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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 (...)
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.
Chief Mrs. Tinuade Oyekunle
Tinuade Oyekunle, Principal Partner, Sonotina Chambers,
Chief Mrs. Oyekunle is a Legal Practitioner and Practicing Arbitrator. She served as Nigeria’s Representative on the UNCITRAL WORKING GROUP responsible for the drafting of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on International Commercial Arbitration, which forms the basis of Nigeria’s Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1990.
She was a member of the ICCA Governing Council from 1976 to 2014. She remains a very active member of ICCA Advisory Committee.
Mrs. Oyekunle was appointed Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators in 1978 and a Chartered Arbitrator in May 2002. She is a Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch. She was for four years Chairman of the Education and Membership Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Member of the Board of Management. She was for many years a member of the Panel Management Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. She is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
She is a Council Member of the Arbitration Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries; Member International Arbitral Women; Member Board of Directors of the KIGALI International Arbitration Centre.
She is on the faculty of CIArb Courses in Nigeria as Course Director, Chief Assessor, Examiner and Tutor. She has served as Director on many Boards of Companies.
Mrs. Oyekunle has been recognized in the Global Arbitration Review – “Women in Arbitration” as one of the leading International female Arbitrators.
Tinuade is regularly appointed as Counsel, Arbitrator or Presiding Arbitrator in ad hoc and complex International Commercial Arbitration disputes. She also advises on private and public international law
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.
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
Atukunda Linda Grace
Atukunda Linda Grace is the Board Member representing the Ministry of Justice since 2014.
She holds a Masters in LLM Commercial Law from the University of Stirling (United Kingdom), and a Degree of Baccalaureus Legum from the University of Durban West-Ville (South Africa).
She is currently A Member of the High Level Task Force to negotiate EAMI (East African Monetary Institute) Bill since June 2015. In October 2014, she was appointed to serve as a Senior State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice. Prior to this, she was provisionally appointed as Legislative Translation Specialist at the Rwanda Law Reform Commission in May 2014.
She served as a Principal State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice for four years and was a member of the High Level Task Force that negotiated the Protocol on the establishment of the East African Community Monetary Union.
Prior to that, she was prosecutor at the intermediate level Gasabo (October 2008) and at Nyarugenge (2004- 2007) where she had the responsibility of analyzing the different cases that she dealt with on a daily basis and offering legal advice to various people.
In 2003, she participated in the Moot Court Finals at the University of Durban-West-Ville, South Africa. She was responsible for drafting different documents in preparation of competing with other universities. In 2002, she worked as a Tutor at the University of Durban West-Ville, South Africa, where she was part of the team that worked with students in facilitating legal assistance to the communities (legal clinics).
She has a wealth of experience in Legislative Drafting from the various capacity building sessions conducted by Sydney University Law School in Australia, USAID/ILPD and Ministry of Justice
She has contributed towards research on the use of Modern structure and clear wording of Legislation in Rwanda (June 2011); IOSCO Idea: “A Comparative analysis of securities regulation in Developed and Less-Developed Countries” Master’s thesis, University of Stirling (August 2008) and Publication 1st degree final project, University of Kwazulu- Natal (November 2003).