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.
Queen Mary University of London, London UK.
First Vice President/Director
Principal with Rudy Ezeani & Co., Lagos, Nigeria.
Vice President/Director, Deputy Treasurer
US Federal Government, Washington DC.
USAID, Washington DC.
Royal United Services Institute, London UK.
Work experience from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) Beirut Lebanon.
Netflix, Los Angeles USA.
Officer/Senior Group Secretary
UN Int'l Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania.
Officer/Deputy Group Secretary
Formerly UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania.
Lex:lead Patron, formerly UK High Court, London UK.
UN Conference on Trade and Development (retired), Geneva, Switzerland.
Director of Strategic Relationships at the Law Society of England and Wales, London UK.
President, International Law Institute, Washington DC, USA.
Founding Partner, Launch Legal, Denver CO, USA.
Immediate Past Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section Council, Washington DC, USA
Partner with Werksmans and Chair of the LEX Africa Alliance, Johannesburg, South Africa
Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Director, Travers Smith, London UK
Global Head of Sustainability, Linklaters,
Senior Consultant, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
• Dr Sabine Midderhoff (Germany) (2011), GIZ, Lusaka Zambia
• Ms Zara Watkins (USA), Cyberlaw Studio, New York, USA
• Ms Ariuntuya (Ari) Rentsen (Mongolia), Ulan Bataar, Mongolia
• Mr Jérôme Poitou (France/Guadeloupe), New York, USA
• Mr Matthew Weldon (USA), K&L Gates, New York, USA
• Mr Guot Gabriel Manang (South Sudan), Gabriel Law Firm, Juba, South Sudan
• Ms Catherine Maunder (UK), Cardiff, UK
• 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 Zainab Khavary (Afghanistan), Sydney, Australia
• Ms Anita Alfred Kyaruzi (Tanzania), Arusha, Tanzania
• Mr Omotola (Tola) Ariyo (UK/Nigeria), London UK
• Mr Akila Tilitho (Tanzania), Arusha, Tanzania
The group welcomes applications to join its work, typically through appointments to its advisory board. To join us complete the attached form and email it to us at email@example.com. Thank you!
To join our mailing list or address any questions to us, contact:
302A W12 Street, No 280
New York, New York 10014, USA
Old address (expired 24 March 2015):
676A Ninth Avenue No 109
New York, New York 10036, USA
95 Wilton Road No 364
London SW1V 1BZ, UK
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, by Moses Baguma, (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).
Feb 2021: The Legal Impact of Covid19, American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law
Aug 2021: American Bar Association International Legal Developments (Year in Review) (2020), August 2021
Jul 2023: American Bar Association International Legal Developments (Year in Review) (2022), July 2023
Nov 2021: A&O Alumni Week, Introducing Lex:lead, founders' panel here
"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.