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Africa Commission

ICC created the Africa Commission to build capacity in the region and enhance awareness of, and access to, ICC’s dispute settlement know-how and globally reputed services.

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The Commission aims to strengthen the arbitration infrastructure throughout the continent while engaging with a range of stakeholders to promote ICC Arbitration, as well as ICC’s alternative disputes resolution services.

Chaired by Thierry Ngoga, a member of the ICC Court and a managing partner at Legal Line Partners, the Commission will work to raise awareness of the ICC Court as the leading institution for resolving disputes, while ambassadors will act as the voice of ICC in each African jurisdiction.

The Commission’s objectives include:


capacity of African practitioners specialising in dispute resolution


with a range of stakeholders across the continent to identify how ICC can expand its services to meet the needs of business in Africa


the benefits of dispute resolution via events throughout the region, with the aim of promoting ICC’s reputation as the world’s most preferred arbitral institution


Commission chairThierry Ngoga, Managing Partner, Legal Line Partners, Rwanda
Commission secretary Diamana Diawara, Regional Director for Africa, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Mali
Commission membersMohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Partner, Zulficar and Partners, Egypt
Ahmed Abdourahman, Lawyer, Cabinet Abayazid & Abdourahman, Djibouti
Babatunde Ajibade, Lawyer, S.P.A Ajibade & Co., Nigeria
Laura Alakija, Arbitrator, Primera Africa Legal, Nigeria
Karim Anjarwalla, Managing Partner, Africa Legal Network, Kenya
Sylvie Bebohi Ebongo, Arbitrator, HBE Avocats, Cameroon
Lino Diamvutu, Professor, Agostinho Neto University, Angola
Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, Lawyer, Emmanuel Ugirashebuja – Independent, Rwanda
Guled Yusuf, Lawyer, Allen & Overy, Somalia
Mouhamed Kebe, Lawyer, Geni & Kebe, Senegal 
Won Kidane, Professor, Seattle University Law School, Ethiopia
Jimmy Kodo, Independent Arbitrator, Benin/France
Namaala E. Liebenthal, Lawyer, AMW & Co. Legal Practitioners, Zambia 
Jimmy Ngoy Tshamala, Lawyer, Barreau de Kinshasa Matete, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Partner, Foley Hoag, Zimbabwe
Eunice Shang-Simpson, Arbitrator, Shangress Limited, Ghana


 Girgis Abd El-Shahid, Lawyer, Shahid Law Firm, Egypt
Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Arbitrator, Abdel Raouf Law Firm, Egypt
Sabrina Aïnouz, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, Algeria
Martial Akakpo, Lawyer, Martial Akakpo & Associes, Togo
Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Lawyer, Lithur Brew & Company, Ghana
Sana Bellaid, In-house Counsel, Cisco Systems Canada Co., Tunisia
Affef Ben Mansour, Lawyer, Cabinet D’Avocat Affef Ben Mansour, Tunisia
Joachim Bile-Aka, Arbitrator, Bile-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés, Côte d’Ivoire
Aïcha Brahma, Partner, Cabinet Aicha Brahma, Morocco
Bobson Coulibaly, Lawyer, SCP Yanogo Bobson, Burkina Faso
Nadine Ahouefa Dossou-Sakponou, In-house Counsel, SCPA Robert M Dossou, Benin
Njeri Kariuki, Arbitrator, Njeri Kariuki Advocate, Kenya
Azzedine Kettani, Founder and Partner, Kettani Law Firm, Morocco
Madeline Kimei, Arbitrator, iResolve, Tanzania
Mamadou Konaté, Arbitrator, Jurifis Consult, Mali
Salim Moollan QC, Brick Court Chambers, Mauritius
Achille Ngwanza, Arbitrator, Jus Africa, Cameroon
Yejide Osunkeye, Arbitrator, YBO Legal, Nigeria
Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, Arbitrator, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co., Nigeria
Mahlape Sello, Lawyer, Duma Nokwe Group of Advocates, South Africa
Tomás Timbane, Partner, TTA – Sociedade de Advogados, Mozambique
Des Williams, Arbitration Director and Head of Dept., Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa