ACL CONFERENCE 2024

Speakers & Panelists

James Mwangi

Vice President, FIDIC

James Mwangi from Kenya is the CEO at Nairobi-headquartered consultancy firm, Kurrent Technologies Ltd. James is a mechanical engineer with 38 years’ experience in the oil, gas, power generation and renewable energy sectors. James is also a former chairman of FIDIC-Africa. He is also a Board Member at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) the Apex voice of the Private Sector in Kenya, a Director at the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, a Member of the Energy Institute (U.K.) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya. His firm, Kurrent Technologies Ltd, is currently undertaking large energy projects, ranging from large petroleum facilities including LPG facilities, petroleum pipelines, exploration and production of oil, hydrogen plants, power generation plants including LNG, wind and solar plants, electrical transmission lines and feasibility studies etc. James has dedicated a lot of time and effort in advocacy in the Engineering Profession, Energy and Oil & Gas sectors, business, Integrity, and infrastructure matters. James was elected at the 2020 FIDIC GAM. He was elected Vice president at the 2023 FIDIC GAM for a period of two years.

Dr Bernd Ehle

Partner, LALIVE

Dr Bernd Ehle is a partner at LALIVE (Geneva/Zurich/London) specializing in international arbitration. Bernd has extensive experience as both counsel and arbitrator in over 100 high-stakes disputes conducted under various arbitration rules and governed by civil and common law. His practice focuses on complex disputes involving in particular large-scale construction, infrastructure and mining projects. Bernd is committed to dispute resolution and related capacity building, in particular in Africa, to which a significant portion of his work is related. His experience includes serving on dispute adjudication boards. Bernd is a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and of the Advisory Board of Africa Construction Law (ACL). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Co-chair of the Construction Group of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).

Yolanda Walker

Partner, DWF LLP

Yolanda is a Partner at global law firm DWF LLP and is based in London. Yolanda advises clients on the operation of contracts and the resolution of disputes through negotiation, adjudication, mediation, arbitration and litigation and has experience of working with clients throughout the lifecycle of a project to assist in the management of risk, the avoidance of disputes and to help achieve the best result commercially.

Yolanda has expertise in all major standard forms of contract, including JCT, NEC and FIDIC. Yolanda has advised owners and contractors and employers on a variety of projects. These have included buildings, road projects, tunnels, LNG plants and pipelines. Yolanda is a director of Africa Construction Law, a pan-African thought-leadership initiative operating across Africa and in the diaspora to promote construction law and practice in Africa.

Yolanda regularly presents to various institutions at seminars and training workshops internationally and the UK.

Yolanda is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal and is ranked as a “Future Leader in Construction”.

Tom Smith

Partner, Hogan Lovells, London

Tom Smith is a partner in the International Arbitration, Construction & Engineering team at Hogan Lovells in London. Tom has particular expertise in the resolution of disputes associated with complex engineering and infrastructure projects and is experienced in advising clients in relation to projects based in Europe, Africa and Asia in the oil and gas, conventional and nuclear power, offshore wind, commercial space flight, defence, and transport industries. He has extensive experience of arbitration under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules, and has also acted in cases brought before the Commercial Court, and the Technology & Construction Court in London, the courts of several European jurisdictions and before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Tom combines his disputes practice with advisory work, supporting businesses to identify and manage risk throughout the entire life cycle of their projects.

Anthony Edwards

Barrister, Essex Chambers, London, United Kingdom

Anthony Edwards has over 40 years experience as a construction and engineering professional, specialising in dispute resolution. Anthony initially qualified as a civil engineering Quantity Surveyor, then as a Barrister-at-Law, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator, Dispute Board acting as either chairman, party appointed member or sole Adjudicator, Arbitrator or DAB. Anthony’s international practice at 39 Essex Chambers, London, includes acting as counsel and tribunal.

Anthony holds the following panel appointments and memberships as Arbitrator, Adjudicator, DAB and Mediator: CIArb, IChemE, FIDIC, HKIAC, SHIAC, IDRC, TecBar, CEDR, TeCSA, Bar Council, LCIA, LMAA, MCIOB and ACE.

Stefan Brill

Partner, HKA, Johannesburg, South Africa

Stefan Brill is a legal professional with a career spanning over 20 years, commanding a wealth of experience within the international construction and engineering domains. His proficiency encompasses an array of disciplines including claims and contract management, dispute resolution, and strategic advisory consultancy. His niche lies in power generation, and Stefan has been instrumental throughout the lifecycle of projects—spanning pre-construction, design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and final handover phases. Stefan’s portfolio spans numerous continents, encompassing notable mega-projects across the globe. His counsel is sought-after by project owners, contractors, and contract administrators alike, underpinned by practical insight. Marrying his deep comprehension of quantum and delay-related intricacies with his legal background, Stefan is able to illuminate the intricate nexus of cost, time, and contractual facets of construction projects and claims. He holds a ‘Licenciado en Derecho’ (BSc MSc Law) degree from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and is a member of the Barcelona

Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona).

Suzanne Rattray

Director, Rankin Engineering Consultants, Lusaka, Zambia

Mrs. Rattray is a senior engineer with more than 37 years professional experience. She has a
Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University in Canada, specializing in
structural engineering. She has had lead responsibilities on numerous infrastructure projects,
in the transportation, building, water supply and sanitation and energy sectors, in Zambia,
Tanzania, Mozambique, DR Congo, Chad and Israel. She is a Director and Partner of Rankin
Engineering Consultants, headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia. She is a Chartered Arbitrator,
FIDIC Certified Adjudicator and is listed on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute
Adjudicators. Her experience includes international and domestic arbitration and adjudication
including Dispute Board experience.

Kwadwo Sarkodie

Partner, Mayer Brown international, London

Kwadwo Sarkodie is a partner in the International Arbitration group of the London office. He has wide-
ranging international experience, having advised in relation to projects and disputes in Sub-Saharan Africa,
Latin America, India, Russia and the Middle East. He regularly advises in relation to international
arbitrations, including under the ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules. Kwadwo has written extensively
regarding dispute resolution and arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, Kwadwo has a well-developed practice in the construction and engineering field. He regularly
advises employers, insurers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants in relation to disputes under a
variety of forms of construction contract (both standard form and bespoke). He has extensive experience
with regard to litigation, mediation and adjudication.

Kwadwo is a member of the LCIA African Users Council, the African Arbitration Association and the
International Bar Association, and has spoken at numerous conferences in Europe and Africa on
international arbitration and investment disputes.

Mercy Milgo

Barrister, Keating Chambers, London, United Kingdom

Mercy Milgo is a barrister at Keating Chambers, London, UK. She has a varied and busy commercial practice across Chambers’ main practice areas including construction and engineering (particularly building and fire safety matters), energy & natural resources (waste-to-energy plants), international arbitration, adjudication, and insurance (relating to construction projects). Mercy is familiar with all common standard forms including the NEC, FIDIC, as well as bespoke construction contracts and EPC agreements. She has a particular interest in NEC3 and NEC4 and is a contributing author of Keating on NEC (2nd edition). Mercy regularly represents clients in English Courts and in adjudications.

 

Before coming to the Bar, Mercy read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. Having grown up in Kenya, Mercy is fluent in Kiswahili and Kalenjin and is familiar with the East African region.

Rob Wilkins

Partner, Pinsent Masons, London

Rob is a partner based in Pinsent Masons’ London office, specialising in the management and resolution of complex, high value disputes arising on major international infrastructure and energy projects. He has over twenty years’ experience of conducting all forms of dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, representing clients in UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA arbitrations. Rob also conducts investor-state arbitrations and led the teams that secured recent successes for a north African state on two high value investment treaty arbitrations concerning major civils engineering projects that were affected by the Arab Spring. Rob also acts as project counsel and spent two years seconded to the operator of a major oil export facility in Sudan.

Rob’s practice has a particular focus on Africa, being described in one directory as ‘an absolute guru of Africa-related arbitrations’. Rob leads the firm’s North Africa Group and sits on the firm’s Africa Steering Group. He regularly lectures and appears on panels at international arbitration and Africa related seminars. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is proud to sit on the Advisory Board of Africa Construction Law.

Stephen Osuhor

Partner, CBBG Group Construction Expert Services, Dubai, UAE

Stephen is a Partner of CBBG Group and has over 25 years industry experience in consultancy and client roles across various sectors in Africa, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.

Stephen has been appointed as a Quantum Expert in arbitrations under Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) rules and has experience of giving oral evidence under cross examination and ‘hot tubbing’.

Stephen has also carried out independent third-party expert determinations, and prepared and defended contractual claims on matters related to the valuation of variations, prolongation costs, disputed payments, disputed final accounts and counter claims. Stephen has extensive experience in Dispute Resolution, Commercial Management and Contract Administration under various forms of contract including FIDIC, ICE, JCT, NEC and bespoke forms.

Diogo Duarte Campos

Partner, PLMJ - Sociedade de Advogados, RL, Portugal

Diogo is the partner who heads the Public Law practice. He has 20 years’ experience, particularly in the areas of administrative law, public contracts, public procurement and construction. His experience also includes litigation in the state courts and arbitration, both as a lawyer and as an arbitrator.

Diogo also has experience in regulatory issues in multiple sectors, having worked on some of the largest construction projects, concessions, privatisations and public-private partnerships in Portugal. In recent years, he has also worked with clients in other countries, particularly Angola and Mozambique. Here, Diogo has advised on several infrastructure projects and he has experience in
the construction, transport, real estate and energy sectors.

He was a university lecturer for around 10 years and has a master’s in legal-economic sciences. Diogo still works regularly with higher education institutions and he is also the author of works on the areas to which he is dedicated. Diogo is on the list of arbitrators of several arbitration centres, a member of the Management Committee of the Concordia – Centre for Dispute Conciliation and Mediation, and president of the Supervisory Board of the Public Markets Association (APMEP).

Dr. Melis Mani, LLM

Legal Counsel, STRABAG SE

Melis Mani is Group Leader for International Legal Department Vienna Office of Strabag Group.
She is inhouse legal counsel for Strabag Group since 2015 and has vast experience of drafting, reviewing, negotiation and execution of FIDIC and NEC based and bespoke form of construction contracts, joint venture and consortium agreements, supply and subcontract agreements, EPC contracts, NDAs, guarantee letters, and other legal documents. Ms. Mani provides legal research and advice, factual information, counselling, and guidance on legal issues regarding the projects as well as legal advice and advocacy for claim preparation, DAB, DB, mediation, litigation and arbitration processes and steering of the same. She has been working in the construction industry since 2009.
Ms. Mani has master’s degree on International Private Law and doctorate degree on Public Law from Ankara University, Turkey.

Dr. Engy Serag

Executive Director-Contracts and Claims Department Orascom Construction PLC, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Engy Serag is the Executive Director of Contracts and Claims at Orascom Construction in Egypt, the Middle East, and North America, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member at the American University in Cairo and a former Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. She earned her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida as well as an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has a number of papers relating to construction contracts and claims management, FIDIC contract interpretation, and productivity loss. Along with other professional associations, Dr. Serag is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Construction Engineering Department at the American University in Cairo.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and registered arbitrator in the Egyptian Ministry of Justice and Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration

Oghogho Makinde

PARTNER, ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode Lagos, Nigeria.

Oghogho is a partner in Aluko & Oyebode where she heads the Business Advisory and Energy, Infrastructure and Mining practices.  Her core practice areas are energy and natural resources, PPPs, private equity, corporate restructuring, divestitures, infrastructure finance and regulatory compliance.

 Oghogho has an LL.M and is admitted to the Nigerian Bar. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; and is a member of the Energy Institute, Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Nigerian Gas Association, Women In Energy, Nigeria (WIEN) and a life member of Women in Management, Business and Public Service Nigeria.

 She has received global recognition for her expertise and transactions which include: 2024 Chambers & Projects Global Guide in Projects and Finance and Corporate Commercial; 2024 Legal500 EMEA rankings as a Leading Individual in Commercial, Corporate, M & A; Energy and Natural Resources; and infrastructure financing.

Kiara Binta Nkuranga

Legal Manager, DOTT Services Limited

Mrs. Kiara Binta Nkuranga is a law graduate of the prestigious Makerere University Kampala (2010). She holds a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Uganda and is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. She is an Advocate of the High Court, a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society as well as the Uganda Christian Lawyers’ Fraternity.

She boasts of over 10 years’ experience in the construction sector currently, working as the Legal Manager at DOTT Services Limited, the highest ranked local contractor in Uganda (by PwC). She represents the Company in various legal disputes before courts of judicature, specialized courts of law and tribunals and informal dispute resolutions with Project Affected Persons. She also advises the Company on all matters of law associated with routine corporate law compliance matters, private equity, insurance regulatory compliances; with expertise and experience in Construction Law, Dispute Resolution and Employment practices.

In the employment space, Kiara is at the forefront of guiding the Company on its obligations under the Ugandan Labour laws, directly handling issues to do with employee relations, legal and regulatory compliance as well as formulation and review of the company human resource manuals and policies and a trained QMS internal auditor under ISO 9001:2015.

Kiara is also the Board Secretary at The Uganda National Association of Builders, Suppliers and Engineering Contractors (UNABSEC) – an umbrella body of genuine contractors and suppliers in Uganda’s construction industry. By virtue of her position at UNABSEC, she sits on five Board committees of which she chairs four. At policy level, through the Association, she has co-written a paper that has been presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure in regard to Local Content Component in infrastructure projects which views were incorporated into the Bill for a comprehensive statute in the offing.

Tom Smith​

Tom Smith

Partner, Hogan Lovells, London, United Kingdom​

As a partner in the International Arbitration team in London, Tom advises clients on contentious issues arising out of their operations across the world. Tom has particular expertise in the resolution of disputes associated with complex engineering and infrastructure projects, and brings experience and knowledge of arbitration, mediation and court proceedings in the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court.

Tom is experienced in advising clients in relation to projects based in Europe, Africa and Asia in the conventional and nuclear power, offshore wind, oil and gas, commercial space flight, defence, and transport industries. He has also acted in a number of commercial disputes in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors. In 2015 Tom returned from a three-year overseas secondment to a major Japanese heavy industries company, during which he advised them on all aspects of their business.

Tom has experience of conducting arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules, and has acted in cases brought before the Commercial Court and the Technology  and Construction Court in London, the Courts of several European jurisdictions and before the High Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

James Doe

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills London, United Kingdom

James is a Partner focusing on major infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. He has over 19 years’ experience advising clients around the globe. James assists clients through his expertise in international arbitration (including under the LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, and SIAC rules), litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and is experienced at handling the most legally, factually, and technically complex disputes. James has particular expertise with complex civil and process engineering projects such as power plants and oil and gas related projects.

Although based in London, James brings with him a wealth of experience working with clients from differing regions, in particular those from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. James has previously been the head of the disputes practices in Doha and Seoul, as well as the head of the construction disputes practice in London and now as a global head of practice.

Tunde Fagbohunlu, SAN

Partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos, Nigeria

Tunde is a Senior Partner and Head of the Litigation & Arbitration Practice. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted 1988). In December 2008, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Nigerian Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

Tunde has represented various multinational clients including oil companies, telecommunication companies and banks both in litigation, ad-hoc arbitrations and arbitration proceedings. He renders legal advice on a wide range of commercial transactions. He also regularly represents Nigerian as well as foreign and multinational clients in arbitration and before arbitral institutions, such as the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. He has also been appointed arbitrator in several arbitration proceedings.

In 2018, the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa recognized him as one of the leading individuals in Dispute Resolution. In Chambers Global 2014 and 2016, he was described as an “extremely skilled advocate…very hands-on, very clever, and with excellent commercial judgement. In Chambers Global 2013 legal rankings he was described as “hard-working and thorough” and respected by peers for his litigation skills. Tunde’s expertise has also been recognised in publications such as Who’s Who Legal Nigeria 2010 and 2012. Where he was described as a “fantastic litigator” and, in 2012, he was noted for his “craftsmanship” in constructing legal arguments when representing international entities in arbitration proceedings. He was also recognised in 2022 edition by the Legal500 as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution

Nania Owusu-Ankomah Sackey

Partner, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, Accra, Ghana

Nania is a litigation and arbitration practitioner and regularly advises and represents clients in a range of high value litigation and arbitration disputes. She also sits as an arbitrator.
She is a Court member of the LCIA and an officer of the LCIA Africa Users’ Council.  She is Co-Chair of the Africa Arbitration Group of the IBA Arbitration Committee, after previously serving as Editor of the IBA Arbitration Committee Newsletter. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR and is Chair of the Ghana Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Nania has been recognised by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader – Arbitration 2023 in its global guide. She has also been recognized as one of Africa’s 30 Most Promising Arbitration Practitioners (2022) by the Africa Arbitration Academy. She is a lecturer in ADR at the Ghana School of Law and is called to the bar in England and Wales and in Ghana.

Godwin Omoaka,SAN

Partner, Templars, Lagos, Nigeria

Godwin is a Senior Partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Templars, a full-service
law firm in Nigeria. He is an accomplished Senior Advocate of Nigeria (the equivalent of the King’s Counsel in the High Court of England) with a successful track record of representing a diverse clientele, including multinational corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, and high-profile individuals in various areas of law. With over twenty years of experience in arbitration and courtroom proceedings, Godwin’s expertise extends to complex commercial and tax law issues, construction disputes, energy law, copyright law, securities transactions, commercial arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Construction Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and he sits on the Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA). He is also a
Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He has acted as sole arbitrator and counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations.

Godwin has facilitated several webinars and co-authored thought leaderships on Construction Disputes and Arbitration. His extensive experience and expertise have earned him recognition as a leading arbitration practitioner.

Igor Corelj

Director & Quantum Expert, HKA, DUBAI, UAE

Igor Corelj is a Structural Engineer and a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 16 years of experience in the international construction industry. He has acted as a quantum Expert on eights occasions and has assisted on more than 20 complex engineering and construction arbitration matters, including power and oil & gas projects in several African countries.

Igor’s experience includes on-site contracting experience, commercial management of large infrastructure projects at head office level and consultancy services at all stages and aspects of the project lifecycle. By combining detailed technical knowledge, international commercial management experience and awareness of legal issues, Igor can articulate clear and methodical explanations of the key issues relating to the quantification and valuation of various claims.
Igor has been recognized in WWL directories and the most recent testimonials applauded him as “quite simply a true expert” who receives praise for his “ability to process vast amount of data” and present it in a concise manner.

Abdul Jinadu

Barrister, Keating Chambers, London, United Kingdom

Abdul Jinadu was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been a practising barrister and arbitrator in Keating Chambers since 1996, specialising in construction, engineering and energy disputes, and domestic and international arbitration. He has acted for construction and engineering companies, government organisations, corporations, public utilities, local authorities, consultancies, architects and engineers. Significant cases have involved oil and gas onshore and offshore facilities, solar power plants, pharmaceutical plants, hospitals, and mining. He has an extensive international practice, acting recently as counsel in several jurisdictions in the Middle East and as sole or party appointed arbitrator in respect of projects including in Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Turkmenistan.

Abdul is bi-lingual (English and Yoruba) and maintains significant contacts with his home country, Nigeria, including in the legal, construction and oil and gas sectors. He is a chapter author for several key Keating Chambers publications.

Wihan Meintjes

Senior Associate, Allen & Overy, Johannesburg, South Africa

Wihan is a South African qualified lawyer in Allen & Overy’s global disputes practice, based in Johannesburg. Wihan serves domestic and foreign clients across various sectors – predominantly construction, energy, mining and infrastructure. Wihan has experience in matters in South Africa, across the African continent (including Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria and Ghana) and beyond, including in the Middle East and Europe.

Working on various international matters at Allen & Overy, Wihan has developed expertise in international (including investor-state) arbitrations and enforcement. He has also worked in the firm’s Dubai office. Domestically and within Africa, Wihan works closely with local counsel in several jurisdictions – both in respect of domestic court mandates across the continent as well as ad hoc / institutional arbitrations.

Wihan currently serves as the regional editor of the Africa Construction Law Blog for the Southern Africa region and holds an Advanced post-graduate Certificate in Construction Contracts from the University of Pretoria.

Khurram Khan

Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota, Dubai, UAE

Khurram is a Partner within the Dispute Resolution team at ALN UAE | Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota. His focus areas include commercial disputes; finance, shareholder, and M&A disputes; and disputes under trade, manufacturing, infrastructure and technology sectors.

He is a US-qualified commercial litigator and international arbitration specialist, with over a decade of experience.

Diogo Duarte Campos

Partner, PLMJ - Sociedade de Advogados, RL, Portugal

Diogo is the partner who heads the Public Law practice. He has 20 years’ experience, particularly in the areas of administrative law, public contracts, public procurement and construction. His experience also includes litigation in the state courts and arbitration, both as a lawyer and as an arbitrator.

Diogo also has experience in regulatory issues in multiple sectors, having worked on some of the largest construction projects, concessions, privatisations and public-private partnerships in Portugal. In recent years, he has also worked with clients in other countries, particularly Angola and Mozambique. Here, Diogo has advised on several infrastructure projects and he has experience in the construction, transport, real estate and energy sectors.

He was a university lecturer for around 10 years and has a master’s in legal-economic sciences. Diogo still works regularly with higher education institutions and he is also the author of works on the areas to which he is dedicated. Diogo is on the list of arbitrators of several arbitration centres, a member of the Management Committee of the Concordia – Centre for Dispute Conciliation and Mediation, and president of the Supervisory Board of the Public Markets Association (APMEP).

Bwalya Lumbwe

Managing Consultant, Incipio, Lusaka, Zambia

Bwalya Lumbwe holds a B.Eng. (Civil), M.Sc. (Construction), LLM-Construction Law
and Arbitration with over 40 years of experience covering building, civil and mechanical
construction in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo.

He is a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator, FIDIC Certified Trainer-Fundamental Construction
Contracts. Additionally, he is a Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Arbitrators-UK. He is also a Registered Engineer and Fellow of the Engineering
Institution of Zambia, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building-UK and Chartered
Construction Manager, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the
Association of Consulting Engineers-Zambia.

He practices as a claims consultant, Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Dispute Adjudication Board
Member and is listed under various international arbitral Institutions. He can be contacted at arbitartorzambia@gmail.com

Omonigho Oyoma Brown

Head, Contract Management Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, FCT Abuja, Nigeria

Omonigho Oyoma Brown (Mrs.) is a Nigerian trained Lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in
different facets of legal practice within the Financial Services, Oil & Gas Industry, and Construction
Industries. She started her career as a Legal Counsel in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (one of the big commercial banks in Nigeria) and later proceeded to work in Schlumberger as a Senior Contracts Analyst where She negotiated and handled big ticket multinational oil and gas services contracts in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa.

She currently works as the Head, Contract Management in Julius Berger Nigeria Plc (a leading
company in the Construction Industry), where She provides expert advice to Executive Management
and oversees the Company’s contract negotiation, administration and management activities for
diverse infrastructure development projects being executed by the Company. She also provides legal
and contract management support to the Company’s subsidiaries.

Omonigho holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) from Delta State University, Abraka,
Nigeria and a Masters of Laws degree from the University of South Wales, UK. She is an alumnus of
the Africa Arbitration Academy, a Chartered Arbitrator, professional Negotiator, certified Six Sigma
Professional; Certified Lean Project Manager, and she is Scrum Fundamental Certified.

Ahmad Chit

Director, HKA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ahmad Chit is a qualified Chartered Accountant from Canada with over 15 years of experience in the economics, accounting, assurance, and compliance fields. He is experienced in providing economic impact assessments, quantification of damages, forensic accounting and fraud analysis.
From North America to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Ahmad has extensive and diverse economic and investigative mandates. Ahmad has worked on a variety of engagements for intergovernmental organizations, regulatory bodies, law enforcement agencies, courts and tribunals, legal counsel, and large financial institutions.

Prof. Renato Nazzini

Partner LMS Legal LLP & Director, Centre for Construction Law, King's College, London, United Kingdom

Renato is a partner at LMS Legal LLP, London and Professor of Law at King’s College
London, where he is also the Director of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. 

An experienced arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration, he has a wide industry knowledge, from construction, oil and gas and infrastructure to IT and digital, from pharmaceuticals to consumer goods. A dually qualified English Solicitor and Italian Advocate, he understands and navigates the different approaches across common law and civil law jurisdictions and is able to resolve effectively and pragmatically complex substantive and procedural problems. Aware of the multi-cultural dimension of many international disputes, he has worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and America as counsel, arbitrator (both as president of the tribunal and co-arbitrator) and expert witness. 

He is a member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission, Italy, a member of the ICC Task Force on Dealing with Corruption Issues in International Arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Arbitrators. Renato has also substantial experience in EU law, regulation and competition law, having served for seven years as a lawyer and then Deputy Director of the Legal and Policy Department at the UK competition authority and as a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues. In his academic capacity, Renato published six books and more than eighty articles and book chapters on international arbitration or competition law and is General Co-editor or member of the editorial board of four leading international journals. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, the
University of Zurich, and FGV of San Paulo, Brazil. 

He holds two PhDs, one from the University of London and another from the University of Milan.

Anand P Juddoo

Director, Juddoo Consulting, Mauritius

Anand is a registered member of the Professional Quantity Surveyor Council (local regulating council for QS), a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Chartered Arbitrator with over thirty (30) years of professional
experience in Quantity Surveying, Claims & Dispute Management, Project & Programme Management in UK, Mauritius, Dubai, Malaysia, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon with an emphasis on Project & Programme Management and Construction Law & Arbitration.

Anand holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in Law. He has also a good legal background in both common law and civil law. Anand has extensive knowledge in Construction Law and has drawn up many claims for extension of time (including defence thereof), loss and expense as well as negotiated settlement on both sides of the industry on various forms of contract such as JCT, FIDIC, EAIA, NEC, IChemE, Bespoke Contract, etc. Anand has been involved in many dispute resolution cases and has acted as Sole Arbitrator and Wing Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Expert Witness, Mediator and Conciliator

Shy Jackson

Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, London, United Kingdom

Shy is a partner in the construction disputes group at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, an international law firm with over 1,200 lawyers across 30 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East (including Israel) and Asia.
Shy’s practice covers construction and engineering projects, and he has experience of litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.  


He has been listed in Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and as a Thought Leader in the International Construction Who’s Who Legal 2022. Shy is an elected council member of the UK Society of Construction Law, a Visiting Fellow at the Construction Law and Dispute Resolution MSc course at King’s College London and a visiting lecturer at the International Construction: Practice & Law MBE post graduate course at the University of Stuttgart.

Thomas King

Partner, Pinsent Masons, Johannesburg, South Africa

Thomas has over 12 years' experience advising developer and contractor clients in ADR proceedings across major international projects in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. He regularly advises in relation to claims for extensions of time, additional payment, defects and other issues arising under FIDIC, NEC, JCT and other bespoke forms of contract, brought by way of Adjudication, Dispute Adjudication Board and Arbitration proceedings subject to the ICC and LCIA rules, as well as the rules of African institutions, such as the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and the Association of Arbitrations. His international experience is backed by an extensive resume of domestic UK adjudications.

Thomas is especially active in the renewables sector where he has acted for developers of large scale domestic UK and international offshore windfarm projects, undertaken a successful long-term secondment at a European offshore windfarm developer, and regularly advises EPC and O&M Contractor teams in relation to independent expert, adjudication and arbitration proceedings arising out of the construction and operation of major solar PV and CSP plants on the African continent. Thomas has also acted in 10+ DAB and arbitration proceedings concerning claims arising out of South Africa's largest conventional power stations, and is currently acting for the Contractor JV in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a major infrastructure project in Botswana.

Abimbola Akeredolu SAN

Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos, Nigeria

Mrs. Akeredolu is an experienced arbitration and dispute resolution practitioner and has acted as lead arbitration counsel in many complex commercial disputes covering different industry sectors such as construction, energy and natural resources including but not limited to complex disputes between joint venture partners arising from operation of oil marginal fields, shareholders’ disputes, amongst others.

She led the team which represented a foremost Nigerian construction company in recovering sums owed by an employer under a FIDIC based construction contract of a cement plant. This dispute birthed series of Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings and London International Court of Arbitration proceedings. She regularly provides legal advisory services to leading construction companies in Nigeria especially as it pertains to dispute avoidance under standard forms and bespoke construction contracts. She is the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a cost-effective forum for the resolution of disputes.

Misheck Daka

Zulu Burrow Development Consultants, Zambia

Misheck Daka has over 40 years of experience in Highway and Civil/Structural Engineering, and Contract administration. He is an Arbitrator and has served on Disputes Boards. He has served as a President of the Association Of Consulting Engineers of Zambia and also as a Committee Member Of the Chartered Institute Of Arbitrators Zambian Chapter.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University Of Zambia, a Master of Science Degree in Construction Management from Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom and a Master of Laws Degree in Construction Law, Adjudication and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University in Scotland. He is also credited with participation in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot hosted by Vienna. The Moots supreme goal is to foster the study of International Commercial Law and Arbitration for the resolution of international disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and train leaders in alternative dispute resolution methods. Mr Daka is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

Dr Wilfred Mutubwa

Dr Wilfred Mutubwa

Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Wilfred A.  Mutubwa is a Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); Chairman of the CIArb- Kenya Branch. Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, in good standing with a post-Admission experience of 14 years.  Holds LL. B (Honours) and LL.M Degrees and LL. D focusing on International Economic Law from the University of South Africa.  He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arbitration (CIArb –UK).  He is an Accredited Mediator by CIArb–UK and the Court Annexed Mediation Programme (CAMP) of the Kenyan Judiciary. 

He is the founding Principal at Mutubwa and Company Advocates; teaches at the Kenya School of Law and at the Mt. Kenya University. He is also a course Director and Tutor in Arbitration and Mediation at CIArb-UK.

He is currently a member of the Task Force appointed by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya on ADR and specifically mandated to roll out Court Annexed Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Michael Cottrell

Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons, London, United Kingdom

Michael Cottrell is a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration Practice at Pinsent Masons LLP, based in London. Michael represents international clients and states in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations focusing on disputes in the infrastructure and energy sectors, with experience as advocate in large-scale complex arbitration proceedings. Michael has conducted proceedings under various institutional rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, HKIAC and ad hoc arbitrations, with seats and governing laws in both civil and common law jurisdictions.

Michael’s experience also includes investor-state dispute settlement where claims have arisen as a result of conflict and civil unrest, as well as disputes involving sanctions and issues of state immunity. He has also acted for both private companies and state authorities in satellite litigation arising out of bond and guarantee demands.

Defolu Olufon

General Counsel, First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited, Lagos, Nigeria

Defolu has about 25 years’ post qualification experience and is a founding member of FIRST Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited (“FIRST E& P”), where he has been General Counsel since July 2012. Defolu has led FIRST E& P’s legal function to successfully acquire interests in five (5) Oil
Mining Leases in Nigeria and one (1) offshore production sharing contract/license in Ghana.
Defolu has worked in the UK, Singapore, China and Nigeria, where he gained valuable experience to navigate and resolve challenging issues in varied sectors over the last two decades. Defolu is an expert on anti-corruption matters and has a very good understanding of procurement matters in oil and gas offshore developments.

Defolu holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Lagos, is qualified from the Nigerian Law School, and holds a Master of Laws Degree from the University College London.

Adeola Agunbiade-Adeyemi

Senior Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos, Nigeria/ Director, Africa Construction Law

Adeola has over the last thirteen years been regularly engaged as a dispute resolution practitioner in resolution of complex commercial disputes covering different sectors such as energy and natural resources, construction, manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods, insurance etc. and diverse subject matters including post-acquisition and divestments disputes, shareholders’ actions, employment disputes, fraudulent schemes etc.

Adeola has been engaged in cross-border litigation and complex international commercial arbitration disputes. She has advised sophisticated commercial clients through the entire dispute resolution cycle i.e., from commencement of proceedings to judgments/awards and enforcements, some of which have involved construction related disputes. She is currently a Senior Associate in the Disputes Practice Group of Banwo & Ighodalo, a top-tier commercial law firm in Lagos.

 

Dr. Ademola Bamgbose

Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells, London, United Kingdom/ Director, Africa Construction Law

Dr. Ademola Bamgbose is a senior associate in the international arbitration, construction and engineering group at Hogan Lovells, London. Ademola is a Solicitor Advocate and has full rights of
audience for civil matters at all levels of the English courts. He is also admitted to practice in Nigeria with full rights of audience at all levels of the Nigerian courts. He represents clients in high value commercial arbitrations and litigation, and regularly advises clients on commercial issues spanning multiple sectors and jurisdictions. He has extensive experience advising clients on Africa related disputes and risk management in emerging markets. He has previously undertaken a disputes secondment in the legal department of a top FTSE 100 company in London. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he spent some time at the ICC in Paris and also worked in the Lagos office of a leading dispute resolution law firm in Nigeria where he represented clients in complex commercial disputes at superior courts in Nigeria.

Dr Bamgbose is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration – Young Arbitrators
Network and Regional Representative (Africa) of the London Court of International Arbitration-
Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA-YIAG). He is widely published and is regularly invited
to speak on commercial issues relating to Africa.
Dr Bamgbose is ranked and recognized by Legal 500 as a rising star in international arbitration. He
is also recognized as a rising star and was selected for the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers in
the UK: Ones to Watch Award in International Arbitration. Expert Guides (IFLR 1000) also recognizes him as a leading practitioner for commercial arbitration in the United Kingdom.

Sylvie Bebohi-Ebongo

Partner, HBE Avocats, Paris, France & Yaoundé, Cameroun

Dr Sylvie BEBOHI EBONGO holds a Ph.D and is a qualified Lawyer in Paris -France and Cameroon
Bars. She is the Co-founder and Partner of HBE Avocats France and Founder and Managing Partner of
Cab Bebohi Ebongo/HBE Avocats Cameroon, a “boutique” specialized in business law https://www.hbe-avocats.com/en/. She sits as Arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She is listed on many panels of Arbitrators (ICSID, CCJA-OHADA, CRCICA, CAMCO, SHAC, CACI, AFSA, CMAG) and is very active in the arbitration community where she holds various roles in international dispute resolution organizations and associations (ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC Africa Arbitration Commission, AfAA, APAA, ERA ASC, CGA, ASC, IBA Africa Network, AfricArb, RAI).
She also acts as Counsel and advises clients in contractual and commercial disputes, investor-state dispute settlement, negotiation, case management, dispute prevention, enforcement procedures. Her clients include private entities, private and institutional investors, sponsors, individuals. She works in a variety of sectors and industries both in European and Africa related matters.

She regularly speaks, teaches, and provides trainings in Arbitration and ADR. She also publishes articles
and provide translation services in the field. She also advises and assist very young arbitration and ADR
practitioners as Mentor. She was recognized as of the 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners Award 2020 y the Africa Africa arbitration Association https://africaarbitration.org/2020/06/02/africas- 50-most-promising-young-arbitration-practitioners-award-2020/ and one of Africa’s 30 Most Promising Arbitration Practitioners 2022 by the  Africa Arbitration Academy  in collaboration with  Africa Arbitration , Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA) and  African Journal of International Arbitration .

Primah Atugonza

Head, PPP & Infrastructure Portfolio, Africa Legal Support Facility, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Primah is a Senior Legal Counsel and the Head of the PPP/Infrastructure Portfolio at the African Legal
Support Facility. The ALSF is an international organization that provides legal advice and technical
assistance in negotiation of complex commercial transactions and capacity building to African Countries.
As Head of the PPP Portfolio, Primah is responsible for driving portfolio growth, providing technical
input on PPP projects, and offering general oversight for PPP project implementation at the Facility.
Prior to this, Primah practiced project finance with a leading law firm where she advised on numerous
energy and infrastructure projects.

Primah is also passionate about coaching and mentoring young women and currently mentors with
Girls for Girls Uganda and Infra Africa.

Yolanda Walker

Partner, DWF Law LLP, London, United Kingdom/Director, Africa Construction Law

Yolanda is a partner in DWF’s Construction & Infrastructure team. Yolanda is a specialist construction and engineering lawyer, providing project advice in relation to buildings and large-scale infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally, particularly in Africa.
Yolanda advises clients on the operation of contracts and the resolution of disputes through negotiation, adjudication, mediation, arbitration and litigation and has experience of working with clients throughout the lifecycle of a project to assist in the management of risk, the avoidance of disputes and to help achieve the best result commercially. Yolanda has expertise in all major standard forms of contract, including JCT, NEC and FIDIC. Yolanda has advised owners and contractors and employers on a variety of civil engineering and infrastructure projects. These have included buildings, road projects, tunnels, LNG plants, mining plants and pipelines. Yolanda regularly presents to various institutions at seminars and training workshops internationally and the UK.
Yolanda is a director of Africa Construction Law, a pan-African thought-leadership initiative operating across Africa and in the diaspora to promote construction law and practice in Africa.

Yolanda is recognised by Who’s Who Legal and has been ranked as a “Future Leader in Construction” in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She is also a committee member of the Commercial Litigators Forum in London.

Diamana Diawara

Director, Arbitration and ADR for Africa, ICC, Paris, France

Diamana is the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Director for Dispute Resolution Services in Africa. She took on this role in January 2021 after leading for 5 years, the case management team of the Secretariat of the ICC Court overseeing disputes involving parties from the Middle East, Africa and Francophone Europe. As Regional Director for Africa,

Diamana focuses on strengthening the dispute resolution infrastructure on the African
continent by offering capacity building opportunities to practitioners in her region and by leading
initiatives aiming at increasing the participation of African practitioners in the international
arbitration scene. Prior to joining the ICC Court, Diamana has been trained in the Arbitration Department of the Paris office of the law firm Dentons. Diamana also acts as a Lecturer in the Diplome
Universitaire in Domestic and International Arbitration of Montpellier University. She is a member of several professional networks. In particular, she is the head of the ICC Young Arbitrators and ADR Forum (YAAF) Africa Chapter, a member the board of the Paris Arbitration Week (PAW), a member of the OHADA group of the Comité français de l’arbitrage, a former member of the IBA Arb40 Steering Committee and a founding member of AfricArb.

She holds master degrees in international business law from Paris 1 and Paris Nanterre
Universities and is a graduate from the LLM Program of Golden Gate University San Francisco,
California.

Tola Akinhanmi

Head, Real Estate Finance, West Africa, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Lagos, Nigeria

Tola is an investment banker and has had various roles within corporate and investment banking with specializations in Real Estate Finance and Project & Structured Finance. He has over 18 years of in-country and regional work experience (including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal).
Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and master’s degree in international Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University, UK. He obtained a RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management, Reading, UK.
He has been actively involved in a number of real estate industry advocacy committees set up to engage key regulators to unblock constraints to catalyse the growth and development of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and creating affordable housing solutions. He is a regular speaker at real estate conferences and industry events both locally and internationally. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Enobong Ozor

Team Lead, Contracting, Commercial & Non-Environmental Litigation, Shell, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Mrs Enobong Enyenihi Ozor graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calabar in 1997, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999, both with honours. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (CIPS, UK), is an Accredited Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution UK, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria branch amongst other social and professional affiliations.

She started her career in private practice before going in-house in 2004 with The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited. Enobong has been involved in the successful management of diverse multibillion dollar, complex, high-risk litigations with cross-functional, cross-border issues and stakeholder, including construction related matters.

Enobong considers herself a Social Change agent – focusing on actions within her sphere of influence to make a difference. She champions Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is a member of the Shell Legal Group DE&I Committee. She is highly invested in works of Charity through the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Nigeria.

Enobong is married to Tagbo, and they have two sons. An avid reader, she enjoys all genres of music, dancing, and comedy.

Sadaff Habib

Independent Arbitrator, Equanimity Arbitration

Sadaff Habib is an independent arbitrator. She is a qualified New York attorney and has vast experience in disputes across a variety of industries including construction, infrastructure, property, commercial, shareholder, desalination plants and solar power projects. The Legal 500 Middle East Construction recognizes Sadaff as a Rising Star and a Recommended Lawyer and commends her as an arbitration practitioner who “stands out as thoroughly informed and well-prepared” and “is building a reputation in international arbitration, as an arbitrator.” On her arbitration case management skills, the Legal 500 commends that she “stands out for her responsiveness and case management.” Sadaff is also ranked in Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader and is described as “a very bright lawyer” who possesses “excellent knowledge of UAE laws, particularly construction law”.

In 2020 she was recognised as Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners and in 2021 she was shortlisted for the Middle East Legal Rising Star Award and for the Big 5 Women in Construction Awards.

Sadaff is active in the international arbitration community and served as an Assistant Editor for Africa for the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and on the CIArb UAE Branch Committee during which time she developed the CIArb UAE mentoring program. She also co-founded the Africa Construction Law Blog and served as General Editor of the blog.

Ibi Ogunbiyi

Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos, Nigeria

Ibi is a Partner in the Power & Infrastructure, and Mining & Metals practices of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, a foremost commercial international law firm operating out of Nigeria and London. She has amassed nearly two decades of cross-disciplinary experience advising on project structuring, development and documentation, project and corporate finance, banking and financial regulation, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, insolvency, corporate and commercial law, and mining.

Within the last decade, Ibi has been integral to many of Olaniwun Ajayi’s notable transactions in complex power and infrastructure project development, construction, project financings, power sector advisory, public-private partnerships, concessions, and corporate financings. She also routinely provides general corporate commercial advisory to a myriad of clients in various sectors of the economy. Clients have consistently relied on her deep understanding of structuring and implementing power and infrastructure projects, and unique ability to deploy an in-depth legal knowledge and understanding of the Nigerian market in providing innovative transaction structuring solutions.