Jacqueline Muna MusiitwaJacqueline Muna Musiitwa


Kenya

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Lawyer

Occupational Position: Founder and Managing Partner at Hoja Law Group

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.  She is also the Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto.

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. She was also appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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). She serves on a number of boards, such as to the nonprofit design company, IDEO and LSE-listed South African vanadium mining company, Bushveld Minerals.

She also helped start a network of female legal and business professionals called LABFA

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

Norman Smit
02 August 2022

2015 Tutu Fellow Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso has started a new role as Senior Program Officer, Health, Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Kopano is a public health physician and novelist and the Founding Executive Director of the Grow Great Campaign, which seeks to achieve the goal of zero stunted growth among children in South Africa by 2030.  

At the Gates Foundation, Kopano says that together with colleagues in the Africa team she hopes to strengthen and advance the Foundation's regional and continental health portfolio, with a focus on primary health care and health systems strengthening.

Norman Smit
01 August 2022

In her Tutu Talk, titled The Activist-Scholar: Navigating the promises and pitfalls of policy-making, 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD speaks about her commitment to building progressive politics in her country and influencing public discourse and policy-making processes.

TutuTalks are a series collaboration between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the African Leadership Institute, and it is a platform for African leaders who embody the values and ethics displayed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu throughout his life of service.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

2018 Tutu Fellow Edzai Zvobwo has been appointed an Expert Contributor to the High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies - APET - at the African Union's Development Agency, NEPAD. In 2016, African heads of government instructed NEPAD to establish a system to obtain expert contributions on matters of technology development and acquisition for economic development.

Edzai's role in the team will be to meaningfully research, analyze and present findings around emerging technologies and their potential benefit on the African continent.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

In this Tutu Talk, 2011 Tutu Fellow and Ugandan peace activist Victor Ochen is using his voice of courageous leadership to champion the protection of rights of children and promote the culture of peace and tolerance.

Born in northern Uganda, he spent 21 years amidst violent conflict that displaced over three million people. More than 60,000 people - including his own brother - were forcefully abducted and recruited as child soldiers.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

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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.

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