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The 4th edition of the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference will be hosted by the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) from 2nd-4th May 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention (...)
KIAC has a Secretariat that oversees the Day to day Management of the Centre, led by the Board of Directors Member and Acting Secretary General appointed by the Board, Dr. Fidèle MASENGO with a support team of six people including the Registrar in charge of case management and other staff. KIAC’s Secretariat takes pride in being highly responsive and attentive to the needs of its users.
SECRETARY GENERAL and BOARD Member
Dr. Fidèle MASENGO
Dr. Fidele Masengo is an outstanding lawyer with a very proven experience in arbitration..
He is a PhD holder in Law from University of Antwerp in Belgium in 2010, a Master Degree in Economic law from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 2003 and has a Bachelor in Law from the University of Rwanda obtained in 1998.
His background in both arbitration and law in general, includes, lecturing of arbitration law at various universities in Rwanda and East Africa, very rich experience in consultancy work in law, serving as ad hoc arbitrator, a very good experience as advocate and practice in arbitration case management.
He has served to the First Board of Director of Kigali International Arbitration Center since its establishment in January 2012 up to September 2017. Since August 2015 up to now he is the Chief executive of the Centre where he assumes the position of General Secretary.
Prior to joining Kigali International Arbitration Center, Dr. Fidele Masengo has served as Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID Land Project in 2012-2015. He has also served as Head of Legal Department at Rwanda Utilities Regulation Agency in 2005 up to 2006. Since 1999 up to 2005, he has also served as Director of Administration of Justice and Director of Public Prosecution services within the Rwandan Ministry of Justice.
He has written articles, books, led Master thesis in law including arbitration law. He has attended many arbitration Conferences as key speaker. He has many certificates in arbitration.
UMUTONI Christine is an Operations Manager at Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC),
She has a Master’s in Business Administration ( MBA Project Management Option)
She has been an administrative assistant and member of the procurement at Competitive and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP), she also has been an accountant Secretary at Kigali Economic Development strategy (KEDS financed by the Word Bank, Credit IDA, she has been an administrative assistant at Community Reintegration and development (also financed by Word Bank). She also worked as administrative assistant to the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Youth and culture.
Notable professional experience has been increased when she attended some international training such as “Passation des Marchés des travaux (+Service de consultants)” at Institut Superieur Africain pour Developpement del ‘Enterprise which took place at Dakar, Senegal, and Modern Management Institute about the executive Secretaries annual Conference which took place at Nairobi, Kenya. She speaks Kinyarwanda, French English, and Swahili.
Communication and Marketing Specialist
Annette Tamara MBABAZI
Annette Tamara MBABAZI is passionate about communication with over 9years experience. She is a challenge loving, growth oriented and committed professional aspiring to be one of the finest communication professionals. She holds a first class degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Rwanda.
Her passion for communication developed during her tenure as the Public Relations Officer at the Rwanda Tourism Office (ORTPN) in 2007 where she devoted herself towards intensive Public Relations and Communication activities that significantly contributed to the growth of Rwanda as an ideal tourism destination. She later joined the Rwanda health communication Center (May 2011) where she provided technical guidance on development of strategic health communication approaches and messages for all health campaigns.
She is currently the Communication and Marketing Specialist for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Project at Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) that is funded by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF). She oversees the KIAC corporate communication, strategic marketing and Public Relations and brand management. She brings on board a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help promote Rwanda as an ideal venue for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
She is a founding member of Public Relations Association of Rwanda( PRAR) and Rwanda Health Promotion Technical Working Group. She is widely traveled and knowledgeable about communication in the region and beyond. She has successfully completed trainings in PR Masterclass (Johannesburg), Leadership in Strategic Health communication (Nigeria), Tourism Development and marketing in African Countries (China).
GITARE Annick joined Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) in 2013 as the Accountant. She is in charge of all financial activities for KIAC and Alternative Dispute Resolution Project;a project funded by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa.
During her professional experiences in finance and audit , she participated in different audit assignments of financial institutions; commercial companies, bilateral and multilateral donor funded projects notably; European Union (U E) ,Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC) ,Autrician Development Agency (ADA) and The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID).
Her blooming career in the financial field started during 2007 as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche Rwanda. Thereafter, from 2009 till 2011, she worked as the Confirm assistant auditor at KBW; a Consulting and Auditing firm with focus on auditing projects funded by the European Union and the Belgium Technical Cooperation.
She later joined PPM a Consulting and Auditing firm Senior Auditor from 2011 till 2013; undrtaking various audit and accounting assignments as well as Certification assignments for various Commercial companies, and projects supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID).
Annick holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Kigali Independent University. She also underwent a life changing training in leadership from the Institute for National Transformation.