Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chairperson

Arthur Igeria

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.

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

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Registrar/CEO

Lawrence Muiruri Ngugi

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

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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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Board Member

John Ohaga

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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Board Member

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.

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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.

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Board Member

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.

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He was previously the Regional Head of the Malindi County State Law Office (in charge of Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu County as well as the Head of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Section within the Civil Litigation Department representing the Government of Kenya in high profile and complex litigation. In the course of service he has been deployed as the Deputy Director Host Country and Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of drafting host country agreements from 2008 to 2010.

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Board Member

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.

 

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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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Board Member

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.

 

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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.

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Board Member

Collins Namachanja

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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Board Member

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; 

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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.

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Board Member

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.

Board Member

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. 

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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.

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