Board of Directors

Lawrence Muiruri Ngugi

Registrar / CEO

Lawrence Muiruri Ngugi is the Registrar/Board Secretary, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. As CEO he leads the Secretariat of the Centre.

He is also an arbitrator and accredited mediator, member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), member of Kenya’s representatives to the UNCITRAL Working Group II Arbitration & Conciliation (involved in discussions which culminated in the Convention on Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration) and UNCITRAL Working Group III Online Dispute Resolution amongst other appointments.

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He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary.

He may be contacted through registrar@ncia.or.ke or lmuiruri@ncia.or.ke

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He previously headed the Commercial & Arbitration Division, Office of the Attorney General & Department of Justice (Kenya) where he served as Deputy Chief State Counsel handling high profile, complex litigation and arbitration in Kenya, the region and international investor-state disputes under the ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.

Arthur Igeria

Chairperson

Arthur Igeria is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Arthur is a meticulous and highly experienced advocate. He trained at the University of Nairobi, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also holds a post graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.

He was admitted to practice as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1991.

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Resulting from his passion in alternative dispute resolution, Arthur was recently appointed the Chairman of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya), the Mediation Training Institute, and the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He is also on the list of counsel entitled to practice at International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR, and a Certified Public Secretary and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

Areas of Practice: Arbitration & Mediation, Commercial Law, and Conveyancing

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Memberships: Law Society of Kenya, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya) Branch – Branch Committee Member Institute of Certified Public Secretaries (Kenya) (ICPSK), Mediation Training Institute of Kenya, Institute of Directors of Kenya, (IOD) East Africa Law Society of Kenya, Business Networking International (BNI).

John Ohaga

Board Member

John Ohaga is the Managing Partner in the firm TripleOKlaw LLP Advocates. He has more than 24 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.

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John was declared the 2010 winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for Kenya in the category of litigation (www.clientchoiceawards.com).He is an experienced litigator and has a particular passion for commercial litigation. He advises many leading companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange as well numerous private companies in addition to some of Kenya’s largest state corporations. Moreover, he also has significant experience in other aspects of civil litigation including employment and labour disputes, landlord and tenant, public procurement, intellectual property among many others.

John is also an experienced arbitrator and is presently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), is on the board of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee and Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also the Chairman of the Kenya Sports Disputes Tribunal.

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John is also a member of the Programme Committee for the 2016 International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress as well as Vice Chair, Africa Region of the International Bar Association (IBA) Law Firm Management Committee.

Maryanne Njau-Kimani, OGW

Board Member

Maryann Njau-kimani is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 26 years post admission experience both in private and public law practice. She also has a Masters degree in Business and Administration from the University of Nairobi

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Since joining the Ministry of Justice in 2004, Maryann has been instrumental in conducting focused and energetic diplomacy with various stakeholders within the Country and the UN Treaty Bodies on the government’s commitment to the fulfilment and promotion of human rights thus reversing Kenya’s past record of non-dialogue and engagement with the different human rights mechanisms.

She is also credited with spearheading and coordinating the Development of the National Policy and Action Plan for Human Rights in Kenya.

She also coordinated Kenya’s Universal Periodic Review, during the first cycle in 2010, in a process that was hailed as a best practice in the Commonwealth. While serving as a Law Lecturer in the Kenya Institute of Administration, now Kenya School of Government, Maryann was a member of the team that was credited with the modernization of the legal content of the training curricula for the Administrative Officers and for the Advanced Public Administration Courses aimed at making administrators more relevant to the citizen needs. She was also credited and commended for the introduction of human rights training in the senior management courses in KIA

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Maryann is currently the Head of the Department of Justice under the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice.

Muthoni Kimani, MBS

Board Member

Ms. Kimani is the Senior Deputy Solicitor General at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice with more than 29 years post qualification experience in the practice of Law in Kenya, the East African Court of Justice, Arusha, Comesa Court of Justice and African Court of Human and Peoples Right representing the government in complex civil litigation, major constitutional, judicial review, domestic and international commercial arbitrations (both institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL and the ICC rules). In recognition of her distinguished work rendered to the Republic, she was awarded the state medal of Moran of the Burning Spear, MBS, by His Excellency the President in 2005.

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Ms Kimani currently represents the Attorney General in several state corporations and committees including the National Council on Administration of Justice, the Rules Committee and was part of the Committee that drafted the Civil Procedure Rules 2010 to include mediation, a member of the Transition Authority, Board Member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration and Ag. Director Assets Recovery Agency.

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Ms Kimani is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the International Bar Association and the Law Society of Kenya. She is also an active member of the IBA, Assets Recovery Sub Committee which was set up by the IBA under the Business Crimes Committee, which deals with fighting Business crimes and corruption.

Anne Atieno Amadi

Board Member

Anne Atieno Amadi is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, 25 years standing.

Before joining the Judiciary as the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary in January 2014,Anne was a legal consultant focusing on gender, governance and access to justice.

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She has served as National Coordinator for the National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme. Previously served as Deputy Executive Director of Federation of Women Lawyers ( FIDA) Kenya and has also served in the Judiciary as a magistrate Director and been in private legal practice.

Anne brings a wealth of experience in governance having served in various governance boards in public and private bodies.

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Anne is a holder of Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law, University of Nairobi; Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ), Boston University; Bachelor of Laws, University of Nairobi; Diploma in Legal practice, Kenya School of Law; Post Graduate Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution, California State University, Sacramento.

Allen Gichuhi

Board Member

Allen Gichuhi specialises in commercial and public law litigation with 18 years’ experience. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2009 and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in commercial disputes.

He has featured among the Kenyan leading dispute resolution lawyers in both The Legal 500 and Chambers Global legal directories.

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He headed the sub-committee that drafted Kenya’s first Court Mandated Mediation Rules. He has also been involved in drafting the Advocates Remuneration Orders of 2006 and 2014 and various Practice Directions of the Court of Appeal, the Commercial and Admiralty and the Environmental and Land Divisions of the High Court. He is a regular presenter in the Law Society of Kenya’s Continuous Professional Development courses and an adjunct lecturer at the Kenya School of Law.

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Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya, the Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Court Users and Litigation Committee, a member of the legal sub-committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a director of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration.

Carole Kariuki

Board Member

Carole Kariuki is a graduate of Nairobi University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA. She has also done several courses on leadership, public policy, private sector advocacy among others offered by both international and local institutions.

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She worked briefly at Barclays Bank of Kenya before taking up leadership training and working at the Nairobi Chapel. She then took up a position as a Research Fellow and later an Associate at the Sagamore Institute for Applied Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana. Her work at the Institute led to a joint program with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). She was later recruited as KEPSA CEO where she has transformed the little known Business institution to one of the most influential institution in Kenya that is recognized as the umbrella organization for the private sector in Kenya both locally and beyond in galvanizing private sector for public –private dialogue and making impact in the economic agenda of the country.

She serves in several Boards including; The National Council of Administrative Justice (NCAJ), the Center for Corporate Governance, Board, Advisory Board of School of Economics in Nairobi University, Nailab Board, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Board, Life Ministry Board, Emerging Leaders Foundation, National Organizing Committee of Trade Mark East Africa. She has served in several Government advisory Task Forces and Panels.

She is a member of the Rotary Club of Langata, American Chamber of Commerce Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management, Institute of Directors.

Carole has been recognized with several Awards for her role in developing the Business Sector and contribution to National development including: International Advocacy award 2014 by the Institut Amadeus, the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2012 and Heads of State Commendation (HSC) 2011 by the President of Kenya, Top 40 women in Business under 40 years 2012 and 2011 consecutively by the Business Daily, Role in growing sustainable business initiative by UNDP 2006, Role in the UN Global Compact by UNDP 2006,Contribution to society by Nairobi Chapel 2011, Outstanding role in creating public private partnerships for business growth by ILO women entrepreneurship Development 2011. She was voted 2012 extraordinary personality to inspire the future by 80% of the 20, 000 students of the entrepreneurship clubs of Kenyan Universities.

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Her greatest passion is economic transformation of Kenya and Africa through growth of business to create wealth and employment. Her dream is to see Kenya become the most competitive economy in Africa and beyond.

Peter Kihara Njuguna

Board Member

Peter Kihara Njuguna is an experienced Legal Researcher of more than 20 years standing having started off at the University of Nairobi’s Law Library where he worked for 13 years.He has been involved in numerous legal assignments involving complex legal research and analysis on a wide range of issues for both governmental and public benefit organisations which have entailed preparation of legal opinions, advice, briefs, commentaries and reports.

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Kihara has been the Managing Partner at Kihara Njuguna & Co Advocates where he has led a team of advocates dedicated to the provision of legal services mainly in the areas of commercial and general litigation and conveyancing. He strongly believes that Efficiency, Integrity, Confidentiality and Absolute Commitment to a Client’s cause are the hallmarks of a sound Client-Advocate relationship and should be strictly observed by any practicing advocate worth his/her salt.

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Kihara is a Board Member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA). He also seats in the Board of Directors of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) among others.

Jimmy Mbabali Muyanja

Board Member

Jimmy Mbabali Muyanja has over 14 years of experience in commercial transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member 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.

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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.

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Jimmy is also an adjunct lecturer on Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law Development Centre, Kampala, Uganda.

Collins Namachanja

Board Member

Collins Namachanja is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and senior partner in the firm of Namachanja & Mbugua Advocates with close to 20 years post qualification experience in high value corporate and commercial transactions, commercial litigation and arbitration law and practice.

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In arbitration, Mr.Namachanja has experience both as arbitrator and as a party representative in different areas of the law including commercial, construction, insurance,intellectual property and general land law.

He also has experience in employment law, banking, insurance, intellectual property law and legislative drafting. He is currently involved in developing a legal framework for enacting of a Bill for Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in Kenya.

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Mr. Namachanja is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chartered Arbitrator; is part of the Institute’s Approved Faculty List and a Tutor with the Institute’s Kenya Branch; is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Kenya Branch and heads its Legal Sub-Committee and is a director of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. Mr. Namachanja also sits on the board of other private companies.

Dr. Eve Hawa Sinare

Board Member

Dr. Eve Hawa Sinare is one of the leading corporate consultants and advocates in Tanzania with more than 27 years of legal practice, an acknowledged specialist in banking, competitive capacity in general corporate law commercial arbitration. A graduate of Universities of Dar Es Salaam (LL.B & LLM) and Konstanz, Germany (LLD) in International economic law.

She was director of legal and institutional affairs of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA and was the organizations Chief Legal advisor. She played a key role in the preparation of the COMESA Treaty). Dr Sinare also sits in several corporate boards in the country both private and public and abroad.