, energy law, construction law, and labour law. She was recently moderator at the Zambia Mining Exhibition Conference (ZIMEC) which discussed the leveraging of fiscal regime and regulation to boost investment, recovery an recovery and growth in the mining and energy sectors
As a competition law expert, she enjoys playing an active role in policy debate, legislative review and formulation of competition laws through her interaction with the competition authority and membership with the International Competition Network.
Nakasamba is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, both in London and Zambian branch (MCIArb) with a bias in arbitration and adjudication. She has arbitrated commercial disputes as party representative and arbitrator. She is an executive member of the CIArb Zambian Branch, and the Young Member’s Group (YMG) Representative. She sits on the Appointment Committee and Legal Reforms Committee of the Branch. In collaboration with the Zambia Law Development Commission, Nakasamba is actively involved in the current review and drafting of the new Arbitration Act intended to update arbitration laws in Zambia so as to make it an attractive seat for international arbitrations.
She is the former Convenor of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Law Association of Zambia and member of the Women’s Rights Committee of the Law Association of Zambia. As part of her commitment to civic duty, Nakasamba sits as a council member on the OASIS Forum, a coalition of civil society organisations aimed at upholding the rule of law and constitutionalism in Zambia.