Advisory Council

Alice Namuli-Blazevic

[Partner, KATS Advocates]

Member, Advisory Council

Anne Kiunuhe

[Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna]

Member, Advisory Council

Babajimi Ayorinde

[Partner, TNP]

Member, Advisory Council

Bukola Bankole

[Partner, TNP]

Member, Advisory Council

Davidson Oturu

[Partner, ǼLEX]

Member, Advisory Council

Isa Alade

[Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo]

Member, Advisory Council

John Syekei

[Partner, Bowmans]

Member, Advisory Council

Mahesh Acharya

[Partner, ENSafrica]

Member, Advisory Council

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Memme Onwudiwe

[Executive Vice President, Evisort Inc.]

Member, Advisory Council

Mena Ajakpovi

[Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie]

Member, Advisory Council

Olumide Osundolire

[Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo]

Member, Advisory Council

Ridwaan Boda

[Director, ENSafrica]

Member, Advisory Council

Senator Ihenyen

[Lead Partner – Infusion Lawyers]

Member, Advisory Council

Susan Mulikita

[Partner, Celine Nair & Co.]

Member, Advisory Council

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Alice Namuli-Blazevic

Member, Advisory Council

Alice is an award-winning lawyer, innovator, international speaker, and author. She is currently a Partner at Katende Ssempebwa & Co Advocates, a Ugandan-based law firm. Alice is specialized in Technology Law with a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, FinTech, Cyberlaw, and Data Protection.

Alice is a Cybersecurity expert to the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch and a Faculty Advisor to Digital Legal Exchange, a global training institute for leaders in a digital world. She is also the Co-founder of Legal Innovation Hub (Africa), Africa Innovation Law & Tech Academy, and Kampala Legal Hackers. Alice is the Chairperson of Uganda Legal Tech Network and a distinguish Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund. Alice has deep roots in infrastructure projects, project finance, mergers and acquisitions.

Anne Kiunuhe

Member, Advisory Council

Anne is a Kenyan lawyer and accountant, who is a Partner in the Corporate Department at Anjarwalla & Khanna Law Firm, one of the leading corporate law firms in Kenya and largest full-service corporate law firm in East Africa. Her areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, IT & telecommunications law, competition law and intellectual property law. Anne has advised a diverse pool of clients such as Helios Investment Partners, Vivo Energy, Telkom Kenya, Godrej Group and Schneider Electric and is a recognised leader in her field. She currently co-heads Anjarwalla & Khanna’s competition law practice and has spearheaded multiple initiatives in antitrust law development in Kenya.

Anne is ranked by the Chambers Global Legal Directory, which has described her as a “very positive and sparky” lawyer and receiving client praise for her drafting skills and contracts analysis.  In addition, Anne has been voted one of Kenya’s best M&A lawyers by IFLR1000 as well as Best Lawyers International. She was the winner of the CfC Stanbic Rising Star Award 2015 (Professional Services category). Anne is a regular speaker at corporate law conferences and an ardent writer on contemporary legal topics and the editor of Legal Notes, a quarterly newsletter published by ALN (an alliance of top tier law firms in 15 African Jurisdictions).

Babajimi Ayorinde

Member, Advisory Council

A founding partner at TNP, an Andersen collaborating law firm in Nigeria, Babajimi heads our Commercial Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He specialises in Corporate and Commercial law and has been involved in several arbitration proceedings. In addition to his core focus on commercial dispute resolution, Babajimi heads the TNP’s FinTech and e-Commerce group and has advised on several transactions that have been instrumental to the increased adoption of electronic and mobile payments in Nigeria. He has an excellent grasp of the FinTech regulatory environment and regularly advises clients on licensing and compliance issues. He has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the two leading individuals in the FinTech industry in Nigeria.

Babajimi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a non-executive director of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC).

Bukola Bankole

Member, Advisory Council

Bukola is a Partner at TNP, an Andersen collaborating law firm in Nigeria. She leads the firm’s Private Equity, FinTech, e-Commerce & Technology Teams, amongst other roles in Corporate Finance & Capital Markets.

Her extensive experience in advising on financing and investment deals cutting across industries in multiple jurisdictions, aids her ability to provide industry specific expertise to clients. Bukola’s proven wealth of experience in various aspects of commercial transactions also helps to give her clients the assurance that she is a revenue enabler and adds value to their bottom line.

Bukola advises a range of financial institutions and investment firms, including private equity fund managers and banks; she also advises private and publicly quoted companies, family offices and individuals. She is also particularly committed to working towards finding solutions that address and lead to the scale up of FinTech companies in Africa, with a broader view on the impact of their services in growing the African economy and reaching underserved communities.

Bukola took a first degree in Law from the University of Lagos; the Oxford Private Equity Programme at the University of Oxford, Said Business School; and the Accelerated Leadership Program at the Harvard Law School. She enjoys traveling and discovering new cuisines across the world.

Davidson Oturu

Member, Advisory Council

Davidson is a Partner at AELEX and works in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Groups. His clients are in a variety of industries, including information technology, private equity, financial services and payments, pharmaceuticals and capital markets. He provides practical and strategic advice regarding the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), e-Privacy laws, cybersecurity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, international data transfers and white collar crimes.

He has significant experience in representing and advising clients on trans-border issues relating to data protection and cyber security breaches, white collar crimes, financial technology (FinTech), digital assets, blockchain technology and data privacy. He assists clients with remediating high-stakes multi-jurisdictional cybersecurity breaches, negotiating complex technology transactions, franchising and intellectual property licensing. His unique IP practice focuses on contentious and general IP work as he works closely with clients across various industries to manage, protect and advance their portfolio of IP rights, including trademarks, patents and design covering multiple jurisdictions. He represents clients in enforcement proceedings involving unfair competition, copyright infringement, passing off and trademark infringement.

He is a member of the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) committee charged with the responsibility of setting up a framework for the use of FinTech in the Capital Markets. Davidson is also a member of the Fintech Association of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (UK), Intellectual Property and Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Intellectual Property Law Group of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) International Section. He authored the Nigerian Chapter for the 2020 Mondaq FinTech Comparative Guide and recently contributed the Nigerian section to DataGuidance on data protection in the Nigerian financial sector. Legal 500 in its 2020 rankings described him as being notable for handling disputes in the TMT and intellectual property space. He was also recognised as a Recommended Individual by the World Trademark Review 1000 and was recommended as an expert by Chambers & Partners in its 2020 Fintech Guide.

Isa Alade

Member, Advisory Council

Isa is a Partner at Banwo & Ighodalo. He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, the International Law Institute (ILI), Washington DC and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Over the last fifteen years, Isa has advised local companies and multinationals on structuring a significant number of novel/complex transactions covering various sectors including Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Isa has extensive experience advising on legal and regulatory issues relating to the application of technology to financial services. He has also authored several articles in leading law publications, including the International Financial Law Review. He is ranked as a leading expert in the FinTech category by the Chambers & Partners Global Rankings and currently the General Secretary/member of the Governing Council of the FinTech Association of Nigeria.

John Syekei

Member, Advisory Council

John is a Partner at Bowmans Law Firm (Kenya). He is the head of the firm’s intellectual property practice group in East Africa and his practice areas include commercial intellectual property, technology law, e-commerce, payments, FinTech, advertising law and litigation, data privacy, drafting and negotiation of information technology agreements.

John provides advisory support on the protection and enforcement of trademark, patent, copyright and industrial designs to leading technology companies in the world including Uber, Google, Microsoft and IBM as well as a number of local clients in the acquisitions of IT for various businesses. He also acts as counsel in intellectual property infringement actions, anti-counterfeiting raids, due diligence investigations and reports, drafting of licensing and franchise agreements, trademark oppositions, trademark cancellations, and domain name dispute resolutions before World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

John is regionally and globally renowned for his excellence in the intellectual property space and has received several top citations and recognitions from international directories such as Chambers Global, World Trademark Reviews, IP Stars and WIPO Leaders. John is a member of International Trademark Association East Africa, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, International Bar Association, International Trademark Association (TOPC committee member), World Trademark Review, American Chambers of Commerce and Law Society of Kenya Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology Committee.

Mahesh Acharya

Member, Advisory Council

Mahesh is a founding partner of ENSafrica’s Kenya office. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, internal re-organisations, share and asset sales, joint venture arrangements and capital markets mandates. In addition to his corporate commercial work, Mahesh is well regarded in the FinTech and TMT sectors with significant deal closures in Kenya and wider East Africa. Mahesh is a board member of Victoria Commercial Bank and Prudential Life Assurance.

Mahesh is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2020, 2019 – Highly Regarded (Kenya), Chambers Fintech Guide 2020 – Band 1 FinTech Legal (Kenya), Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019 – Corporate / M&A, JVs, TMT, Capital Markets, Electronic Payments and E-Money, International & Cross-border Transactions and Private Equity (Kenya), and The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Kenya).

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Memme Onwudiwe

Member, Advisory Council

Memme is the Executive Vice President of Legal & Business Intelligence at Evisort. Evisort is a Silicon Valley start-up founded out of the Harvard Innovation Lab, which uses advanced Artificial Intelligence algorithms to analyze and manage contracts for companies across the globe.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Memme founded and Chaired Harvard’s inaugural Legal Technology Symposium and served as President of the Harvard African Law Association, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Kennedy School’s Africa Policy Journal.

Mena Ajakpovi

Member, Advisory Council

Mena is a Partner in the intellectual property, litigation, arbitration & alternative dispute resolution and telecommunications, media and technology departments of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. He advises on copyright, patent, trademarks, domain names, broadcasting, music/movie/comedy production, distribution, branding, image rights, franchising/licensing, amongst others. He has represented some of the world’s biggest names and owners of IP disputes.

Mena is a notary public, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (FCIArb) and a member of the panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of International Arbitrators LCIA. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies Salzburg, Austria. He is a member of the Anti-counterfeit Committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) and has made presentations in this capacity. Mena is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the International Bar Association, where he has also made presentations. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trademarks Attorneys UK, and the Pharmaceutical Trade Group (PTMG), a pan-European forum for IP lawyers with specialisation in the pharmaceutical sector. He has featured in the Who’s Who Legal Intellectual Property section and has published papers on copyright, information technology, broadcast rights and dispute resolution.

Olumide Osundolire

Member, Advisory Council

Olumide is a Partner at Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the leading law firms in Nigeria. He is currently the Team Lead of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. Olumide specializes in intellectual property, information technology law, corporate finance and arbitration.

Ridwaan Boda

Member, Advisory Council

Ridwaan is an executive in the ENSafrica’s corporate commercial department, where he heads the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) team. He has considerable experience and expertise in the TMT arena and in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) law where with he provides advice on large-scale ICT outsourcing transactions, complex systems integration projects, as well as other large-scale ICT projects, and as worked and advised on some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent ICT transactions.

Ridwaan assists clients with their ICT-compliance requirements and has advised on legislation pertaining to TMT law including the King III (IT Governance), the South African Promotion of Access to Information Act, data privacy and protection legislation (including the Protection of Personal Information Act), the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the Electronic Communications Act and other relevant legislations.

Ridwaan is a member of the United Nations Global Pulse Panel of International Data Privacy Experts and has significant global experience, having worked in the United Kingdom and on several multi-jurisdictional matters. Ridwaan has gained notable recognition as a leading/recommended lawyer by: Chambers Global Guide 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 – IT & Telecommunications; 2016, 2015 – “up and coming” for IT & Telecommunications; 2020, 2019 – Fintech (South Africa), Client Choice Awards 2019, 2016 – IT & Internet (South Africa), and Best Lawyers® 2020, 2019 – Information Technology (South Africa).

Senator Ihenyen

Member, Advisory Council

Senator is Lead Partner at Infusion Lawyers, Nigeria’s first virtual intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, where he heads the IP & Technology Law Practice and Blockchain Practice. Before founding Infusion Lawyers, Senator was the CEO at The Write House and Managing Partner at Assizes Lawfirm.

Senator is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and NBA-SBL Committees on Intellectual Property and Information Technology. In the tech space, Senator is former Vice Chairman (Policy & Regulations), Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology Association of Nigeria (SiBAN.org.ng) where he was in charge of blockchain & cryptocurrency policy & regulations. He is now General Secretary of the Association.

One of Nigeria’s data protection and privacy expert contributors for DataGuidance by OneTrust, Senator is exclusive contributor (Nigeria Chapter) to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2019 (Nigeria Chapter) in partnership with White & Case LLP. He is also exclusive contributor (Nigeria Chapter) to the Comparative Guide on Blockchain 2020 in partnership with Dentons.

Susan Mulikita

Member, Advisory Council

Susan has more than 23 years’ ICT/telecommunications legal, regulatory and management experience operating at a senior level for both private sector and public organisations in the public and private sector. This includes Liquid Telecom as Chief Executive Officer, Airtel where she was responsible for telecommunications and ICT law, policy, regulation and stakeholder management and the Zambia Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ZICTA) where she was for many years responsible for licensing, markets development, consumer affairs and competition management. Susan’s experience spans across local and multicultural environments.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Zambia and  a Master of Laws (ICT) from the Buckinghamshire New University (UK).  Susan is a qualified practitioner of Telecoms/ICT Policy, Law, Regulation and Management with accreditation by the Wits University of South Africa. Susan has been a long-standing member of the Law Association of Zambia and is also qualified to practice Law in Zambia. 

For her achievements, Susan has previously been recognised as follows: –The PUSH Women’s award for Information Communication Technology 2019; 2019 Top 100 women CEOs in Africa by Reset Global People and PULSE; and Stanbic Anakazi Banking 2020 woman of the year. Outside her professional space, Susan enjoys the outdoors, running, cooking, reading, spending time with her family and children. She also devotes some of her time to mentoring younger people who she believes are the future and deserve as many opportunities as they can possibly have in the quest to be good citizens.