Speakers

Dr. Luis G. Franceschi, LL.B, LL.M, LL.D.



Luis G Franceschi holds an LLB (Venezuela), LLM (Nairobi) and LLD (Navarre) with a Cum Laude thesis on The African Human Rights Judicial System: A Proposal for Streamlining Structures and Domestication Mechanisms Viewed from the Foreign Affairs Power Perspective. He is dean of the Strathmore Law School. He has been a Constitutional, International and Civil law lecturer. Dr. Franchesci is chairman of the Board of the Ethics Institute of East Africa and also serves as the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Ethics Conferences since 2004. He is also chairman of A.L.L.Foundation and an adjunct faculty at Strathmore Business School. Dr. Franchesci has published more than a dozen peer reviewed articles and books on topics relating to law and ethics.

 He has been a Governing Council Delegate (XX Governing Council – UNEP and UNCHS) and the Legal Advisor to the President of the XX Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he co-drafted the UN Nairobi Declaration. He was also a Country Representative at the 7th and the 4th Global Training Program on Environmental Law & Policy (United Nations Environment Program – 2005 and 1999 respectively).

Luis is also a Member of the team of experts Peer Reviewers of the Council of Legal Education (Kenya) and a Consultant for the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, The Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC), the National Cohesion Commission and the National Economic and Social Council (Office of the President), where he was a founding member of the National Values Committee. 

Luis has been a speaker at more than 300 fora, stakeholders’ workshops, law and leadership conferences and training programmes organised throughout the world. He likes mountain climbing expeditions and has reached Point Lenana on Mt. Kenya at 5000 Meters ASL (5 times), Uhuru Peak (Africa’s tallest) on Kilimanjaro at 5895 Meters ASL, and the Ruwenzori Mountains circuit (Uganda-Congo). He speaks English and Spanish, and reads Italian, French and Portuguese.


Njeri Rionge


In East African business circles, few entrepreneurs shine brighter than Njeri Rionge. Described by Forbes as one of Kenya’s most successful and revered serial entrepreneurs, Rionge has co-founded multi-million dollar companies in quick succession. She co-founded Wananchi Online, a leading Internet service provider which has gone on to become East Africa’s leading cable, broadband and IP (Internet-based) phone company. Wananchi has become immensely successful, so much that it has raised close to $60 million in growth capital from a consortium private equity firms. She also founded Ignite Consulting, a thriving business consultancy; Business Lounge, Kenya’s leading startup incubator; Ignite Lifestyle, a health care consultancy; and Insite, one of Kenya’s most successful digital marketing outfits.









Prof. Henry Thairu


Prof. Henry Thairu is the Vice Chancellor of Inoorero University. He is also an Advisory board member at the Sustainable and Holistic African Development Alliance (SHADA). Prof. Thairu is the founding and former Managing Director of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Enterprises LTD, a company for training and commercialization of University developed Innovations. He has served as the African Representative in the Executive Committee of World Association of Industrial, Technical and Research Organization (WAITRO) (2000-2004) and, since 2001, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Consortium on Higher Education Research in Agriculture (GCHERA). Prof. Thairu has served as Chairman, Joint Working Committee of the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) at JKUAT. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Board of World Computer Exchange (WCE) and the Council of UbuntuNet Alliance, the Regional NRENS Connectivity provider.




Prof. Kiama Gitahi BVM, MSc. (UoN), Ph.D (Bern)  


Prof. Kiama Gitahi is the Director of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental studies (WMI), i.e. the “Green Campus” which is part of the college of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. WMI was established to honour, recognize, celebrate, advance, and immortalize the ideals and works of one of its alumni, the 2004 Peace Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai. The vision for WMI is “Excellence in experiential learning, transformational community outreach and research for sustainable environment and cultures of peace”. 

Prof. Kiama is also chairman of the Environment and Bio-safety Committee at the University of Nairobi College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. Apart from being a distinguished academic, he is also the Node Coordinator of the African Natural Product Training Network (RISE-AFFNET) among other positions held.

 

 

 


Maurice Ekpeyong

Maurice commenced his career in the Nigerian Armed Forces as an Officer in the Navy. He resigned after sixteen years, as a Lieutenant Commander and then got involved in the process of political leadership across state and federal levels. He was involved as an adviser/observer in the Nigerian gubernatorial and National Assembly elections in 2006. He was later appointed Head of Administration, Office of the Speaker, National Assembly and later Chief of Staff, House of Representatives Nigeria, a position he held until June 2011. He is Co-Founder Malami Leadership Foundation (MLFDN) as well as The Political Africa (POLAF), organisations initiated to promote Africa’s younger generation for elective political leadership.

He has a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. Maurice has also studied Strategic Management and Legislative Duties at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia. He also holds qualifications in RIPA International- Strategic Management/Leadership for Administrators from the Stanford University- Graduate School of Business. He is a member of organizational bodies such as the International Who is Who Historical Society; African Leadership Network (ALN); United States Naval Institute (USNI); American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and Africa 2.0 Initiative.