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.
Formerly with Allen & Overy and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, London UK.
(Nigeria), First Vice President and Founding Member. Principal with Rudy Ezeani & Co., Lagos, Nigeria.
(USA/Russia), Vice President and Founding Member, General Counsel and Company Secretary to a technology company, Washington DC.
(USA/Ghana), Vice President elected January 2015, US Federal Government in Washington DC.
(Ethiopia), Vice President elected March 2018, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Addis Ababa University School of Law, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
(USA/Nigeria), Vice President elected September 2018, with the US Federal Government, Washington DC.
(UK/Nigeria), Vice President elected June 2020, Goldman Sachs, London School of Economics, London UK.
(USA), Treasurer. A graduate of Cardozo Law, Senior Legal Analyst with ALM Legal Intelligence, New York, USA.
(Cameroon), Senior Group Secretary. Formerly UN Int'l Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Pan-African Lawyers' Union, Arusha, Tanzania.
(Malawi), Deputy Group Secretary. Formerly UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Tumaini University in Usa River, Tanzania.
(UK) (2013): Lex:lead Patron, former UK High Court judge with a family connection to Sierra Leone.
(Cameroon) (2010), International human rights lawyer including with the International Criminal Court, one of our most long-standing judges.
(Germany) (2016), Formerly with the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland; Lex:lead judge in 2015.
(Malawi) (2016), formerly with Save the Children and a Lex:lead judge for several years; PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
(UK) (2019), Director of Strategic Relationships at the Law Society of England and Wales; formerly a partner at Allen & Overy.
(USA) (2019), Africa Practice Coordinator, Jones Day, Washington DC.
(Canada) (2019) Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza
(Germany/UK) (2019), Overseas Development Institute and editor of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, London UK.
(Jamaica) (2019), De Montfort University, UK.
• Dr Theodora Christou* (UK/Cyprus), London, UK
• Dr Sabine Midderhoff (Germany) (2011), GIZ, Lusaka Zambia
• Ms Zara Watkins (USA), Cyberlaw Studio, New York, USA
• Ms Ariuntuya (Ari) Rentsen (Mongolia), Sydney, Australia
• Mr Jérôme Poitou (France/Guadeloupe), New York, USA
• Mr Matthew Weldon (USA), K&L Gates, New York, USA
• Mr Francis Sinsai* (Cameroon), Goma, DRC
• Ms Martha Haile (Ethiopia), Washington DC, USA
• Mr Olukayode Majekodunmi (Nigeria/Canada), Canada
• Ms Fatima Paras (Australia), Sydney, Australia
• Ms Ines Chibani (France/Tunisia), Paris
• Ms Pamela Fapohunda (UK/Nigeria), London UK
*Compliance Committee 2017
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The Global Challenge can be reached at:
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 in Digital Services: Uganda's Social Media Tax Law, 2015 Winner Moses Baguma, See: World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development newsletter
July 2019: American Bar Association International Legal Developments Year in Review (2018), Africa (p.465).
"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.