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Achadu Attah

Achadu Attah photo Head of legal and company secretary | Taleveras Group of Companies

During a relatively finite in-house legal career, Achadu Attah has already proven his ability to successfully implement comprehensive legal systems in diverse industries. As ‘the pioneer legal head’ for leading the global energy group’s Nigerian offering, Achadu Attah laid out the entire function’s foundations, compartmentalised into secretariat, regulatory, compliance and litigation. He had previously completed …

Adebayo Azeez

Adebayo Azeez photo General counsel | Phase3 telecom

‘A guru in telecoms law’, Adebayo Azeez has rare insight into the regional market, having previously worked at Globacom and Mobitel. In just two years as general counsel, he has supported Phase3 through a period of substantial growth and internationalisation, cemented by its 2014 partnership with Hong Kong Telecom. Throughout this period, Azeez has taken …

Adewonuola Adeniran

Adewonuola Adeniran photo Legal & compliance counsel West Africa | Baker Hughes

‘A consummate professional’ and ‘creative personality’, Adewonuola Adeniran has covered legal operations across Western and Sub-Saharan Africa during her time at Baker Hughes. Formerly at Honeywell, Adeniran has won the respect of internal clients and outside counsel alike with the depth of her industry understanding. In the eyes of one source, her ‘relationship-building skills’ and, …

Akinfela Akoni

Akinfela Akoni photo Group legal counsel | Airtel Africa

Akinfela Akoni was already a respected telecommunications lawyer when he took up his first in-house role at Airtel Africa in 2006. Since then he has supported the Indian telecommunications giant’s African subsidiary through significant regional growth and its 2010 rebranding. Akoni has taken a pivotal role in influencing the strategy, supporting the launch of a …

Amal Moussa

Amal Moussa photo Legal director | Barclays

Heading a ten-lawyer team, supporting Barclays’ award-winning Egyptian business, Amal Moussa has been acclaimed for her handling of major transactions during Egypt’s political upheavals. She is also credited with transforming the national corporate governance structure, through the introduction of new board committees to manage decision-making and monitor strategy. She has made a significant contribution to …

Annemarie Mecca

Annemarie Mecca photo Cheif Legal counsel, private sector operations | African Development Bank

Annemarie Mecca’s deep public finance experience spans energy, infrastructure, financial services and trade. She is particularly known for her work on significant international transactions involving multi-jurisdictional governments and state parties. With ten years’ experience at African Development Bank, Mecca previously worked in the World Bank’s Washington DC legal team.  

Antoinette Absaloms

Antoinette Absaloms photo Operations counsel | Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa

Supporting Coca-Cola’s African business across 20 geographies, Antoinette Absaloms handled the launch of “Coke Studio” across five African countries, including all media and digital marketing components. During her previous role at Unilever Tea Kenya, she played a pivotal role in the brand’s ‘first-of-its-kind’ takeover and delisting. Absaloms feels the unique ‘diversity’ of her remit at …

Awuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye

Awuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye photo Company secretary and head of legal | Ecobank Ghana

Awuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye is widely respected for her role in Ecobank Ghana’s high profile merger with The Trust Bank, which included chairing the branding and communication committee. Heading in a lean nine-strong team, she has taken a number of steps to modernise processes and heighten efficiency, including introducing of an electronic workflow management system and …

Ayman Essam

Ayman Essam photo Legal director | Mobinil

As legal director of Orange subsidiary Mobinil, one of Egypt’s three mobile phone operators, Ayman has supported some of the business’s most significant transactions of recent times. Having previously spent 13 years in Vodafone Egypt’s legal management, he is one of the nation’s veteran telecommunications lawyers. Formerly a partner at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys …

Beatrice Njeru

Beatrice Njeru photo Regional legal manager, investment banking | CfC Stanbic Bank

‘It is always refreshing to be associated with award-winning transactions’, Beatrice Njeru says. An influential figure in Kenya’s banking industry with wide-reaching specialisms, Njeru is among East Africa’s most technically skilled transactional lawyers, according to sources. Working as part of a global team, Njeru has led some of the region’s largest transactions, and driven forward …

Bonaventure Mbewe

Bonaventure Mbewe photo Head of legal | Barclays Zambia

Barclay’s national legal head for 11 years, Bonaventure Mbewe’s full tenure with the leading global institution spans almost 20. Leading a 17-strong team split across legal and compliance, he has taken steps to reposition the team as a ‘business partner’, rather than ‘reactive’ check. According to sources, he has particularly set himself apart in his …

Brenda Akinyi Aluoch

Brenda Akinyi Aluoch photo Head of legal transactional banking Africa | Standard Chartered Bank

Throughout her legal career, one of Brenda Akinyi Aluoch’s driving motivations has been playing a role in the region’s development. ‘I was very clear in my mind I wanted to work in Africa – that was my passion’. With extensive financial services experience, Brenda Akinyi Aluoch has had varied achievements. Early in her career, working …

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell photo General counsel | GE Africa

One of South Africa’s most respected and high profile corporate counsel, Bruce Campbell is increasingly looked to as a thought leader across the Sub-Saharan region. Campbell heads a 15-strong team across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Angola, which supports 35 jurisdictions. He has managed the team for 12 years, and most recently restructured the function …

Celeste Appollis

Celeste Appollis photo Head of legal, group company secretary and BBBEE/EE officer | Omnia Group

During her five years as Omnia’s legal head, Celeste Appollis has driven forward its transformation from a non-compliant level to reaching at the third-highest achievable. The company was ranked fifth in the CSI category of The Sunday Times’ Top 100 companies. ‘When I assumed responsibility for the role, the department’s structure and systems were fairly …

Christopher Akiwumi

Christopher Akiwumi photo Legal director | Microsoft

With diverse sector experience, Christopher Akiwumi has ‘exceptional leadership skills’ and ‘out-of-the-box thinking’, according to sources. He has handled game-changing transactions for the companies he works for, and taken a pivotal role in building relationships with governments across the region. In 2014, Akiwumi made his most recent move to Microsoft, where he heads legal and …

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