Board of Directors
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.
Areas of Practice: Arbitration & Mediation, Commercial Law, and Conveyancing
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline Oyuyo Githinji
Jackie is the Managing Partner at Umsizi LLP, a firm of Advocates, Corporate Secretaries, Arbitrators and Mediators. She has considerable experience in a broad range of commercial and corporate advisory matters ranging from shareholder negotiations; capital raising and legal due diligence gained in her close to 20 years legal experience.
She’s also committed to making organisations tick – demystifying corporate governance in a way that makes sense for each entity that she deals with – and she is adept at tackling regulatory compliance.
In addition to her legal and corporate secretarial qualifications, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a Certified and Court-Accredited Mediator and holds an MBA in Global Technology Management.
She also serves on various Boards including private sector, non-profit and State corporations in the capacity of non-Executive Director, and is a Council member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
Lawrence Waigi Kamau
Waigi Kamau, An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 15 years post admission experience is a Deputy Chief State Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice currently heading the Commercial & Arbitration Division, Civil Litigation Department.
Waigi, has also been a member of the Disciplinary Committee for the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and served as a representative of the Attorney General at the Board of the Lake Basin Development Authority as a Director. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and an Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Chapter).
Peter Kihara Njuguna
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jimmy is also an adjunct lecturer on Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Law Development Centre, Kampala, Uganda.
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.
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.
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.
Hon Judith Omange
Hon Judith Omange is a law graduate from the University of Nairobi with training on Judicial Administration, Case Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Juvenile Delinquent Treatment Course in UNAFEI, Japan. Prior to her appointment as Registrar; Judith served as a Deputy Registrar in the Family Division and magistrate in the Nairobi Children’s Court where she oversaw the implementation of the Children Act, then a new legislation at the court. As the Registrar of the High Court, Judith is responsible for the day to day administration of 39 High Court stations. Her vision for the High Court is that it will be a court that will meet the aspirations of the Kenyan people by providing independent, quality and timely justice.
She is passionate about ensuring that all Kenyans are able to access justice in courts and is involved in various programmes to eliminate barriers to justice, such as technicality of procedures, distance to courts, unfriendly registry processes and staff, and lack of knowledge of court processes. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force that is overseeing the implementation of Court Annexed Mediation in Kenya.
Ms. Pauline Mcharo
Ms. Pauline Mcharo is Deputy Chief State Counsel, International Law Division , at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice. Her current assignments include representing Government in international investment and commercial disputes and assisting in resolution of Territorial and Maritime Delimitation disputes.
She holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, LLM in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa from the University of Pretoria and LLB.from the University of Nairobi.
Mr. James Muruthi Kihara
Director. James Muruthi Kihara is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Kihara & Wyne Advocates. He has represented corporate clients in complex litigation and arbitrations. He has in the past worked with the National Legal Aid & Awareness Programme under the Department of Justice and as a Corporation Secretary in several state agencies. Mr. Kihara is the current Chairperson of the Public Private Partnerships Petition Committee. He is the immediate former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Kenya Branch. Mr. Kihara sits on the boards of several entities including the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust and the International Public Private Partnerships Institute (IPPPI). He regularly writes and speaks at conferences on Arbitration, Law, ADR and Public Private Partnerships. He has received specialized training on Judgement Writing, Infrastructure Contract Management and Public Private Partnerships from the International Law institute and Harvard Kennedy School. Kihara has also published widely on topics covering the aforesaid areas and has taught criminal procedure and agricultural law at the University of Nairobi School of Law and the Faculty of Agriculture respectively.
Kihara is a Chartered Arbitrator, an Accredited Mediator and a Certified Governance Auditor and a Certified PPP Specialist. He holds B.Com and LL.B undergraduate degrees. He also holds an LL.M in Corporate Governance. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the Institute of Certified secretaries.