Meet Our Team

Vincent Okonkwo

Co-lead, Research & Policy

Nathan-Ross Adam

Co-lead, Research & Policy

Moses Faya

Co-lead, Research & Policy

Kelechi Achinonu

Co-lead, Design & Digital Platforms

Eze Chukwudi

Co-lead, Design & Digital Platforms

Ethan Mudavanhu

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Ebimobowei Jikenghan

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Amanda Manyame

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Pius Ntazinda

Executive

Mercy Mwaniki

Executive

Bolakale Mallick

Executive

Ademola Adeyoju

Executive

Aaron Olajide

Executive

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Vincent Okonkwo

Co-lead, Research & Policy

Vincent is an ultra-passionate lawyer with substantiated interest in Law as it interacts with technology. He is an Associate with the law firm of Jackson, Etti & Edu, a leading sector-focused law firm, known for its superior Intellectual Property Practice, and headquartered in Lagos. 

In his professional capacity, he regularly advices clients in various aspects of Intellectual Property, Commercial and Technology Law. He is a co-initiator of the Young Professionals Forum, a mentorship forum, and the founder of Millennial Lawyer, a content aggregator on urgent and emerging areas of law. Vincent is passionate about personal development, social consciousness, people service, anime amongst other things.

Moses Faya

Co-lead, Research & Policy

Moses Faya is an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Attorney. He has experience advising businesses on ICT laws and compliance, including the use of ICT in business transactions and development, amongst others.

He oversees the position of Programs and Logistics of the ICT Committee, Section on Business Law – Nigeria Bar Association. Moses was recently involved in the drafting of the Data Protection Bill in Nigeria. Moses Faya is a currently a Tech Policy Research Analyst at API Intelligence and Of-Counsel at Infusion Lawyers.

Kelechi Achinonu​

Co-lead, Design & Digital Platforms

Kelechi Achinonu is a Lawyer, Software developer and Product manager with a passion for using technology to make the law more efficient and accessible. She has experience developing and programming legal technology solutions at Law Pavillion, a leading legal-tech company in Nigeria and product-managing software solutions at Decagon, a software outsourcing company. Kelechi is founder of TechLawyered, a platform she uses to advocate for more tech inclusion in law, the Lead Convener of Legal Hackers, Lagos, a global movement of lawyers, policy makers, designers, technologists who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law & technology.

She is currently the Operations Associate for HiiL West Africa where she contributes to finding and supporting the best justice innovations in West Africa.

Eze Chukwudi

Co-lead, Design & Digital Platforms

Eze is a Brand and Marketing Communications expert with 7+ years of industry experience and an e-commerce expert.

Eze is a certified PR practitioner by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), certified manager by the Nigerian Institute of Management,(chartered), and a trained Broadcast Journalist from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(FRCN). In his spare time, Eze compères, takes on public speaking, and also writes contents on leadership, career, and lifestyle.

Ethan Mudavanhu

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Ethan holds an LLB and LLM (Information and Communication) and he is currently pursuing his PhD. As a PhD candidate, Ethan’s dissertation explores the status of unlawful administrative acts in South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Motivated by the lacuna of African solutions to African issues, Ethan has garnered experience as a technology law and policy advisor at EndCode: inputting into various projects on emerging tech law and policy issues on the continent.

With an entrepreneurial approach to his work, Ethan is a consummate legal advisor on the engagement between business and technology. This has led to him being profiled as a Next Gen Legal Trailblazer at the 2020 UK-Africa Trade-Mission. He is the Non-Executive Director of Heshtyke Investments, which is a fast-growing pan-African logistics business that has been entrusted by international brands such as: Polo; Cellini Bags; Retro-Super Shades; Simon&Mary; Truworths; Edgars etc. 

Ebimobowei Jikenghan

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Ebimobowei is a lawyer with a keen interest and core competence in the interplay between technology and the law. He regularly advises local and foreign clients on the regulatory and licensing regime for innovative and disruptive technologies including virtual (currency) wallets, blockchain products, payment solutions, IoT and FinTech products.

He is also a Senior Associate at G. Elias & Co. and currently heads the New Economy department covering technology, fintech, media and entertainment and telecommunications at the firm.

Amanda Manyame

Co-lead, Capacity Building

Amanda is a digital law and policy advisor. She founded the Digital Law Haus, an organisation that specialises in providing Digital Law and Policy advisory services. Amanda is a proponent of public interest technology and advocates for policy and regulatory development that creates an enabling environment for technological advancements that do not risk human rights. Accordingly, she actively works with and engages relevant stakeholders to provide an understanding of the different considerations that influence tech policy, digital rights and the general digital environment.

Amanda’s background is rooted in Law and she holds an LL.B and LL.M, with her LL.M research focusing on the impact of big data analytics on data protection. As a PhD candidate, Amanda is expanding on her LL.M research by considering the impact of AI, Machine learning, Big Data Analytics, User-Interface and User-experience Design on Data Protection.

Pius Ntazinda

Executive

Pius is the Managing Partner of CM ADVOCATES, a premier corporate and commercial law firm in Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree (Hons) from the University of Rwanda and a Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, Rwanda. His practice focuses on Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial law, Intellectual Property, and Technology.

Pius is an advocate licensed to practice law in Rwanda and is a member of the East African Law Society.  He is a member of the East Africa Law Society Young Lawyers Forum and a Rwanda ambassador of Lex:lead, a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development in developing nations.  Additionally, Pius is a tech-enthusiast; being a member of the African Law & Tech Network (ALT), Innovation Law Club Africa (ILCA), and a founding member of the Rwanda Blockchain Association.

He is a native speaker of Kinyarwanda, has an excellent command of English, and a working knowledge of French.

Mercy Mwaniki

Executive

Mercy Mwaniki is an associate at Bowmans Kenya in the Intellectual Property and Technology Department. Her areas of practice include e-commerce, data privacy, software development, FinTech and information technology.  

Mercy advises clients on regulatory and enforcement issues relating to new products and upscaling existing products to meet their legal and regulatory obligations. Mercy has worked on projects covering multiple countries in sub-Sahara Africa and is well vast with tech law developments in the region. She is a qualified advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Mallick Bolakale

Executive

Mallick is the principal consultant at Regcompass, a technology, compliance, risk management and legal consulting firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. With a background in computer engineering and experience in Technology and Intellectual Property Laws, Mallick utilizes his distinct advantage to offer cutting-edge advisory services to local and international technology clients on a myriad of legal and technical issues arising from the deployment of their various technology businesses.

Mallick is specialized in FinTech, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and intellectual property. He obtained his LL. B from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State and holds an LL.M in Cyber-law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Ademola Adeyoju

Executive

Ademola is a specialist in Privacy & Data Protection, FinTech, Intellectual Property, and Information Technology law. He regularly consults for startups and companies on a wide variety of matters and provides practical guidance on legal and regulatory matters.

Ademola graduated in the top ten percent of his class at the university. His career includes stints at ǼLEX, one of the largest, most diversified law firms in West Africa, The New Practice (TNP), and Data Analytics Privacy Technology Limited. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators.

Aaron Olajide

Executive

Aaron is a corporate attorney with specialization in finance, technology, and strategy. He enjoys developing innovative solutions and routinely advises startups, companies, and government agencies on complex legal and regulatory matters.

Aaron is the Co-founder of Ridosphere—a tech company focused on investing in high-growth African tech start-ups and seats on the board of the StreetLaw Advocacy Network. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Obafemi Awoloso University and holds a Diploma in Business Management from the International Business Management Institute, Berlin, Germany. Aaron is a US International Exchange alumnus and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.