Jacqueline Muna MusiitwaJacqueline Muna Musiitwa


Kenya

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Lawyer

Occupational Position: Founder and Managing Partner at Hoja Law Group

Projects


I have helped start a network of female legal and business professionals called LABFA

Professional History


Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, Esq. is the Founder and Managing Partner at Hoja Law Group, a boutique law firm in New York, USA, and Kigali, Rwanda, advising on commercial matters for companies doing business in Africa as well as African governments. Hoja Law Group represents government entities, businesses, and non profits in corporate and intellectual property matters. It represents clients in the United States, Europe and Africa, drafting a variety of legal documents, country entry strategy, risk and so on.

Previously, she was Legal Counsel and Assistant to the President and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank). She started her career at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a corporate and securities associate. She has served as an advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization on trade policy and private sector development for Least-developed Countries as well as an advisor to the Rwandan Minister of Justice on investment, trade and infrastructure.

In 2019, she was appointed to United Nations Committee for Development Policy. The Comittee for Development Policy is a subsidiary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and advises the Council on a wide range of issues that are relevant for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Jacqueline has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at universities in the U.S. and Rwanda. Jacqueline is a thought leader, speaker and writer on African affairs. She is a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2011 (World Economic Forum) and a 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership fellow.  In 2012, she was named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and in 2014 a New Voices fellow (Aspen Institute).

Qualifications


BA, Davidson College
JD, University of Melbourne
Executive education at the Said Business School, Oxford University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Programs


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Ntombenhle Khathwane
22 October 2019

I took a few weeks ruminating what the struggle for gender equality should look like in Swaziland. When I finally settled on an idea I wasn’t sure how to bring a seemingly esoteric argument to what is usually a rational discussion.

My idea percolated clearly in my mind; women must reclaim their being-ness if we are to move any further in the struggle for gender equality. “Being-ness” is defined as “the act or state of being. Being is more than just existing. Being is who we are at the very core of life, the way we were created, established and called to live. Who we are before being influenced by family history, economics, personality conflicts, consequences of choices made, or pressures we have allowed others to place of us such as culture and religion.”

Charles Sidambe
11 October 2019

Products from an African skin care line started just two years ago by 2009 Tutu Fellow  Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo did well against big brands in the marketplace in the 2019 Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics New Product Competition Awards which is run by the SA Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Review. 

The company she founded in 2017, African Dermal Science, makes the Uso skincare line, which reached the market in 2018.  The products are specifically formulated for Africans and the African climate. The Uso Active Day Cream won first and second runner-up in two categories where it was nominated alongside iconic and established brands. 

Norman Smit
11 October 2019

2007 Tutu Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli's Sahel Capital team has won the Impact Investment Award given by the Impact Investors Foundation at the Blending Finance for Social Investment Conference in Nigeria. The foundation says that the award honors and recognises a leading social enterprise and an investor within the Nigerian impact investing space who have made significant impact by providing solutions through their innovations, products, services or investments.

The award recognises entities who are able to set high standards through their business activities and investment decisions which further underscores the possibility of “doing good while doing well.”

Norman Smit
09 October 2019

2017 Tutu Fellow Jude Abaga - known more famously in the music world as M.I Abaga, the Nigerian hip hop star - became the first African artist with five albums in Apple Music's Top 100 Album Charts.  In his Twitter feed, he thanked his fans for helping all his albums reach that pinnacle. Doubtless the smack talk amongst rappers is going to be fierce, but it is an accolade that speaks for itself.

Jude is a producer and has been the CEO of Chocolate City since June 2015.  He won Best Hip Hop and Best New Act at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and was nominated in the Best International Act category at the BET Awards in 2010.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows


About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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