Lawyers for Economic Advancement and Development

Lex:lead Directors:

Ms Anne Bodley
 (Australia), President/Founder.
Formerly with Allen & Overy and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, London UK.

Mr Rudolf Ezeani (Nigeria), First Vice President and Founding Member. Principal with Rudy Ezeani & Co., Lagos, Nigeria.


Ms Yevgenya Muchnik* (USA/Russia), Vice President and Founding Member, General Counsel and Company Secretary to a technology company, Washington DC.

Mr Lakwame Anyane-Yeboa* (USA/Ghana), Vice President elected January 2015, US Federal Government in Washington DC.

Ms Lemlem Fiseha Minale (Ethiopia), Vice President elected March 2018, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Addis Ababa University School of Law, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Ms Chioma Ayogu* (USA/Nigeria), Vice President elected September 2018, with the US Federal Government,
Washington DC.


Ms Daniella Geller (USA), Treasurer. A graduate of Cardozo Law, Senior Legal Analyst with ALM Legal Intelligence, New York, USA.

Ms Mankah Fombang (Cameroon), Senior Group Secretary. Formerly UN Int'l Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Pan-African Lawyers' Union, Arusha, Tanzania.

Mr Sipho Limbe (Malawi), Deputy Group Secretary. Formerly UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Tumaini University in Usa River, Tanzania.

Senior Advisory Board

The Honourable Dame Linda Dobbs DBE QC (UK) (2013): Lex:lead Patron, former UK High Court judge with a family connection to Sierra Leone.

Chief Charles Taku (Cameroon) (2010), International human rights lawyer including with the International Criminal Court, one of our most long-standing judges.

Mr Gunter Fischer
 (Germany) (2016), Formerly with the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland; Lex:lead judge in 2015.

Dr Violet Odala (Malawi) (2016), formerly with Save the Children and a Lex:lead judge for several years; PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Mr Stephen Denyer (UK) (2019)Director of Strategic Relationships at the Law Society of England and Wales; formerly a partner at Allen & Overy.

Mr Stuart Kerr (USA) (2019)Africa Practice CoordinatorJones Day, Washington DC.

Ms Nankunda Katangaza (Canada) (2019) Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza

Dr Dina Mansour-Ille (Germany/UK) (2019), Overseas Development Institute and editor of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, London UK.

Dr Nicole Pierce (Jamaica) (2019), De Montfort University, UK.

Advisory Board

 Dr Theodora Christou* (UK/Cyprus), LondonUK
• Dr Sabine Midderhoff
 (Germany) (2011), GIZ, Lusaka Zambia
 Ms Zara Watkins
 (USA), Cyberlaw Studio, New YorkUSA
• Ms Ariuntuya (Ari) Rentsen (Mongolia), Sydney, Australia
Mr Jérôme Poitou (France/Guadeloupe)New YorkUSA
 Mr Matthew Weldon (USA), K&L Gates, New YorkUSA
 Mr Francis Sinsai* (Cameroon), Goma, DRC
 Ms Narges Shariati* (Iran), Tehran, Iran
• Ms Haja Brimah (UK), LondonUK
• Ms Martha Haile (Ethiopia)Washington DCUSA
 Mr Olukayode Majekodunmi (Nigeria/Canada), Canada

*Compliance Committee 2017

About Lex:lead

Lex:lead was founded in 2010 to continue the work of the Global Challenge, a group that had formed in 2001 under the International Bar Association to bring lawyers worldwide to the issue of development focusing on the least developed countries. Joining the Global Challenge in 2005, Anne was named its director. In 2010 the founding members set up Lex:lead as a New York Not-for-Profit registered charity with US Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

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Lex:lead Newsletters:
December 2010: End-of-year newsletter
December 2011: End-of-year newsletter
December 2012: End-of-year newsletter
December 2013: End-of-year newsletter
December 2014End-of-year newsletter (bumper issue!)
December 2015: End-of-year newsletter (winner profiles!)
December 2016: End-of-year newsletter
December 2017End-of-year newsletter
December 2018: End-of-year newsletter
December 2019: End-of-year newsletter

Other publications:

May 2016: 2014 Winner Bereket Alemayehu Hagos, Is ADR a Knell for Litigation in Africa? See: International Bar Association
Sept 2016: Lex:lead: Foundation Funding Launches Annual Scholarship Competition, See: International Bar Association Foundation
Sept 2017: Charity: Changing Legal Lives, See: Law Society Gazette
July 2019: Taxation iDigital Services: Uganda's Social Media Tax Law
, 2015 Winner Moses Baguma, See: World BanGlobal Forum oLawJustice and Development newsletter
July 2019: American Bar Associatio
International Legal Developments Year iReview (2018), Africa (p.465).

Select testaments

"The opportunities and award I got from Lex:lead were indispensable in my progress and I would like to encourage my fellow Lex:leaders to seriously pursue them," 2014 Scholarship Winner and appellate judge Nahom Abraham Weldeabzgi (Eritrea)April 2019.

'[The Lex:lead award helped] a whole lot. If I hadn't paid that much I would have lost my place in school. I would have dropped out [but] paying the money I was awarded [...] bought me some time to source [funds] for this year's registration [...] The award was what helped me.... thank you so much again,' 2017 Scholarship Winner Nkandu Kunda Chota (Zambia), February 2018.

Other programs we want to tell you about:

1. International Lawyers for Africa, 
2. International Law Book Facility, www.ilbf.org.uk
3. Inherit Your Rightswww.inherityourrights.org
4. The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (www.globalforumljd.org) (we're a member)

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